Pictured: PNPK’s signature cocktail the “Tickle Me PNPK Punch,” made with Arizona prickly pear, ginger ale and sparkling wine. All photos courtesy of Connor Sutcliff/PNPK
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Cave Creek resident opens PNPK restaurant in North Scottsdale

03/28/18

SCOTTSDALE – PNPK, a full-service restaurant and wine bar featuring craft sliders and shareable flights of elevated comfort food as well as local and regional beers and cocktails has officially opened. The venue, which is named in homage to nearby Pinnacle Peak Mountain, is located on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak.

 “The cheeky menu really does offer flights of food and drink for everyone’s fancy,” said owner and Cave Creek resident Kellie Pruitt.

A stand-out on the menu is certainly the option to mix and match more than a dozen craft sliders, each available on brioche bread, gluten-free bread or in lettuce wraps. Flights of sliders are offered two for $10, three for $14 and five for $22.  Vegetarian and vegan options – including a Veggie Falafel slider are available.


During happy hour, each slider is available for just $4 each. PNPK also offers a full bruschetta flight menu, where guests can choose any three options from a list of 11 choices for just $12.

“On the drink side, we kept the idea of flights in mind, developing both craft beer and wine flights – and yes, we even have a bubbles flight,” said Pruitt, adding that they offer local beers from Historic Brewing, and Mother Road Brewing.

Pruitt notes that 30 of the wines on her menu can be mixed and matched with others as part of a custom flight, and of course, there are another 150-plus bottles varying in price from $30 to $350 available.

There is also a cocktail menu, which was developed with the area in mind. PNPK’s signature cocktail is called the Tickle Me PNPK Punch, which is made with Arizona prickly pear, ginger ale and sparkling wine.

Another signature cocktail is the “Hi Jolly.” This drink is an ode to Hadji Ali who was also known by locals as “Hi Jolly,” and was hired in the 1850’s by the U.S. Army to lead a camel driver experiment in the Southwest and became a living legend in Arizona.

“Naming a drink ‘Hi Jolly’ might seem odd, but the story behind it is actually one of the most interesting in Scottsdale’s past,” said Pruitt. “He was a wild, loud and audacious character who became a living legend until his death in Arizona.”

According to Pruitt, once insulted because he had not been invited to a German picnic in Los Angeles, Hi Jolly broke up the gathering by driving into it on a yellow cart pulled by two of his pet camels right into the middle of the festivities!

In PNPK’s Hi Jolly, Veev Acai Liqueur is the star here and is mixed with fresh mint, lemon and blueberries for a “spirited” antioxidant kick.

Pruitt notes that $1 from the proceeds of each of these cocktails sold will be donated to the Friends of Pinnacle Peak Park, a volunteer group that ensures Pinnacle Peak Park is maintained and cared for daily.

The 2,600-square-foot venue, which boasts a dog-friendly patio and will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will offer happy hour from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily and is located at 23335 N. Scottsdale Road.  For more information visit www.pnpkaz.com.