If there's a hint of the Southwest in the Southwest Shrimp Salad, you'll be hard-pressed to find it. More or less a bowl of lettuce frugally strewn with pieces of fruit, kernels of corn, and nearly cold, brown shriveled balls of battered meat passing for shrimp, you couldn't be blamed for thinking you'd just paid $13 for a pre-made salad mix straight from the grocery store.

The big plate section is more of the same. There is a thick and crunchy chicken fried steak sidetracked thanks to timid batter and gravy flavors. But far worse is the adovada pork burrito. Worlds removed from what many in the Valley know as the New Mexican-inspired dish of tender pork marinated in a spicy red chile sauce (see: Los Dos Molinos), this version, which features dry, overcooked pieces of meat and melted cheese wrapped in a pasty tortilla smothered in a dull tomatoey sauce, is as off-putting as its offensive $13 asking price and should have been stricken from the menu yesterday.

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The toritos are made by stuffing whole jalapeno peppers with cream cheese, wrapping them in bacon and served in a cast iron pan.
Evie Carpenter
The toritos are made by stuffing whole jalapeno peppers with cream cheese, wrapping them in bacon and served in a cast iron pan.
The interior of the Western has a cozy, retro-western feel to it.
Evie Carpenter
The interior of the Western has a cozy, retro-western feel to it.

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The Western

6830 E. 5th Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Central Scottsdale

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The Western
6830 East Fifth Avenue, Scottsdale
480-947-3585
www.thewesternaz.com
Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Amaretto by Mornin' Quesadilla: $11
Trailer Nachos: $8
The Hatch Burger: $10
Chicken fried steak and smooth gravy: $12

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The same thoughtfulness put into the menu can be found in the libations section, but unlike the eats, the drinks deliver. Along with the wine and beer come country-themed cocktails like Bird Dog Lemonade, Haymaker (PBR and a shot of cinnamon whiskey), and the Kentucky Mule, a cold, refreshing concoction featuring Buffalo Trace Bourbon and ginger beer served in a camp-style mug.

For now, you are not at The Western for sustenance before or after a show. You are here because there is country music, your friend just bought a round, and it's a pretty damn cool place.

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sydvishus812
sydvishus812

I'm sorry, but..I'm sick to death of all these "Scottsdale" restaurants that pop up and expect diners to pay ridiculously high prices just because they are in Scottsdale!! $13.00 for a SALAD and a BURRITO in this economy and recession is INSANE!! Come back to reality, with affordable and no pretentious, adulterated food, that the cooks can cook. Because of the Food Network and other cooking shows..people are becoming more educated about food costs and food ingredients. This restaurant will fail....in my opinion. Move it to the West side, lower your prices, increase the quality of the ingredients and the cooks....you could succeed, if you weren't so hell bent on ripping off the customer with Insane food pricing. Good Luck.

scottsdalebubbe
scottsdalebubbe

Sounds like the "menu" isn't the problem, it's the quality of ingredients, preparation, and preparer skill.   No "menu" change can overcome poor quality ingredients, poor preparation (perhaps illiterate and untrained (inebriated?) cooks who never ate a decent meal themselves, from the sound of it) and, obviously, NO QUALITY CONTROL.  In this day and age where everyone is exposed to well prepared food, can watch restaurant turnaround shows nightly,  and comes to expect consistency and quality, there is no excuse for serving bad food.  Best stay out of the restaurant business if you can't do waaay better than this.

 
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