Write On Rubee

An Arizona-based food, beverage and travel writer since 2008,  I launched this website in 2015 to document my culinary adventures, beverage escapades, gardening endeavors, and travel in the Phoenix area and beyond.  Also find a comprehensive calendar of Phoenix-area food and drink-related events on my Events page.

Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse

Monday night I was back at Bootleggers for my third visit.  It was also my third time as a guest on Arizona Cocktail Hour.  We recorded in the private room at Bootleggers on Shea  and they certainly spoiled us with some complimentary dishes during the show.  Between the four of us,  we feasted on the signature must-order bacon board with 5 different types of house-cured bacon, spicy jam, mustard, pickles and cheesy bread; perfectly cooked wood-grilled salmon with cauliflower puree and warm tortillas; tender hickory-smoked brisket and coleslaw; creamy 4-cheese mac 'n cheese;  grilled asparagus with parmesan and lemon zest; and the juicy Bootlegger Burger stacked with Muenster cheese, whiskey onions, crimini mushrooms and slab bacon on a pretzel bun.  I have to say, when we smelled that bacon board as it was set down, it took a lot of willpower to wait until an ad break before diving in.  There may have also been some moonshine involved.  After the show,  I joined my husband at the bar for crispy shrimp and grits, and a cocktail (or two).  My favorite was the Phoenician made with with rye,  Amaro Montenegro, Cocchi di Torino, AZ Bitters Lab mole bitters, and a garnish of smoked Luxardo  cherry.  Great service from bartender Paul rounded out another fun visit to a favorite spot.