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January, 2011, Page 133
Photos by Richard Maack
Hot dogs, cheese fries and cheap beer in ritzy north Scottsdale? Yeah, Matt Ronnfeldt went there. Now you should, too.
I had just spent $10 on mac and cheese studded with sliced hot dog. And all around me, people were shelling out money for equally curious fare – a meatloaf pattymelt ($9), a North Shore pizza of pineapple, sliced peppadew and capicola ($9), and nachos drenched in a cheese blend ($9).
Yet, greater than my surprise that people were embracing the retro fare served at West Addison was where they were doing it. The restaurant opened in the fall on Market Street at posh DC Ranch, in the space formerly occupied by Star Spangled Tavern.
Owner Matt Ronnfeldt has placed a bet that the neighborhood is hungry for a relaxed, late-night American concept, and the idea seems to be working. As I munched a perfectly decent Hawaiian teriyaki chicken sandwich piled with pineapple ($9), I watched well-behaved kids play video games and well-dressed adults gather at the pool table.
yellowfin tuna burger
Ronnfeldt also owns Armitage Wine Lounge Café next to Addison, and he’s brought a bit of that style here, with hardwood floors, brick accent walls and a spacious patio. No one will get the places confused, though, with Addison’s offerings of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Coors and Bud Light next to sugary cocktails served by waitresses in jeans shorts.
To be clear, this is a loud hangout, with blaring TVs and boisterous clientele. But if you’re in the mood for cheese-drenched waffle fries ($7) and blackened chicken Alfredo ($11) that are way better than T.G.I. Friday’s, you’ve scored.
Armitage Chef Christian Hanley also runs the West Addison kitchen, and he makes the meatballs fresh for his spaghetti ($10), plus fries his own chips for the nachos. His cheese steak ($11) is first-rate, thin-sliced prime rib, gussied up with onions and banana peppers under gooey American and Swiss cheeses. And I’d make a regular meal of a moist yellowfin tuna burger mounded in cilantro-lime slaw and avocado ($11).
St. Louis BBQ pork ribs ($15) are excellent, too – dry-rubbed, house-smoked and grilled to order. Just plan on a 40-minute wait for the handcrafted treatment.
Addison is the kind of place where dessert is a must – whether you drink it as a milk chocolate-chip ice cream martini or eat it as “Deep Fried Love,” a wonton-wrapped chocolate-chip cookie dough cheesecake, deep-fried and topped in strawberry sauce ($6).
Is a hot dog casserole something to go out of your way for? Of course not. But if you’re in the neighborhood and craving some reasonably priced, reliably made comfort food, fork up some Wisconsin Cheddar-baked, wiener-rich penne here.
inside West Addison
: 20751 N. Pima Road (DC Ranch), Scottsdale
: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
: Hawaiian teriyaki chicken sandwich ($9), cheese-drenched waffle fries ($7), blackened chicken Alfredo ($11), cheese steak ($11), yellowfin tuna burger ($11), St. Louis BBQ pork ribs ($15), “Deep Fried Love” ($6)
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