El Chorro in Paradise Valley: Happy Hour Report Card

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Heather Hoch
A shrimp cocktail for $17 during happy hour at El Chorro.
The Spot: El Chorro
5550 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
480-948-5170

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The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. until close.

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Heather Hoch
Food, drink and a pleasant atmosphere-- so what's missing?
The Interior:
For being nearly 80 years old, El Chorro looks pretty darn good. The Southwestern archway leads to a tiled fountain and a large, open patio. On the inside, its rustic but classy décor easily could house any event you have in the works. Happy hour is offered exclusively in the bar in lounge area, but there's ample seating. The stage was set for a perfect drink and snack.

The Food:
We're not going to sugarcoat this one -- El Chorro's happy hour menu is expensive. We were immediately drawn to the flash-fried lobster tail dish with remoulade and drawn butter. Unfortunately, it's market price the day we went was $48. $48? For a happy hour dish? You must be joking. Never have we ever seen happy hour fare so expensive -- but it is lobster. We moved along to other dishes.

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Heather Hoch
Schreiner's can take the credit for the quality of the sausage on this dish.
The "farmers market vegetable bowl" is a bowl of uncooked broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, tomatoes, radishes, and olives on ice (which made the veggies waterlogged, not crisp) for $7. We don't know what farmers market the chef attends, but all the ones we hit up certainly have more interesting options than the standard veggies we received. Plus the accompanying hummus and poblano ranch dip were so bland that they weren't even worth the dip.

We also tried the shrimp cocktail ($18) and the trio Schriener's sausage platter ($11). Both had small portions, high prices, and no flavor to speak of. We are not impressed El Chorro.

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El Chorro

5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: General

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10 comments
1amiga
1amiga

EL Chorro is sooo overrated,  was better before the muti$$$$ renovation.

Alicia Geier
Alicia Geier

After the BS Walmart add its off my list.

Linda Kane Ransley
Linda Kane Ransley

And THAT's why I've never been! Bourbon Steak, North, BLT, Olive & Ivy, Ra, Hyatt Regency, TJ Cooks, Christopher's - all have great HH

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

4 shrimps and a lemon wedge for $17...wow

Christine Olivas
Christine Olivas

Maybe it's all that Walmart steak they're secretly serving.

dwalsh19
dwalsh19

Go to Calistro Bistro for Happy Hour.....3 - 7 daily.  It is just down the street on Scottsdale Rd and McDonald.  One of the best high end Happy Hours in town!

maxpowerpi
maxpowerpi

el chorro's brunch sucks too.  literally worst fucking brunch i've ever eaten, and it was more than $30 per person... don't waste your time at El Chorro.. it must have been good at one time...but my god is it horrible now.

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