Barbacoa Tasting at Distrito

Around the country, people will celebrate the Fourth of July in the backyards, slinging hamburgers and hot dogs at the barbecue. Distrito, Iron Chef Jose Garces’ incredible restaurant at Scottsdale’s The Saguaro hotel, is also dishing up barbecue on honor of Independence Day via its barbacoa tasting menu. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7, Distrito will offer a $45 prix fixe dinner highlighting its expansive barbacoa, or Mexican barbecue, menu of slow-cooked, smoked meats. The limited-time menu includes three courses, dessert and two cocktail pairings. Here’s a look at what you can expect:

First Course: Chilango Chopped Salad, Shrimp Ceviche
Second Course: Yucatan-Style Smoked Chicken, Cochinita Pibil, Esquites
Third course: Black Angus Beef Brisket, Berkshire Port Spare Ribs, Ejotes, Frijoles Charros
Dessert: Churros
Cocktails: Distrito Diablo and Pineapple Cherry Sidecar

After experiencing a sneak peek tasting of the barbacoa dinner last week, we can highly recommend the pibil, brisket and esquites, especially. The cocktails, too, will send your taste buds in a tizzy.

While you’re making your way to Scottsdale’s The Saguaro, soak up a little sun at the hotel’s amazing pool. Perhaps you saw the pool on the cover of Conde Nast Traveler earliert this year? For non-guests, it is a mere $5 to hand poolside. You might even see a mermaid (seriously). www.thesaguaro.com.

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