21 November, 2019, 23:47

PHOTO FEATURE: Sneak peek at August Rhodes Market, opening August 3

House-made loaves in a stylish space, say hello to your new lunch spot!

Artisanal sandwich, soup, and salad concept August Rhodes Market will open Saturday, August 3 in the 2,700-square-foot space at 3073 N. Campbell Ave.

The concept is a creation of Ares Collective, which is also behind Prep & Pastry and Commoner & Co.

“We’ve been working on this concept for a very long time,” said Nathan Ares, partner at Ares Collective. “We’ve been wanting to do our own bakery — this gives us the opportunity to focus on our bakery concept.”

The meaning behind the name

“After Nate found out what we were naming our son (August Rhodes), he said let’s just call it that,” said Kyle Nottingham, partner-chef with Ares Collective. So, there you have it.

That house-made bread though

To elevate the bread program, August Rhodes Market brought on Nathan Teufel as partner baker.

Partner-baker Nathan Teufel at August Rhodes Market

Partner-baker Nathan Teufel at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Nottingham had been following Teufel’s bread work over several years with businesses such as Monsoon Chocolate and Canyon Ranch Lenox.

“We’re also working with a ton of local farms, growing our own wheat for specialty breads and other native and heritage ingredients,” Nottingham said, “and [with] local companies featuring their products in our retail component and in our food.”

The bread will also supply Prep & Pastry, Commoner & Co., and other restaurants around town, Ares said.

“We’re going to do as much as we can in house as possible,” Nottingham said. “Fermentation, pickling, canning, juicing — done right. It’s going to be pretty fun.”

An inside look

The fast-casual concept hints at the former space with farm-style details such as wooden shutters on the patio but introduces rich tones and gold accents inside.

The wallpaper, combining florals and gold stalks of wheat, is the stand out and toys with the wheat-flower concept reflected in their logo. A small collection of elegant bouquets and candles display by the window, while the counter features succulents for sale and baguettes wrapped in paper.

Interior at August Rhodes Market

Interior at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Guests order at the counter, then grab a number and seat themselves.

The menu features a wide variety of scratch-made soups, salads, sandwiches, and gorditas.

Soups ($3 cup, $6 bowl, $8 bread bowl)

Bread Bowl with Ratatouille at August Rhodes Market

Bread Bowl with Ratatouille at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Raddichio Salad ($12) – orange, fennel, maple vin, cabbage, couscous

Radicchio Salad at August Rhodes Market

Raddichio Salad at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Samurai Salad ($10) – adzuki bean, brown rice, napa cabbage, ponzu dressing

Samurai Salad at August Rhodes Market

Samurai Salad at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

New Jersey Joe Sandwich ($14) – Japanese milk bread, smoked brisket, coleslaw, Russian dressing

New Jersey Joe Sandwich at August Rhodes Market

New Jersey Joe Sandwich at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Turkey Club ($12) – sourdough, turkey, avo, LTO, mayo, bacon, pickles

Turkey Club Sandwich at August Rhodes Market

Turkey Club Sandwich at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Grinder ($11) – baguette, capiccola, salami, pepperoni, pickles, provolone, grinder vin, romaine

Grinder at August Rhodes Market

Grinder at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pulled Chicken Gordita ($9 for 2) – cabbage, pickled onions, cilantro, lime; served with fruit and Tajín

Pulled Chicken Gordita at August Rhodes Market

Pulled Chicken Gordita at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Eggplant Sandwich ($11) – baguette, roasted red bell pepper, hummus, kalamata olives, romaine, pepperoncini

Eggplant Sandwich at August Rhodes Market

Eggplant Sandwich at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Other August Rhodes Market menu highlights

  • Half & Half ($10) – half-sandwich and half-salad or soup
  • Romaine Salad ($11) – Parmesan, anchovy gremolata, croutons, extra-virgin olive oil
  • Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich ($10) – sourdough, mayo, slab bacon, heirloom tomato, romaine
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($10) – sourdough, havarti, provolone, butter, aioli
  • Kid Sandwiches ($5)
    • PB&J
    • Grilled Cheese
    • Turkey & Cheese
Team at August Rhodes Market

Team at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While this is a sandwich shop and not a barbecue joint, make sure to give the New Jersey Joe a try; the brisket is easily some of the best we’ve had in Tucson.

The beverage menu nods to local companies and flavors. It features lemonade, agua fresca, Maya Iced Tea, Curly Wolf Kombucha on tap, Yellow Brick Coffee cold brew on tap, and a selection of wines and beers.

House-made loaves of bread are also available for sale — you’ll want to purchase one (some) before you leave.

August Rhodes Market is located at 3073 N. Campbell Ave. Keep up with August Rhodes Market on Instagram.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.

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