Talking Stick Resort is home to the Wandering Horse Buffet, a multi-station, Vegas-style buffet, as well as Orange Sky, a fine dining restaurant with excellent panoramic views of Scottsdale.
And now, there's a new casual dining bistro at Talking Stick: Palo Verde. The lounge, located on the atrium floor of the resort casino, features an extensive selection of more than 40 tequilas, along with patio views.
The Palo Verde Lounge at Talking Stick Resort dishes out Southwestern food in a casual bistro dining room — Photo courtesy of Patricia Escarcega
Margarita-lovers will want to try the build-your-own-margarita option to create a one-of-a-kind cocktail. Simply choose your tequila base; select a flavor (Fruit options include classic lime, strawberry, mango, pineapple, banana, peach and pomegranate.); and then finish up with an optional float to add some sparkle to your drink.
If you love sangria, Palo Verde also features a fragrant made-to-order sangria created with your choice of white or red wine.
For lunch or dinner, the Antojitos (Spanish for "little cravings") menu offers appetizers like fresh guacamole and gourmet nachos. If you're not sure where to start, order the sampler plate, which comes with hearty slices of chicken flatbread and quesadillas and a bowl of zesty queso fundido with a side of hot, crispy chips.
Main entrees include tacos, burritos and enchiladas, which all come with a side of black beans, rice and fresh pico de gallo. The gourmet taco menu includes al pastor adobo pork, chicken tinga, slow-cooked pork carnitas, chipotle shrimp and a vegetarian option made with hearty chunks of portobello mushrooms and roasted veggies.
If you have a weak spot for hearty burritos, try the barbacoa, made with slow-cooked beef smothered in barbecue sauce and wrapped in a pillowy soft tortilla. The burrito is served with shredded cabbage, cilantro, cotija cheese and a tangy lime crema. All burritos can be prepared as a chimichanga or enchilada style.
For dessert, there's a classic flan served with fresh berries. Serious sweet tooths will want to try the cinnamon sugar churros, which are served with a delectable side of kahlua hazelnut chocolate crème.
Also delectable is the capirotada, a traditional Mexican bread pudding featuring moist, cinnamon-flavored brioche, dried fruits and ginger snaps.
One of the best parts of eating at Palo Verde is the lively bistro ambiance and great people-watching. The bistro overlooks the resort's expansive outdoor patio.
Guests can order wine at the bar and enjoy their glass outside by the firepits for a relaxed, leisurely night out with friends.