Scottsdale, Arizona

We love the food scene in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Here are a few of our favorites from our last trip there.

The Mission

We’ve eaten at The Mission several times and love the modern latin menu.  It’s a fairly lively and casual vibe and the service is always great.

A great way to start the trip…mojitos on the sunny patio!

Pork Shoulder Taco – pork shoulder + pineapple glaze + cilantro + cotija

She said…I loved every bite of these little tacos.  They were small, but came in a trio and were so fresh and full of flavor!  The pork shoulder was tender and juicy, and all the bold flavors went together perfectly.


Cubano Torta – pork belly + smoked ham + swiss + pickle + dijon + yucca

He said…This was fantastic!  The pork belly and ham was a delicious and savory combination and the fried egg made each bite taste like brunch!  Together with the yucca and pickles, this was one substantial sandwich.

The Mission on Urbanspoon
Citizen Public House



This salad has corn, couscous, smoked salmon, asiago, pepitas, tomatoes, arugula and currants with a buttermilk pesto dressing.  It is simply amazing!  You know a salad is good when it has its own Facebook page!


Hampshire bacon, roasted corn grits,
wilted snow pea greens & Red Rock cola gastrique

She said…the scallops were perfectly cooked, the grits were creamy and I loved the gastrique, which gave the dish a great pop of flavor.


Maple Leaf farms duck breast, creamy rosemary millet, spiced pistachios, sauteed greens

He said…If duck is on the menu, I’ll order it most of the time.  I’m glad I ordered this dish, because it was right up my alley.  The duck was a perfect medium rare with a great smoky taste.  I loved the millet, which was a nice change from a traditional potato or polenta.  This was a perfect comfort food meal, which I love.
Citizen Public House on Urbanspoon

Cowboy Ciao


Chicken-Fried Trout buttermilk/sambal marinated, with Sriracha/dill rémoulade & Thai chile/mint slaw

She said…This was delicious!  I loved the spice of the slaw, the fish was nicely cooked and the batter was perfectly crunchy.


Korean-Style BBQ Short Ribs braised in honeydew/pear/Asian BBQ sauce with quinoa, wilted leeks and baby bok choy in crème fraîche and wasabi

He said…I really like this Asian-inspired take on short ribs.  The preparation of the short ribs was a nice combination of sweet and savory.  The quinoa, wilted leeks and baby bok choy balanced the dish nicely.


Exotic Mushroom Pan Fry (cremini, button, oyster, cepe, lobster, black trumpet, shiitake, morel, yellow foot mushrooms) in ancho cream over double-cooked polenta, all topped with grilled portabellini, avocado, Roma tomato and cotija cheese

One of their signature items, this unique mushroom dish really blew us away!
Cowboy Ciao on Urbanspoon

We would head back to any of these Scottsdale restaurants without hesitation!

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