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Tuesday Night Round Up…

October 21, 2009

Tuesday night is now Hamburger Night at Rancho Pinot in Scottsdale. Such a great idea – why didn’t this happen earlier?

It is always a positive sign when you walk in a restaurant and see the regulars greet one another and staff by name. Rancho Pinot is just such a place. Chrysa Robertson has created a restaurant completely unique while at the same time being very Arizona. Rancho Pinot has a gentleman cowboy character that is present in the menu, décor and their gracious service. But don’t let the rustic touches fool you, Rancho Pinot’s menu is sophisticated in its selections, focused in working with seasonal organic produce, and they always live up to their reputation for outstanding dining.

With the old Western motif and large Saguaro in the dining room, it felt completely natural that Chyrsa would introduce Hamburger Night, a nod to the ultimate in cowboy fare, with her own exceptional take.

And what a burger!

Thankfully Rancho Pinot has an open kitchen. Not only does it lend to the down home feeling, but you also get a first rate show in their expert preparation. Sean and I said hello to Charlene as she was handling the mesquite grill. Sean is right when he says no one can grill like Charlene. Chrysa then told us about how they worked with the bakery, owned by one of her former employees, to get the perfect bun with an almost English-muffin consistency to the bread. Perfect!

I did miss ordering the Crispy Stuffed Squash Blossoms, one of my favorites at Rancho Pinot. But we made up for it by having the Candied Meyer Lemon Sorbet for dessert.

Don’t let the construction at Lincoln Village Shopping Center put you off. It is worth the effort. A real cowboy would fight his way through to find this burger! As a fifth-generation Arizonan, I love Chrysa’s tip of the cowboy hat to our state’s old West heritage.

Rancho Pinot

6208 North Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85253


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