For the Double D’s, March Madness this year doesn’t mean basketball, rather it means visiting our March dinner spot right smack in the middle of the Chandler beer and BBQ festival. Parking took skill and quick wits, but the gold at the end of the rainbow is a nice glass of wine!
We ventured back to the same area as last month and visited a wine bar in the bustling downtown Chandler district called Vintage 95. They have a fun and decorative interior décor and a well furnished outdoor patio. Don’t forget to take a look at the glass walled wine cellar with a beautiful chandelier and the ornate and eye-catching double door. Jen (who is always savvy about deals) knew that they will offer you a free charcuterie “cooked cold meats” board with every bottle of wine purchase before 6pm. Naturally, we took advantage and sampled some of the available options which can be found on their market board on the wall.
Sarah and Karna split the Pear Salad which was okay, but were glad that wasn’t the entrée. The vinaigrette was more oily than vinegary and the crispy pancetta was closer to tooth busting bits.
For entrees, Ann tried the Vintage Flatbread which is a surprisingly cold dish and with enough arugula on top to feed a couple of rabbits. She was enjoying it until she tasted Jay’s dinner, the Vintage Burger, which was brimming with flavors from the Angus beef, tender belly bacon, onion straws, cheddar cheese, and chipotle thousand island sauce. The Veggie Flatbread was scrumptious with mushroom, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers and they certainly did not skimp on the cheese which was house made mozzarella. The san marzano sauce also gave it a nice flavor with a small bit of spice.
The Portabella Mushroom with tomatillo risotto and a charred tomato coulis was okay but would not make another appearance at our table. On the other hand, red rover would most certainly send the NY Strip and Pork Chop, right back over. The NY Strip was a huge piece of steak positioned atop bone marrow mashed potatoes and accompanied by red onion green beans and a rosemary red wine demi glaze. Those who enjoyed it had audible confirmations of tastiness. The Pork Chop was also delicious and consisted of a tender belly Berkshire pork chop with apple bread pudding, pancetta brussel sprouts, and a sherry beurre blanc.
While we typically opt to avoid live music so we can have conversations and get caught up with friends, Sarah Vanell provided possibly the best live music in quite some time. It was apparent that she was something amazing when she nailed the first note of Adele. Unlike amateurs who attempt (and fail miserably) to sing Adele after one or several margaritas (your truly), Sarah delighted us with a fantastic version that had a little bit of a twist to make it her own. She is a regular on Thursdays and Saturdays, and since Vintage 95 has outdoor speakers, diners can enjoy her music either indoors or out. Her link is available on the right side of our page so you can sample (and maybe purchase) some of her magical vocals.
While the menu options had both hits and misses, the atmosphere was very comfortable, the wine was very good, the service was attentive, and we got to spend time with friends. Those added together makes for another successful Double Ds!