As for the entrees, I came away with mixed feelings. Chimichurri-marinated, grass-fed Uruguayan rib eye, teamed with fluffy green chile chilaquiles (tortilla casserole), was perfectly cooked, while chorizo porchetta paired melt-in-your-mouth pork with rosemary-tinged chorizo. But my seared scallops were overdone, and greasy fried octopus and yuca only amplified that fact. There was also a fine duo of fork-tender short rib and luscious pork belly that was ruined, incredibly, by a glob of creamy peanut butter.

Peanut mousse made much more sense with the fried-banana dessert, although after that jarring experience with the short rib, I couldn't bring myself to eat it. In any case, the bananas were crispy and buttery, drizzled with dulce de leche — more interesting than they sound. Pumpkin bread pudding was easy to love, but espresso-chocolate churros were even better. A plateful of these hot, crunchy nibs was a wonderful contrast for a frothy cinnamon milkshake.

New joint in Old Town: The Mission brings Latin flair to Scottsdale.
Jackie Mercandetti
New joint in Old Town: The Mission brings Latin flair to Scottsdale.

Location Info


The Mission

3815 N. Brown Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Category: Restaurant > Central American

Region: Central Scottsdale


Tostadas: $9
Chicken tacos: $12
Chorizo porchetta: $19
Pumpkin bread pudding: $6
480-636-5005, »Web link
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; brunch, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Mission, 3815 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale

Churros and tacos — what else do you need? The Mission may not be firing on all cylinders yet, but at least it has its priorities in order.

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