– Tocaya – Modern Organic Mexican Food in Scottsdale –
Recently, Toca Madera and Tocaya Organica opened at Scottsdale Fashion Square. These sister concepts came from Southern California and are sure to be quite popular in the Valley. They both highlight organic and modern takes on Mexican food.
Toca Madera is very elegant and is open for dinner. Later in the evening, it transitions into more of a club atmosphere.
Tocaya, where we went, is open for both lunch and dinner. Located across the street from Toca Madera (the Spanish translation of “knock on wood”), Tocaya is light, bright, open and airy.
Upon entering, you grab a menu and pick your meal. Each meal starts with a base, whether it is a salad, a burrito, a taco, a bowl or something else. All of these bases are vegetarian. From there, you can then pick your protein and then your cheese. (You are also welcome to skip proteins and cheese.)
Each of the items has a chef’s recommendation for the protein and the cheese which you are welcome to select or you can choose your own. Many of the dishes are vegan and they come with options for vegan proteins and cheeses.
Tocaya also has a bar, where you can order margaritas and wines. On the non-alcoholic side, they have several agua frescas, which combine fresh fruit juice with water and a little sweetener.
We were there for lunch and had tacos and one of the salads. You can order tacos a la carte or there was a special combo that came with two tacos (your choice), a side and a margarita. We ordered one the taco special and chose guacamole as the side and two chicken tacos – the Cali and Barrio versions. The Cali definitely had some spice, but it was very tasty. The Barrio was tasty as well. What we loved about the guacamole was that it came with pepitas and pomegranate seeds. Instead of chips, it was served with plantain chips. (If you do want tradtional chips, you can order them.)
We also tried the seasonal Taco Salad. It came with romaine and kale, tortilla strips, corn, avocado and so much more. It was a very generous portion and tasted fantastic.
Tocaya is a perfect place to pop into for a casual, but healthy and satisfying lunch or dinner.
Tip: There is also a location in North Scottsdale at Kierland Commons
Two Locations: Scottsdale Fashion Square and Kierland Commons