Stand

Eclectic | Hamburgers
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“How’s the horchata?” I ask.

“We make our own rice milk,” is the answer. Of course they do. Virtually everything at this pared-down burger and taco shack is made from scratch using quality ingredients. The horchata is smooth and cinnamony – very refreshing, just like the house-made jamaica (hibiscus tea) that is an erotic shade of deep purple. Beverage alternatives include Mexican-bottled sodas and a catalog of three milk shakes: chocolate-chili, dulce de leche, and banana. I drank banana, tugging it up through the extra-wide straw with great difficulty – it’s that thick – and was wowed by the taste of freshly-peeled banana that the kitchen augments with its own banana custard and vanilla ice cream. An impressive shake!

Drinks are only the sideshow; the leading attractions are hamburgers and tacos. Needless to say, they are a cut above. Burgers automatically are doubles. Cheese, bacon, butter-caramelized onions, and roasted jalapeno peppers are extra cost options, but unless you say otherwise, each “Standard” comes accoutered with lettuce, tomato, crisp onion slices, kosher dill pickle chips, and a lather of Stand sauce, which looks like a dark version of 1000 Islands dressing but is spicier and not as sweet. This all makes for one rich, sloppy, and delicious burger, the meat itself fresh and full-flavored. That same Stand sauce makes a worthy dip for the kitchen’s thin, skin-on French fries.

Three kinds of tacos are on the menu: chicken, veggie, and short rib. That last one is outstanding. A pair of soft corn tortillas are piled with fallapart-tender, intensely beefy shreds along with pickled red cabbage, cojita, chopped onion, and cilantro. Ingredients of the vegetable taco vary with the season, always including quinoa, beans, and red cabbage.

The Stand really is a stand more than a restaurant: minimal indoor seating and a small patio, plus a drive-through window.

What to Eat
Stand, Horchata
Horchata
Must-Try
Neither too rich nor too thin and heartily flavored with cinnamon, horchata at the Stand is a truly fresh refresher.
Stand, Short Rib Taco
Short Rib Taco
Must-Try
A short rib taco is long on beefy satisfaction. It comes decorated with pickled red cabbage, cheese, onion, and cilantro, plus a sunny wedge of lime.
Stand, Banana Milk Shake
Banana Milk Shake
If you look closely you can see striations in the banana shake: not-quite-blended ice cream and banana custard.
Stand, French Fries
French Fries
Golden, crisp-edged French fries are very much enhanced by a dip in spicy Stand sauce.
Stand, Standard Burger
Standard Burger
The setting is proletarian, but this hamburger is an aristocrat.
Hibiscus Tea
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 234 MILES | 4 hr 19 min

Scottsdale to Bisbee, Arizona

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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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