Open now for almost a year, Epazote Kitchen & Cocktail gives its guests the taste of southern cuisine and beautiful views of the Pusch Ridge Mountains.
Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails is located in the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort on North Oracle Road. The restaurant originally served Mexican food, and was known as Dos Locos, until changing last year.
“Dos Locos was good but more geared towards guests thinking that since they came to Arizona we should have Mexican food,” said Peter Prassas, the restaurant owner. “Now with Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails we want people to experience the flavors of the southwest. We’ve incorporated a lot of Arizona wines and beers as well, because we want to emphasize local ingredients and drinks.”
The restaurants name of “epazote” comes from the name of a southwestern spice that is used in many of the dishes at the restaurant. Dishes include mountain trout, bison burger, enchiladas, steak, chicken, casserole and more. Guests often include some sort of wine, beer or specialty drink from the menu as well.
Jonathon Kupper, the head chef at the restaurant, said they want to give their guests the taste of the southwest with their food. An emphasis on quality and well-flavored food as well as attentive service to their guests is key.
Kupper and Prassas worked at different times for Dos Locos as well as other areas in the resort. Now, most of their attention is on the running and success of Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails.
The biggest challenge they have faced recently is spreading the word about the new restaurant concept to area residents who may not be staying at the resort.
“We’re trying to break that mold that we are just a restaurant at the resort,” said Kopper. “We kind of want this restaurant to be a stand alone where we compete with Noble Hops, the Keg, Jax Kitchen and that type of thing. We are trying to capture more of the local locals.”
Besides the food, Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails gives a backyard view of the Pusch Ridge Mountains, which guests enjoy. Also, included is social hour, which is Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Social hour is when the bar food menu, house wine and draft beer are half off.
Dinner is served throughout the week beginning at 5 p.m.
Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails
Where: 10000 North Oracle Road
Hours: Sun-Thurs Social Hour 4-6 p.m. Dinner 5-10 p.m.
Fri-Sat Dinner 5-10 p.m.
Owner: Peter Prassas