El Chorro
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El Chorro Restaurant

Phoenix Magazine, “2024 Arizona
Travel Awards: Best Restaurant”

Jun 2024

The rustic Paradise Valley restaurant remains a staple in the Valley culinary scene because it celebrates its past while keeping an eye on the future. Regulars come for the iconic sticky buns, the classic beef Stroganoff and the menu mainstay trout almondine. At the same time, chef Charles Kassels crafts new, locally sourced dishes that capture the flavors of the Southwest. The restaurant continues to play a role in the lives of Valley residents, as its rustic interior and picturesque backdrop serve as the perfect location for weddings and celebrations.

Bar and fireplace at El Chorro Lodge

ICONIC Life, “The Best
of Arizona Restaurants”

Feb 2023

A historic restaurant in Paradise Valley and a landmark for locals, El Chorro has a long history of rich tradition and culinary excellence. The property was originally opened as the Judson School for Girls by Dr. John C. Lincoln in 1934, while he was building the neighboring Camelback Inn. The property’s 22 acres were later purchased by Jan and Mark Gruber in 1937, who converted it into a restaurant and lodge, and El Chorro was born.

Whiskey Sour Drink

Mezcal is in the driver’s seat for
Highway to Helayna, El Chorro’s
twist on a traditional sour

Oct 2022

The bar team at El Chorro travels to 18 East, which is Breakthru Beverage’s stateof-the-art cocktail lab in Phoenix, several times a year to research and develop its seasonal menus. “We start with a central theme, but then it is all about collaboration, creativity and seasonality when we start testing flavor profiles,” says Helayna Hudak, head bartender at El Chorro. “For the fall, we decided it would be fun to theme each cocktail around song titles.” Hudak also saw the new menu

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