The Novelist – July 2018
335 N Gilbert Rd #103 | Gilbert, AZ | 85234
novelistaz.com | 602-775-5490
Organized by: Tony and Kelly
For July, we went to a restaurant inside another restaurant. The Novelist is called a speak-easy style bar/restaurant but I think that is a stretch. You can see the bar through windows on the street, which doesn’t seem to summon the vibe of a speak-easy. However, you do have to enter the restaurant from inside OHSO brewery, which can make the journey loud and adventurous.
The décor is creative with a mural on the back wall that seems vibrant and nice, but then you suddenly realize that all the décor is based on female novelists, such as J.K Rowling, Mary Shelley, and Charlotte Bronte. As a book nerd and female leadership advocate, that touched a certain part of my heart!
The only place they had for a group our size was a couple of large tabletops next to the bar but it felt comfortable. The food was definitively tavern style but felt upscale a notch with dishes such as Thai Steak Salad, Seared Crab Cake, a Flat Iron Steak, and Grilled Seabass. The menu also has a cute nod to the literary process with sections such as Introduction, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. J
All in all, it was a good night and certainly a place we wouldn’t mind going again. Sadly it is soooo close to another one of our favorite restaurants that if we ever venture to Downtown Gilbert, we are magically drawn across the street to our favorite haunt.