Carlsbad Tavern Restaurant - Scottsdale
New Mexico Cuisine
Restaurant - Scottsdale
They say that eating just 3 grams of
chile seasoning will burn 45 calories. After a meal at Carlsbad Taverns,
known for its wonderful New Mexico-style fare, you’ll wonder if you gained
any weight at all with the meal!
New Mexico is known for their chiles—from spicy red to mild green Hatch,
these little bundles of heat pack a punch in everything on the Carlsbad’
menu (which, by the way, comes in the guise of a local “newspaper” – cute
touch). It’s no wonder that spicy food lovers have been coming here for 10
Indoors, booths with pillows are cozy, and there’s a bar with sports
playing on the TV. But the best place in the house is the patio, with a
fireplace, waterfall and stream (and misters in the summer and heaters in
Servers are friendly, knowledgeable and make sure you’re enjoying
everything. Drinks run the gamut from the regular beers to an outstanding
prickly pear margarita.
Posole soup (pork, chiles, hominy) had quite the kick and had amazing
flavors. Ceviche is full of fish, shrimp, chiles and tomatoes and served
with fresh tortilla chips. The blue corn enchiladas, one with chicken, one
with shrimp and all smothered with green chile sauce were an excellent
twist on a typical standard. The black beans and rice that accompany
aren’t just afterthoughts. The beans in particular are tangy and creamy,
without being mushy.
The real showstopper was the Carne Adovada. The pork is slow-roasted,
simmered in red chile sauce and topped with a cheddar and jack cheese
mixture. Just the right amount of heat.
Desserts include sopapillas and honey, several varieties of flan and key
lime pie. Me? I had another prickly pear margarita.
Good to know: lunch and dinner are served daily. Happy Hour until 6
p.m. each day with great appetizer and drink specials.
carne adovada, flan
What to wear: very comfortable place; dress for the weather if
you’ll want to dine outside.
3313 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale (480) 970-8164