Arizona Restaurant Week Picks – Spring 2016
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You already know that we are super excited for Arizona Restaurant Week. If you aren’t excited, I am not sure if we can be friends. Just kidding, sort of. But seriously, who doesn’t get excited for three-course meals at affordable prices? It is an excellent opportunity to try a restaurant and go out of your comfort zone. Arizona Restaurant Week starts on Friday, May 20th and goes until Sunday, May 29th. Today, we are going to break down some of our recommendations for you to try over the course of the week.
We also have a little treat for you, since there are so many excellent restaurants to choose from we called on our friend and super ScottsdaleRestaurant.com VIP Tony Pontecorvo to help us with some of the suggestions. Be sure to check them out and give Tony a follow on Twitter (@disguyyy) for more of his recommendations.
Now, without further ado, here are our recommendations for Arizona Restaurant Week:
Crab & Mermaid Fish Shop
What we say: Crab & Mermaid is a breath of fresh ocean air. I say that because they have some of the freshest seafood that we have ever had in Scottsdale. Add that to the laid back beachy atmosphere and you will think that you walked right into an ocean side restaurant right here in Scottsdale. If you are looking for a great seafood spot in Old Town Scottsdale, we highly recommend that you visit the Crab & Mermaid. You will not be disappointed. Check out our Video Review.
How much: $44 Per Couple
First Course (Share One): Shrimp Ceviche – marinated shrimp, tomato, lime & cucumber, Buffalo Popcorn Shrimp – fried shrimp, buffalo sauce, bleu cheese dressing, Tuna Poke Bowl – ahi tuna, sambal sauce, ogo, ginger, avocado, sweet soy sauce, sticky rice, New England Clam Chowda’ – chopped clams, bacon, Yukon gold potatoes, handcrafted bread bowl
Second Course (Choose One Each): Fish n’ Chips – Fish of the day, Alaskan Amber beer batter, house slaw, malt vinegar, served with steak fries, Blackened Mahi Caesar – 6 oz. Mahi-Mahi filet, house blended blackening seasoning, romaine lettuce, creamy parmesan Caesar dressing, evoo croutons, Crab Cake Platter – hand formed Maryland style crab cakes, cilantro lime rice, house slaw, dijon mustard creama
Third Course (Share One): Giant Rice Crispy Treat – marshmallow soaked rice crispy treat, caramel sauce, Banana Foster Trifle – rum flamed bananas, vanilla wafers, whipped cream, vanilla pudding
Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers – Old Town Scottsdale
What we say: Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers is a great spot to pop in and watch a game or just enjoy the previously mentioned cold beers after work. They are not your basic burger place. Their menu features only fresh ingredients with all items made in house daily but if you are not a burger lover they have many other menu items that you are sure to love! Check out our Video Review.
How much: $33 Per Couple
First Course (Share One): Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls – shredded chicken, bleu cheese, served with dipping sauce, (2) Jumbo Salted Pretzels – served with roasted pepper cheese dipping sauce, Hummus & Pita – hummus, pita bread, veggies
Second Course (Choose One): Phoenix Philly Burger Served with Chips roasted red pepper, roasted green pepper, jalapeños, grilled onions, pepper jack cheese, CB&CB Burger Served with Chips gruyere, caramelized onion, pickle, lettuce, garlic aioli, Bacon PB&J Burger Served with Chips bacon, peanut butter, grape jelly, cheddar, chipotle sauce, Open Pit Burger Served with Chips cheddar, pepper jack, bacon, onion ring, barbecue sauce
Third Course (Choose One): Brownie Sundae – vanilla ice cream, pecan brownie, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, Shake – choice of: chocolate/ vanilla/ brownie/ Oreo
What we say: Drexyl Modern American is a very welcome addition to Scottsdale. Drexyl offers a superb happy hour, signature vintage cocktails and a menu full of modern American cuisine. With every dish, you can see the passion and care that Executive Chef, Robert Eckhardt puts into them. Drexyl has a very inviting atmosphere and with elegant portraits showcasing Scottsdale’s vibrant history. Right as you walk in you feel as though you are right where you are supposed to be. Check out our Video Review.
Cuisine: Modern American
How much: $33 Per Person
First Course (Choose One): Hand Made Gnocchi – fig braised pork belly with pearl onions, truffle goat cheese, micro basil, Seared Salmon Salad – 4oz blood orange glazed salmon, warm German potato salad, mixed baby greens with slow roasted red tomatoes, Roasted Beet and Baby Heirloom Carrot Salad – petite greens with honey citrus vinaigrette, sweet jalapeño drizzle
Second Course (Choose One): Scallop and Prawn Duo – day boat scallops, spiced prawns, Mexican style street corn, mole, jade pesto, fresno chili, citrus cream, Alaskan Halibut – with charred garlic oil and cherry tomato relish, asiago polenta, sautéed broccoli rabe, Braised Pork Cheeks – parsnip puree, caramelized onion and gorgonzola pretzel bread pudding, chili salt chicharron
Third Course (Choose One): Roasted Banana and Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding – whiskey sauce and fresh berries, Spice Milk Chocolate Pot de Crème – cinnamon whipped cream, Grilled Peach Upside Down Cake – coconut gelato
What we say: Inde Fusion is located east of Scottsdale Road on the north side of Doubletree Ranch Road. It is tucked in a little bit, but it is well worth it. This Scottsdale restaurant is beautiful, classy and elegant. You can tell that owner Rupesh or RP for short put his heart and soul into everything from the menu items and the creative cocktail menu all the way to the wonderful ambiance that he has created. We challenge you to go to Inde Fusion and find a dish that does not put a smile on your face. Check out our Video Review.
How much: $33 Per Person
First Course (Choose One): Crispy Falafel (V) – chickpeas, herbs, cucumber & mint raita, Sweet & Sour Calamari – flash fried, tossed in a sweet & sour chili sauce, Caesar (V) – romaine, caesar dressing, spiced croutons, parmesan, Inde Salad (V) – cherry tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas, potatoes, mint-cilantro chutney, lemon vinaigrette
Second Course (Choose One): Chicken Thai Noodles – sautéed rice noodles, vegetables, egg, tamarind sriracha, masala spice mix, Blackened Salmon – masala spice rub, purple sweet potato mash, mango salsa, Pumpkin & Cashew Nut Ravioli (V) -served with a creamy tomato butter sauce
Third Course (Choose One): Signature Inde Crème Brulée – cardamom, vanilla bean, star anise, Rice Pudding – homemade warm rice pudding, star anise, fresh orange zest, Gelato Grateful Spoon – American made Artisan gelato made with 100% natural ingredients (Vanilla | Raspberry | Salted Caramel | Pistachio)
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
What we say: ZuZu’s atmosphere & menu share the characteristics of it’s home with old school flare and food & drink menus inspired by the rich history of the Hotel Valley Ho. It is a great spot for a date night, or girls night out or even just a happy hour. The cocktails are updated seasonally, and they also tweak the menu to keep you on your toes and able to try new things. Check out our Video Review.
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
How much: $33 Per Person
First Course (Choose One): Rocky Point Style Shrimp + Scallop Cocktail – tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers, tortilla chips + spicy tomato broth, Classic Caesar Salad, Tuscan Kale Salad – lacinato kate, pecorino romano, julienne pear, pan -roasted bread crumbs, oven roasted tomato, pine nuts + lemon dressing
Second Course (Choose One): Asian BBQ SaImon – somen noodles, crispy vegetables + ponzu sauce, AngeI Hair Pasta – asparagus, reel peppers, sweet corn, rosemary garlic olive oil + Parmigiano-Reggiano, Beef Short Rib- ancho chile braised with creamy green chile grits, coriander glazed carrots + ancho corn demi
Third Course (Choose One): Warm Chocolate Flourless Cake – salted caramel ice cream + caramel sauce, Key Lime Pie
Bonus Coverage from Tony!
The Market By Jennifer’s
How much: $33 Per Person
What Tony says: Situated in a cozy corner spot of Gaslight Square at 36th Street and Indian School, The Market by Jennifer’s has a warm, bright decor and a unique setup that takes advantage of its limited space. One of the best things about “The Market” is it features one of the longest weekend brunch serving times in the valley (until 5 PM) so you can sleep in and still enjoy a leisurely brunch – plus $15 bottomless mimosas!
For Arizona Restaurant Week, one of the entree options is their wonderfully rich ricotta gnocchi with roasted pork (also available vegetarian). If you’ve never had it, ricotta gnocchi is lighter than its better-known potato version and has a wonderful texture. Although drinks are not included in their Restaurant Week menu, they have a handful of handcrafted specialty cocktails and an eccentric mix of wine offerings.
Kale & Clover
Cuisine: New American
How much: $33 Per Couple
What Tony says: Even the most ardent partiers needs an occasional cleanse, right? In this case, feeling good about what you’re putting in your body also tastes amazing. Kale & Clover, located at 20511 N Hayden Road in the Grayhawk neighborhood of North Scottsdale, is the perfect place to feel reinvigorated and treat your body to some healthy noms. Kale & Clover offers a full complement of fresh-pressed juices and smoothies as well as a few wines if you’d like to balance your healthy three-course meals with some alcohol. The can’t-miss item on their Restaurant Week menu is the first-course option of the avocado summer roll.
Cuisine: Classic American
How much: $44 Per Person (plus optional $10/course wine pairing)
What Tony says: With so many new restaurants throughout the area, it’s a magical trip back in time to visit some of the decades-old standbys that have managed to endure. El Chorro on Lincoln Dr. in Paradise Valley has been around longer than many of the neighborhoods that host the new places fighting to achieve its stellar reputation. El Chorro refers to itself as “destination dining” and has some of the best views in the valley. Arizona Restaurant Week is a perfect opportunity to visit and treat yourself to an indulgence that, for many, can’t be had on a regular basis. A large, predominantly new-world wine list is available and there is the option of adding on a $10 per course wine pairing. If you prefer cocktails, you are in luck as El Chorro prides itself on some of the best crafted cocktails around.
We hope this list makes your Arizona Restaurant Week decisions a little easier. Now make some reservations and enjoy some of the best that Arizona has to offer.
To see the complete list visit arizonarestaurantweek.com. Please let us know your picks in the comments below!