Cocktails and Bites at Scottsdale Quarter

zinburgerI recently attended a fun blogger food tour at the Scottsdale Quarter shopping center. The event, Cocktails and Bites, took us to three different restaurants for snacks and cocktails. I’d never been to Scottsdale Quarter before and I was surprised by how many different shops there were. It was a fun experience and I will definitely be visiting Scottsdale Quarter again! We began the evening at Zinburger.

zinburger4Zinburger is a wine and burger bar from Arizona. It has a fun, airy atmosphere and traditional American food with a modern spin. I wish I could tell you how the wine and burgers were at this wine and burger bar but we didn’t get to try any! Instead, we snacked on a few of their sides and milkshakes. I really liked their House Made Onion Rings and Hand Cut Fries.

zinburger3We also got to try their Zucchini Fries which were a big hit at the table. I expected them to be crunchier than they were (like fried zucchini) but they were actually pretty soft. I’m not much of a zucchini fan so these weren’t my favorite.

zinburger2We did get to sample some pretty tasty milkshakes. The first was Salted Caramel, made with vanilla ice cream, brown sugar caramel, and Maldon sea salt, then topped with fresh whipped cream. This was good but it was very salty. I liked the sample I tasted but I’m not sure if I’d be able to drink an entire glass.

zinburger1Next were Nutella Hazelnut Crunch (made with chocolate ice cream, Nutella, toasted hazelnuts, English toffee, and fresh whipped cream) and Butterfinger (made with vanilla ice cream, Ghirardelli chocolate, peanut butter, Butterfinger pieces, and fresh whipped cream). Nutella Hazelnut Crunch was pretty good but it mostly just tasted like chocolate. Butterfinger was probably my favorite of the three shakes, I really liked the peanut butter flavor.

grimaldisAfter Zinburger we headed over to Grimaldi’s, which was good because I was really hungry at this point. Grimaldi’s is a pizzeria that has been around for over 100 years. They specialize in thin crust pizzas that are made in brick-ovens powered by coal.

grimaldis2They brought out several different pizzas for us to try. I sampled the Margherita and Quattro Formaggi. I really like the Margherita (we actually ended up taking some home with us). The Quattro Formaggi was pretty good but it tasted more like cheesy bread than pizza to me. We also got to sample some Italian cocktails.

grimaldis1The best part of this stop was definitely the cheesecake. Grimaldi’s makes all of their cheesecakes in-house and they offer seasonal flavors throughout the year. We tried the pumpkin cheesecake which was amazing! I’d go back to Grimaldi’s just to have more of it.

solThe final stop on our food tour was Sol. Sol is a Baja-inspired Mexican food restaurant. Think of it as fancy Mexican food with lots of seafood and fresh ingredients.

sol1I really felt like this should have been our first stop- there was so much food to try but we were all full from pizza! We tasted three of their most popular appetizers and also experienced a mini Tequila tasting. The Coconut Calamari was my favorite of the appetizers. Instead of using small pieces of calamari, Sol uses calamari steaks in a coconut batter. It was really good and definitely unique. We also tried Ceviche with Sweet Potato and Beet Chips. I especially like the Sweet Potato Chips, they had the perfect amount of salt on them.

sol2We also got to sample Guacamole Sol, a guacamole topped with mango, tequila, goat cheese, pepitas, and cilantro. It was served with tostadas instead of chips. Part of our taste test also included a sampling of Sol’s house tequila, Sol Single Barrel Reposado. It was fun learning how to taste tequila properly and while straight tequila is a bit much for me, Sol’s did have a nice flavor to it.

sol3I also tried their Mango Con Chile Frozen Margarita which was really good. It was nice and fruity with a chile rim and a chile mango slice. All of the food and drinks at Sol were really good and it was a great way to end the evening. In fact, it was so good I wish we had started the evening there! We had a fun time tasting all of the food and drinks on our food tour and Scottsdale Quarter is really nice. It’s a bit of a drive for us but there are so many great shops and restaurants that we will definitely be back soon!

-Molly

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