Memorable Meals :: The Mission in Scottsdale

From The Mission :: Pork Shoulder Tacospork shoulder + pineapple glaze + cilantro + red onions +  hand made corn tortillas

From The Mission :: Pork Shoulder Tacos
pork shoulder + pineapple glaze + cilantro + red onions + hand made corn tortillas


Scottsdale is a great restaurant town!

So it’s with a little sheepishness that I confess to visiting the same restaurant multiple times in one visit. And a short visit, at that.  And, I do it almost every time I’m there.

Several years ago, Husband and I stumbled upon The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale.  And we were immediately hooked.  Sure, they do the tableside guacamole… and it IS terrific.  But their signature dish is their pork taco with handmade corn tortillas.  I think you’re supposed to share it.  Yeah, right.  The pork is so incredibly tender…  it’s served with a fabulous pineapple glaze, and three simple condiments that round out the flavors beautifully :: fresh cilantro, finely grated Cotija cheese and minced red onions.  Mix all that inside the fresh homemade tortillas for the most delicious appetizer you’ve ever had.  However, in my case, it’s my appetizer, entree AND dessert!

You know that question “what would you have for your last meal?”?  These pork tacos are at the top of my list.

I’ve attempted (unsuccessfully) to recreate the recipe to get me through the long lapses between visits.  But I’m getting close.  I’ll post it here when I get it right.

In the meantime, next time you’re in Scottsdale, make a reservation at The Mission — and tell owners Brian Raab and Bryan Adams I sent you.  (Try their newest restaurant, The House Brasserie, just a few blocks away, too.)

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2 Responses to Memorable Meals :: The Mission in Scottsdale

  1. Beth S January 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Two thumbs up for The Mission. My husband and I went there based on Morgan’s recommendation,and we fell in love with the place. We even went for Thanksgiving dinner, and of course we had the pork tacos. It’s a must-visit every time we are in Scottsdale.

    • admin January 17, 2013 at 12:18 am #

      Beth… should we try to replicate those tacos for our next cooking adventure? BTW, next time in Scottsdale, try their new restaurant a few blocks away (The House Brasserie).

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