My wife and I were going to try Jose Garces' new restaurant "old town whiskey" on Friday night. I called the saguaro hotel, where it is located, and to my surprise, they answered "thank you for calling Distrito"... I was under the impression that Distrito had not yet opened. Turns out, Friday was their official first night...so we changed plans and went to Distrito instead.
From what I know, there is a Distrito in Philadelphia and it is extremely well regarded. It is, like old town whiskey, operated by Jose garces, and they served modern Mexican fare.
So we arrived at the saguaro hotel , which is located at drink water and Indian school in Scottsdale. It has and interesting orders theme to the hotel, sort of partway between the valley ho and the clarendon, very modern yet sorta retro at the same time...
We valet parked, they reduce the price to five bucks if you're eating in one of the restaurants.
We had excellent service with only a few blips. The blips were totally excusable for a first night, and our server was happy to fulfill a couple of random requests. When he didn't
T know the answer, we said so and went and asked for us. So far so good.
The menu is mostly small plates, is relatively large, and there is a lot of great looking stuff in it.
We started with two ceviches, one was octopus and the other red snapper. These were both great, although not at all what we expected-the snapper was laid flat in slices in the plate-but delicious nonetheless.
Wie then had a bowl of Poole, which was excellent, followed by chorizo and shrimp tacos and the best queso funding of all time as far as I am concerned. It had chorizo, peppers, and god knows what else in it and the Tortillas were made fresh to order by a couple of guys by the front entrance.
Then we had a biased pork shoulder that was fall off the bone tender, and some chorizo and jalapeño cornbread that was to die for. we washed it down with some m omits and margaritas.
Needless to say, no room for dessert.
We brought home some menus because we're going to give them to a bunch of people for Xmas and offer to buy....
This is one of the best places I have been in Phoenix and to me I think it is up there with frontera /topolobampo in Chicago...love it and we'll be back.
Check it out and ensure this one makes it!!!