Just in time for fall, Arizona Restaurant Week returns September 16 through September 26. More than 100 restaurants are committed to this 10-day culinary event in which they’ll offer specific three-course menus at three price points – $33, $44 and $55. “Our Arizona Restaurant Week events are a fantastic deal for diners that want to explore Arizona’s culinary scene at a fraction of what they would pay on a normal visit,” says Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri.
As well as a number of returning restaurants, diners can expect to see new restaurants including Etta, Huss Brewpub + To-Go, Bisutoro and Obon Sushi Ramen Bar, the larder and the delta and Neighborly Public House. Here’s a rundown of first-time Arizona Restaurant Week participants.
This new Italian neighborhood eatery will serve a $55 three-course meal featuring add-ons and select wines. For the table, Etta will serve a fire-baked focaccia and guests will have the choice of bubbling shrimp, ricotta pillows, rack-roasted oysters and the little gem – a concoction of fresh vegetables. Main courses include cacio e pepe, casarecce bolognese, wood-fired chicken and fire-seared branzino. Wood-fired pizza is available for an additional $22. A choice of three delectable desserts – chocolate cake, a cannoli ice cream sandwich or a celebration shot – round out the meal.
15301 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-939-4444, ettarestaurant.com
Huss Brewing Co.
Founded and operated by husband-and-wife team of Jeff and Leah Huss, Huss Brewing Co. at Uptown Plaza will offer a $33 three-course meal inspired by German Oktoberfest. For starters, guests can choose between stuffed dates, roasted eggplant caponata and German potato dumplings paired with a Huss’ Scottsdale Blonde Kolsch. Main course options include pork schnitzel, Thai chicken skewers with a cold noodle salad, and caldeirada, a portuguese seafood stew. End your meal with either a coconut joe brownie or an orange blossom poached apple.
100 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-441-4677, hussbrewing.com
OBON Sushi Bar Ramen
The $44 three-course meal at this Scottsdale sushi bar is simple but exciting. Customers can start off with a choice of cucumber salad, miso soup, edamame or Bird Bun, a bao filled with fried chicken, fuku sauce, Japanese mayo, scallion and cucumber. The main course options are kanto beef, the signature OBON ramen and poke (tuna, yellow tail or rainbow). The whiskey blondie is on the menu for dessert: vanilla ice cream paired with caramelized puff rice and caramel sauce.
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 602- 661-3244, obonsushi.com
Another new Japanese-style eatery is Bisutoro which will offer meals for $55 per person. The menu will start guests off with a choice between crispy gyoza or two tuna tacos with wonton and avocado. For your main dish, you can choose between miso cod, Hainanese chicken or spicy garlic noodles. The dessert is a decadent cheesecake with miso caramel, seasonal fruit and almond crumble.
2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-560-0033, obonsushi.com
the larder and the delta
This seminal Southern restaurant will present a $44 three-course menu. For appetizers, patrons can choose from cauliflower pickled celery, smoked blue cheese with hot sauce or yesterday’s vegetable beignets paired with black garlic peanut romesco sauce. As a main dish, you’ll have the option between smoked and braised pork collar, Anson Mills hominy, corn and giardiniera or Ethiopian fried chicken and chakalaka topped with charred lime. For dessert, the larder and the delta is serving up roasted apple cobbler and French vanilla ice cream with molasses caramel.
200 W. Portland St., Phoenix, 480 -409-8520, thelarderandthedelta.com