With views of both Camelback and Mummy Mountains and its famous sticky buns, dining on the patio at El Chorro is one of those quintessential Arizona experiences. I recently visited the property to take a tour of the newly remodeled bar, restaurant and event venues. The staff was nice enough to provide a lovely spread of food and drinks, and sent me home with a box of their famous sticky buns to enjoy later.

Cool fall temps + El Chorro's patio + cheese and charcuterie plate + wine = a perfect evening.

Heaven awaits inside...

El Chorro was originally built in 1934 as the Judson School for Girls, and in 1937 it was converted to a restaurant and lodge. Since then, it has been host to some of Arizona’s most famous families and visitors such as Barry Goldwater and Frank Lloyd Wright. The recent remodel is unique in its restoration of the historical aspects of the property, but also in receiving a LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me!

No matter where you are on the property, the views at El Chorro are fantastic.

Aside from all the technical aspects, El Chorro is a gorgeous property. Whether you are a visitor or a local, I highly recommend stopping by.

El Chorro Fall 2011 Schedule

Tuesday — Saturday
• Happy Hour 4-7pm
• Dinner 5 — 7pm

• Brunch 9am — 3pm
• Happy Hour 4 — 7pm
• Dinner 3 — 9pm

Happy Hour
• Tuesday thru Sunday from 4 — 7pm
• Happy Hour Menu
• House wines and beer half price
• Daily martini and margarita specials

Live Entertainment
• Friday evenings from 6 — 9pm

El Chorro offers a fantastic three-course prix fixe meal prepared with seasonal and local ingredients for $30 during dinner hours.

El Chorro is located at 5550 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. Find more photos from our visit to El Chorro on Flickr.

P.S. El Chorro is also a great place to hold an event, meeting or wedding!