Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015

Arizona Restaurant Week

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015 is September 18-27. This affair offers foodies and those looking to expand their Arizona restaurant experiences a plethora of dining options they might not typically choose, often in different neighborhoods, providing a great opportunity to experience something new. Options are endless, ranging in cuisine type, all offering special pre-fixe menus and pricing during restaurant week, so it’s the perfect time to try new fare. The goal of Arizona Restaurant Week is to position Arizona as one of the nation’s top culinary destinations by increasing awareness of the available dining experiences while stimulating business for the restaurants. Prepare your palates for some of the best food in the Valley!

Having been to more than half of the some 200 restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015, here, I outline some of my favorite participating places. Be sure to check out the Arizona Restaurant Week website for all participating restaurants. Click on any of the restaurant names below to visit their website.

My favorite restaurant:

The Gladly: Contemporary American; Don’t miss the chimichurri chicken or the whiskey list, I’m a whiskey snob & the list here is phenomenal

My favorite fine-dining:

T. Cook’s; Contemporary Mediterranean; At this AAA four diamond & Zagat #1 rated restaurant in Phoenix, located in The Royal Palms Resort, anything you order will not disappoint

My favorite appetizer:

Barrio Queen; Mexican; Don’t miss the signature guacamole app, it’s borderline life changing. Also, a beverage is included with the pre-fixe deal. Margarita? Yes, please!

My favorite entree on a participating pre-fixe menu:

The Arrogant Butcher; Gastro Pub; Don’t miss the Short Rib Stew, one of my favorite entrees in the Valley

My favorite Latin cuisine:

Ticoz Latin Kitchen: Many delicious options here, but the pork chile verde mac n cheese is a definite winner. And, the pre-fixe comes with a beverage. You will not be disappointed with a glass of the Sangria; it’s my favorite in The Valley.

Some of my other recommendations not to miss during Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015: Central Bistro, Chelsea’s Kitchen, Nook, The Henry, The House Brasserie

Especially great deals: This fall, several restaurants are offering a pre-fixe menu priced at just $44/couple. If you are looking for a foodie experience to get the most bang for your buck, check out one of these options:

5th and Wine, as expected they offer a great wine selection and it’s a great casual atmosphere for a fun group dinner; Blanco Tacos & Tequila, the legit cuisine at all Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) restaurants make this a solid option, my go to here are any of the seafood taco options; Culinary Dropout, also a FRC restaurant, the expected modern cuisine and atmosphere deliver, order the 36 hour pork ribs and bourbon black bottom pie, you’re welcome; Porkopolis, I don’t often venture to Chandler for dining, so this is the only restaurant with the couple pre-fixe option I can’t personally recommend.

If you’re looking to dine out near home, there are a few Arrowhead Ranch area restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015. If you have to get home to a babysitter and don’t want to spend time driving to Scottsdale or Downtown, spend an evening at Arrowhead Grill, Firebirds or The Melting Pot. They all deliver great cuisine a stone’s throw away from the Arrowhead area.

Bon Appetit!

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014

restaurant weekArizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014 is September 19-28. This affair offers foodies a plethora of dinning opportunities they might not typically choose and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood to try something different. Options are endless, ranging from spicy Southwestern to fine-dining options to soothing comfort food. Restaurants offer special pre-fixe menus and pricing during restaurant week, so it’s the perfect time to try new fare. Prepare your taste buds for some of the best food in the Valley!

Here, I outline some of my favorite restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Fall 2014. Be sure to check out the Arizona Restaurant Week website for all 139 greater phoenix restaurants. More restaurants are being added daily. Click on any of the restaurant names below to visit their website.

My favorites in the Valley:

The Mission: Latin Cuisine; Don’t miss the Primarita margarita or the espresso churros; Hands down my favorite restaurant in Greater Phoenix

Beckett’s Table: American Comfort Food; Don’t miss the hand-crafted cocktails or the grits

The Gladly: Contemporary American; Don’t miss the chimichurri chicken or the whiskey list, I’m a whiskey snob & the list here is phenomenal

Other Arizona Restaurant Week participants you don’t want to miss; these are some of my staples for date nights:

Barrio Queen; Mexican; Don’t miss the signature guacamole, it’s seriously amazing!

Bink’s; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the hand-crafted cocktails or the Polenta Cake

Bluehound Kitchen & Cocktails; American Comfort Food; Don’t miss the prohibition era cocktails or the tater tots appetizer

Capital Grille; Steaks & Seafood; Don’t miss the bone-in Kona crusted steak, my favorite entree at this go-to special occasion gem

Central Bistro; Modern Italian & French; Don’t miss the warm goat cheese or grilled artichoke appetizer

Chelsea’s Kitchen; Modern American; Don’t miss the tuna tartare & guacamole or posole appetizer

Citizen Public House; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the bacon fat heirloom popcorn…it’s sinfully divine

Nook Kitchen; American; Don’t miss the Arancini appetizer, any of the pizzas and the strawberry basil shortcake

The Henry; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the Chai Lime Ginger Beer (it’s non-alcoholic) or the short rib potsticker appetizer, it’s seriously mouth-watering; My favorite newer Valley restaurant

T. Cook’s; Contemporary Mediterranean; At this AAA four diamond & #1 rated restaurant in Phoenix by Zagat, anything you order will not disappoint; My favorite fine-dining restaurant in the Valley

The Arrogant Butcher; Gastro Pub; Don’t miss the Short Rib Stew, one of my favorite entrees in the Valley

The House Brasserie; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the House Brisket & Biscuit or the Jidori Chicken

If you’re looking to dine out near home, there are a few Arrowhead Ranch area restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014. The consistently enjoyable fare at these places close to home make them a great choice for dinner if you have to get home to a babysitter and don’t want to waste date time driving.

Betty’s Nosh, 67th Ave. & Loop 101, specializes in stuffed mushrooms & seafood; Firebird’s Wood Fired Grill, 83rd Ave. south of Bell Rd., specializes in steaks & seafood; The Melting Pot, locations throughout the Valley, specializes in fondue meals, great for a group.

Bon Appetit!