In a land of perpetual drought (Arizona), there is a place that dares put cucumber slices in its water, thus ruining its precious resource. That place is O.H.S.O. in Arcadia, Scottsdale and while scholars maintain that the meaning behind O.H.S.O. was lost thousands of years ago, today it means a few things. One is biking, another is dogs, yet another is brewery and finally it also represents brunch.
Unfortunately, we did not go for brunch. We went for lunch on a weekday, when the vast menu is whittled down to a few choice items. Of these choice options, unvegan options were quite limited, but I managed to find a burger with nearly everything I could ask for. It was called the AZ Burger and was topped with jalapeno cream cheese, poblano aioli, onions, lettuce and tomato, with a side of fries. I ordered without the onions, lettuce and tomato and asked for it medium-rare.
And, apparently due to my picky-ness, O.H.S.O. decided to just bring me out my burger fully deconstructed. It was something I had never seen before, but I can’t say it was a bad thing. The only trouble was my not knowing exactly the balance of ingredients they would have put together in the kitchen. I did my best and the burger was, well, fine. I thought the patty itself was pretty nice with a good ground and a nice amount of pink in the middle, however, the cream cheese and poblano aioli just didn’t really add anything to the burger. In fact, I might have just been happier with a slice of cheese and some ketchup.
Yet, I found that O.H.S.O. was an intriguing enough restaurant to come back to. I wouldn’t get the same burger (or water for that matter), but I wouldn’t mind seeing if their brunch was worthwhile.