Paradise Valley Southwestern Restaurants

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Asadero Cocina + Cantina celebrates the indigenous flavors of the Southwest. With a Nuevo approach. Three meals a day. And bar service nightly.

The brand-newly concepted 175 (indoor and outdoor) seat southwestern restaurant – located in the heart of DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale – emphasizes locally sourced and seasonal fare. Beyond its artfully choreographed and diverse menu, Asadero Cocina + Cantina features thoughtfully composed, creatively presented and memorably flavorful beverage offerings to complement the overall culinary experience.

Relish the standout Arizona room atmosphere. Open and airy, bright and inviting, Asadero’s restaurant and cantina spaces blend nods to Frank Lloyd Wright architecture with intimate pockets of segmented contemporary dining vignettes – from seriously casual to banquette to bar style seating, Come savor the splashes of color. And the satisfying comfort and refinement.


Our Story

Our Story

Scottsdale Southwestern Restaurants

Asadero Cocina + Cantina is the newest Scottsdale dining destination. Chef-driven by renowned and long standing DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale Executive Chef Don Molinich.

What makes it among the best?

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Perhaps it's the menus which tweak potentially familiar items and transform them into fun, innovative and flavorful Nuevo favorites! Signature breakfast menu items include Chilaquiles or Tres Leche French Toast. Lunch specialties include Cumin-Roasted Eggplant Wrap or Grilled Ham & Green Chile Cream Cheese Sandwich.  Chef's personal dinner favorites include Braised Short Rib with Green Chile Mac and Cheese or Scallop & Shrimp Vera Cruz.

As oxymoronic as it may seem, the restaurant and cantina's robust beverage program is a serious treat. Asadero's tantalizing craft cocktails featuring infused spirits or delightfully concocted house-made syrups are true flavor explosions! Whether it's the relative simplicity of the Frozen Cojito or Blackberry Mojito,  the complexity of the Spicy Sandia or the unique twist of the Blood Orange Margarita (to name just a few), Asadero boasts some unexpectedly delightful options . And, oh, the fun brews and vinos too! There's a little something for everyone! This cantina surely knows how to turn its beverage menu into a Nuevo southwestern celebration.

For sure, Asadero Cocina + Cantina is no traditional southwestern restaurant. Rather it is Nuevo!

  • In concept.
  • In design.
  • In furnishings.
  • In execution.
  • In cuisine.
  • In beverage offerings.

Come experience southwestern cuisine in a Nuevo way. At Asadero Cocina + Cantina - located in the heart of Paradise Valley/Scottsdale.

For overnight guests of DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale, poolside food and beverage service may be an ideal alternative culinary solution. In fact, there are two choices:

  • Azure Pool & Bar is a centrally located splash zone, family-friendly option. Asadero al fresco diners can actually overlook Azure.
  • Turquesa Pool & Bar is a leisurely ten-minute on-premise stroll from Asadero. It is intended more specifically as an adult recreation and grazing experience.

Poolside food & beverage hours for each venue vary by season.

Don Molinich, Executive Chef
Don Molinich, Executive Chef

Our People

Scottsdale Restaurants

DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale Executive Chef Don Molinich began working in restaurants at age 16. But his abiding culinary passion was ignited during his youth. His Midwest roots (Ohio) and family traditions run deep - many fond memories and good times centering around food and food preparation. Holidays or every day. It was in his extended family kitchens where he first aspired to become a chef! Growing up in a family of good cooks preparing traditional foods (mostly of the Eastern European influence) provided his inspiration.

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In 1991, Chef Don attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, while incorporating an internship with the Ritz Carlton, Cleveland. Much of Chef's professional kitchen experience and classic French culinary training came during the four and a half years he spent there. Afterward, Chef was a Garde Manger Cook in a 4 star/4 diamond hotel, fine dining a la Carte Sous Chef and a Banquet Sous Chef.

Moving to Phoenix led to stints as Banquet Chef at the Ritz Carlton, Phoenix and Chef de Cuisine at Phantom Horse Grill (Pointe South Mountain Resort).

Chef Don openly admits he "fell in love with Arizona." And with it everything 'southwest.'

Cooking 'in the season' comes naturally to Chef – hence his partnerships with local farms and farmers whose products he seeks out and working relationships he cherishes. His passion for in-the-home flavors and cooking styles are foundational to the new restaurant concept – Asadero Cocina + Cantina.

It was 2003 when Chef took the culinary reins at DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale. It was here he expanded his management talents. An active member since 2010 of the Corporate Culinary Counsel, Chef has been instrumental in developing the future direction of Food & Beverage for DoubleTree by Hilton worldwide.

How about the local community? Chef enjoys participating in charity events both past and present including:

  • Forks and Corks
  • AZ Wine & Dine
  • Boys and Girls Club of Phoenix
  • Taste of Paradise
  • Flavors of Phoenix (three-time award winner)

Why, he even makes an occasional local television appearance when asked!

His 13-year (and counting) culinary management and mentoring style bespeaks a kitchen staff equally dedicated to and focused on providing diners the best culinary experience each and every visit. With a long-standing commitment to quality of products, sauces, proper seasoning – true to what each cook is preparing.

Does he believe in culinary evolution? For sure. Chef's challenge for him and his team is to buck the status quo, question everything culinary and find a better, newer way when appropriate. Being fresh isn't just about the food. It's about the food and what they do with it.

Asadero Cocina + Cantina diners can experience it for themselves.

Does Chef Don have any personal Asadero Cocina + Cantina menu favorites?  Indeed he does! From the breakfast menu - Chilaquiles and Tres Leche French Toast. From the lunch menu - PV Turkey Sandwich and Old Town Cheese Steak. And among his diner favorites are the Braised Short Rib and Scallop & Shrimp Vera Cruz. Home come?  Because of the preparations and/or the unique twists on the sauces. Occasionally for the actual presentation.

OUR LOCAL GROWERS + PARTNERS

Our Local Growers + Partners

Scottsdale Restaurants

Chef Don's vision to deliver a superb local, seasonal Nuevo southwestern culinary experience to Asadero Cocina + Cantina diners begins at the source...with products and ingredients.

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Several local Arizona farms – each carefully chosen for their individual commitment to the culinary arts - deliver seasonally to the restaurant and bar hand-selected superior products. Fueled by their own passion for responsible, sustainable practices and outcomes. From their fields to Asadero diner plates!

From honey, herbs and produce at Singh Farms to citrus, asparagus, radishes and lettuces at  Crooked Sky Farms. From olives, vinegars and oil (purchased in recyclable drums) at Queen Creek Olive Ranch to goat cheese and goat milk at Ranch at Fossil Creek. By incorporating seasonally grown tomatoes at SoMo Farm Tomatoes and tomatoes and more at LA Specialty Produce, Chef and his team exhibit a passion for and respect for the process. And they love their local Arizona mushroom guy – Adrian Gohn!

Watchful and occasionally hands on at the 'farms' - as food stuffs are planted, cultivated, nurtured and ultimately harvested - Chef Don and his team are in lockstep with these and other resource partners who sensitively, and with love, deliver many of the restaurant's menu-related ingredients. During less busy times (back in the day), Chef literally got his hands dirty in farm-site composting programs! At Asadero, the culinary team is all-in.

Can you almost taste the fresh?

With vendor partnerships like these, Asadero Cocina + Cantina is able to fulfill its mission of providing a fresh, local culinary experience.