Owners and a couple of burgers on the menu are about the only things Block and Toro Burger Bar share. The former location of Square Cow has been redone, all remnants of bovine kitsch removed. Partitions now close off the once open kitchen, where salads, flatbreads, sandwiches and American-style tapas are prepared. Handcrafted cocktails made with fruits and herbs, more than 30 craft beers on tap (including varieties exclusively available at Block) and temperature-controlled wines complement the patchwork menu.
The shareable menu portion begins with modest items like warm, soft pretzels, spiral chips, eggplant hummus, wings and mac and cheese (plain or with poblano, chorizo or lobster). The remaining items get kicked up with options like chicken-fried bacon, devils on horseback (bleu-cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon), lobster rolls and more. Artisanal meat and cheese boards are also served. The lamb burger, a favorite, comes topped with hummus, Greek yogurt and mint. Refresh your palate with a salad of quinoa, beets, arugula, white beans, pistachios and avocado dressed in white balsamic.
You’ll find it hard to share the rich dessert options of sea salt caramel custard and lemon ricotta cheesecake served in mason jars. Visit nightly for specials like short rib slider night, burger and beer night and wine Wednesdays.
4172 N. Mesa, 915-351-0775, Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-midnight. Price Range: $4-$18. Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly. For more information, visit Facebook.com/blocktnt.