The Mission takes its name after the Old Adobe Mission just around the corner, and though, accordingly, it should be austere, The Mission opts for sin and offers decadent, indulgent Mexican street food and cocktails (which, though pricey, are certainly boozy enough to be worth the pretty penny). At least a dozen intricate chandeliers dangle from above, reflected in giant mirrors, adding up to unmistakable impressions of luxury and intimacy, only amplified by the glow of the tens of candles against the Himalayan salt block wall by the bar. After you’ve taken in the beauty of your surroundings, you’ll likely have worked up an appetite; the menu is extensive, so choose wisely from among the salads, soups, starters, handmade tacos, grilled meats and fish, sides, and, of course, desserts. We recommend the buttery pork shoulder tacos, smoked and braised for 12 hours and brushed with pineapple habanero glaze, as well as the malbec-braised short rib, with crispy queso fresco potatoes, red pepper chimichurri, olives, capers, and huancaina.
Aptly positioned next to The Old Adobe Mission, a mission built by hand by Mexican immigrants who settled in Scottsdale in the late 1910s, The Mission Old Town pays tribute to south of the border fare with a menu that draws inspiration from Mexico, Spain, Central America, and South America. Its North Scottsdale counterpart has a sexier, more contemporary vibe with two stories of seating, a giant amber-colored cross anchored behind the luxe bar, backlit Himalayan salt stairs, and a spacious patio that overlooks Kierland Commons. At both locations you can expect a fresh take on modern latin cuisine with an assembly of signature tacos and favorites like empanadas, tostadas, aquachile, and plancha-kissed proteins. The menu certainly offers a variety to ponder over, but whatever you do, please put in an order of the Peruvian duck fried rice—you’re welcome.