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It's for tourists, but this landmark cowboy steak house is no trap. Have your kids deputized by the "Old Timer," get your picture taken in Western duds and enjoy the country-western band. Then settle in for excellent, mesquite-grilled steaks. The two-pound porterhouse and New York strip are the best options. Cheesecake and apple pie are effective desserts.
Pinnacle Peak Patio is awesome! Not only do they have rattlesnakes, they have a no tie policy. Just look around. If you wear a tie in there, they will grab it, and cut it off! The steaks are really good, too. A little pricey... but delicious. Plus, there are some great views up there by Pinnacle Peak. If you are looking for an authentic Western steak dinner, give this place a try. You won't be sorry! Oh, and try to pet the rattlesnake... I dare you!
These days, there aren't too many reminders that Scottsdale is "The West's Most Western Town," a slogan coined by the city's first mayor, Malcolm White, back in 1951. Heck, if it weren't for the lack of an ocean nearby, the glitzy scene in downtown Scottsdale might even pass as Miami or L.A. But there are still remnants of the Old West to be found here, if only in the form of tourist destinations. For proof, head north, young man — waaay north — to Pinnacle Peak Patio, where cowboy nostalgia has been in style since it opened in 1957. The place started out as a general store but has grown into a sprawling eatery where you can dig into a mesquite-smoked steak, knock back a pint of ice-cold Pinnacle Peak Amber Ale (one of the microbrews made on-site), and dance to live country music. Feel free to show up in a Stetson and a sturdy pair of boots, but leave your tie at home, lest it be snipped off and added to the collection hanging from the ceiling as a reminder of the restaurant's "no necktie policy." If you'd heard the desert was harsh, now you'll understand why.
Although it's quite the drive for us East Mesa residents, its absolutely worth it, especially if you make a day of it. It's a cool little western looking place, complete with picnic tables & gingham tablecloths. The enormous patio has a lot of cool decor and a little faux old west town to add to the feel of the place. Best thing on the menu - BBQ burger!! But the real treat is their selection of brewery beer - the best being the Sonoran Cordillera Blanca White Chocolate Ale. You haven't lived til you've tasted it!!
Sure, we're used to enjoying the food of top-notch Valley chefs, but when's the last time we chug-a-lugged their culinary styles in beer form? The craft beer experts at Scottsdale's Sonoran Brewing C... More »
Pinnacle Peak Patio, 10426 East Jomax, Scottsdale, 585-1599. Hours: Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. Every year, when the calendar flips to January, you can count on three... More »
You're an adult. You drive your own car, you pay for your own place, you go out to bars -- but you still use root beer in your floats? Shameful. Grow up and splosh your ice cream in a mug of Inebriator, a thick, rich, chewy stout from Sonoran Brewing Company. With mighty flavors of peanut, molasses, milk chocolate, and hot cocoa, the beer's a perfect pair to vanilla ice cream. Plus, it's, you know, inebriating. Yay, adulthood! More »
We don't remember drinking the Inebriator. Then again, how could we remember drinking anything containing 9 percent alcohol by volume? What we heard from our friends after re-hydrating, cleaning ourselves up, and figuring out which surface was the floor (without hitting it with our heads this time) was that the Inebriator from Sonoran Brewing Company is dark and delicious, like a caramel-wrapped chocolate revolution for your taste buds. More »
These days, there aren't too many reminders that Scottsdale is "The West's Most Western Town," a slogan coined by the city's first mayor, Malcolm White, back in 1951. Heck, if it weren't for the lack of an ocean nearby, the glitzy scene in downtown Scottsdale might even pass as Miami or L.A. But there are still remnants of the Old West to be found here, if only in the form of tourist destinations. For proof, head north, young man -- waaay north -- to Pinnacle Peak Patio, where... More »
Sonoran's commercial description calls Cordillera Blanca White Chocolate Ale "light, refreshing, and completely unique," and, for once, it's not just a bullshit company line. Chocolate stouts are pretty commonplace now, but this is the first time we've had a light, honey-colored chocolate beer at a local pub. We adore Cordillera Blanca because it's potent, but pale and sweet enough to drink any time of day. The ale has a thin white head that never seems to disappear and just the right... More »
So just what the hell is "authentic Arizona" cuisine? Roasted javelina with a prickly pear salad and a side of chopped roadrunner liver? Hmm, come to think of it, that doesn't sound half bad. But until some gifted chef realizes our twisted culinary vision, we'll stick to Scottsdale's Pinnacle Peak Patio, which serves porterhouse steaks you can use as doorstops and bowls of cowboy beans that call to mind that infamous campfire scene from Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles. (For those of you who... More »
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