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Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

Gates open to Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, Sedona, Arizona.

If you're looking for a place to dine that has over-the-top, incredible Sedona red rock views, this place is hard to beat. When you first drive into the parking lot, you'll immediately discover there's a lot more to Mariposa than can be seen from SR 89A, the main route through West Sedona.

After parking my car, we entered through beautiful, sculptured gates that opened onto two nicely landscaped outdoor patio areas with magnificent views of the red rocks. Going inside the restaurant, we were immediately impressed with an incredibly spacious interior (about a 40 foot ceiling) with huge glass windows wrapping around the main dining area. The bar was very inviting, and the contrasting dark walls with the outdoor panoramic views was stunning.

We decided to share an appetizer, yuca fries (made from cassava, and not to be confused with "yucca," the southwest desert plant). It was a good choice as we both enjoyed it very much.

For our main course, I ordered their special burger they entered in a competition, the James Beard Blended Burger Competition, while my friend had a vegetarian choice. My burger was a creative, combination of steak and mushrooms, specifically:

"Magic Mushroom Burger, all natural, certified USDA Creekstone Farms black angus beef stuffed with oven-roasted duxelles of crimini, button, portobello and shiitake mushrooms, poblano pepper, malbec, shallots, gorgonzola and chevre. Grilled to perfection on our Argentine parrilla topped with slow-roasted organic Campari tomatoes, truffle gouda and truffle-spiked mayo sauce. Served on house-made Mariposa branded Brioche bun."

I was very satisfied with my choice, as was my friend happy with hers. Then we decided to split a dessert and we ordered the key lime pie, which was really delicious.

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The only thing I was not thrilled about was the spare food presentation, at least with what I ordered: a few items getting lost on a large, solid-color plate. Although this has become a modern, chef-influenced style of presentation, I would still like to see more contrasting color, or food covering more of the plate.

After lunch, I had fun posing in the photo stand-in (also referred to as a photo cut-out) of a butterfly overlooking the red rock vista.

From the Mariposa website, the cuisine is described as "Latin inspired" and results from the owner/chef's interactions with other top chefs from South America, primarily Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Chef Lisa Dahl and her team focus on premium ingredients and many of the herbs are grown in the gardens in the restaurant courtyard. They say their meats and seafoods come from sources like Allen Brothers and Beelers, adding that the vegetables are organic and from Arizona.

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill location: 700 State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336. What was your experience at Mariposa? Contact us and let us know!

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