Happy Hour: Rhythm + Wine

Leah LeMoineMarch 5, 2021
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Margherita pizza | Photo by Leah LeMoine

THE SCENE 

Wine country meets North Scottsdale at this bright and sleek wine café. Rhythm + Wine is an airy yet sophisticated bistro – lots of cream and latte-colored upholstery, bright tiles and light wood with understated pops of red – that also boasts a wine market with an impressive collection of global bottles. A spacious, light-strewn patio allows for distanced outdoor dining in a pretty Pinnacle Peak setting. 

THE FOOD 

Rhythm + Wine bills its fare as “traditional comfort meets traditional Italian.” I love both of those food philosophies, so I was eager to try a smattering of appetizers, which are half off during happy hour. (Once again, because I opted for takeout, I paid full price. Happy hour pricing is available for dine-in customers only.)  

I would have put money on the meatballs ($10 regularly; $5 during happy hour) being my favorite. The two substantial, juicy orbs come draped with San Marzano tomato sauce, Grana Padano and fresh basil. Delish, but alas, a touch too spicy for my wimpy palate. I don’t think normal people would find them spicy; your grandma, toddler and I do, though.  

Spinach artichoke dip with corn chips ($12 regularly; $6 during happy hour) is heavy on the veg and lighter on the cheese and cream, so it’s worth a try if you typically avoid this dish at other restaurants because it can be heavy and gloppy. Here, it is decidedly not. Also pretty light: the margherita pizza ($14 regularly; $9 during happy hour), which has a nice, chewy crust and lovely fresh basil. 

Meatballs | Photo by Leah LeMoine

Shrimp and grits ($14 regularly; $7 during happy hour) gets a textural makeover at Rhythm + Wine, and I am here for it. Tender shrimp and tomato pan jus bask on a throne of grits – but instead of languishing in a lush puddle, the grits are formed into rectangular batons and fried until crisp. The contrast between plush shrimp and crunchy grits cake is exciting for a texture freak like me, and the whole shebang is lightly spicy and deeply savory, to boot.  

But my absolute favorite bite was the darkest of dark horses: Hippie Chips ($9 regularly; $4.50 during happy hour) with French onion dip. I am not a potato chip person. Sure, I’ll mindlessly munch on them at a party, but I’m not putting them in my shopping cart unless we’re hosting a barbecueThese house-made Kennebeck potato chips are perfection: see-through thin, crisp, not too oily and flavored with just the right amount of “fry dust.” Dipping them in the rich and creamy French onion dip only gilds the carb-y lily. 

Hippie Chips | Photo by Leah LeMoine

THE DRINKS 

Because I ordered takeout, I couldn’t enjoy Rhythm + Wine’s topnotch wine list. When vaccination is widespread, I plan to return and drink an afternoon away. The J.P. Chenet Blanc de Blancs Brut would be my pairing for those Hippie Chips and that insane onion dip ($9/6 oz. glass regularly; $6 during happy hour). The luscious shrimp and spicy grits cake would make a great foil for the Kung Fu Girl Riesling ($8/6 oz. glass regularly; $5 during happy hour). And I’d choose the Gagliole Chianti ($10/6 oz. glass regularly; $7 during happy hour) to play with the spicy Italian meatballs. 

THE DETAILS  

Happy hour is offered Thursday-Saturday from 3-6 p.m. Dine-in only. 

Happy hour deals: 

  • Half off all appetizers 
  • $3 off glasses of wine 
  • $8 off bottles of wine 
  • $2 off cocktails
  • $1 off beers
  • $5 off pizza 
Shrimp and grits | Photo by Leah LeMoine

 Additionally, the restaurant offers a number of daily and weekly specials: 

  • Scottsdale’s “Ladies Who Lunch” – Gal pals can enjoy the Chef’s Three Course Luncheon and wine flight tasting for $25 each, plus tax and gratuity. Offered on the second Wednesday of every month from 12-2 p.m. Reservations required. 
  • Half-Price Bottles – On Thursdays, the eatery offers a selection of wines at half price per bottle. 
  • Nightly Dinner Specials – Each includes soup or salad: 
  • Tuesday: Salmon Veracruz with Spanish rice and caper salsa ($26) 
  • Wednesday: Mushroom risotto with Parmesan crisp ($18) 
  • Thursday: Cherry-glazed pork tenderloin with polenta and broccoli rabe ($23) 
  • Friday: Pan-seared diver scallops with avocado mousse, pancetta cream and citrus salad ($28) 
  • Saturday: Herb-crusted prime rib (12 oz.) with potato gratin, asparagus, raifort sauce and jus ($30)  

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