In our quest to find homey, happy places with a good booze selection in the West Valley, Jake and I stumbled upon Ground Control Coffee. It’s only about a block from our house, and a friend suggested it. I had trouble not singing the David Bowie song, and I was a little concerned at its location in Litchfield Park—next to Burger King in a shopping center at Litchfield and Indian School—but don’t let that detract you. Ground Control is a cool, cool place, and I’m very lucky to have it so close!Ground Control Coffee is home to four of my favorite things: live music, coffee, specialty beer, and scotch, scotch, scotch, I love scotch, get in my tummy. Well, you get the idea. It’s snazzy inside! Nice, dim mood lighting. Local art on the walls. Pleasant live jazz tunes, played on acoustic guitar and piano. And the staff is absolutely excellent. They are helpful, knowledgeable, and funny. At Ground Control, I am free to use my offbeat, occasionally inappropriate humor, and no one looks at me like I’m nuts! They even reciprocate. Like I said, though, it’s their knowledge that matters. They know the beer, wine, liquor, and food. Oh, yes, didn’t I mention? They serve food, too!
I guess I better talk about Ground Control in the daytime first. They serve coffee, custom-blended by the Ground Control staff and sold in-house and available on their website to take home with you. Some highlights for me, since I do love my dark roasts: “Afterburner” (smoky, smoky, smoky), “Eureka” (ideal for espresso), and “Sumatra Mandheling” (spice!). A perfect side to your steaming cup of yum? They serve gelato. Mmmmmmmmm …
So I’ve mentioned the setting, people, and daytime goodness. What about the BEER and WINE? The beer selection is glorious. Whatever you want, they have it. I’m partial to an IPA they have on draft, but they also carry variations of porter, pilsner, and even framboise. Their extensive wine collection includes—but is certainly not limited to—sparkling (they carry one of my favorite Proseccos), Gewurtzraminer and Viognier (the best white wines on the market), tons of Bordeaux blends (try one with the chocolate gelato), and a Guigal Chateauneuf de Pape that’ll rock your weekend. They also have a full liquor selection, including a wide variety of my favorite sippers: scotch and tequila. For more info, visit the Ground Control Coffee, Litchfield Park, website at http://www.groundxcontrol.com/.
So there. You see? There are cool things to do in the Phoenix West Valley. Hey, Scottsdale, Tempe, and CenPho—head my way. Let’s go to Ground Control Coffee. I’ll meet you there!