A southwest-style canteen, with craft beer from 50 states
For a taste of the authentic, unpretentious Southwest, Proof Canteen offers more than you bargained for, with floor-to-ceiling windows and unvarnished views of the Sonoran desert landscape.
The vintage-style canteen offers weekend brunches with dishes like waffle chicken sliders, sweet potato pancakes with honey maple butter, and home-style potatoes that are so good that second helpings are a given. What I especially loved was the old-fashioned soda fountain and the microbrewery menu (the cover of the menu is a stylish car license plate) which features craft brews from 50 states. In other words, drive to Proof Canteen and drink through the 50 states without worrying about a DUI.
The newly-opened juice bar punches out fresh carrot and acai shots for everyone, and is one of the highlights of the brunch menu (for $4 extra, you get unlimited juices: a no brainer). The lemon ricotta blue corn pancakes are cotton-soft and delicious, and the root beer floats from the company Dry in Seattle are so very vintage. “We really try to accommodate all the 50 states on our menu,” says Proof’s chef Dale, and it shows.
But because the canteen also has unpretentious southwestern food, and more kid-friendly perks than FAO Schwartz (toddlers get served Etch-A-Sketch and crayon pencils), this is a win-win for the entire family (the Boomer generation will appreciate the comfortable gingham-upholstered sofas; the quirky teen will love the cinematographic-style vintage lamps).
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50 States in One Meal
Proof Canteen, in the Scottsdale Four Seasons Resort, lets you sample the whole country at once. Drinks are sourced from all 50 states and the menu features regional specialties such as fried green tomatoes and Maine lobster rolls.
This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue.