First Taste

The Western in Scottsdale Off to a Good, Boot-Scootin' Start

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: The Western Location: 6830 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale Open: Over two weeks Eats: American Price: $11 to $30 per person

The Western is a kind of honky-tonk bar and restaurant without the Disney-esque trappings of many a honky-tonk bar and restaurant.

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It's a stylish, low-lit, understated space with dark wood, leather seating, and a few Southwestern décor items on the walls. A modest stage with a backdrop of red velvet curtains sits off to the side. Even the no-sign exterior doesn't make a big deal of itself.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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