Don’t Forget Z’Tejas Valley-wide

by Mike Hunter



A Valley favorite for more than 20 years, Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is known to many as an original that was developed right here in Scottsdale — but, actually, the first location was in Austin, Texas. The concept was to create a fresh and seasonal menu using Southwestern ingredients found in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas and even Louisiana.

Born of the fiery and aromatic spices of the region and the cooking style that fusion chefs know best, the menu at Z’Tejas is a culmination of some known dishes fused with these flavors and styles. These results are what make this recognized establishment a 20-year success. Appetizers include the Grilled Shrimp and Guacamole Tostada Bites on house-made crispy tostada rounds topped with fresh, hand-hacked guacamole, a dash of chipotle and cilantro-pesto-marinated grilled shrimp. The Cast Iron Skillet Dumplings are spicy shrimp and pork wontons, seared and served in a cast-iron skillet with a sweet ginger soy sauce. Lunch favorites are the original version of the Southwestern Caesar Salad made with romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese and house-made Navajo croutons, topped with grilled chicken. Try the Green Chile Barbacoa Enchiladas made with low-roasted beef barbacoa and Jack cheese rolled in corn tortillas, finished with green chile sauce, sour cream and nopalitos salad, and served with seasonal rice and black beans. The menu includes more salads, burgers and a variety of delicious appetizers, of which many will make a table-wide meal.

The décor is different at each location. They are all modern Southwestern with comfort and style well in mind. Guests love the service and the attention the staff continues to pay to each guest’s needs. Professionally dressed wait staff well versed in the menu completes a perfect setting for a lunch meeting with top clients or colleagues. The newest location, at Bethany Home and 16th Street, is brighter and much more modern than the others. It is convenient to Downtown Phoenix and offers a quick lunch experience.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler

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