Utilizing delivery and curbside service options is an important way you can help keep the local restaurant industry afloat. More selfishly, it’s also a good opportunity to finally try out that bucket-list, James Beard Award-nominated bistro or steakhouse, via reduced-rate special menus.
Kevin Binkley’s acclaimed, one-seating-a-night, 20-plus-dish prix fixe tasting menu ($200/person) has been remolded into Binkley’s At Home, a $65 to-go sampler of the chef’s small-plate masterpieces. Half-off wine bottles and cocktails also available.
The Brandon Levine-fronted bistro has a new take-away/delivery menu that includes the Sel burger ($15) with candied bacon and roasted whiskey shallot aioli; four-person family-dinner spreads ($65) with a choice of four entrees, including grilled octopus fried rice and Portuguese piri-piri chicken; plus a lot more.
Spirit your impeccable shrimp cocktail and medium-rare ribeye home via the restaurant’s “white glove curbside service.” Not discounted, but currently the only way to get your 44 fix.
Need to feed your raw-fish addiction? The Scottsdale restaurant’s four-person Sushi Family Pack ($98) includes edamame, miso and 44 pieces of nigiri. Sake bottles are 50-percent off. Kampai! sushiroku.com
The Valley’s subterranean Tiki bar of record is hosting virtual happy hours and providing recipes so fans can mix along at home. But if you don’t have, say, that bottle of Gifford Peche Liqueur handy, Undertow is also offering takeaway sales of bottles, sweeteners and other ingredients. undertowphx.com
With pre-batched Manhattans ($99, enough for 10), pizza kits for one ($9), Saturday-only family dinners ($95-$190) and more, the seminal fine-dining eatery’s “flash meal” program is one of the most inventive of its kind in the Valley. Bonus: crazy wine deals.
The much-admired BYOB stalwart in South Scottsdale – with a new, pseudo-molecular tasting menu that we reviewed in 2019 – has paused its fine-dining menu and is doing a pop-up tamale shop instead: Lulu’s Tamales.
Here’s something singular: Chef Rich Hinojosa is selling taco kits in which he preps/partially cooks the ingredients, which you then finish off at home. It marks a philosophical shift for the restaurant, which previously prohibited takeout of any kind. Hinojosa is also offering fun twists on his signatures, like a spicy chicken sandwich with the Korean fried chicken he usually puts on a taco. It’s like a gourmet Popeye’s chicken sandwich.
Vincent on Camelback
The venerable French-Southwestern fusion trailblazer is doing curbside takeout of some of chef Vincent Guerithault’s classics, including lobster chimichanga and lamb shank with mashed potatoes. vincentsoncamelback.com