As a longtime neighbor of Scottsdale Fashion Square, I’m always interested when a new restaurant opens at the mall. Recently, Tocaya Organica, a healthy, fast-casual Mexican restaurant based in California, opened just outside the mall’s new luxury wing.
Housed in a light and airy space, with windows galore and an indoor/outdoor bar and patio, Tocaya Organica features salads, bowls, tacos and burritos with a choice of 10 proteins (everything from turkey picante to carne asada) and 6 different kinds of cheese. There’s a lot to choose from and it can be a little overwhelming, but the staff is helpful and offers great recommendations with a generous side of enthusiasm.
I tried the Summer Love salad with the recommended orange-spiced achiote chicken and buttery queso Manchego, crisp shredded romaine lettuce, tangy pomegranate seeds, diced cucumber, fresh strawberries, grilled corn, chipotle-dusted almonds and a pop of chopped mint dressed with strawberry sherry vinaigrette. The salad fixings here are crisp and fresh and the free-range chicken is tender and lacks the gristle that many fast-casual concepts often don’t trim (a major pet peeve of mine).
Tocaya Oganica boasts meats and fish that are 100 percent free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics and also offers plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The healthy Mexican restaurant serves up a seasonal menu, which currently spotlights coconut: coconut churro bites with coconut dulce de leche; a skinny coconut margarita; and a burrito made with a gluten-free coconut and cassava flour tortilla.
Tocaya Organica has 14 locations, including Scottsdale Fashion Square and Kierland Commons, which opened in late 2018.