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5 Top Picks for Arizona Spring Restaurant Week: May 17-26

Edamame fritters at Clever Koi
Edamame fritters at Clever Koi
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Arizona Spring Restaurant Week is just around the corner, the 10-day event during which bargain-seeking diners come out in droves to restaurants all over the city and state. Overall, there a lot of yawn-inducing menus on this year's list, but I've found a few that could be genuinely interesting -- even to the most jaded food lovers.

This year's Arizona Spring Restaurant Week -- don't forget, there's another restaurant week event in the fall -- will take place from Saturday, May 17, to Sunday, May 26. You can see the complete list of participating restaurants and their menus for yourself on the Arizona Restaurant Week website. Reservations are recommended. Call the restaurants to make yours.

See also: What Are the Pros and Cons of Arizona Restaurant Week?

The Clever Koi Cuisine: Modern Asian Price: $30

Now that the guys over at Clever Koi have had time to settle in, I'm hopeful they can really starting pushing the boundaries at this modern Asian restaurant. The Restaurant Week menu indicates that they are. It includes quite a few dishes I'd be interested in trying, including the sriracha-roasted pork ribs, steak "Cobb" bibimbap, and spicy seafood hot pot. Plus, at just $30 for three courses, this is one of the better deals out there during the event.

FIRST COURSE

Tomato & Melon Salad: Pickled Onions, Peanuts, Frisee, Mizuna, Tempura Avocado, Lemongrass Vinaigrette (V)

Sriracha Roasted Pork Ribs: Frisee, Daikon Cole Slaw (G)

Edamame Fritters: Roasted Chilies & Corn, Sweet Chili Sauce (G,V)

SECOND COURSE

Steak "Cobb" Bibimbap: Grilled Bulgogi Flat Iron, Bacon, Tomato, Scallion, Tempura Avocado, Soft Egg (G)

Spicy Seafood Hot Pot: Shrimp, Catfish, Wood Grilled Octopus, Cilantro, Scallion, Lime

Summer Corn Ramen: Roasted Corn Broth, Summer Squash, Chilies, Asparagus, Miso Butter (V)

THIRD COURSE

Roasted Banana Fritters: Five Spice Sugar, Red Miso Caramel

"Almond Joy" Rice Pudding: Chocolate Coconut Rice / Toasted Almond Toffee (G)

G-Gluten Free V-Vegetarian



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