Iron Chef Jose Garces Shows Star Power at Old Town Whiskey, Needs a Little Help at Distrito

Categories: Cafe Review

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Jackie Mercandetti
Old Town Whiskey pairs strong pours with upscale tavern fare.
​Chances are if you're a fan of Food Network's Iron Chef America, you've heard of chef Jose Garces.

Recently, two of Garces' concepts, Distrito, a modern Mexican restaurant, and Village Whiskey (altered for Scottsdale to Old Town Whiskey), an upscale tavern, have come to the Valley, inside The Saguaro hotel.

What does an Iron Chef taste like? Here's an excerpt Old Town Whiskey, part one of this week's two-part review:

"If it's bar snacks you're after, it's a good idea to start with the housemade cheese puffs. But you may find that the light, pillow-like balls of choux pastry made with Gruyère and then topped with even more Gruyère go faster than expected. In which case there are tater tots with a dreamy onion aioli dipping sauce or several selections of housemade pickled seasonal vegetables, like herb cherry tomatoes and truffled cauliflower, served in tiny mason jars with black olive tapenade, whipped ricotta, and crunchy pieces of toasted sourdough."

Get the full review of both Old Town Whiskey and Distrito here.

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