Shift Kitchen & Bar


photo by Hannah Gray

Dara and Joe Rodgers

After stints at Frasca in Colorado and Ubuntu in California, husband-and-wife team Dara and Joe Rodgers set out to redefine mountain-town cuisine at Shift. In a spare, airy space in a historic building in downtown Flagstaff, they find creative ways to present regional ingredients, from the sorrel that’s made into a savory, palate-awakening sorbet, to the spent grains from Flagstaff’s Dark Sky Brewing transformed into crackers for the house-made rillettes. The kitchen’s penchant for experimentation flows into the bar as well. Working with seasonal produce, as well as a host of bar-made bitters and infusions, the bartenders create drinks worth a visit all on their own. Try the Hazel du Monde, a Bourbon-based cocktail that includes hazelnut, lemon and squash.

107 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, Arizona

American, Tapas

928-440-5135

Based in Sonoma, Elaine Chukan Brown serves as the American specialist for JancisRobinson.com. Her work also appears in World of Fine Wine, the fourth edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine and on her own site, WakawakaWineReviews.com. Prior to writing about wine, Chukan Brown was a philosophy professor specializing in ethics and social politics.


This story appears in the print issue of February 2017.
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