New Restaurant Alert

Ladera Taverna y Cocina Now Open in Sunnyslope (Plus Two New Metro Phoenix Restaurants You Should Know About)

New Year, new restaurants.

Several new restaurants opened in metro Phoenix over the holiday season, including Ladera Taverna y Cocina, a Mexican restaurant and bar located on north Central Avenue in Sunnyslope. Longtime neighborhood residents will remember the space as the former home of Corbin's Bar & Grill.

Ladera is the latest restaurant from Genuine Concepts, the group that brought us the Vig, and retro-inspired neighborhood bars like Cobra Arcade Bar, the Womack, and the Little Woody.  

The menu is described as “an authentic take on modern Mexican cuisine” and features a small selection of tacos made with freshly-made tortillas, and house specialties that include regional dishes like mole, cochinita pibil and pescado a la veracruzana.

The drink menu looks robust, with specialty cocktails, a wine list that leans heavily on Spanish varieties, and enough agave-based spirits to put down a small army.

Meanwhile, in Scottsdale, the signature restaurant at the new Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa officially opened in December. '

The Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen focuses on "contemporary Sonoran cuisine" served in a unique setting. Guests dine with a full view of the restaurant's glass-box exhibition kitchen, where executive chef Adam Sheff and his team prepare small, shared plates and entrees with a strong emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Many of the dishes are grilled on an oversize plancha, a central feature of the kitchen.

Breakfast options include chilaquiles, porridge made from Sonoran wheat berries, and a blue corn short stack served with an orange-poppy seed custard.  Dinner specialties include cornbread with tomato-jalapeno jam; sweet corn soup with pickled shrimp and with popcorn; and grilled quail with adobo mop sauce, avocado, lemon, pistachio, and cilantro. 

In the northwest Valley, a new locally owned Mexican restaurant inspired by the street food of Tijuana opened last month near the Peoria Sports Complex.

Revolu Modern Taqueria + Bar (the restaurant's name is a reference to Avenida Revolución in Tijuana) has a sprawling, creative menu that includes a guacamole flight, torta sliders, tacos (about nine varieties), bowls, salads and a whole menu dedicated to "flying saucers" — crispy flour tortilla tostadas topped with options like house-made chorizo and egg, veggies, and carne asada.

It may not be mid-January yet, but it looks like 2017 is already offering up more than enough reason to break all kinds of healthy eating resolutions. 

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Patricia Escárcega was Phoenix New Times' food critic.