Get ready for a great way to stay cool this summer with a new restaurant concept coming to Central Phoenix. This new hangout will be led by the trio behind the award-winning Crudo & Bar Crudo, Chef Cullen Campbell, wife/co-owner Maureen Campbell and co-owner/mixologist Micah Olson to open an all-new restaurant inspired by Southern and Italian cooking.
The new restaurant concept, Okra, was inspired by Chef Campbell’s yearning to connect with his family’s Southern roots. Okra will be an opportunity for Chef Campbell to showcase his Southern cooking from attending college across from the Mississippi River in Memphis and combine that with a modern take on traditional dishes with classic Italian influences.
The menu with have daily lunch & dinner items with entrées such as Southern Fried Chicken served two ways: Buttermilk-brined or Tennessee Hot, Pig Pot Pie, Redneck Burger and many more. Italian influences will include a selection of focaccia bread pizzas and the Southern Friend Chicken topped with Umbrian meat sauce. Even better, wash all the delicious food down with craft wines, beers and cocktails and small-batch bourbons.
Okra is currently under construction inside The Crown, a midcentury modern shopping center in north-central Phoenix (5813 N 7th St.). It features a stylish indoor-outdoor space, high top and table seating, expo-style kitchen and wooden bar top.
On Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 there will be a sneak peak tasting of dishes from Okra hosted at Crudo. The event will be a special Kentucky Derby Dinner with a three-course, rare bourbon- paired dinner. Courses will include Biscuits with honey, Pig Pot Pie and Ham Hock with black-eyed peas and other tasty sides! Tickets are on sale for $65 and reservations are required at (602)-358-8666.