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Caliente!  When you live in the southwest, you search out local Mexican restaurants for the taste of local traditions.  I like to categorize these type of restaurants in two ways: southwestern fresh-mex vs. traditional mexican.  Blue Agave falls into the first category, fresh-mex, which nationwide is the most common.

Located in North Scottsdale off of N. Scottsdale Rd. south of the 101, this little gem is filled with wonderful tastes, local musicians, and a patio with misters (great to beat the heat!).  Inside, you are welcomed by an interior filled with spanish flair and a bar area filled with neon "fiesta" lights.  We chose to sit in the dining room filled with dark granite tables and red walls.  Lanterns and pendant lights drop from the celiing.  We walked in last night around 5, which still happened to be happy hour.

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So, I started off the night by trying their signature margarita - frozen.  I mean, only a true mexican joint can make a solid margarita that doesn't taste like sweet syrup, right?  Blue Agave surprisingly came through with a solid version.  The flavor was refreshing with a healthy amount of tequila - not overpowering, but still enough to give it a kick.  I couldn't complain about happy hour prices either, $2 off margaritas, $3 off beers, $3 off appetizers.  You could easily sit and eat munchies throughout the evening on a budget. 

Like most mexican restaurants, Blue Agave delivers a healthy portion of chips and salsa almost right after you sit down.  The salsa is not thin and watery, but I would not consider it chunky either.  The puree hosts an ample amount of spice as well as onion flavor which I happily welcomed.  I think we could have sat

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eating the chips and salsa all night, however, as I sat there smelling the wonderful dishes coming out of the kitchen, I decided I needed to order real food.

Now as my first time here, I normally would try mexican classics, but their southwestern wrap caught my eye (I really wanted something light before hot yoga!)  After about 10 minutes of looking at the substantial menu, Julien settled on the Oaxaca Chicken tacos. The food came out promptly smelling wonderful but with a much more

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american-food look.

What it lacked in traditional looks, it made up in taste.  The chicken was spiced with cumin, cinnamon, cayenne and a few more flavors I could not pick out.  The pico de gallo and cheese was pretty standard tasting, but the dipping sauce packed the finishing touch it needed.  I wish they included some of the sauce in the original presentation, but not much to complain about in the full picture.  The black bean mix had a nice blend of flavors, but the side of rice was nothing special.



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Now on to the southwestern wrap!  This was the most americanized dish perhaps on the entire menu.  Again, what looked pretty standard packed an immense amount of flavor.  The southwestern wrap's interior included the same marinated chicken in the oaxaca chicken tacos, lettuce, traditional cheese, lettuce, ranch, and a cactus dipping sauce.  Again wonderful flavors, but I wish they included some of the dip in the actual wrap to give it a little more flavor.  The fries, very strange for a mexican restaurant, were pleasantly flavored with cajun spices that gave it just enough zip.

As we were winding down our meal, we ended up being entertained by two guitar players singing modern hits.  They were pretty good and I could imagine sitting and listening to them throughout an evening.  So in all, I would not consider this a hit out of the park, but rather a wonderful spot tucked into the corner of a busy shopping area worth a trip!


 





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