I thought I had been everywhere in Old Town Scottsdale when I went to Frank and Lupes for the first time a few years ago. After all, I grew up in Scottsdale and Phoenix, and I was no stranger to any of the great restaurants in the area, particularly the Mexican ones.
But tucked away in this little corner, between the art galleries and shops in Old Town, is the place you’ve been looking for. Ambiguous signs wind you around to a patio shaded by the architecture around it, always with a lively but relaxed crowd, colorful ambiance and amazing Mexican food (and margs) being ushered around quickly to the thirsty gringos.
You start here:
Wind around here:
Go straight here:
And end up here. This is where the goodness lies.
I love the laid-back vibe with the good food. This is the one Mexican place I can rely on for authentic, tasty food that isn’t always bad for you. Don’t get me wrong – you want the fried chimis or delicious flan, you go for it, but it’s all created from the best ingredients. White-meat chicken, no-lard beans, ripe veggies – it’s all super-fresh, adding to the I-love-this-place feeling.
This is the place the locals love to love too, and the wait isn’t usually too long, but go earlier for your pick of tables. Then take a walk afterwards around Old Town to stretch your legs. The Phoenix area has a lot of fantastic Mexican places, and Frank and Lupes is always at the top of the list.
4121 N Marshall Way