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Old Town Tortilla Factory in Scottsdale made me say, "Hmmm"

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Old Town Tortilla Factory in Scottsdale made me say, "Hmmm"

TastyJon | Dec 6, 2005 01:14 AM

This seems to be one of those places that fits into certain categories:

1. Nice place to take visitors, showcasing Arizona patio dining, but locals don't normally eat there.
2. Higher priced Mexican food that might not match other restaurants offering fare beyond the usual combo plate (Barrio, Los Sombreros, etc).
3. A "safe" choice for a small company party, a listing in a visitors guide, etc.

I've never taken anyone there, but I'd fit in category 1, though I see it all the time in category 3.

That said, I went tonight for a one hour meeting - taking care of business - and we sat in the bar area. I was not that hungry, but needed to nibble, thus ordered their version of chicken wings. Needless to say, they were neither from Mexico or Buffalo. But they were great. I have to give the props. Here's the menu description:

"Alitas de Fuego"
"Ancho raspberry chili- glazed drumettes served atop Southwestern coleslaw with julienned jicima, carrots and cucumbers for dipping. Served with ranch."

It worked great. I thought I made good drumsticks at home but this dish was sublime. The wings were juicy, meaty, spicey and had a bit of charred flaover - hot, yet sweet thanks to the berry. The slaw cooled it, and the dipping veggies helped me pick through an othwerwise standard meeting. The $8 dish will feed two light eaters. I ate half and will make another meal out of the remainder. Looking forward to it. In contrast, the last time I ordered wings was at Majerle's Sports Grill and the Sysco-type freezer to fryer wings tasted like rubber. I ate 2 and sent it back, but nobody bothered to ask why.

OTTF made an effot to elevate the eating of wings. I've not tried the rest of thier fare, but give them props for these.

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