Black Chile Mexican Grill Heats Up Biltmore Fashion Park
There’s a new restaurant taking residence in Biltmore Fashion Park – Black Chile Mexican Grill. Brought by the owners of Kona Grill, Michael McDermott and Jason Merritt, their partnership brings 20 years of experience to this new concept. Their mission? Cooking up authentic, high quality Mexican cuisine by serving traditional dishes as well as introducing some new flavors and unique presentations.
On a recent visit, we put them to the test. We visited the brand-new joint only 4 days after the opening and were surprised at how full the restaurant had already become. Even in the midst of Arizona Spring Restaurant Week, seating was nearly full (that’s a good sign!).
The atmosphere is unlike traditional Mexican restaurants. You won’t find any colorful sombreros or chile peppers hanging from the ceiling here. The design fits perfectly within the Biltmore Fashion Park… sleek and trendy. The restaurant also boasts an open kitchen allowing diners to catch a glimpse of the action.
Now to the food!
We couldn’t begin our meal without trying one of their signature cocktails. The Strawberry Mango Mojito ($9.50) immediately called my name off of the cocktail menu and I couldn’t resist. Made with Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, mango puree, cucumbers, and agave nectar, and then shaken with mint leaves and limes – it was sweet, feminine and refreshing. A little too easy to drink, I had to make a deal with myself to have only one.
For an appetizer, Taryn and I chose to share the Cotija Grilled Corn ($5.50).
Absolutely fantastic! Two cobs of sweet corn, rolled in aioli and Cotija cheese (no skimping!) and finished with cayenne pepper for a slight kick and a squeeze of lime. After this app alone, we were instant fans. You can’t visit Black Chile without ordering this… it’s a must-try.
For entrees, I ordered the Carne Asada Fajitas ($17.95) after receiving an outstanding recommendation.
The marinated grilled carne asada came out sizzling with sautéed onions, and peppers, then topped with sour cream. A side of borracho beans and sticky rice with sweet corn accompanied. The carne asada had incredible flavor, so much so that not even one bite was left on my plate. The sticky rice was also a favorite.
Taryn selected the Chimichanga ($12.95) for her entrée that looked equally delicious, though I was too busy diving in to my own plate to sneak a bite. The chimi was made with refried beans, Asadero and Manchego cheese with ground beef or shredded chicken. Borracho beans and sticky rice were also served on the side.
For dessert, we didn’t hold back. We tried the Churros ($5.95) served with a chocolate dipping sauce and whipping cream. Little bites of fried goodness!
And, (there’s more…) the Fried Ice Cream ($4.95) – vanilla ice cream wrapped in cornflakes and dusted in cinnamon.
All in all? I would, without a doubt, recommend the Cotija Grilled Corn as a starter and any Carne Asada entrée. Tacos will be next on my list to try for sure!
For more information about Black Chile Mexican Grill or its hours, visit blackchile.com.
Black Chile Mexican Grill | 2502 East Camelback Road | Phoenix, AZ | 602-955-5593
Recap by Amy Martin, PhoenixBites Editor in Chief
*This meal was provided to us complimentary as a part of a media invitation. However, this has no effect on our opinions and comments regarding our experience. View our Disclosure Policy for further explanation.