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Culinary Dropout

Culinary Dropout

Gastropub, New American Restaurant, and Rock Club$$$$
Fashion Square, Scottsdale
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  • The pretzels at Culinary Dropout is a can't miss
  • Kathryn
    "The pretzel fondue one of the most amazing things I have ever eaten."(19 Tips)
    M !.
    "You HAVE to try the pretzel bread & provolone fondue."(5 Tips)
    Landry B.
    "highly recommend the Turkey pastrami sandwich"(4 Tips)
    Robin B.
    "Pretzel bites are a must!"(4 Tips)
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  • Ashley 🎀
    Ashley 🎀August 20, 2014
    Pretzels! I think most of the appetizers are better than the entrees. Desserts are soooo good too. Great ambiance. Gets pretty loud the later in the night it gets. Love the seating and chandeliers.
  • Ricky P.
    Ricky PottsJuly 12, 2013
    Thirsty? Order the brown bag special. It's $1.95. It's basically cheap beer! Fun story behind the name. Drown your sorrows with the server that coined this concept. Cheers!
  • Haley B.
    Haley BuntrockNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Live music is Fridays and Saturdays, super fun environment but it will be super LOUD then too. If you can handle the noise, order the fondue and after dinner don't miss the caramel popcorn.
  • Farrah
    FarrahMarch 25, 2012
    you need to order the pretzel fondue, this is a fact. great happy hour specials, the manager is great - amazing customer service, if you go, you will leave happy :) friends loved the tuna salad.
  • Taylor A.
    Taylor AlexanderNovember 18, 2013
    Love this place, just like all the other Fox restaurants! Mostly for the simple menu and live acoustic music on the weekends! They have a great happy hour too!
  • Ref L.
    Ref LJune 29, 2015
    Place gets packed. Open table reservation let skip the line. Pretzel Fondue would've been great had cheese been more heated. For some reason the bar was holding up our drinks. Even empty. And canned.
  • Louis B.
    Louis BaltimoreDecember 31, 2015
    The fried chicken is out of this world. For those tips on here saying to avoid it- they must have changed it up. Great sizes portion. So crispy!
  • Amber T.
    Amber TriniereAugust 3, 2013
    Amazing food! Probably because half the menu is dedicated to alcohol, however if your vegetarian you may have to think outside the box while trying to figure out what you can eat here.
  • Catherine C.
    Catherine CroutcherNovember 17, 2013
    Pretzel Fondue is a reason to come, casual, trendy atmosphere is the reason to come again. Great drink specials, & live music. Have dinner and walk to Old Town.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BrogiAugust 4, 2013
    Awesome food! The pretzel fondue is the best thing ever. A little expensive if you're on a college budget, but totally worth it! Decent happy hour specials!
  • Kennie R.
    Kennie RaeOctober 20, 2010
    The chef that created the concepts for Culinary was so innovative and creative. This is a one of a kind concpet and really brings a new taste to comfort food! They often have specials and unique menu
  • Catie H.
    Catie HahneNovember 14, 2013
    The Pretzel Fondue is quite amazing. I have never come here and didn't like what I ordered. The service is always great and it's a fun place to hang out.
  • Della Z.
    Della ZMay 19, 2013
    Love the atmosphere of this place. They don't take reservations for small parties, but the wait goes quickly. The tomato bisque soup was amazing!
  • PHOENIX Magazine
    PHOENIX MagazineFebruary 5, 2011
    Named one of the 2010 Best New Restaurants. Try the pork belly Cubano. Don't skip the skillet of hot, gooey apple monkey bread. Order it when your entree arrives, as it's baked to order. Read more
  • Janelle E.
    Janelle EricssonNovember 8, 2010
    Don't let the name discourage you. The food here is kinda pricy for a college budget but worth every penny. My favorite is the house made fettucine! Also they have nearly 50 different beers choices!
  • Megan M.
    Megan MooreApril 11, 2011
    If going with a large party, call ahead! They only have 2 or so tables that can accommodate. Very good food! Fondue pretzels and many grilled cheese is the best!
  • David L.
    David LaSpalutoAugust 20, 2011
    Fried chicken has a distinctly strong honey taste, a little off-putting to me, my wife, & a friend. Nothing wrong with it per se, & perfectly prepared. Just not to our liking.
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DuranFebruary 8
    Nice little spot along Camelback across from the mall with great food, drinks friendly staff and great people watching views.
  • Jay H.
    Jay HartwigApril 21, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Coolest place to grab lunch in the area! Pretzels never disappoint. Try a smashed Irishman.
  • Ashley Q.
    Ashley QuaileJune 11, 2016
    The food was so good! It is very popular there so it can be hard to get a table
  • Braelyn S.
    Braelyn SmithMay 1, 2010
    Order the pork ribs- sauce made with jalapeño and molasses- not too spicy not too sweet. Meat literally falls off the bone, so delicious. I subbed a salad for my fries too. All meals are under $20!
  • Landry B.
    Landry BillupsJuly 28, 2012
    I highly recommend the Turkey pastrami sandwich with Swiss cheese on a pretzel roll. Savory.....I also recommend you plan a nap.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BoydNovember 11, 2010
    Located 15 mins north of campus. Great atmosphere and all of their menu items are delicious. Wide variety and a great place for happy hour drinks and appetizers.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SoperDecember 8, 2016
    Cool place with great beer selection and tasty burgers...too bad not staffed adequately....painfully slow/overwhelmed staff
  • Chelsea F.
    Chelsea FitzgeraldJuly 4, 2015
    I had the prezels and povolone fondue and the pork belly ramen.... it was amazing! A must try.
  • Cailin K.
    Cailin KoyDecember 21, 2014
    Hip gourmet-style pub food - try the the pretzel bites and fondue!
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DavisAugust 24, 2011
    Fried chicken is amazing... they don't give you much mashed potatoes though... you might need to order a side and split it with a friend.
  • Raj S.
    Raj SuriFebruary 14, 2010
    Everyone had awesome food - not a single bad item. I had the braised short rib pasta and it was amazing! shrimp po boy was excellent as well the pretzel appetizer was a great starter.
  • David L.
    David LaSpalutoAugust 20, 2011
    Crispy shrimp Caesar salad hits the spot - though the shrimp is battered/fried, there's nothing greasy about it. (And as others have said, YES, the pretzels.)
  • Ben H.
    Ben HernandezAugust 2, 2014
    Awesome and ambiance and the shaved prime rib sandwich is oh la la
  • Eric H.
    Eric HoMay 6, 2013
    Order the Pretzel Fondue and wash them down with a beer from their impressive beer list.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WhitmanJanuary 22, 2015
    Little pricy but excellent foof drinks! Great place of you want to splurge a little (;
  • Andy B.
    Andy BrownAugust 31, 2013
    Good vibe in the restaurant. Friendly attentive and helpful staff. Good local beers.
  • Cathleen R.
    Cathleen RichardsJuly 14, 2014
    Try a shot of Chartreuse at Culinary Dropout. It's made by French monks. @CulinaryDr0p0ut #greenliqueur
  • Libby H.
    Libby HagedonMay 24, 2013
    They have great food for happy hour (bar only), but for the life of me I cannot tell the difference between who works here and who is a customer.
  • Heather S.
    Heather StevensJuly 7, 2013
    Pretzels, grilled artichoke, Italian Salad, glasses of Reisling....best dinner in a long time!!
  • Lisabeth M.
    Lisabeth MoxAugust 13, 2012
    Turkey sandwich on the pretzel roll is out of this world!!!! A must have!!!
  • Tonia J.
    Tonia JohnsonAugust 11, 2013
    The meatloaf was as good as promised. And the house chips and onion dip just as good.
  • Ben W.
    Ben WilenskyAugust 19, 2012
    The pretzel bites with Provolone fondue dip appetizer is absolutely, positively as good as advertised.
  • Suzette V.
    Suzette ValleNovember 9, 2015
    Try the Broccoli Beer and Cheddar soup! So good!
  • Bunny C.
    Bunny ChanelJanuary 10, 2016
    Food was amazing! Great service! Fried chicken is enough for two people!
  • Mathew
    MathewMarch 22, 2015
    No brunch here which is bogus. Try the cap'n crunch French toast at other locations.
  • Mary C.
    Mary CaseyFebruary 21, 2016
    I come here for the prime rib dip, it's the best I have ever had
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Niku A.
    Niku AzamJuly 13, 2015
    Really awesome food and atmosphere. Used to be a pink taco. Lexi is awesome.
  • cindy t.
    Fried chicken is great, as are fish and chips. Definitely share the pretzel appetizer. All cocktails are made with fresh and/or in-house ingredients.
  • kay t.
    kay t.October 16, 2016
    pretzels are delish. and the fried chicken is grrreat!
  • Kathryn
    KathrynApril 15, 2012
    The pretzel fondue one of the most amazing things I have ever eaten.
  • M !.
    M !March 23, 2013
    Great Beer list! You HAVE to try the pretzel bread & provolone fondue. .. Cheers!
  • Marisa M.
    Marisa MillardMarch 16, 2013
    Pretzels and fondue is crazy delicious
  • Lori L.
    Lori LeonettiDecember 7, 2013
    Burrata appetizer was amazing.
  • ASU's Tempe Campus
    ASU's Tempe CampusJune 25, 2012
    Try the beef stroganoff or fried chicken. Don't forget the soft pretzels for your appetizer.
  • Meredith W.
    Meredith WatkinsNovember 2, 2011
    Pretzel fondue.. Pork belly cubano.. Turkey pastrami on a pretzel bun.. I'm a very happy girl! :-)
  • Jenn
    JennSeptember 21, 2013
    Pretzel fondue and pork bello cubano is what is recommended here.
  • Trish R.
    Trish RenehanOctober 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour. Try the wine coolers. Ask for Eric and Jenna. Tell them Trish sent you.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LinscottJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The turkey sandwich on the pretzel roll is terrific!
  • Zac F.
    Zac FoxxMarch 24, 2014
    Pretzel fondue is outstanding. Not one bad dish at this restaurant.
  • John S.
    John SpannagelOctober 29, 2011
    Always a great meal and good time! Try the Pretzel and Provolone Fondue!
  • Cristopher
    CristopherOctober 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    $2 brown bag beer special is where it's at.
  • erika
    erikaAugust 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place to eat and watch the game! Culinary Dropout has a giant projector that they play all the big football games on!
  • Joey B.
    Joey BoraneJanuary 1, 2012
    Come for the atmosphere, watch out for the hair in the drinks and the aloof service.
  • Jamie H.
    Jamie HadleyApril 11
    I didn't particularly care for the pretzels. Pretty bland bread and way too salty. I got the kale butternut squash salad. It only had like 4 chunks of squash! For that price?? Won't do that again.
  • lindsey o.
    lindsey olsenSeptember 18, 2015
    I don't like gin usually but the Room Service is really delicious
  • Somer Z.
    Somer ZimmermanMarch 2, 2012
    Best peanut butter chocolate tart ever! Must Try!!
  • Mr.Mahler™
    Mr.Mahler™November 2, 2013
    There's a dude named Mike that had all his friends tell him they're staying home tonight because he's embarrassing and they don't like him.
  • True Fish S.
    True Fish StudioDecember 18, 2010
    Turkey pastrami on pretzel bread paired with a Modus Hoperandi by Ska Brewing is the best thing in my life...
  • Kirstin A.
    Kirstin AndersonMarch 6, 2012
    pretzels with cheese fondue are amazing!!
  • Fitz B.
    Fitz BaileyFebruary 3, 2013
    Single Barrel on tap, almost.
  • Kim V.
    Kim VerdaglioAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like cheese (who doesn't?) order the pretzel fondue. Make sure to share!
  • Fallon | S.
    Fallon | Sage + SparkleSeptember 11, 2013
    The pretzel fondue is AMAZ!!!!
  • Megan P.
    Megan P.March 31, 2013
    Pretty good had the veggie salad
  • Joseph W.
    Joseph WilliamsMarch 27, 2011
    Great restaurant! Only order the fish & chips if eating light; it's a surprisingly small meal.
  • Simi F.
    Simi F.January 1, 2013
    Extremely tender and flavorful 36 hour ribs. Mmm
  • Pam G.
    Pam GilfordJanuary 30, 2013
    The pretzel fondue is delish, the fried chicken was "just ok."
  • Denée
    DenéeDecember 3, 2015
    The food is excellent and the service is awesome.
  • Alan G.
    Alan GoodmanMarch 22, 2014
    This place is run by criminals willing to defraud their employees. My best friend was a dishwasher there for 6+ months. They break health codes, and they refuse to pay him for his last 2+ weeks.
  • Stacey P.
    Stacey PressmanMarch 1, 2013
    Great restaurant except the chairs are extremely uncomfortable. Too low to the table. Do better.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SaccenteApril 22, 2012
    Try the Pretzal Fondue! So good!
  • Leah J.
    Turkey pastrami on pretzel bread
  • Sam S.
    Sam ScavuzzoJuly 15, 2011
    At happy hour you get $3 mugs of solid craft brews.
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GoldsteinNovember 18, 2013
    The fried chicken is too good to handle.
  • Giannii
    GianniiApril 2, 2010
    Go to Culinary Dropout and order the Butternut Squash Cannelloni...to die for!
  • Carmen P.
    Carmen PinesSeptember 13, 2011
    loved the pretzel and provolone Fondue!
  • Lexi H.
    Lexi HochhalterMarch 31, 2013
    Steak and pretzels were delicious!
  • Jennie C.
    Jennie CarletonJanuary 16, 2012
    Wasn't my favorite but I'm all about giving it a second chance!
  • Robin B.
    Robin BreenFebruary 25, 2013
    Pretzel bites are a must!
  • Jill A.
    Jill AliceMay 24, 2013
    Pretzels and fondue. Enough said.
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BownNovember 22, 2011
    Smashed Irishman. Name says it all. Great drink!
  • Tierra W.
    Tierra WilsonOctober 16, 2010
    Fried chicken is DA BOMB! It's fried to perfection and drizzled with honey
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan ShawFebruary 23, 2013
    Soft pretzel fondue is a must.
  • Heath D.
    Heath DayJuly 17, 2013
    Don't sit outside after dark the mist sprayers leave the seats and tables wet.....no bueno.
  • Justin S.
    Justin ShaneOctober 10, 2010
    THE Best Cocktail -- Try the El Matador
  • Sandy
    SandyAugust 30, 2011
    Burger review http://www.examiner.com/burger-in-scottsdale/drop-for-the-pub-burger-at-culinaty-dropout-review Read more
  • megan d.
    megan davisJanuary 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try their "The Simple Plan" cocktail! Yummy pear infused!
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LabrecqueAugust 30, 2011
    yummy gnocchi, carrot cake, and trout Read more
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly Conrad DiMarcoNovember 5, 2010
    Pretzel Fondue, Bacon Bloody Mary, and Fried Chicken: Amazing
  • Autumn R.
    Autumn RiddleApril 22, 2011
    The pretzel fondue is awesome!
  • Marilyn L.
    Marilyn LimbAugust 22, 2011
    Live music and Pretzel Bites. Need I say more? Read more
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda VegaJuly 4, 2011
    Get the pretzels and fondue!
  • Sara F.
    Sara FisherMay 20, 2012
    Ma! The meatloaf(best thing ever)
  • Mark S.
    Mark SanchezJuly 20, 2011
    The cheeseburger is pretty good too.
  • Viajes I.
    Viajes IntermexNovember 12, 2016
    Increíble lugar, buen ambiente y excelente atención
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