Paul Martin’s American Grill at The Borgata in Scottsdale is a relaxed, peaceful place perfectly conducive to business meetings or romantic rendezvous. I always love when an upscale joint also offers a killer happy hour, and this restaurant’s deals are a steal. During daily happy hour from 3-8 p.m., patrons can score $5 beer, wine and cocktails, as well as appetizers and shared plates for only $5 each.
The restaurant has been open for the past year and features a seasonal menu – the current menu lasts through September. The classy restaurant has beautiful ambiance, with large, cushy booths, cozy lighting from both large and small fixtures, an expansive patio, and a laid-back bar area. The staff, from the host to the servers to the manager, are all attentive and seem to genuinely care about their guests’ needs, as was evident when I went there recently for lunch.
Besides the pleasant atmosphere, the food was delicious. I started my meal with a House Champagne Lemonade ($11). The cocktail features house-infused Meyer lemon vodka, lemon juice, fresh basil and Piper Sonoma champagne, and the drink is very strong alcohol-wise and strikingly flavored. It was the perfect size for the meal and really refreshing for the warm weather. The cocktail menu features many more drinks made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, as well as a wide selection of beer and wine.
As for food, some of the popular menu items on the restaurant’s summer menu include the Blackened Pacific Redfish with Bloomsdale spinach and and lemon ($18) and Chimichurri Chicken, with wild mushroom farro, cipolline onion and Bloomsdale spinach ($17). My pal and I started with the Spinach Dip, made with Tillamook two-year aged white cheddar, Bloomsdale spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh bread ($15). We gobbled up every bite of the rich dip, which was chunky with vegetables and paired wonderfully with the crispy bread. It was so delicious, I would have eaten it plain by the spoonful.
For my entree, I tried the Three Mushroom Burger ($14), a vegetarian burger made with arugula and pesto aioli. I’d never had a veggie burger whose base was mushrooms, and this was so good. The mushroom flavor made my taste buds happy, and the consistency was perfect. I enjoyed the perfectly seasoned fries, and half of the meal made me more than full.
My pal got the Steak Frites ($21), which was cooked to her specifications of little char. It was another greatly portioned meal, which she said she enjoyed.
We split the Banana Cream Pie ($10) for dessert, which was richly topped with fresh whipped cream. It’s impressive all the restaurant’s desserts, including Lemon Crème Brûlée ($10) and Devil’s Food Cake ($10) are made in house, and this pie was my pal’s most memorable part of her meal.
For wine lovers, the restaurant hosts complimentary weekly wine tastings through August on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Head there July 16, 22, 23 and 30 and August 5, 6, 13, 19 and 20 to take advantage. For more information on Paul Martin’s American Grill, head here.