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Painted Horse's boyish chef and owner, Bryan Elliott, serves up a casual lunch menu and dinner menu that still manage to project a classy sophistication. Come in at high noon and engage in a tense tortilla-chip stand-off with dining companions over fresh tableside guacamole ($8) before indulging in a huge, meaty TBH burger, with American Kobe, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and onion ($12). Hopelessly lost seafarers, meanwhile, can console themselves with a specialty fish-taco plate made with the catch of the day, pico de gallo, and ancho ranch with Asian coleslaw ($14). In the evening, feast eyes on the café's views of the sun setting over the Sonoran Desert while other body parts do the same to an appetizer of pork tenderloin sliders with caramelized onion and horseradish cream ($8). Higher-magnitude hungers will require the raspberry-chipotle baby back ribs with fries and Asian slaw ($26), which can find a leggy dance partner among Painted Horse's red and white wines. Spaghetti-western fans, meanwhile, can dine on western spaghetti with the TPH pasta—grilled chicken breast, peppers, and onions in a chipotle citrus cream ($20). A dessert, such as a chocolate and English-toffee brownie ($8) or half-baked chocolate-chip cookie ($8) gives your meal a far sweeter finish than its originally scripted ending, where you find the Statue of Liberty half-buried in the sand.

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