The Spot: The Living Room at DC Ranch
20751 North Pima Road, Scottsdale
The Hours: Happy hour runs weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for drinks, and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for food
Perfect for: A light cocktail and bite on a nice patio in North Scottsdale
The Interior: Inside, the Living Room has a little too much going on, with lots of knick-knacks hanging from the walls and various chalkboard signs — it's sort of like someone got a little too crazy during a shopping spree at Z Gallerie. We took a peek at the patio outside, which looks a little comfier.
The Food: We liked that there was a nice price range available on the Living Room's happy-hour food menu. For $2 you can order single oysters, edamame, or house chips. For $5, the spot's offerings include a California roll and a Bavarian pretzel. For $7, there's a choice of a spicy tuna roll, spinach and artichoke dip, or a caprese plate.
We went for the caprese plate, a substantial dish with four pieces of crusty ciabatta bread, sliced cherry tomatoes, burrata mozzarella cheese, pesto, and a balsamic drizzle. While some tomatoes were drenched in balsamic, the bread, cheese, and tomatoes made for a flavorful combination. All of the ingredients tasted fresh, and we learned the tomatoes were from locals Peddler's Produce. The plate would easily serve two people.
The Drink: The Living Room labels itself a "wine cafe", serving up $5 glasses of wine during happy hour, as well as $4 well cocktails, $5 skinny drinks, and $3 draft beers. The spot's strongest wine offerings are pinot noirs and chardonnays from California. Beers, meanwhile, include Scottsdale Blonde, Modelo, and Union Jack IPA.
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We were intrigued at the idea of "skinny drinks," certainly not a new concept, but one we haven't often tried during happy hour. The thin mint mojito ($5) — a mixture of rum, lime, mint, agave nectar and soda — simply tasted like any other mojito and was a very well-done version of the classic.
Conclusion: The Living Room does an excellent job of catering to anyone who frequents DC Ranch with wine and simple eats. The menu feels a little bit aimless, but the drink we tried was pleasant.
Don't Miss: The "skinny" cocktails.
Skip This: Trying to find any theme in the decor.