Early Week Deals in Scottsdale & Phoenix
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With so many wonderfully unique dining options peppered throughout Scottsdale and Phoenix, you could go out to eat and drink every night of the week and not be disappointed. One way to maintain a nightly habit of debauchery is to know where you can go so your dollar will stretch the furthest. Most people can figure out where to go later in the week, but what about that early weekday night? You know, that rough Monday or Tuesday night where you haven’t quite recovered from the weekend and don’t feel like cooking? Here at ScottsdaleRestaurants.com, we have taken it upon ourselves to be the enabler you need to help find these gems and inform you of a couple of our favorite deals in Scottsdale & Phoenix.
Monday and Tuesday night crowds are usually smaller & tables are easier to find… unless you go to one of the growing number of Postinos in the region at 8 pm for the worst-kept secret in town – their bruschetta board and bottle of wine special. Scottsdale has gained two Postino locations to call its own in 2016, with the first spot at Kierland Commons off Greenway Parkway and Scottsdale Road and their latest addition closer to Old Town, on the corner of Scottsdale and Highland (in between Chaparral & Camelback). For only $20 on Mondays and Tuesdays, you get to select from the 20-25 house bottles of wine, and you get to choose four of their various bruschetta (by the way – a pro-tip, Italian style – it’s pronounced broo-sketta. I promise), which conveniently get cut into four pieces each so sharing between two or four is easy, with no mess. Their bottles rotate seasonally, with a couple current standouts in my experience being the Mayu (Chilean white wine) and the Stagedive (California Pinot Noir). I was told by one of the servers that the Azul Viera from Spain is 1L instead of the traditional 750 mL, so if you aren’t picky about what you’re drinking, that will give you an additional glass and a half of wine for the same price! One thing to keep in mind before you go – it is busy. You may want to arrive at 7:30 or so, hope to get a table without a wait and have a glass of wine or an appetizer before taking advantage of one of the best deals in town.
Another outstanding early-week deal that I was happy to discover recently comes from award-winning Chef Justin Beckett’s Southern Rail located at The Newton at 300 W Camelback Road. From 5-close on Mondays and Tuesdays, Southern Rail offers a full plate of different BBQ options and TWO bourbon drinks or a bottle of wine in exchange for one Andrew Jackson (soon to be Harriet Tubman, which will render that saying completely inappropriate). The two times recently that I partook in the festivities I have had such variety as bbq sliders, grilled watermelon, a grilled sausage link and standard items like barbecue pulled pork and chicken. You are given a generous enough portion that you can split the plate if you’d like, but the food is so good that if you don’t also get an appetizer, or you’re planning on dessert, you’ll probably want your own. For the beverage portion, you can choose any bourbon on their list $11 or less or choose from a select list of wines. You won’t be able to indulge in Basil Hayden or Woodford Reserve, but I’m a big fan of the High West American Prairie. You can order your drink neat or on the rocks or have a mixed cocktail that doesn’t include other alcohols (think Old Fashioned or Sazerac). Southern Rail does accept reservations or walk-ins, and they have a great indoor/outdoor bar if you prefer that style of dining.
Finally, if you are willing to expand your budget a bit for the evening, I present to you the Monday “Wine Dinner for Two” special – available all day – from Paul Martin’s American Grill on Scottsdale Road. For $50, you and your guest each receive a field greens salad to begin your meal, then you each get to choose from almost any entree on the menu! If you have your heart set on the blackened rib eye or a prime NY steak, it will be $15 extra – but other than that, the world is your oyster! Ok, the oysters are a starter at Paul Martin’s, but you get the point. What makes this deal extra-special and worthy of inclusion is you also get to choose a bottle from a generous (about 30) portion of Paul Martin’s wine list. I always try to base my wine on what we are eating for dinner, however, some specific standouts recommended by their operating partner, Timm Timbrook are the Vina Robles Syrah from Paso Robles and the Alamos Argentinian Malbec (this is one of my favorite Malbecs and very versatile). A personal recommendation for a white wine is the Banfi “Le Rime” Italian Pinot Grigio. Much like Postino, it gets very busy for this special. Unlike Postino, reservations are accepted and strongly recommended.
Whatever your budget, whatever your taste, if you know where to look you can have a great night out and save some money in the process. Stay tuned to ScottsdaleRestaurants.com for more assistance in your quest to find the best deals in Scottsdale & Phoenix regardless of the time or day.
(Guest Writer is Tony Pontecorvo and he can be found online at @disguyyy)