Whether helping direct a corporation from the C-suites or doing it all as a small-business owner, every businessperson needs a respite from decision-making dawn to dusk (or longer). Well, Scottsdale is one of the premier tourist destinations in the country, and it can sometimes be refreshing and rejuvenating to get away from the responsibilities of business and enjoy a little of the ambience that draws so many visitors.
Distrito, in the Saguaro Hotel in downtown Scottsdale, offers a great vantage point for this. Its patio overlooks the bustling Old Town retail district, making it perfect for people-watching. With its south wall completely opened, the dining room also affords the open-air views.
The lunch menu is severely scaled back from the dinner selection, which offers a sophisticated take on Mexican cuisine. While entrée items such as pan roasted duck breast with a mole negro served with a guajillo-squash puree and mesquite-smoked young chicken with an orange-habañero glaze served with popcorn grits are available only from the dinner menu, the guacamole is a hit at any time of day. The creamy treat has some unexpected fire from jalapeños, and patrons have the option of also adding crab to it. And a cool dish in our summer weather is the yellowfin tuna Ceviche de Atún with a serrano pepper-coconut sauce and lime sorbet.
For a lunch main course, try the Torta Milanesa — a chicken cutlet with avocado, queso Oaxaca and watercress. Or Distrito’s version of a hamburger — served with queso fresco, roasted jalapeño, avocado and refried beans. On a lighter side is the fish taco, made with the day’s fish selection, grilled and folded into a tortilla with red cabbage and a chipotle aioli.
4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale