Anyone heard of or been to Los Olivos in Scottsdale
Coming to Phoenix /SD area next week and my Daughter remembers years ago going to a Mex restaurant in SD and she really enjoyed it, but we are not even sure if it is still there or even any good now. I will have to front this question by saying we are from Maryland like what most east-coasters think of as Mex food. Taco's/burritos/chimi's/good salsa and chips. Just looking for any replies, might surprise the daughter and take her back there like she wants to.
It's still there....it's a veritable institution in the Scottsdale area. As Mexican food in the Valley goes, it's nothing special; maybe a tiny notch above some of the chains. But given what you said, you may as well go and indulge yoru daughter's nostalgia.
7328 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Nostalgia aside, I would take her somewhere else. I personally would place the food well below average and atmosphere is just above sports bar these days, For traditional mexican in a nice setting any of the regional chains (Arriba, Macayos) or local favorites like Padre's, Caelsbad Tavern, Los Sombreros or even TeePee do a much better job on the food.
Depending on where in Scottsdale you'll be, Los Olivos has a second location farther north, off the 101 & Frank Lloyd Wright, in the shopping center where Party City & Peter Piper Pizza are.
While Los Olivos is certainly a legacy in old Scottsdale, I simply can't find any reason to recommend it. It used to be fairly prime in terms of location, food and service, but that time seems to have come and long gone from them.
I think you can do much better and still be within the comfort factor of being East Coasters here in Phoenix metro.
re: Seth Chadwick
Well said Seth!! Nothing redeeming about the aforementioned joint. Don't sell yourself short just because you are unfamiliar with more a "exotic" mexican palate. Hell, I would reccommend Chevy's before Los Olivos!
I have heard that Jalapenos in North scottsdale sticks to the classics, and executes them quite well!