17 Sep Phoenix Restaurant Week: Fall 2015
Is anyone else as surprised as we are that fall is already this close? It’s my favorite time of the year: Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte makes its return tomorrow, the tempuratures finally start to dip below the triple digits (hopefully), and our friends from the cold regions come back for their seasonal visit.
What a better way to kick off the season than with Arizona Fall Restaurant Week? We love any reason to get excited about supporting local establishments, and Restaurant Week is no exception!
The semi-annual event runs from September 18th – 27th, with several dozen restaurants participating, offering Arizonans the opportunity to sample special menus for just $33 or $44 a person. Think: 3-course meals, featuring specially paired appetizers, entreés, and dessert options, and even some drink add-ons and other goodies thrown in at certain restaurants.
Not sure how to cram all of those meals in just ten days? We’ll help you get the ball rolling by sharing our top picks!
$33 per person for 3 courses
We haven’t exactly made it a secret that The Gladly is one of our favorite places around. The contemporary urban restaurant is the follow up concept by the owners of the critically acclaimed Citizen Public House. This fall, The Gladly is offering some of their signature menu items, like the famous Original Chop Salad, Pan Seared Scallops or Duck Meat Loaf; and finishing off with dessert items like the Chocolate Bread Pudding served with salted chocolate ice cream(!). Note that being at The Gladly calls for a sampling from their 200+ whiskies and phenomenal beverage program. Might we suggest the Beginner’s Luck served over an ice ball?
Southern Rail$33 per person for 3 courses + draft beer or pre-selected glass of Arizona wine
Located down in Central Phoenix at The Newton, Southern Rail is the nostaligic, impeccably stylish southern sister from the Beckett Table family. Here, you’ll appreciate the influences from the southern belt and all its goodies: slow-smoke Texan barbeque, cajon and creole from New Orleans style cuisines, to the soulful takes from Georgia, Alabama, and Mississipi. Menu offerings include Red Beans and Rice or Chopped Shrimp Remoulade; Grilled Pork Loin with Braised Red Cabbage and Mashed Sweet Potatos; finishing with a fabulous Butterscotch Banana Pudding.
$44 per person for 3 courses
Phoenix has a rare gem in Vincent Guerithault, one of the most highly lauded chefs in the area. Vincent’s on Camelback presents a sumptuous menu of classic French cuisine with Southwest ingredients that has become his signature style. For Restaurant Week, try the Lobster Ravioli with Chipotle Beurre Blanc; Beef Tenderloin with Herb Butter with Pommes Lyonnaises; and finish with a scrumptious “Jack Daniel’s” Pecan Pie.
The Clever Koi $33 per person + draft beer or glass of wine
One of our favorite asian fusion concepts in the valley, The Clever Koi was started by the former owners of Parlor Pizzeria. They have a tight selection of street snacks, rice and noodle dishes, and steamed buns – all with a perfectly inauthentic twist. Menu offerings feature Scallop Dumplings with saffron, preserved leeks, and daikon sprouts; Lemon Pepper Chicken Ramen; and a fabulous Strawberry Shortcake dessert. (Note: If you can’t make it for Restaurant Week, check out their Monday-Wednesday special.)
Located right in the middle of Old Town Scottsdale, 5th and Wine is our favorite restaurant and wine lounge. The beautiful little outdoors patio, the eclectic art, and the fabulous food makes this place a winner any time of the year. You’ll love the atmosphere: comfortable, warm, and inviting. Restaurant Week offerings feature a choice of two salads or apps like Fried Pickles and Tempura Artichoke Hearts, as well as two choices between pasta dishes like their Chicken Pesto Pasta (!), or a burger dish – we suggest the 5th Ave. Burger. Finish off the meal with their Chocolate Mousse, and you will not be disappointed.
For the entire list of participating restaurants and their menus, visit the Arizona Restuarant Week website.