Dick's Hideaway. Worth Discovering.
Phoenix, Arizona. In town for some celerystalker business (not as creepy as it sounds, I swear). Work responsibilities were finished by 2 o'clock and a Friday afternoon bloody mary was most certainly in order before the flight back to la la land. After some quick research, I found myself at a place called Dick's Hideaway. Dick's is located in a stripmall-esque row of establishments. As the name implies (Hideaway, not the Dick's part), from the street, there is literally no evidence of its existence among the surrounding businesses. This is a place for people in the know who are looking for quality and seclusion. And that's definitely my kind of joint. Upon entering, I am struck by the rich smell of pecan wood smoke from the wood burning stove. Like stepping into a cozy cabin in the dead of winter. I am here for the bloody mary though. I sit at the bar and order a bloody mary from the attentive and friendly barkeep. She prepares the bloody mary with care and serves it with a small beer chaser. For some reason, I really enjoy a nice glass of beer with my bloody mary. One might even say I was giddy inside. Either way, I was definitely looking forward to this one. The Bloody Mary. First reaction? This is a good one! It's cold, thick, spicy and above all, extremely well balanced. No one ingredient feels heavier than the others. The tomato juice is quality. The spiciness is from hot sauce and it is good. I can taste the Worcestershire, horseradish, lime juice and a generous amount of cracked pepper. This is exactly the bloody mary I would want to drink daily. A refreshing, nourishing blend of all the ingredients that make a bloody mary great. I decide I must try the food based on the aroma of the wood and the satisfaction of the bloody mary. I order another bloody. Obviously, I must confirm that my pleasure in the first beverage was not mistaken. My green chili cheese burger is delicious. The bloody mary just as enjoyable as the first.
Parting thoughts. Dick's Hideaway delivers. It is the perfect place to take refuge and indulge on outstanding food, service and most importantly, a good bloody mary.
Dick's Hideaway 6008 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016. P: (602) 265-5886.