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While there are a few Mexican eateries in the vicinity of Old Town, you'd have a much better chance of tracking down a gourmet burger or a plate of sushi. So for that reason alone, The Mission fills a welcome niche in this 'hood. While the menu is a broader, more modern take on Latin cuisine, the real highlights are simple pleasures like street tacos and bacon-wrapped hot dogs. And even if you're only going to knock back $15 cocktails, the atmosphere here is certainly dark and sexy enough to encourage lingering.
As the likable smart-ass behind the food scene blog EATERAZ and the guy who puts on both the Arizona Taco Festival and the Arizona BBQ Festival (all with considerable help from his equally likeable an... More »
Spring training brings plenty of visitors to the Valley -- we're talking about baseball fanatics and players from around the league. Everyone wants a piece of the action (and the weather) and, of cour... More »
Under normal circumstances, we'd have to log quite a few miles in order to enjoy plates created by Aaron May, Christopher Gross, Matt Carter, and Josh Herbert in one night. And that's assuming we'd be... More »
Chef Matt Carter's sophisticated, intimate spot serving modern Latin cuisine in Scottsdale might mean shaking the piggy bank for some extra coin, but the culinary journey is worth it. Mixing French cooking techniques with influences from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, Carter's dishes are intensely flavorful and expertly prepared. Start with a stellar smoked pork pozole, or shared plates of duck carnitas empanada and smoked pork shoulder tacos in hand-pressed corn tortillas, then... More »
Mexican food doesn't have to mean burritos and tacos. One meal at The Mission in Scottsdale will dispel this notion completely, and do it with exotic Latin flair. We recommend you start with a blood orange or pomegranate margarita and an order of the guacamole, which is made tableside to your specifications and includes one of our crunchy favorites, pepitas. Or opt to start with the roast corn gordita, which includes some of the tastiest huitlacoche (corn smut) in the Valley. Then you can... More »
Everybody already knows that The Mission is one of Old Town's sexiest dinner destinations -- those chandeliers and candles everywhere create a moody, decadent kind of glamour -- but it's just as cool a hangout during the day. We're huge fans of the weekend brunch menu, which has some unique and unforgettable dishes. Crave savory in the a.m.? Go for the delicious scrambled eggs with chorizo, grilled flour tortillas, and chipotle grits, red chile chilaquiles topped with a gooey fried... More »
It's finally the weekend, and after last night's overindulgence, we need hair o' the dog, big-time. A Bloody Mary sounds like the ultimate cure, so we're on a mission to get to The Mission for a perfectly crafted version of this classic a.m. cocktail (or maybe a mimosa if we have a sweet tooth). Then we can dig into a scrumptious Latin brunch that never fails to make us smile. At this stylish Old Town spot, decorated with chandeliers and dripping candles for a decadent vibe, morning munchies... More »
The food here was unbelievable. Order the ghost pepper hot sauce, you may also need a glass of milk to wash it down. Had the chipotle caesar to start which had a great taste. Duck Confit for dinner with roasted hominy. It was so delicious, but after so many chips and the salad I could't come close to finishing it. Pumpkin break pudding and chocolate churros for dessert.
The Mission is locally owned & one of the great new restaurants to come along in awhile. Its got the 3 G's: good cocktails, good food & good service! While it's not authentic Sonoran Style Mexican Cuisine, The Mission offers a Chef Driven Regional Assortment of dishes set in a Hip & Sultry atmosphere. Starting with a World Class Tequila selection & Great Margaritas to the Table Side Guacamole Carts (remember the "G" is silent)! Chill in the bar while your waiting(the good places are always busy!) Guys...order the "Mission Marg" ask for Cruz Reposado Tequila & no triple sec & half salted rim(offsets sweetness!) Girls...do the "Coconut Marg"! The menu manages to offer a good combination of appetizers & entrees that are light & fresh as well as giving you the rich flavors of parts of Mexico & the Latin World you probably haven't & might not ever visit. I like to start with one of the "Anticuchos" which is seasoned & skewered shrimp, chicken or beef & then try the Chilean Salmon or the Tecate Skirt Steak Tacos. If you're sharing then you might try the Pineapple & Cilantro Glazed Pork Shoulder for two that's served with Homemade corn tortillas. Leave room for dessert so that you can try the Expresso Churros served with a pequeno(small) milkshake for dipping! Enjoy :)
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