A few months ago, Jason Morris, the co-founder of Crujiente Tacos aka Cru Tacos in Phoenix invited my friend and I to enjoy dinner at their restaurant.
Summer being summer in Phoenix, people have a tendency to decamp to places that are a bit cooler. School is back in session and we are approaching the “season” in Phoenix aka the 8 months of the year that are amazing.
Last night, we decided to take him up on his kind offer with a fun girl’s night out. We started the evening at my house with a little bit of bubbly before heading out all dressed up for a night on the town.
We were warmly greeted when we arrived at the restaurant. We noticed that everyone was warmly greeted as well as warmly bid adieu. As someone who enjoys frequenting restaurants were people remember you and treat you well as a regular, I was super impressed by this kindness.
Jason gave us an overview of their margarita menu as well as the overall menu, including a few specials that are only on the menu for a short time. I really appreciate that they focus on locally sourced ingredients.
We both chose different margaritas. I really enjoyed the Arcadia.
Chef cooked us a special tasting menu to highlight some of the principal dishes on the menu. Each dish was presented so beautifully and the waitress took the time to explain all of the elements of the dish.
We started with the golden gazpacho, which was decidedly smoother than some gazpachos that I have enjoyed. Also, it was made with yellow tomatoes and finished with the blood orange olive oil from my favorite Queen Creek Olive Mill.
Then we enjoyed guacamole with chips as well as the grilled sweet corn. The guacamole was just the perfect citrusy balance. I really enjoyed the grilled sweet corn, which is essentially a version of elote that you would find on the street in Mexico. My friend found it a little spicy, but I love spice.
Next we moved onto their signature dish – tacos! We each received 3 tacos: the beef crujiente, pork belly, and seared shrimp. My favorite was the beef although the pork belly and seared shrimp were also delicious. The seared shrimp took me right back to Thailand with a Mexican twist since it was on a blue corn tortilla.
Jason recommended that we cleanse our pallets with a beer before the taco round and then ended up recommending a twist on the traditional margarita made with that beer – super tasty.
For dessert, we enjoyed their signature postre – Carmen’s bunuelos. They were just the right bit of sweet. I am not a huge sweet person, but it was nice to finish the meal with just a taste of sweetness.
We capped off the night with some of the best liqueur. I enjoyed the XTA and my girlfriend enjoyed an amaretto.
If you are looking for a fun place to enjoy Taco Tuesday or Margarita Monday, head to Cru and be sure to tell Jason that you heard about it here. 🙂
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