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Winter Patio Dining

If you’re visiting Phoenix in the winter there is nothing better than enjoying the desert sunshine while dining outdoors. And there are few better places to do just that that Phoenix’s Aunt Chilada’s restaurant that is tucked into the side of Squaw Peak. Dating back to the 1890′s you bet this is as authentic as buildings come in the Valley of the Sun since it was constructed with original desert stone and railroad ties how appropriate considering the structure was first used as a supply depot and general store while Arizona was still an untamed territory where it is reported that “scantily clad women would climb into the attic and perform a hootchy-kootchy dance” throughout the night. Such dancing has ended (much to the chagrin of many a man), and replaced instead with a full authentic Arizona Mexican food menu, with one-third of the restaurant’s floor space dedicated to the aforementioned patio that offers a garden feel of old Mexico. Choose from traditional appetizer menu selections such as nachos and quesadilla, and then move to the house specials like Baja shrimp tacos and seafood enchiladas. If you want some great midweek fun to hook up with friends after a day at work or sight-seeing, you can’t miss the “infamous and notorious” Happy Hour served from 4:30 6:30 where the atmosphere is unsurpassed and the patio fire is lit to keep those late-day winter chills away. And if you’re into reciting accolades, Aunt Chilada’s was voted as having the “best margarita” in Phoenix by Phoenix Magazine; and you can bet the competition in this desert town was might fierce. Cheers!

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