Pink Slip

Um, forgettable

I felt sorry for one of my dining companions, whose enchiladas suiza was a disappointment. The menu description sounded good — corn tortillas, roasted chicken, tomatillo sauce — but in reality, it had a strange, musty aftertaste. My friend ate only a few bites and resorted to eating chips and salsa.

The entree-sized salads were awful too. Not that the veggies weren't fresh, but they had that super-cold, straight from the fridge taste. Even worse, so did the meat — cold grilled chicken, in the case of the chopped salad, and a meager portion of icy shrimp in the ensalada camarones.

A few things were decent — "Pink Puerco Tacos" with slow-cooked pork; pan-seared sea bass topped with citrus cream sauce and batter-fried onions (nothing Mexican about it); citrus-grilled salmon with pineapple-mango pico de gallo — and everything was reasonably priced, with most entrees under $15. But I just can't let this place off the hook for a few middle-of-the-road dishes.

Late to the fiesta: Pink Taco tries to focus on food a year after its opening.
Jackie Mercandetti
Late to the fiesta: Pink Taco tries to focus on food a year after its opening.

Location Info


Pink Taco Restaurant

7135 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Central Scottsdale


Pink tacos: $7.95

Chopped salad: $11.95

Chile relleno: $12.95

Citrus grilled salmon: $16.95

480-675-7777, »web link.
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

7135 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale

Never having been there before the chef change, I couldn't tell you whether Pink Taco's gotten better or worse, only what I think of it now. I've never seen such a hyped-up restaurant, and truly, I wish my opinion of the place could be equally brash in one direction or another. Loved it! . . . or . . . Hated it!

Instead, I feel like I've been watching mediocre porn and can't stifle a yawn.

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James W. Sperman
James W. Sperman

Hi there,

I created the Pink Taco restaurant & bar concept and opened the original in May 1998 -- a year before the Mortons opened theirs.

The controversy and community response to their version is tame compared to what I faced in ultra-conservative Manhattan, Kansas. We had aggressive picketers, petitioners, hate letters, anonymous threats, an onslaught of negative letters-to-the-editor, and police discrimination.

There were many stories in the local papers. The ABC affiliate out of Topeka came to Manhattan and did an on-site story that ran state-wide on the evening news, and the CBS affiliate invited us to join them in-studio for their half-hour morning show (which we declined since things were spiraling out of control).

I would do Internet searches at the time that would call up page after page of hits about me and my store. My Pink Taco dominated the regional news and spread nationwide through online postings and reprinted stories in towns across the country.

Anyway, I have written an article recounting the history of the original Pink Taco and the intense controversy it caused (complete with pictures and links to about a dozen of the news stories). You can read it on my blog if you're interested: http://helpmestartauniversity....

James W. Sperman

Miguel A
Miguel A

great article could not agree with you more....I don't get all the hype about the name.

Miguel A.

Edward R
Edward R

I can tell you why the food is no good at the place. I know someone who works in the company and he told me that Mr. Slattery was actually the worst chef in the company and the reason he left was because he was on his way out. Maybe someone at Pink Taco should have done their homework.

eddie r.


�There�s no good Mexican here.�.. little to Harry know we was actually speaking of his own restaurant!

Great write up, you have much more courage then myself! Living less then a mile away have never had the cojones to brave the crowd of large fake boobs. Watching them share a single tortilla chip then complaining to be full.. *sigh*.. if only I were from Scottsdale I would probably get it.