Scottsdale Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week
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Today is May 15th. What does that date mean to you? No, it’s not tax day. That was April 15th. If you thought today tax day, you should probably get on the horn with Uncle Sam and file for an extension because your taxes are late. Good job Wesley Snipes. If you said Jamie Lynn Sigler aka Meadow Soprano’s birthday, you would be correct, and I wish Jamie well and happy birthday. However, what today should mean to you is the start of a glorious week in Scottsdale. I am talking about the start of Arizona Restaurant Week, which starts on, you guessed it, today, May 15th!
It runs from May 15th to May 25th, which is technically eleven days and not a week but hey, I am not going to argue. If you are going to give me eleven days of glorious Scottsdale restaurants serving up some of their best menu items at a fixed rate for Arizona Restaurant Week. I’m all in.
Now, since it is Arizona Restaurant Week of course restaurants from all over the valley participate. But I am here today to tell you about some of the must try Scottsdale restaurants that are participating this year.
Hungry? Ok, let’s go. Here is our list of Scottsdale restaurants that you can add to your list of restaurants to try during Arizona Restaurant Week:
Craft64 – A relatively new addition to Old Town Scottsdale, although they may be new, they have a wealth of experience. Executive Chef “Lacho” has been making some of the finest wood-fired pizza’s in the Valley for almost 20 years.
How much: $33 (including beverage)
First Course (choice of): Fresh Hand Made Mozzarella Caprese Salad with Organic Tomatoes, Basil, Olive Oil & Pepper OR Individual Farmers Market Salad made with Arizona Farm to Table Seasonal Produce – Ask your server for daily selection OR Wood Fired Eggplant Parmesan with Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Goat Cheese
Second Course: Your choice of any one of our artisanal wood fired pizza’s – perfect size for sharing.
Third Course (choice of): Tiramisu made with Ladyfingers, Mascarpone, Marsala, Buratta, Dark Rum and Espresso OR Nutella Indulgence with Plahtaiins, Hazelnuts,Butter, Fleur de Sel
Bonus Additional Offering: $33 includes a pre-selected glass of red or white wine, a beer from our selection of 36 Arizona beers on draft, an iced tea or soda.
Don and Charlies – If you are looking just to get down and dirty with some meaty baby back ribs, prime steaks, thick pork chops, chicken and fresh seafood then this Scottsdale restaurant is where it’s at.
Cuisine: American (Comfort Food)
How much: $33
First Course (choice of): French Fried Onion Strings OR Garlic Cheese Toast OR Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Second Course (choice of): Original Fried Chicken, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Baby Back Ribs full rack OR “Cuda” Cut Prime Rib (10 oz) OR Seattle Salmon lightly marinated in olive oil, fresh garlic, soy sauce and turbinado sugar
Third Course (choice of): Mini Hot Fudge Sundae vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whip cream OR Mini Goldbrick Sundae vanilla ice-cream, hard chocolate pecan topping
Bonus Additional Offering: All entrees come with a choice of Creamy or Deli Cole Slaw and a choice of Red Skin Mashed Potatoes, Baked Potato, Steak Fries or Broccoli
Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen – A Scottsdale restaurant with a great story and even better food. Family owned and operated and serving some of the best Brazilian food in the Valley.
Cuisine: Brazilian (duh)
How much: $33
First Course (choice of): Mandioca Frita -Fried Cassava (Yuca) with parmesan served with dipping sauce (Gluten Free) OR Pastéis – Beef or Cheese Fried Turnovers stuffed with seasoned beef or cheese OR Pão De Queijo – Brazilian Cheese Bread (Gluten Free) OR Churrasquinho De Gato – Skewered Picanha* Marinated Picanha (Beef Coulotte) OR Coxinha De Frango – Fritters of chicken, cheese, bell peppers and onions, served with our signature hot sauce OR Bolinho De Bacalhau – Fish Cakes Croquettes of salted cod & potatoes OR Espetinho De Camarão – Marinated Shrimp Grilled On A Skewer.
Second Course: Caldo Verde – Green Soup (Cup) – collard greens, potatoes, Brazilian sausage. (Vegetarian option available)
Third Course (choice of): Feijoada – A Brazilian favorite prepared with sausage, smoked meat, and black beans. Served with rice, sautéed collard greens, farofa, vinaigrette and orange slices OR Bobo De Camarão – Large shrimp prepared with bell peppers, tomatoes, pureed cassava (yuca), onions, garlic, coconut milk and palm oil simmered and served over a bed of rice OR Moqueca De Peixe – Traditional Brazilian seafood stew with shrimp, mahi-mahi, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic, coconut milk and palm oil. Served with rice OR Picanha Grelhada – Grilled Picanha – Culotte Steak served with grilled pineapple, Brazilian potato salad, with heart of palm.
Bonus Additional Dessert Offering: Bolo Prestígio Chocolate Cake with coconut filling OR Pudim De Leite Brazilian Flan with caramel sauce OR Musse De Maracujá Passion Fruit Mousse OR Musse De Cupuaçu Cupuaçu Fruit Mousse
Bonus Additional Drink Offering: A Caipirinha -The Classic Brazilian Cocktail, with Cachaça 61, muddled lime and sugar. Served on the rocks.
EVO – Described as a vibrant, modern restaurant and a throwback to a time when every meal was an occasion to come together and enjoy friends and family. EVO truly is a unique restaurant and each time you go are sure to have a wonderful experience.
How much: $33 (including beverage)
First Course (choice of): Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho + Almonds + Cucumbers + Olive Oil OR Strawberries + Gorgonzola + Candied Walnuts OR Arancini of Spring Pea & Mozzarella + Bolognese Ragu OR EVO Salad + Crispy Brussel Sprouts + Kale + Chèvre + Bosc Pear + Pancetta + Aged Balsamic
Second Course (choice of): Espresso Crusted Bistro Steak + Marrow Butter + Tobacco Onions + Roasted Potatoes + Master Sauce OR Crispy Pacific Sole + Prosecco Butter + Fava Bean and Corn Succotash OR Pacherri Pasta + Tuscan Meat Ragu + Pecorino
Third Course (choice of): Grappa Scented Berries + Vanilla Sponge Cake + Whipped Cream OR Flourless Chocolate Torte + Raspberries + Ganache + Sea Salt
Bonus Additional Offering: Dinner menu is also available during restaurant week.
The Glady – Located in the “Fringe” of Scottsdale. This stylish bar boasts a world-class beverage program and over 200 whiskies to go along with Chef Bernie Kantak’s new-American cuisine.
Cuisine: Contemporary American
How much: $33
First Course (choice of): The Original Chopped Salad – Smoked salmon, Israeli couscous, arugula, pepitas, Asiago cheese, currants, dried super sweet corn, Roma tomatoes, buttermilk herb dressing OR Butternut Squash Soup – Gorgonzola, currant relish, pepitas (Gluten Free) OR Tossed Field Greens – Manchego, spiced almonds, marinated fig, tomato, choice of dressing: raisin mustard vinaigrette or buttermilk basil (Gluten Free)
Second Course (choice of): Pan Seared Scallops – Sweet corn grits, Tender Belly bacon, sauteed pea tendrils, cola gastrique (Gluten Free) OR Chimichurri Chicken – Roasted Smart Chicken breast, stamp chile fingerling potato casserole (Gluten Free) OR Duck Meatloaf – foie gras mousseline, smoked cherry demi-glace, rosemary millet, grilled asparagus OR Loch Etive Steelhead – leek risotto, crispy beech mushrooms, lemon caper raita (Gluten Free)
Third Course (choice of): Chocolate Caramel Tart – Dark chocolate ganache, smoked paprika, Orange Sunshine bitters caramel, salted chocolate ice cream OR Citrus Cake – Baked pink grapefruit, pistachio ice cream, citrus marmalade, pistachio crumble
Bonus Additional Offering: Vegetarian entree available upon request
We also want to give a special shout out to the always delicious Bootlegger’s Scottsdale Modern American Smokehouse. To see their Arizona Restaurant Week offerings as well as many others not mentioned above check out the Arizona Restaurant Week website. Pro-Tip: These restaurants fill up fast so you are definitely going to want to make reservations. Enjoy!