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Restaurant of the Week: Diego Pops

Inspired by the sandy beaches of Yucatan, Old Town’s Diego Pops offers a modern take on traditional Mexican staples with reimagined plates and unique handcraft cocktails in a laidback atmosphere. 

A staple to Old Town Scottsdale’s dining scene, Diego Pops is a dining spot stemming from Jocque Concepts, the owners of its neighbor The Montauk and other Valley favorites. The dining destination offers a relaxed and eccentric design, with neon fixtures, unique art pieces and an open concept that brings the outside in. Guests have the option to dine inside or out on an expansive, pet-friendly patio/bar, complete with string lights and lush botanical life. 

Al Pastor

Diego Pops offers a unique lineup of Mexican-inspired plates, with innovative bites like its famous Brussels sprout nachos with street corn, queso Oaxaca, Fresno chili, pickled onions, roasted garlic-beet crema and a fried egg; mains like the Al Pastor with spit-roasted achiote pork shoulder, grilled pineapple, red onion, cilantro and corn tortillas; or the Sonoran hot dog with a bacon-wrapped all-beef hot dog, pinto beans, grilled onion, mayo, avocado crema, cotija and a brioche bun. 


A cocktail is a must when visiting Diego Pops, with some local favorites including the Guava Coconut, prepared with Ciroc Coconut Vodka, coconut water, guava and house-made sweet and sour served in a baby coconut; the Paloma with Casamigos Blanco tequila, Jarritos Grapefruit and freshly squeezed lime; or the Watermelon Mint Margarita with Teremana Reposado, Triple Sec, muddled watermelon, mint, watermelon liqueur and sweet and sour. Be sure to order a drink “Diego’s way” to make any cocktail spicy. In addition to cocktails is an extensive mezcal and tequila lineup, a beer selection and a collection of Spanish reds. 

A treat is in order to finish the perfect meal, with a variety of items to choose from, including a multitude of paletas, churros and coconut tres leches. 

Diego Pops is open Sunday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.

To learn more about Diego Pops, visit diegopops.com.  

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