Notorious Burgers in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

Categories: Happy Hour

Heather Hoch
Notorious Burgers creatively pairs shots and mini-cocktails with their happy hour offerings.
The Spot: Notorious Burgers
8777 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

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The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily from 3 until 7 p.m.

The Interior:
Along with sister restaurant Cuttlefish, Notorious Burgers is a recent addition to the Scottsdale dining scene, having been open only four months. There seems to be a partially hashed-out speakeasy vibe, thus the Notorious in the name, but overall, the dark wood bar, booths, and tables just seem standard. Instead, the bar area, which has a reddish glow due to underlighting emanating from the bar, feels more like a sports bar with a bootlegging veneer. There's nothing really wrong with the ambiance at Notorious, it just feels inauthentic.

Heather Hoch
A "Tijuana dog" is like a Sonoran dog, but with fried jalapeños and an optional shot of Patron.
The Food:
Here's where things get interesting at Notorious. Rather than slapping discounts on menu items (as most places do for happy hour), Notorious offers a completely unique menu to happy hour. To top it off, each item comes with a suggested discounted shot pairing. Sure, it's weird, but it is a refreshing change from the happy hour norm. Starting with a combo of beer-battered cheese curds and a Jameson pickleback for a total of $10, we were reasonably pleased with both the squeaky fried cheese curds, the three dipping sauces, and the accompanying shot.

Heather Hoch
The B.I.G. sliders ($8), modeled after the on-menu burger of the same name and paired with a Maker's Mark cocktail for $4 more, had a fantastically sharp and tangy cave-aged cheddar, and the bun was soft and lightly sweet. However, the menu promised applewood-smoked bacon on the sliders, but ours arrived without it. Never promise bacon that you can't deliver. In a final attempt to get a bacon fix, we tried the Tijuana dog, essentially a $7 Sonoran dog with fried jalapeños and chipotle mayo. The bacon-cradled but not -wrapped dog was a gut bomb, especially when paired with the $3 shot of Patron.

Location Info

Notorious Burgers

8777 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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