Kelly’s at Southbridge Celebrates Four Years in Tasty Style by Lynette Carrington Kelly’s at Southbridge Celebrates Four Years in Tasty StyleOne part upscale bar, one part local hangout, one part distinctive dining and all deliciously engaging – that is Kelly’s at Southbridge. June 2016 marks the four year anniversary of the restaurant that boasts a focused menu that appeals to everyone from avid foodies to those who just crave some good ol’ comfort food. My husband and I kicked off the dog days of summer at Kelly’s at Southbridge during happy hour with a glass of chardonnay and a riesling. The happy hour, known as “social hour” at Kelly’s includes easy offerings:half-price appetizers, bruschetta, bottles of wine and bottles of champagne, $4 drafts, house wines and well drinks, and $4 off signature cocktails. We started our summer celebration with an order of rock shrimp ceviche and house tortilla chips. I simply loved that the tortilla chips were thick and could stand up to the ceviche. The ceviche itself was a little less “juicy” than what I’m traditionally used to, but the flavors were a delicious collection that included fresh mango and was truly wonderful. The bruschetta that we ordered was also delightful. Of particular note, the bread was nice and soft, but sliced thick and held firm, which is a departure from most hard crusted or thinly sliced bruschetta breads that are found elsewhere. The menu at Kelly’s is not extensive, but they did not sacrifice quality for quantity. Our main entrees were superb. I ordered the oven roasted pork chop which was simply divine. It was a flavorful and large chop that was succulent and tasty, which is no small feat, as often, it is easy to dry out a pork chop. The entrée was accompanied with a side dish of diced red potatoes and turnips touched with a pear cider glaze. This is one of the better pork chops to be found in the Valley! My husband ordered the 12 oz. bone-in rib-eye steak that was served with broccolini and garlic mashed potatoes with a generous portion of smooth mushroom gravy. Again, the quality was wonderful and the flow of flavors from one item to the next was a well thought out orchestration. The menu at Kelly’s also includes salads, sandwiches and burgers. Last week when dining at another restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale, a former server from Kelly’s at Southbridge who I encountered said that the Kelly’s original four cut burger is “to die for.” A nice pat on the back from a former employee who obviously liked this entrée, but the burger will have to wait for our next visit.There was simply no room for dessert, but the sweets menu at Kelly’s includes upscale doughnut holes, Kelly’s Twinkie, chocolate flourless cake and a Nutella cheesecake. Perhaps on our next visit, instead of starting with ceviche and bruschetta, we should delve right into dessert! Kelly’s at Southbridge is located at 7117 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale. Visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com or call (490) 393-3205.