Photo: Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

Top 5: Southwestern Restaurants (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Southwestern Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Cowboy Ciao

7133 E. Stetson Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) WINE-111 (9463)
What began as Tex-Mex Italian 14 years ago has evolved into modern American with global influences. Whether you’re not sure what you’re craving, or if you’re with a group of finicky foodies, the Cowboy Ciao menu offers something for everyone.

Tonto Bar & Grill

5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd.,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
(480) 488-0698
This rustic restaurant takes pride in creating signature dishes from the finest, freshest ingredients, all-natural meats and sustainable seafood, and as many native Arizona products as possible. And you’ll love the ambiance: it looks like an Old West pueblo without the restaurant kitsch.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

Five locations in Arizona
(480) 948-9010 (Phoenix)
Z’Tejas appeals to families, business-lunch professionals and happy-hour crowds. It offers creative Southwest fare with Cajun, Mexican and Pacific influences. Popular dishes include voodoo tuna, shrimp tostada bites, catfish beignets, Santa Fe smoked-chicken enchiladas and ancho fudge pie.

El Chorro Lodge

5550 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(480) 948-5170
El Chorro Lodge, which sits on 14 desert acres in Paradise Valley, is more than a Valley tradition, it’s a sensory experience. Enjoy the captivating Sonoran landscape and relish in the chef’s nightly inspirations and award-winning dishes.

Richardson’s of New Mexico

6335 N. 16th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 287-8900
Home of the original green chile potato, Richardson’s of New Mexico has the ambiance, service and Tex-Mex menu that will keep you coming back for more.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012