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Oct 15, 2008 01:41 PM

The Mission Restaurant (PHX)

From the people behind Zinc Bistro and MercBar, The Mission opens tonight (Oct. 15) @ 5pm.
Website not live yet but should be in the next day or 2.

The Mission
3815 N. Brown Ave.,
Scottsdale AZ 85251

Let us know if anybody checks it out!

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  1. The Mission has outstanding food and an amazing ambiance. The patio is great for lunch or dinner and enjoying the perfect AZ weather. I recommend to everyone. We had the pork shoulder for two and the guacamole made table side, it was so yummy!

    1. You guys congratulations!!
      The dining room looks quite posh and like nothing I've seen in scottsdale before.
      It is small compared to the sea of huge corporate formulaic joints we have all over town.

      I stopped by late last night around 11:30 pm. I have to tell you that we were greeted nicely and were never made feel uncomfortable since we were the last ones there.

      My companion also loved the look of the place. She had worked at Union briefly.

      ask for John the bartender and ask him to make you the most delicious Maragarita in town. It is the "Mission Margarita". The drink was an exercise in restraint. Partida tequila and Agave nectar with freshly squeezed limes...that's it!!
      It was refreshing, not acidic, and it tasted like Tequila, imagine that.

      I can't wait to go back and try Matt's food!!

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      1. re: Macondiano

        I went to the mission for lunch today. I cannot recall the name of the dish, but it was essentially chicken and fries. The chicken was cooked perfectly and had an incredible hot pepper sauce. The fries were a combination of regular and sweet potato fries. Both were very good (and the bartender offered a very nice ketchup with chipotle). The sweet potato fries were some of the best I've had. I also had the Mission Margarita. It was very very nice (and simple). In fact, I went to AJ's and bought some agave nectar to add to my bar.

        I can't wait to go back for dinner.

      2. I went for dinner with a friend Friday and was pretty pleased. We walked in around 7:30 and were seated right away.
        We started with the guacamole made table side, and the server who prepared it was happy to explain all the various add-ins, including jalapenos with and without seeds, pepitas, tomatoes, etc. This was very fresh and delicious. We followed that with an order of gorditas. I can't remember what they were topped with, but it was three small, round corn tortillas. Pretty tasty, but not too remarkable.
        For entrees my friend had fish tacos, which she really enjoyed, and I had the chorizo. This caught me off guard, because I'm used to chorizo coming broken up in other dishes, like a sausage. This dish was like a pork shoulder cooked in chorizo spice. Pretty good, and the potato underneath it was great.
        We also had a couple glasses of wine and two of their cocktails (which is partly why I'm so spotty on the details). My friend tried their sangria. She liked it, but said it was a bit too sweet for her taste. I had this drink with gin, basil, honey and fruit juice that was way too good. Could have drank a few of those.
        For dessert we had the pastel de limon, two rings of key lime-like custard, one topped with whipped cream and coconut, the other topped with mango. Nice, light close to the meal.
        The service was friendly and attentive, without being pushy. They had no problem with us taking our time. It was fairly obvious that they're still learning the menu. When I asked our waitress a couple questions, she got that deer in the headlights look that says "I don't know, just order." Prices were reasonable. For two glasses of wine, two cocktails, two apps, two entrees and a dessert, the bill was just over $100. I'll be back.

        1. Anyone else try this place yet?? I'm a huge fan of Zinc, but haven't made it to The Mission yet. I'm kind of surprised it hasn't gotten more attention on this board, so I'm curious about more opinions from those who've been.

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          1. re: crsin

            Funny you should post this now. We were just thinking of trying it tonight. I have heard from several people that its pretty good but have yet to go ourselves.

            1. re: avandelay

              We did end up going and really enjoyed it. I got the street corn as well as the chicken dish mentioned above. Both were really good. I like chicken but generally don't order it out as it is usually just an afterthought on menus. I thought, however, this dish was really exceptional. My wife who is vegetarian got the gorditas which she really liked but that was the only real option for her although a few of the sides were vegetarian. They did a great job decorating the place and the service was great. And the drinks all sound great. The Mission Margarita is terrific, one of the best I have had. We will be going back.

          2. Food is amazing... since it has been open i have had brunch, lunch and dinner. I love finding a hidden gem and introducing it to all my friends. You will be a hero if you take your friend here. Not only is the food off the charts great, the decor alone is worth the trip. Also the staff including the owners go out of there way to make the meal memorable. This is not a chain restaurant and you can definitely tell the difference. Thank goodness for friends, I have many more reasons to return to the Mission. I'm going to try some of the other drinks metioned below... I loved the sangria, fyi