With pages full of flavors traditional to Mexico City, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, and Cozumel, the menu at Haciendas Mexican Grill is like an atlas of Mexican cuisine. Guests can taste the classic Mayan influence on the nation’s dishes with the cochinita pibil, a cut of pork that slowly marinates in a stew of achiote, orange juice, and banana leaves, or revel in the country's knack for sauces with the dark-brown dressing of the pollo con mole. The chefs also take slight liberties with the dishes, infusing the chocolate fondue with ancho chiles and transforming the humble hamburger with oaxaca cheese and chipotle mayo. To honor Mexico's extensive coastlines, the chefs drench jumbo prawns, stuffed salmon filets, and lobster ravioli in spicy cream sauces.
Outside the dining room, guests can experience Mexican culture with specialty margaritas, tap and bottled beers, and other libations in the restaurant’s three bars. Like an interstellar pub crawl, each bar features a different atmosphere: one sports a scenic view of the mountains, another buzzes with a row of LED TVs, and an outside patio grants fresh air and warm sun ideal for a round of icy beverages.
Named for a Spanish legend about the romance between a sailor and a mermaid, Salty Senorita encourages guests to fall in love with their over 50 hand crafted margaritas instead. Waiters carry deep bowls of guacamole with handmade tortilla chips, plates of shrimp and mango quesadillas, and 11 kinds of tacos, which can be accompanied by 130 kinds of tequila and various mixed drinks. Waitresses' tank tops and short-shorts continue the beachside vibe created by shark frescos that sometimes fling seaweed at passersby.
Not everyone does R & R the same way. So when Les and Diane Corieri founded RnR, they wanted to give it a little bit of everything. At 8 a.m., the kitchen starts serving a diverse selection of breakfast dishes that includes pulled-pork hash and Chambord french toast. The stoves stay hot throughout the day for a late-night menu of quesadillas, gourmet burgers, and philly cheesesteaks that are available until 2 a.m. Customers can also pop in to savor a fresh-brewed cup of Italian coffee, to sample a wine from the 1,800-bottle cellar, or to finally figure out what a restaurant looks like.
Italian for "your wine," Su Vino doesn't only curate a lineup of award-winning varietals, it also crafts custom wines to suit even the most discerning palates. Inside an eye-catching tasting room, Su Vino Winery pairs glasses and bottles of its vintages with a menu of light appetizers and sensuous desserts. Red wines such as the jam-flavored cabernet sauvignon/merlot blend and peppery zinfandel pour crimson into tasting glasses, whereas white wines—including the tongue-twisting gewürztraminer—immerse taste buds in crisp, off-dry tones. They also open their bottle-lined space to guests interested in hosting a birthday party, bridal shower, or scared-straight event for delinquent grapes.
At least in our cultural imagination, mid-century America was a place of grandeur and decadence—a throwback to the Jazz Age, but with all the trappings of modernity. Whether that place ever truly existed is debatable, but one thing isn’t: Mabel’s on Main has captured all of its intoxicating charms. From handcrafted cocktails to intricately embossed tin ceilings, Mabel’s leaves no detail unaccounted for in its reconstruction of a lost era. Indeed, it’s hard not to feel like a character from Mad Men while sipping on a classic gin martini or any of the bar’s other signature cocktails. Meanwhile, the rest of the menu betrays more contemporary influences with a focus on flatbread pizzas, gourmet burgers, and artisanal cheese platters. If you’re really interested in time travel, book a night in the private room. This secret lounge painstakingly recreates all the elegance of the 1950s' most exclusive clubs with its customized menu, personal concierge service, and roving Elvis impersonators.
Because spring is synonymous with baseball in Arizona, it’s no surprise that February through March is a particularly busy period for Karsen’s Grill. Situated just a half mile from Scottsdale Stadium, this friendly neighborhood watering hole is abuzz with spring training fans and pentagon aficionados from throughout the nation, each drawn not only because of the bar’s proximity to the field (though it helps) but also for the hearty home-style food. Since 1994, Karsen’s has crafted classic lunchtime dishes—including more than two dozen types of sandwiches—and daily dinner specials, including machaca beef burritos, spaghetti and meatballs, and, perhaps their most popular feast, a 10-ounce bone-in pork chop served over house-made mashed potatoes. And though craft beer and Los Gigantes margaritas (for Giants fans) perfectly complement the cuisine, you’ll want to make sure you save room for dessert. The eatery offers seasonal creations homemade by local confectioner Tracy Dempsey.