Old Town Tortilla Factory: A Review

Awhile back, I bought a Deal Chicken for a local place called Old Town Tortilla Factory. Old Town is part of Scottsdale, Arizona chock full of restaurants, bars and little shops. Deal Chicken offered an appetizer, two entrees, one dessert and four margaritas for $44. The retail value was given as $110. J and I thought we would give it a try after reading reviews on line. There was a mix of reviews but mostly positive plus a few people one twitter said it was a good place to go.

Last night J and I had a date night at the Old Town Tortilla Factory. The actual building was very pretty. There was an outdoor patio area that was huge. There were a few people eating outside but we sat inside because it was just a little too hot to sit outside. It was still probably a 100 degrees at seven p.m. The joys of summer in the valley. There was also a separate building that appeared to be just a bar area. The main part of the restaurant was actually an old house. It was charming but a little crowded. It was difficult to maneuver through and was a bit loud. It might have been the type of crowd that gathers in Old Town at seven p.m. on a Saturday night. Everyone looked like the were ready to go out to the bars.

The service was pretty average, maybe a little above average. We got water almost right away. Our waitress knew exactly what the Deal Chicken was and asked if we wanted out first margaritas and appetizer right away. Of course we said yes; we were both starving.

The appetizer from the deal chicken was the chorizo fundido. The chorizo fundido is “pepperjack cheese dip filled with Chorizo and Rajas; served with flavored tortilla chips” (from their website: http://www.oldtowntortillafactory.com/index.htm). Not only did she bring us the appetizer, she also brought salsa and homemade tortillas and butter. The dip was fantastic! You needed to kind of break apart the chorizo and use the spoon to get it on your chip but it was well worth the effort. We chose not to use the butter. Last nights flavor was sun dried tomato. Instead we took the homemade tortillas (last nights flavor was cilantro and something, I can’t remember what she said) and put our chorizo fundido on the tortillas. Wow. That was tasty.

She also brought our first two margaritas with the appetizer. The Deal Chicken margaritas were the Mrs. Sames. From their menu: This is the original margarita created by Margarita Sames; Sauza Silver, triple sec & fresh citrus juice served in an original shaker. The shaker alone held about three margarita glasses full of drink. The margaritas had quite the lime flavor but were tasty. I really enjoyed them. The first sip surprises you with how much lime flavor there was.

The Deal Chicken allowed us to get any two entrees excluding shawnee seabass, southwestern filet mignon and carne y camarones. There were several other entrees to choose from; we were definitely not lacking in choices. J got the red chile pork chop and I got the pollo margarita. We also got our second margaritas with dinner. Again, another full shaker for about three glasses full.

J’s pork chop menu description: 10 oz. Grilled pork chop topped with our Ancho raspberry sauce. Served with garlic mashed potatoes & seasonal vegetables. I was skeptical about the ancho raspberry sauce but one taste and I was hooked. The flavors actually worked really well together. J really enjoyed his entree. He cleared his plate like a champion.

My pollo margarita description: Chicken breast stuffed with cheese, roasted peppers and onions, topped with citrus tequila sauce and served with a Chipotle mashed potato cake & seasonal vegetables. The chicken was different then I thought it would be. I thought it would be one breast, stuffed. Instead it was thin slices of breast rolled and stuffed. The chicken was quite tender and everything worked well together. The citrus tequila sauce was fabulous and worked well with the zucchini and yellow squash. It took a bit for me to get used to the mashed potato cake. It wasn’t exactly what I had thought it would be but mixed with the sauce and veggies? YUM! I only ate half of mine. Let me tell you, the leftovers may have been better than the fist time!

The entrees were excellent. If I were to go again, there are a few more I’d like to try. I thought about trying something different but we wanted to maximize out coupon by trying the most expensive entrees. 😉

We split the chocolate cake. It was also very tasty. The chocolate cake was super moist. I don’t think I have ever had such a moist chocolate cake at a restaurant. And there was a layer of pure chocolate on top. And by layer, I am talking at least an inch, if not more. It was some of the richest chocolate I have tasted. There was some delicious whipped cream and fresh strawberries on the plate. There was a banana dessert on the menu I may have to go back and try out. It sounded amazing!

Overall, it was a good dinner and the server was friendly and efficient. I am not sure I would go out of my way to just eat there but if I was nearby, I would stop in. I probably wouldn’t get nearly as much food as we did with the Deal Chicken. It was a lot, especially with the two (or six, depending how you count them) margaritas. From the fresh, homemade tortillas to the chocolate cake, everything was delicious.

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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