We love our Mexican food here in Arizona, that’s for sure. Taco Tuesday is basically a weekly holiday; at least if you are looking in my personal calendar. There are very few things that I enjoy more than breaking up the week with a delicious margarita and a plate of everyone’s favorite food – tacos.
Salt + Lime, Modern Mexican Grill is taking a modern turn to our favorite Mexican cuisine classics in a comfortably chic, crisp venue with attitude and plenty of spice. The patio of this spot is surrounded by sparkly lights and leads you straight in to the bar; taking advantage of the beautiful weather and fresh air Scottsdale is known for. There was no shortage of folks sipping on signature margaritas and laughing in groups that made me wonder if everyone is a regular visitor or if this spot is the level of comfortable and fun that it seems like it’s all family and friends.
Our fun and enthusiastic culinary tour guide was the charismatic Gilbert. I mentioned that I love spicy food and was assured that I was in the right place as I was brought a side of habanero salsa to try with my chips. Not a bad way to start, right? Next we decided to order the Smoked Chicken Poppers; roasted jalapeños stuffed with chicken tinga, pico de gallo, jack and Oaxaca cheese, New Mexico red sauce, and avocado crema. The colors were striking and the flavors matched with a bang. These jalapeños were BIG jalapeños – no baby peppers here. And they were absolutely stuffed to the brim with a killer mix of melted cheese, smoke, and flavor-packed chicken. It was just enough heat to break a sweat but thankfully I had margarita numero uno to cool me down. I started with the Skinny B; Sauza Reposed, lime juice, agave nectar, cucumber, basil, and triple sec. Once that was gone, which was fairly quickly I hate to admit, I moved on to the classic Casarita house frozen margarita with Sauza Reposed and a raspberry float. This one is ridiculously delicious and easy to enjoy so I drank slowly with the respect and admiration it deserved.
For dinner, we went with some flavorful classics and were not disappointed. The Fajitas with shrimp and carne asada. Spiked for the flaming with sot sauce, this was a flavor punch that proved to be both creative and a slam dunk; marrying the sautéed combination we all know and love with something new and refreshing as we new this modern spot would do. We ordered a mix of 2 street tacos in order to get our hands on some new favorites. The Seared Ahi was served with my choice of flour tortilla and has avocado, cabbage, radish, and pickled red onion. The tuna was perfectly seared and fresh. This taco needed no further garnish and was definitely one of the best flavor profiles of the evening. Next, I tried the Barbacoa; braised short ribs with cabbage, pico, and Oaxaca cheese. And lastly, I fell head over heels for the Al Pastor; chili-marinated pork with pineapple salsa, cabbage, al pastor sauce, and cotija cheese. I slowed down and savored every bite of this one and can’t express enough how perfect this combination was. Safe to say, I will beak for more than one of those tacos again very soon.
We finished, stuffed, with the evening’s fried donuts and ice cream. Something so simple and so precise just to round of a great Taco Tuesday for the Elite Family.
Cheers and Bon Appétit, Food Lovers!