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Dos Gringos in Scottsdale was like a second home to me in my younger years – I loved the place and spent countless happy hours and late nights on the patio, chilling in the casual vibe. Fast forward to present day and a few things have changed – the name for one is now Old Town Gringos (and I am too old to be found anywhere late at night).

The patio is still amazing, open and great for enjoying a relaxed vibe in the heart of old town Scottsdale. The drinks are great but the food is fabulous, still recognizable as friendly pub fare, but taken up a few notches.

Check it out!

The O.P.P. (Other People’s Pretzels) is a fun take on the ubiquitous pub staple. It’s more like a cross between a soft pretzel and a charcuterie board. A tray is laden with slices of perfectly slated, soft pretzel slices, a trio of dipping sauces, hot cauliflower, pickles and a mound of BACON!!! The combination of nibbles found on the tray is unexpected and so satisfying. You get salty, sweet, tangy, sour, smoky, and meaty in a variety of textures. You can build tiny pretzel sandwiches, and dip, dunk and pop to your belly is busting. This is such a fun, sharable appetizer.

Another great sharable menu item at OTG is the Queso Dip. This ain’t no ordinary cheese dip – it’s laden with Hatch green chilies (Chef Willie Nelson hails from New Mexico so you will find a green chili theme on the menu), pico de gallo and topped with a savory green chili pork with a nice kick. This is one incredible queso dip worth a visit alone.

They are offering some pretty tasty entrees as well. On a recent visit I sampled the Blackened Grilled Shrimp Tacos and Slow Roasted BBQ Pork Sliders. Both had delicious merit, the shrimp was perfectly spiced and stuffed into a soft flour tortilla with a jicama slaw for texture and the sliders were piled high with a sweet and tangy shredded pork, the sweet/spicy addition of the pineapple pico de gallo made it memorable and addictive.

If there is room, and there should ALWAYS be room for dessert, order the Skillet Cookie. I enjoyed the white choclate macadamia nut version and it did not disappoint, freshly baked cookie with crispy edges and a gooey center with a giant scoop of ice cream melting on top – how could you go wrong?

Make Old Town Gringos a stop on your next night out, Scottsdale pub crawl or weekend day drinking excursion. The patio is fabulous, the drinks good and the food will keep you very happy!


Old Town Gringos is located at 4209 N Craftsman Ct, Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Disclaimer: I attended a media dinner and enjoyed menu items free of charge to help facilitate this post. As always all opinions are entirely my own. 

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