Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale, Modern Latin Cuisine

The Mission in Old Town, Scottsdale sets itself apart from other local Latin inspired eateries. Upon entering through a front courtyard area you'll immediately notice you've stepped into a different world, a world of Latin flare fused with Scottsdale sexiness.  Yet what sets this spot apart from its Old Town counter parts is here you can get when you can get away with spending as little as $40-$50 for two, while still sipping on some of the finest wines, and tasting some of the most skillful layered dishes around town.

From the moment we were seated in our rear patio seats. (I do recommend the rear patio, the fresh air and fountain really add to the ambiance)  we experienced top notch service from a highly informed wait staff, more then knowledgeable to answer any and all questions about the menu.  

You'll want to start with outstanding chips and salsa, and do yourself a favor and ask for all 5 different varieties of salsa (insider tip.) If you do you'll have a first hand chance to come face to face with the hottest pepper in the world the "ghost chili" or bhut jolokia. Ghost chili's are frighteningly hot,  in 2004 ghost chili's recorded a  rating of 1,041,427 Scoville units. For comparison, Tabasco sauce rates at 2,500–5,000. However the skilled chefs at The Mission have roasted down the flavor of this chili to make it a much more manageable (still very hot) and tasty salsa.

After cleansing you palate with some of the wonderful wine offerings feel free to dive into any of the entree's as they all are layered with Latin fusion flavors and won't disappoint.

Make sure you finish your meal with the made fresh daily pumpkin bread pudding, its a desert you'll be sure to remember.

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