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Top 5 Restaurants: Southwestern (Spring-Summer 2014)

Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Restaurants Southwestern! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Restaurants: Southwestern

Cowboy Ciao
7133 E. Stetson Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 946-3111
Website
What began as Tex-Mex Italian 14 years ago has evolved into modern American cuisine with global influences. Whether you’re not sure what you’re craving, or you’re with a group on finicky foodies, the Cowboy Ciao menu offers something for everyone.

El Chorro Lodge
5550 E. Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(480) 948-5170
Website
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.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
Location: Five locations in Arizona
(480) 948-9010
Website
Z’Tejas appeals to families, business 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.
Richardson’s of New Mexico
6335 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016

(602) 287-8900
Website
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.

Old Town Tortilla Factory
6910 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 945-4567
Website
Built from an historic 75-year old Scottsdale adobe home, Old Town Tortilla Factory captures timeless charm and distinct atmosphere that exemplifies the essence of the Southwest and offers food that is Southwestern with a Mexican twist.

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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)
cowboyciao.com
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
tontobarandgrill.com
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)
ztejas.com
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
elchorro.com
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
burningembersphoenix.com
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

 

Top 5 Southwestern Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Southwestern Restaurants (Spring-Summer 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)
cowboyciao.com
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 on finicky foodies, the Cowboy Ciao menu offers something for everyone.


El Chorro Lodge

5550 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480-948-5170
elchorro.com
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.


Fuego Tacos

2501 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-441-5728
fuegotaco.com
Fuego Tacos was awarded Best Taco by local food critic Howard Seftel. It’s also a gathering spot for the young and hip, as well as celebrities who visit Phoenix.


Tonto Bar & Grill

5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd.,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
480-488-0698
tontobarandgrill.com
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)
ztejas.com
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.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Citizen Public House, The Original Chopped Salad

Chef Kantak Of Citizen Public House Dishes About His Salad Favorites

When your salad has its own Facebook page, that’s when you know you’ve made a culinary Citizen Public House, Chef Bernie Kantakimpact; and Chef Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House in Old Scottsdale is living proof of it.

After years of chefs — both locally and nationally — replicating and recreating his Original Chopped Salad, Kantak jokingly created a Facebook page for it, immediately following a chat with a friend, on Facebook. Since then, Citizen Public House no longer lists the ingredients of the salad on the menu; instead, the restaurant displays the web address for the salad’s Facebook page.

The Original Chopped Salad is considered just that, original and unique. When Peter Kasperski, the owner of Cowboy Ciao, decided the salad needed a fresh look and taste, Kantak took on the challenge. Inspired by a fennel soup with sweet dried corn and salmon, Kantak “liked the combination and herbatiousness of the soup,” and redeveloped it into the salad it is today.

After just two weeks on the menu, Cowbow Ciao sold more than 100 salads a day, and it continues to be the top seller at Citizen Public House.

The Original Chopped Salad has a seemingly abnormal combination of ingredients, including corn, salmon, couscous, asiago, pepitas, tomatoes, currants and arugula. Patrons can then drizzle the salad with buttermilk pesto dressing.

“When you first tell people what’s in it, it doesn’t really sound very good,” Kantak says. “But once they have it, it becomes magical to people. People go bananas for it.”

Kantak says it’s the combination of flavor and texture that keeps diners coming back for more, or intrigued enough to try it for the first time.

The Original Chopped Salad, Chef Kantak“I think it’s the combination of how everything is so different,” Kantak says, “but it comes together really beautifully, especially with the colors.”

This is why Kantak advises for your next salad to be adventurous and try different things. For instance, instead of croutons, Kantak substitutes potato chips.

“You can have a salad with two ingredients in it, and it can taste great; and then there’s the Original Chopped Salad that has a lot of elements into it,” Kantak says. “I think it’s the way things harmonize with one another. Don’t be afraid to try everything, and just think outside the box.”

For those looking to whip up a simple salad for lunch or a pre-dinner treat, Kantak recommends combining tomatoes, a little bit of red onion, basil, balsamic extra virgin olive oil, salt and cracked pepper.

But what makes a great salad are fresh ingredients, Kantak says, which can be found at various farmer’s markets around the Valley.

“Definitely the Scottsdale Farmer’s Market and the farmer’s market downtown,” Kantak says. “I really like to go to the market at the Chinese Cultural Center; they have stuff you just aren’t going to find in a grocery store.”

Kantak’s favorite salad? His own Mirliton Chopped Salad, which combines chayote, snow pea greens, grape tomato, cucumber-onion salad, heirloom popcorn, grilled halloumi cheese and parsley-garlic dressing.

“People are surprised by the heirloom popcorn,” Kantak says. “The Greek grilled cheese is grilled and has a nice smokiness; and the cucumbers are light, refreshing and summery.”

Try the Original Chopped Salad or The Mirliton Chopped Salad, both found on the Citizen Public House menu.

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If You Go: Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave, Ste. E, Scottsdale
(480) 398-4208
www.citizenpublichouse.com

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