Phoenix Must-Try: Ocotillo PHX

One of the best things I’ve been able to do while visiting Phoenix for Christmas was try brunch at Ocotillo PHX on Third Street south of Osborn Road. I hadn’t heard of this new restaurant (it opened in September), but a quick glance at the menu convinced me this place could be great. 
The restaurant had a Yard-like atmosphere. It has a separate little coffee house, and the patio had ample seating and heaters surrounding picnic tables. When I made the reservation I was offered a chef’s table seating arrangement, though we opted for a half-booth, half-table setup instead. Inside, Southwestern art and photos decked the walls, but in a minimalist way. The decor wasn’t over the top.

Ocotillo PHX, Phoenix

Ocotillo PHX, Phoenix

My friend and I ordered the scrambled farm eggs and the falafel burger (paired with fries) to share. I thoroughly enjoyed the burger, but I couldn’t get enough feta-yogurt sauce. The eggs were scrambled with chili sauce, queso fresco, avocado, blue-corn tortillas, radishes and pico de gallo. Out of the two, I liked the falafel burger more. 

Ocotillo PHX, Phoenix
Scrambled farm eggs from Ocotillo PHX.

Ocotillo PHX, Phoenix
Falafel burger and fries from Ocotillo PHX.

My brunch companions ordered the smoked brisket, which they raved about; the breakfast chimichanga; and the skillet pancake, which looked like a cake. All portions were hearty and looked amazing on the plates. The medjoul date appetizer (not pictured) was a hit, too. 

Ocotillo PHX, Phoenix
The enormous skillet pancake from Ocotillo PHX.

The Ocotillo will be a must on my next Phoenix visit. I can’t wait to try more of the venue. Have you been to Ocotillo? What did you think?
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