Need some suggestions for a chow-worthy dinner in scottsdale?
Staying at Four Seasons for bi-annual trip. Past favorites include: Roka Akor, The Barrio Cafe, Posh, Elements, Mosaic, Binkleys, Talavera, ....
Looking for a restaurant with great food and fun ambience, as well....specifically looking for: Mexican (anything other than Barrio and Los Sombreros--anything Mexican in Northern Scottsdale, Troon area)?
No Steakhouses, French or American (which is why we have stayed away from Noca), as we have so many in Chicago.....adventurous diners....need some good chow options! Thank you!
That's what I was going to suggest. Authentic Mexican is rare in north Scottsdale, but La Hacienda was widely praised during its first run at the Fairmont for upscale, non-border Mexican food. It has just re-opened as part of that resort's reconfiguration of its dining options. If you try it, I hope you'll report back.
I had an enjoyable meal at the "new" La Hacienda about a month ago. I forgot to mention it at the time, but the above recs prompted me to post a mini-review in this thread, if interested: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493355
Also, I'm not sure what you consider "fun ambience," but La Hacienda could potentially be a bit more subdued than what you're looking for. Gone are the white tablecloths and more formal feel and menu of the old LH, but it's still pretty low-key.
You might also check out The Mission, in Old Town. Not strictly Mexican (nor traditional), but there are plenty of Mexican and Mexican-influenced dishes to be had. Great food, and a pretty lively atmosphere when it gets busy.
There is a new mexican place up in the summit shopping center called dos diablos (www.dos-diablos.com) which is not bad or Juan Jamies tacos and tequlia open in the fry's shopping center on the corner of thompson peak and hyden (www.juanjaimes.com).
Both have good happy hours and are not expensive. The Herb Box in DC Ranch Marketplace is some of the best food around. Great for lunch or dinner.