If you find yourself in Scottsdale, I would recommend checking out Old Town which has a variety of restaurants, shops, bars and art galleries. Ken and I stopped at Barrio Queen on our way to an evening at the Phoenix Zoo, which stays open late on the first Thursday of the month for an adults-only experience of the zoo. Anyone with a gluten sensitivity knows Mexican cuisine is a great choice when dining out, especially if you can tolerate corn. I usually avoid corn, but when dining out I do make concessions and when it comes to Mexican food, corn is one of those. Ken and I sampled a couple items on the Happy Hour menu and I thought they were exceptionally good.
At Barrio Queen we tried the Pork Tinga Poblano Pepper and Carnitas Sopes. The Pork Tinga Poblano Pepper (foreground in picture below) was pretty spicy, but the sliced avocado it was served with was a welcome accompaniment to temper the spice. Ken nor I had ever tried sopes before, so this was exciting to try. The sopes were very filling as masa is quite dense. Both of these happy hour dishes were very generous portions and a great bang for your buck.
As I mentioned the Phoenix Zoo stays open late on the first Thursday of the month and hosts a 21 and older crowd for full run of the zoo. This is a great way to experience the zoo, especially if you’re a 30-something adult without children. A few years ago Ken and I thought it would be good idea to go to the Seattle Zoo on Easter, thinking since it was a holiday it might be less crowded. Boy, were we wrong! Easter+ Zoo+kids+ Easter eggs = No fun for us! We only managed a quick walk through before we decided to abandon the zoo altogether. The Roars and Pours event at the Phoenix Zoo was a much more pleasant way to enjoy the zoo. We were also really impressed by how healthy all the animals looked, especially the flamingos compared to the ones we saw at the Seattle Zoo. For some reason I have a special fondness for flamingos, so that was my favorite exhibit.