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Mochilero Kitchen to expose authentic Mexican cuisine to north Scottsdale

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After recently celebrating the 3-year anniversary at its Peoria location, Mochilero Kitchen will open its second location in Scottsdale at the Horizon Shopping Center. (File Photos/

Mochilero Kitchen to open in north Scottsdale this May

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Offering vibrant and authentic Mexican cuisine, Mochilero Kitchen is proud to announce expansion into north Scottsdale this May.

After recently celebrating the 3-year anniversary at its Peoria location, Mochilero Kitchen will open its second location in Scottsdale at the Horizon Shopping Center at the intersection of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Thompson Peak Parkway.

Mochilero Kitchen is owned and operated by brother-and-sister duo Jorge Cota and Meliza Miranda.

The pair got the inspiration for their restaurant after Mr. Cota took a long research trip to Mexico in 2019. There he visited 23 out of the 32 different states trying as many authentic dishes he could find throughout the region, according to a press release.

Along the way the Arizona chef met with families, chefs and spent time in the restaurants, markets and also the homes of the people living in villages and coastal towns.

“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,” Mr. Cota said in a prepared statement. “Here we’re able to put our own twist on the dishes and really create something special.”

Mr. Cota and Ms. Miranda successfully opened their first Mochilero Kitchen in Peoria in April of 2020.

“It was tough start, but we went day-by-day and in the end we persevered and learned a lot during those three years,” Ms. Miranda said. “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.”

Ms. Miranda comes with a decade of experience working in the beverage industry as a manager for Constellation Brands. She’s especially proud that Mochilero Kitchen in Scottsdale will offer more than 30 different types of tequila and mescals, among other fine wines and spirits.

Mr. Cota, who’s resume includes a decade of experience in chef roles at the Ritz Carlton, Phoenician and JW Marriott, runs Mochilero like a scratch kitchen where everything is made to order, fresh daily and using only the finest ingredients.

Another favorite at Mochilero Kitchen are the variations of tacos, including a vegetarian mushroom taco that gets rave reviews and the Mariscos, a raw seafood offering that is cooked in lime juice.

“These are the most authentic and savory dishes you will find from the different various regions of Mexico,” Ms. Miranda said. “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.”

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