Aah, lazy Sunday’s. I haven’t had one in awhile, and yesterday was the perfect springtime day.
After breakfast at U.S. Egg, I went to RnR for a couple cocktails before going to Scottsdale Stadium to watch the San Francisco Giants play the Milwaukee Brewers.
RnR just opened Saturday, so there were definitely a ton of kinks. Let’s start with the good stuff first.
The drinks I had were wonderful, and the bartenders who served me seemed knowledgable and friendly. Mimosas were only $2.77 (odd price, I know), making it easy to sip steadily throughout brunch.
When I went back for dinner that night, I had an amazing drink, the Stigmata Caprioska.
Bartender Cori Woods, who was an excellent bartender, gave the recipe.
Muddle any berries (she used blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries), plus sugar or triple sec (lime is also optional.) Then add berry vodka and a splash of berry liqueur. It was one of the best drinks I’ve ever had, and the fresh berries definitely made the difference. It’s a perfect dessert drink.
The spot, I think, is best described as a hipster sports bar, since there are a ton of gorgeous high-definition televisions throughout the place, but the staff is young and trendy, even donning brightly colored shoes.
It has sort of an industrial feel to it, with exposed floors, steel accents and bare bones bathrooms. There’s also a staircase leading to a second floor with more tables and another bar, which made me think it was like Old Town Scottsdale’s answer to Hanny’s.
There were several things that went wrong on my visits. At lunch, the music would go soft and loud, and at one point, it blared form the speakers and made the whole place go silent. I’m not sure if they use people’s iPod’s as the radio, but it was very jarring.
Also, the spot had the entire staff on, and there were 10 people hanging out behind the downstairs bar inside at lunch, which looked crowded and was annoyingly loud. I understand everyone was training, but it was a little much, and it seemed like there were just as many servers as patrons.
At dinner, the hostess didn’t greet us, which was really weird–she just looked at us and waited for us to speak–not friendly.
The place also ran out of two items by dinner on their already-limited menu, including the one vegetarian item other than salads and a cheese plate–the grilled cheese sandwich. I was stuck ordering a side house salad and sweet potato fries. I really liked the fries, although I would have preferred them crispier.
My pal Peter got a grilled chicken sandwich, which he wasn’t too crazy about. The drinks made up for the food, though.
I would love to go back and check it out once the wait staff knows what they’re doing, and the menu expands. I think it has great potential to be a cool hang-out spot and a nicer alternative to what was once Mickey’s Hangover, and with Furio gone, it’s nice to see the corner bustling once again. For more info, check out www.rnrscottsdale.com.