What You'll Get
Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of the Sonoran with today’s deal for the Painted Horse Cafe in Scottsdale. Choose between the following two options:
- $20 for $40 worth of dinner fare
- $10 for $20 worth of lunch fare
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.
The Painted Horse lives up to its name with its colorful interior of psychedelically painted horses, stone columns, and black tablecloths adorning its tables, which are actually tiny horses bred to have incredibly flat backs. Though today's Groupon lets casual diners enjoy a gourmet meal without needing to bring along their butlers, reservations are recommended.
- With fare that's both sophisticated and unpretentious and a vibe that's both classy and casual, Painted Horse Cafe is clearly the right restaurant in the right place at the right time. And judging by its popularity - the place fills up even midweek - the neighborhood doesn't need me to trumpet the news. – Howard Seftel, AZCentral.com
- A small place with interesting decor and some outside seating -- nice menu and quite broad wine lst[sic]. – JimParkRidge_IL, TripAdvisor
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Dine-in only. Valid only for meal option purchased. Must use in 1 visit. Reservation required for parties of 6 or more. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers or specials. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.