At Road to Home Mortgage we are showcasing local businesses around Greater Phoenix. If you haven’t heard of Oven + Vine, you should! It’s a fantastic local restaurant where you can relax and enjoy the delicious food in a remodeled 1940’s Vaughn residence. They also opened a little coffee shop by the restaurant called Birdhaus Coffee. Evan recently spoke with Dylan who is the owner of Oven + Vine with his wife.
How did you get started in the restaurant industry?
Our restaurant journey began after a weekend trip to a small town in Colorado while we were both in college. We ate at a few places up there and were disappointed in the food. We dropped out of college, moved up to that small town in Colorado, and started The Countryside Coffeehouse. A few years later we made it back to AZ and after one other restaurant venture we started our current restaurant Oven + Vine.
How do you maintain the neighborhood feel to your restaurant?
We try to keep Oven + Vine casual as we don’t have uniforms or a hostess. We want our customers to come in and feel as though they are eating at a friends house. Our prices are affordable and this allows our customers to come visit us more often. We have some customers visiting us 3+ times a week!
What’s your favorite dish in your restaurant?
The green chile pork is hands down my favorite. My wife grew up in New Mexico and as a teenager, she learned how to make some awesome green chile pork. In our restaurant we slow roast our pork and marinate it in green chile.
Do you have any favorite local restaurants in town?
We are big fans of St. Francis and Richardsons. I also remember going to Pizzeria Bianco before the 3 hour waits existed!
You serve a wide array of wine. How do you choose which wine to offer?
We have 8-9 wine companies visit our restaurant every week! Many times the winemakers and owners come share their knowledge of wine with us. We usually try 20-30 wines a week. We always try to find wine that taste great, but that is also affordable.
This is a family business. How is it to work with your family?
The best way I can describe it is unique! Most people think you can’t work with your wife and family. We have made it work great, and we enjoy spending the extra time together!
You recently opened Birdhaus coffee bar which also serves fresh waffles. What do you like on your waffles?
I’m a simple guy when it comes to my waffles! I like my waffles with the organic maple syrup that we have at Birdhaus.
What’s your most popular dish?
People are in love with our flatbread! Right now our most popular one is the sausage and mushroom flatbread.
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Oven + Vine: http://ovenandvine.com
14 W Vernon Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Birdhaus Coffee: http://birdhauscoffee.com