After realizing the success their 1st location of Bootleggers http://www.bootleggersaz.com/ had achieved in north central Phoenix , Rick Phillips and chef James Fox decided to open a 2nd branch of this modern American smokehouse in old town Scottsdale taking over the former Praying Monk Tap(and Pischke's back in the day) back in November. Having seen the Bootlegger burger over the past year in photos, as well as hearing about it, I knew the burger gods had my back when Bootleggers chose my part of town for their next endeavor. I gave them a few weeks to get any kinks out, then my Fri. lunch partners made our way to Bootleggers.
With 2 burgers ($10 & $14) on the menu, the Bootlegger burger ($14) is no doubt the one to have whether its the slab of bacon, the earthy Crimini mushrooms or the whiskey onions all under melted Muenster cheese that will tantalize your taste buds. Served between a pretzel bun along with tomato slices, shredded lettuce and a house sauce along with a large steak knife on a cutting board you knew you were in for more than lunch, you were in for a meal. Smokey, salty and with a hint of sweetness this burger was grilled to my rare-medium rare request with a dark pink middle and plenty of juices dripping on to the plate. This burger leaves little room for the house made chips that accompany your burger as it was that satisfying and a welcome addition to the local burger scene which gotten a bit, ho-hum over the last few months. If they can do a burger this good, I can't wait to see how the BBQ program is.
Bootleggers is at 7217 E. 1st Street. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.404.9984 and is open Mon-Thu 11am-11pm
and Fri-Sat 11am-1am