Ahnala Mesquite Room is the on-site restaurant of the We-Ko-Pa Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ahnala serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual outdoor patio setting or a more elegant, modern indoor dining room.
The menu at Ahnala is a bit limited, especially for guests who prefer to avoid gluten and/or meat. Fortunately, the staff does their best to accommodate any of your requests.
On weekend mornings, a decent sized breakfast buffet including eggs, potatoes, meats, pastries, and drinks, is offered for only $15. The create your own omelet selection is a better value for those with dietary restrictions as you can customize any dish to your liking. Other breakfast selections include customary dishes like pancakes and french toast.
The lunch menu is pretty basic and includes standards such as appetizers, salads, soups, and sandwiches. During daily happy hours, select appetizers and drinks are discounted.
The chips and guacamole/salsa was rather good and a pretty large serving too. As there weren't any other gluten-free appetizers on the menu, this worked well as a starter dish.
Unfortunately, Ahnala offers no gluten-free bread for the sandwiches, so we resorted to a salad. Luckily, the staff was more than willing to swap out certain ingredients and add others with no hesitation.
The Cobb Salad was loaded with large chunks of chicken, avocado, egg, and onions & red onion by request. They definitely didn't skimp out on the toppings. It was a very satisfying, filling choice that was also healthy as organic produce was used. This is probably the best choice for a vegan/vegetarian diet as it can easily be modified.
Although our salads were great, I recommend that Ahnala add more gluten-free and vegan appetizers and sides to the menu. In addition, there are no vegan entrees to be found on the dinner menu. It would be nice to have a few more choices.
In addition, keeping a stock of gluten-free bread on hand for those with food intolerances would enable gluten-free guests to enjoy the sandwiches.
The dinner menu is pretty much the same as lunch with the addition of a few meat based entrees (Rib Eye, Filet Mignon). A few of these selections would be great for those avoiding gluten, unfortunately, not any good for vegetarians.
The wine list is pretty small and a bit overpriced, however, the nice outdoor patio is perfect for enjoying an evening glass after the brutal sun finally goes down.
Service was good during both lunch and breakfast hours. Although both staff members had no idea about gluten-free options, they did their best to accommodate our requests.
Both indoor and outdoor dining areas are available. Inside, you will find a sophisticated natural wood design theme centered around a fireplace. It's clean and modern.
The outdoor patio is the real highlight with comfy seating, fans and misters for hot days, and lots of attractive desert plants. The casual, relaxed setting fits in perfectly with the vacation resort vibe.
Overall, Ahnala Mesquite Room is a great choice for guests staying at We-Ko-Pa. This is a good thing as it happens to be the only restaurant at the resort! Good service, very large portions, and a nice outdoor patio create an enjoyable, relaxed experience for guests staying at the resort.
As a future recommendation, an expanded gluten-free & vegetarian menu, would be recommended.