You know you're in the Southwest when you see cilantro listed among the ingredients on the menu. This lacy green beauty is more than a defining flavor of Southwestern Cuisine—it's also one of the most polarizing herbs on the planet. In fact, recent studies have shown that we may be genetically predisposed to love it or hate it.
If you're a card-carrying cilantrophobe, not to worry—Scottsdale offers plenty of delicious, cilantro-free cuisine. But if you L-O-V-E this pungent herb, here are a few of my recommendations for savoring cilantro's distinctive flavor.