Restaurant of the Week: Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse

With locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Bootleggers is a casually upscale, modern American smokehouse that’s famous for its rustic ambience and eclectic comfort food creations.

The cozy restaurant space is accented with design elements like barn wood, steel and a number of other modern finishes. The resulting interior is a space that’s as quaint as it is inexplicably cool and rustic.

The Bootleggers menu is built around flavorsome comfort food, like unique BBQ creations and smoked meats—that are tended to all day, every day. Beyond food, their craft cocktails, beers and beloved apple pie moonshine are reason enough to stop the eatery on any given night.


Chef Tony Quiroz seamlessly pairs his authentic, slow-smoked meats and vibrantly flavored sauces with traditional American gastropub cuisine—ultimately cultivating a menu that’s unlike anything that guests have tasted before.

The crispy Boot Dumplings—filled with smoked pork belly and shrimp, then drizzled with house-made mango chipotle barbecue sauce—are a particular favorite.

Arizona boasts two Bootleggers locations—with the Phoenix location settled just east of the SR51 and Shea, and the Scottsdale location found right off of Scottsdale Road in Old Town on 1st Street, south of Indian School Road. 

Both locations feature the same menu, along with unparalleled hospitality via their staff—who are actually just as obsessed with the restaurant’s food as even their most frequent guests.

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