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Arizona Restaurant Week Preview

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Dinners & Promotions Issue: September 2016
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Arizona Restaurant Week is back! Its fall iteration takes place Sept. 16-25, with more than 100 restaurants participating across the state. Restaurants will offer three-course menus at $33 and $44 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and beverages, unless otherwise indicated).

For some, it’s a great time to try new restaurants and expand their restaurant repertoire. For others, Arizona Restaurant Week is an opportunity to visit their old standbys and get a favorite meal at a reduced price. The bottom line: You’re going to get some stellar food at outstanding restaurants while stimulating Arizona’s economy. To see a complete listing of restaurants and menus, visit arizonarestaurantweek.com. Here are some highlights:

Beckett’s Table
3717 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
602-954-1700, beckettstable.com
Any excuse to eat at Beckett’s Table will do, but Beckett’s signature fork-tender short ribs with mashed potatoes and a slice of Southern red velvet cake? Count me in. ($33)

Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen
23623 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
480-563-1562, carvalhos.co
Dining at Carvalho’s will give you a chance to try Brazilian favorites like black bean stew with oranges, sausage, pork and beef or grilled coulotte steak with grilled pineapple and Brazilian potato salad. ($33)

Liberty Market
230 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
480-892-1900, libertymarket.com
If you’re looking for a lamb entrée, Liberty Market is offering a grilled loin lamb chop with corn risotto and Agritopia vegetables. Top it off with a banana-Nutella waffle ice cream sandwich. ($33)

Litchfield’s
300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park
623-535-4978, wigwamarizona.com
Chef de Cuisine Chris Knouse has put together a menu loaded with fall dishes, including coconut curry butternut soup, roasted Arizona chicken with Hayden Mills polenta and apple slaw, and pear and cream cheese galette. ($44 per person; $59 with wine pairing)

Rusconi’s American Kitchen
10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix
480-483-0009, rusconiskitchen.com
If you‘re a fan of Michael Rusconi, then you already know that his pan-grilled sustainable salmon with blackberry glaze is a don’t-miss dish. He’s also serving roasted Georges Bank natural sea scallops, pecan-wood-grilled flatiron steak and, for the vegetarians, goat cheese and grilled fall squash bread pudding. Rusconi’s menu also includes a glass of wine. ($44)

Tonto Bar & Grill
5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd., Cave Creek
480-488-0698, tontobarandgrill.com
Start with a harvest salad, crab cakes or an arugula salad, then choose from onion-crusted walleye, root beer-braised short ribs or orange-barbecued salmon. Then wash it down with warm buttermilk chocolate cake, lemon-lime meringue pie or crème brûleé. Tonto Bar & Grill also offers separate gluten-free and vegan Restaurant Week menus. ($44)