Traditional yet modern, Scottsdale's best Mexican food restaurants run the gamut from tiny neighborhood take-out joints to richly elegant dining rooms featuring creative, modern Mexican fare.
When you find yourself in Old Town, stop by Cien Agaves Tacos and Tequila, where the fun atmosphere is rivaled only by the impressive selection of top shelf tequila.
For gourmet fare, head to The Mission, located next door to Scottsdale's small historic mission at the edges of Old Town. The menu is a whimsical blend of haute cuisine and creative modern Mexican and Latin American fare. Try the fun and savory crispy pork and cola lime glaze, which features pork belly marinated in cola, lime and served with chiltepin, peanut, pickled red onion and iceberg lettuce.
If your goal is to luxuriate in Scottsdale resort living, pay a visit to the posh Fairmont Scottsdale Resort, where you will find La Hacienda. This elegant restaurant features a menu by celebrit chef Richard Sandoval, who blends traditional Mexican flavors with top-notch ingredients to create award-winning dishes.
In south Scottsdale, stop by The Blind Pig for a taste of fresh Mexican food prepared with flair. The house nachos are a favorite with repeat customers, as is the chunky house guacamole. The pork chop with mole and wild mushroom quesdillas are winners, as well.