Happy 20th Birthday to Us!

We’ve come a long way, baby.

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Recognize these two?!

It’s amazing how time flies! December 1, 2014, we’ll celebrate our 20-year anniversary! It’s hard to believe that, for two decades, we’ve been dishing up deliciousness and serving up the suds at Tonto Bar & Grill. We started off with more hair and less leather on our belts, but it’s been a fantastic ride so far, and we want to celebrate with you.




eric cheffing

All this month, we’ll be bringing out an encore of some of your favorite menu items from days gone by, including favorites like our Roasted Rack of Lamb with Balsamic-Thyme Jus with Potato Goat Cheese Strudel and Sautéed Kale; Grilled Beef Tenderloin Medallions on Roasted Onions and Red Pepper Mashed Potatoes, 5-peppercorn Demi and Portabella Mushrooms; Chili Lime Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Black Bean Cakes, Pepper Mango Salsa and Grilled Zucchini; and Grilled Chilean Sea Bass on a Potato, Leek, Spinach and Goat Cheese Phyllo Tart, Sautéed Tomatoes, Asparagus, and Tarragon Crème Fraîche. john eric and christie

We will also bring back more flavors with bold and delicious appetizer, lunch and dessert specials. A complete listing of our special menu can be found on our “Events” pages.

When John and I brought our families to the tiny town of Cave Creek in 1994, we couldn’t have known how much a part of the community we would become—and we didn’t know how much the community would become a part of us.

We both came from the seaside surrounds of the Lodge at Pebble Beach, and we were eager to learn how to not only exist in the challenges of the desert, but we also wanted to harvest the often elusive gifts the desert provides. We learned to use saguaro spines to harvest fruit from the tops of the Sonoran giants, and also to use things like prickly pear, jojoba seeds, local pinion nuts, mesquite beans and creosote in our dishes. grill room pic

We found that, with mindfulness and care for the fragile ecology, the desert has a tremendous amount to give. Like the Native Americans who occupied these lands long before we were here, preserving the land and the history here became central to our purpose.

So join us and celebrate 20 years of success, and centuries of tradition. Weekly specials will be posted on Facebook and on the Tonto Bar & Grill website, and t-shirts are available at the restaurant and online.

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Tonto Bar & Grill is located at 5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331. We’re open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tonto bar is open until 10 p.m. nightly.

We’ll be closed Christmas Day so our employees can enjoy time with their loved ones.









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