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Desert Pony Tavern Review: A Southwest-Inspired Gastropub Gem

Matty Thomas December 22, 2023 Restaurant Reviews

Pricing: $$$

Ambiance: Casual Establishment, Nice

Food: New American, Chicken, Clam Chowder

Drinks: Craft Cocktails

If you’re on the hunt for a dining experience that seamlessly blends Southwest charm with exceptional food and drinks, look no further than Desert Pony Tavern. Nestled within sight of the breathtaking McDowell Mountains, this gastropub offers an open-air dining experience like no other. With an overall rating of 4.4, this place is buzzing with positive reviews, and I couldn’t wait to find out why.

Ambiance, Food, and Drinks

First things first, the ambiance at Desert Pony Tavern is a solid 4.5 out of 5. The open-air setting with views of the McDowell Mountains creates a captivating backdrop for any gathering. Live music on the outdoor patio elevates the experience further, making it an ideal spot for a night out with friends or a romantic dinner.

Now, let’s talk about the food and drinks, which I would rate a resounding 4.5 out of 5 as well. Desert Pony Tavern takes “crafted” seriously, evident in their signature cocktail, the Peach Bliss. This drink was a true masterpiece, both in terms of taste and presentation. Crafted with precision, it’s worth every penny.

The appetizers were equally mind-blowing. The Bacon Caramel Corn, caramelized in bacon fat and sprinkled with bits of bacon, was an addictive delight. It’s a must-try, and I’d happily pay for pounds of it. The Beer Cheese Queso Fondue with pretzels and spicy sausage was a comfort food dream come true.

Sample Menu Items:

  • Bacon Caramel Corn
  • Beer Cheese Queso Fondue
  • Marinated Half Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
  • Beer Battered Fish and Chips
  • Smoked Old Fashion
  • Clam Chowder
  • Wings
  • Caesar Salad

External Reviews

To provide a well-rounded perspective, here are some snippets from external reviews:

  • On Yelp: “Desert Pony Tavern never disappoints! The ambiance, especially the outdoor seating, is fantastic. And the Bacon Caramel Corn is an absolute game-changer.”
  • Google Review: “A hidden gem! The Peach Bliss cocktail is divine. The clam chowder was the best I’ve had outside of the Pacific Northwest.”
  • TripAdvisor: “Desert Pony Tavern offers a delightful mix of Southwest and culinary excellence. Try their Marinated Half Chicken – it’s pure perfection!”

In summary, Desert Pony Tavern lives up to its 4.4 overall rating. With a charming Southwestern ambiance, outstanding food, and well-crafted drinks, it’s a must-visit spot in Scottsdale.

From the delectable Bacon Caramel Corn to the divine Marinated Half Chicken and Beer Battered Fish and Chips, your taste buds are in for a treat. Don’t miss out on this gem, and be prepared to leave with a smile as big as the McDowell Mountains themselves!

If you enjoyed this review, make sure to check out our lists of the best restaurants in Scottsdale.

Matty Thomas December 22, 2023 Restaurant Reviews