The New Pink Pony in Scottsdale: Playful Food That's Worth a Try

Categories: First Taste

Lauren Saria
Go and eat this fried bologna sandwich right now.
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Lauren Saria
Outside Pink Pony
Restaurant: Pink Pony
Location: 3831 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Open: Under a month
Eats: New American
Price: $20 to $25 a person

Those familiar with the Pink Pony in Scottsdale might be a little wary of the spot. It's come back from the dead more than once over the past few years, most recently closing last summer and reopening last month under new ownership. We've already told you about the new design and menu, which comes courtesy of executive chef Donald Fawcett. And while some of the dishes probably won't wow you, there's one you should really go eat -- like, right now.

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Lauren Saria
Coffee Bourbon Boulvardier
Scottsdale's oldest restaurant now sports a clean, contemporary look that includes an open-air front patio, lounge, bar, and open kitchen. There are a still few nods to the restaurant's former self, for example the home plate set into the floor when you first walk in (it's the original from Scottsdale Municipal Stadium) and the caricatures hanging near the bathrooms. But for the most part, the baseball memorabilia is gone, replaced by a few modern paintings and a wall of colorful cowboy boots adorning mostly empty walls. It's not a bad look, but is a little sad considering how much history used to hang on the walls.

On the upside, we hear the old memorabilia should all be back up by the end of the month -- with new additions to the collection.

We were pretty impressed by the Pink Pony's drink selection. Not only are there affordable options such as the house infusions you can order up or on the rocks for $6, there's a tempting list of cocktails ($9) and mules ($7).

We went with a Bermuda Triangle mule, which features Cruzan Key Lime & Coconut Rum, ginger ale, pineapple and pretty much tastes like spring break in a copper cup. Fruity, but not syrupy-sweet the drink benefitted from a sprinkling of crunchy coconut bit on top. We also tried a Coffee Bourbon Boulevardier with house infused coffee bourbon, Campari, Carpano Antica (vermouth), and orange zest. The well-balanced drink offered just the right touch of bitterness and coffee taste.

Lauren Saria
Bermuda Triangle

Location Info

Pink Pony

3831 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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The Pink Pony was the first Scottsdale restaurant I ever dined in.  It was old-school but the food was delicious.  I wish the new version good luck.


Went there last week, thought the food was good, menu offered something for everyone, the remodeled space is very inviting, and service was already pretty polished and knowledgeable. Was impressed that they opened up just days before but already appeared to be firing on all cylinders. 

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