The Phoenician, an iconic Arizona resort, recently began renovations. I had the pleasure of attending the media preview of the Mowry & Cotton opening with Wander With Wonder editor-in-chief, Susan Lanier-Graham.

Introducing Mowry & Cotton

Mowry & Cotton will be serving Modern American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner; with weekend brunch available soon. The restaurant combines comfortable with rich luxuriousness creating a perfect ambience with deep wood tones, supple leather and wool seating. We loved the floor to ceiling windows that allow the light to flood the space. Casual luxury is perfectly encapsulated in Cotton & Mowry’s design. It feels like a place to enjoy good company and laugh with friends and family.

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Comfort meets luxury at the new Mowry & Cotton at the Phoenician Resort. Photo Courtesy Mowry & Cotton

The food offered is both bold and simple, combining comforts of home cooking with fresh produce and beautiful presentation. Nothing that they offered during the media preview disappointed!

The concept by Chef Tandy Petersen, chef de cuisine of the Phoenician, crafted a place that guests can sit and enjoy a meal that flows organically. Food is prepared with sharing in mind, the atmosphere makes it is easy to sit back, relax with a glass of wine and lose yourself in the flavors and the company.

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Chefs serving up samples at the media preview of the new Mowry & Cotton. Photo courtesy AWE Collective

We highly recommend the buttermilk buns! Chef Rebecca Tillman shared with us the tale of how she uses her grandmother’s recipe for the buns. They are perfection. Soft, salty, and warm, they are served with a citrus sea salt butter and a duck fat fig butter.

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Chef Rebecca Tillman’s grandmother’s Buttermilk Buns are a highlight. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

We loved the Mowry Chop Salad. Sometimes ordering a salad ends in a less than satisfying meal but this salad with avocado, corn, peppers, cotija, black currant, pheasant and molé was flavorful and exciting.

BBQ Beets, with mustard greens, chickpea and smoked onion yogurt will impress even the beet haters in any dinner party!

Guests can enjoy lamb tacos, wild mushroom flatbread and even roasted salmon from the dinner menu. Everything we tasted during the media preview was delicious. The flavors, the texture and even the presentation met every expectation a guest could want.

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This Chopped Salad is sure to please! Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

I absolutely loved the grilled pheasant! It is served with Cipollini onion, broccolini, almond, citrus and cherry. It is available as half the bird or the whole bird to really add to the homey, community style dining that Mowry & Cotton embodies.

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Samples of the grilled pheasant. Photo courtesy AWE Collective

Dessert options didn’t disappoint. With Lemon Meringue on the menu, I was enthralled. I love this sweet and tart citrus dessert. They also gave us a taste of the Peanut Butter Bar, which is a soft caramel, mousse, and chocolate croquant. Dessert was balanced perfectly with the flavors from previewed dinner offerings!

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A little taste of the delicious Lemon Meringue was all I needed! Delicious. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Mowry & Cotton is approachable and satisfying in all the ways it matters. When you go, make reservations by calling 480.423.2530 or by visiting them online at

Read more about The Phoenician here and about our English Tea at The Phoenician here.

As is common in the food and travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary meal for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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