Arizona 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.