These creative culinarians are cookin’ up spirited feasts and treats in all corners of the Valley.
New Wave Market – Scottsdale
If you’re a child of the ‘80s, the ambient new wave music might be enough to lure you in for one of their scrumptious sammies – derived from local ingredients. Growing up in the restaurant industry, it seems like a natural progression that real-life couple Country and Sergio Velador eventually opened a restaurant together – Country in the kitchen and Sergio in the front of house. Inspired in part by their participation in the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival (Oct. 20-28), the Veladors have added some island flair to the menu, including the new Bangkok Fries – a bold Thailand adventure for your taste buds. And, psst… this lunchtime haven is now open for dinner! They will re-open on October 29.
7120 E. 6th Ave., Ste. 20, Scottsdale, 602-736-2383, newwavemarket.com
Cartwright’s – Cave Creek
Something like a marriage of wanderlust and gastronomy has championed Arizona native and Cartwrights’s chef/owner Brett Vibber’s distinctively desert-rooted menu by ingredients often foraged with his own hands. This month, Vibber has fostered two limited-time specials including the Goat Butter Poached Spiny Lobster featuring the tastes of local Nelson’s Meat and Fish, Ramona Farms and Mountain Sky Farms and foraged watercress and viola flowers by Soil and Seed Garden. Next up – acorns! This year’s harvest was exceptional, says Vibber, and he is incorporating them into his miso, butter, flour and fermenting processes. Vibber recommends the “hyper-seasonal” Arizona Omakase tasting menu, which changes daily. Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome.
6710 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-488-8031, cartwrightsmoderncuisine.com
Harvest at Castle Hot Springs – Morristown
Need more seafood in your life? Book a stay at the historic and recently renovated Castle Hot Springs, where Harvest Restaurant’s executive chef and food and beverage director Christopher Brugman’s latest special features fresh-caught New Zealand snapper brought to Phoenix by Nelsons Meat & Fish. “We serve this dish in a broth of citrus and chiles from our farm and orchard with a splash of barrel aged shoyu and yuzukoshō,” Brugman says. Paired with Flagstaff-foraged apple, spicy citrus-soaked green meat radish grown on-site, and finished with crushed almond, tangerine oil, nasturtium and Osetra Caviar, this meal is surely worth the 90 -minute drive. Must be a guest of the hotel. Reservations required. Meals are included with room rate.
5050 E. Castle Hot Springs Rd., Castle Hot Springs, 877-600-1137, castlehotsprings.com
Shanny’s Frozen Bananas – Phoenix
Guided by a flair for the visual arts and a sweet tooth, Shannon Moss melds her interests into her delightfully decorated and delicious frozen banana treats and ice cream flavors. Locally conscious, she picks up decorating supplies and ingredients at ABC Cake Decorating Arts in Arcadia and creates her yums in small batches with the highest-quality components she can find. Her favorite is the white chocolate coconut frozen banana. For a limited time, pick up a pint of her artisan pumpkin spice ice cream with whiskey caramel sauce, or get your kid on and grab a handful of Frankenstein Monster Frozen Bananas – they’re dipped in white chocolate and festooned in fun, spooky features. Also available are the yummy white chocolate frozen Mummy Zombie banana bites – by special order only. Shanny’s Frozen Bananas are available at Uptown Farmers Market every Saturday. Halloween special available through Oct. 26, 2019.
Uptown Farmers Market, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, shannysfrozenbananas.weebly.com
Jim Bob’s Burgers – Mesa
The lauded Worth Takeaway in Mesa will transform into Jim Bob’s Burgers for the second year in a row on October 31 and November 1. While supplies last, owners Kelsey and Jim Bob Strothers and their team will operate under the convincing guise of Belcher’s Burger Shop featuring Bob, Linda, Tina, Louise and Gene. But don’t come hankering for a crispy chicken or an Italian Grinder, the only thing on the menu will be the burger of the day specials, like the New Bacon-ings and Paranormal Pepperjack-tivity. Given their tasty reputation, you won’t leave disappointed.
218 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-414-7670, worthtakeaway.com