First Dish: Stoop Kid

Aimee SmithMarch 25, 2021
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Stoop Kid is a new concept housed in The Churchill in Downtown Phoenix. It offers bagels in the morning and burgers in the afternoon and evening.

The menu is short, but you’ll still have a hard time choosing between options like the Money Shot (spicy bacon jam shmear, marinated tomatoes, Tillamook cheddar, soft scramble and a hash cake on an asiago bagel), Egg Thee Scallion (scallion and Parmesan shmear, soft toad-in-the-hole egg, honey ham, Gruyere and mornay on an asiago bagel), and their vegetarian option, the Yam and Cheese (red pepper Romesco shmear, chile-glazed yam, sprouts, tomato, cucumber and avo on a plain bagel).

The bagels are perfection. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, without being too dense. The fillings are a bonus, offering interesting flavor combinations you didn’t know you needed in your life. As a sweets-for-breakfast kind of girl, I was shocked to be won over by my first bite of the savory Money Shot. I happily devoured it on a sidewalk bench while taking in the city skyline. But be warned, eating these bagel sandwiches requires two hands and full concentration to keep any tasty goodness from sliding out.

 

Photo by Aimee Smith

 

At noon, the bagels are replaced by burgers. There are two options, the Stoop Burger (double beef, Tillamook cheddar, caramelized onion, dill pickle and Dijonaise on a brioche bun) or the Pobrecito (single beef, Boar’s Head American, diced pickles and onions, ketchup and mustard on a brioche bun). The Stoop Burger is the elevated option while the Probrecito (my preference) is the fast-food style choice.

But my favorite item on the menu is the fried plantains. Offered as a side item in the p.m., they are firm, salty goodness with a hint of sweetness. I could eat them all day, every day.

Whether you’re a morning or night person, a bagel or burger person, Stoop Kid has something to satisfy your fix.

901 N. First St., Phoenix, getstoopkid.com

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