The term “sundowner” is actually a term used in Africa for cocktail time. In my opinion, it is always cocktail time here in Scottsdale. Though we are usually here between Christmas and New Years, Scottsdale begs of party time, cocktails, and good music. March means Spring Training here, rather than the Fiesta Bowl.
I never get tired or bored here in this great town. When I say Scottsdale, I really mean the greater Phoenix area. I did not bring golf clubs, though I really should. The golf is great here in the Valley of the Sun. I have many great memories of playing here, not only with my son, but dear friend Debbie, and another old friend, Dandy Randy.
Shopping in the Scottsdale area is greatly under rated. Old Town Scottsdale offers the best, if somewhat inflated prices, on the best of southwest jewelry and artifacts. And the nearby upscale Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall is designer and teen heaven if you like that stuff. All the usual suspects are present, along with a few local twists on retail therapy.
But the one constant in all my years of visiting here is the food. Yes, this is the mecca for Tex Mex, southwestern cuisine, and Mexican food. And we have found the best place in the entire valley. It is Los Sombreros in Scottsdale, opened in 1994. What makes it so unique? They say the “soul of Mexico has come to Scottsdale”.
The owner, Azucena Tovar is from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In a move to be a little more upscale, they have a new ten course tasting menu for $75. This is the menu:
TWO TASTING-SIZED CUPS OF CORN CHOWDER SOUP
TWO CRISPY HIBISCUS TAQUITOS
FIG & PANELA CHEESE SALAD
With greens in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing
CRAB & MANGO SALAD
With honey lime vinaigrette
SNAPPER WITH ESQUITES
TROUT WITH ALMONDS IN LEMON BUTTER WITH CAPERS
CORN CAKE SOUFLÉ WITH MOLE SAUCE
Grilled chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and huitlacoche in a chipotle tomato sauce
PORK CHOP SERVED WITH TAMARIND MOLE
PILONCILLO ICE CREAM
In addition, guests that order the 10-Course Tasting Menu can enjoy a selection of cocktails for $6. Cocktails include:
•Martinis (Tamarind, Strawberry, Apple, Mango, Pomegranate, Pineapple)
I can hardly wait! But aside from this latest and greatest, they added a second restaurant in north Scottsdale. The old location is slightly south of downtown Scottsdale, in a very unpretentious place on Scottsdale Road. This is a Scottsdale must do, more so than the Pink Pony, or Don and Charlie’s.
Too bad the McDowell Mountain Music Festival is not happening now. That would make Scottsdale the orgy trifecta of everyone: baseball, music, and great food, not to mention the plastic surgery!