The world was in a state of a pandemic lock down in April 2020 when sister and brother Meliza Miranda and Jorge Cota opened their Mochilero Kitchen in Peoria. The duo and the world came through a tough few years and now they’re preparing to open a second location in Scottsdale. Once opened at Frank Lloyd Wright & Thompson Peak Pkwy the restaurant will be serving authentic Mexican cuisine inspired by Cota’s 2019 research trip to Mexico where he visited 23 out of 32 states.
“It was tough start, but we went day by day and in the end we persevered and learned a lot during those three years,” said Miranda. “Never did I think we would be opening our second location this soon but the response has been tremendous and we are so excited to show Scottsdale diners what our vibrant and authentic Mexican cuisine is all about.”
During his trip Cota, who’s worked as a chef at The Phoenican, Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott met with families & chefs and ate in restaurants, markets and homes of families tasting foods & dishes that he would use in his restaurant. “We went with the mission to get inspired so we could take the most popular and traditional dishes you find in those coastal towns and bring them home,” said Cota. “Here we’re able to put our own twist on the dishes and really create something special.”
On the menu at Mochilero Kitchen
In the kitchen at Mochilero Kitchen Cota will be making scratch made signatures dishes like Classic Mole, a dish his grandmother who was from southern Mexico would make. Other popular dishes are his version of tacos including a vegetarian mushroom taco. The popular Mariscos, raw seafood cooked in lime juice should also get rave reviews in Scottsdale. Miranda spent 10 years as a State Manager for Constellation Brands is excited to feature more than 30 types of tequila and mescals along with wine & spirits in Scottsdale.
“These are the most authentic and savory dishes you will find from the different various regions of Mexico,” said Miranda. “When you combine our cuisine with the atmosphere, I think we have created something that has a very traditional warm feeling and is family friendly and timeless all at the same time.”
The restaurant will have acoustic entertainment on some weekends and will be open 7 days a week at 11 a.m. Dinner service will start at 3 p.m.
Cota and Miranda are hiring new employees for the Scottsdale location and interested applicants can head to their website to fill out an application. Mochilero Kitchen will be at 14850 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. in the Scottsdale Horizon Shopping Center.
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