So this year, Brian and Cat chose to try "The Mission" in Old Town Scottsdale. It's labeled as "modern latin cusine", but lets just call it amazing!
We walk in and can't really see anything. It was really dark. Jokes flew around about it being a swanky vampire bar. Then the waiters opened the shutters that were right in front of Brady and I and we were blind for a little bit, but it quickly got dark outside. Leaving to look at our food by holding up the single tiny useless candle to it, so we can see what we were eating.
We started out getting chips and salsa, which we later found out, on the bill, was not complimentary, as all latin restaurants are. Usually. Right? But that would be the only strike of the evening.
The appetizers were amazing. Brady and I both got this:"Almejas al Vapor", Peruvian clam stew + rock shrimp + chorizo + aji amarillo + roast corn + pan de yucca. It was so yummy. I could have had a huge helping of just that and left happy. I belive Brian and Cat both got "Duck Carnitas Gordita", roast garlic aioli + ancho plum gastrique. I thought Brian was going to die, he loved it so much.
For our main meal Brady and I both got "Chorizo porchetta", pork shoulder + house made chorizo + rosemary + cotija + white bean puree + sweet garlic crema. It was really good, the sauce was amazing and the pork was cooked just right. Brian got "Pecan grilled New york" smoked tomato + chiletepin + manchego + grits, which he also seemed to really like. And Cat got the "Black Grouper" white bean succotash + crayfish + aji rocoto.
For dessert, us girls got this:Pumpkin Bread + creme + butterscotch + pepitas + vanilla bean ice cream, which was amazing! I would totally get it again. Even the guys loved it.
Brady and Brian both got this:Espresso Churros + Ibarra chocolate ice cream shake, which was also delicious.
I would recommend this place to anyone and would love to go back some day. I also loved the fact that this restaurant was supposed to be a $39 per person place, but got advertised as $29 per person. Ha. You could see the disappointment on the waiters face, especially since we didn't order any drinks, not even soda.
Another successful year of Restaurant Week.