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It's here! Restaurant Week 2011 starts tomorrow and this year it's bigger then ever before. During the next nine days you will have the opportunity to dine at more than 200 restaurants across the state at a discounted price. Sounds awesome, right? We think so but we're also suckers for cheap dates and good food.
Do you have your reservations yet? Have you even picked which restaurants you have deemed worthy of your time and hard-earned dollar bills? Earlier this week, Chow Bella chose 10 favorites (click here to see our picks) but we've found even more great picks.
Where else are we sending you? Find out after the jump.
The Four Peaks Grill & Tap Room in Scottsdale isn't as well-known as its Tempe brewery sister, but you should really make a point to stop by next time you are in the area. We're hoping to stop by this week for their ARW prix-fixe special. Start with blackened shrimp served over fresh watermelon and topped with cactus salsa and creamy queso fresco. Next up is a 4 oz tenderloin topped with real Dungeness crab meat and a spicy guajillo chili sauce served over a potato hash with grilled asparagus on the side. Finish your meal off with Four Peaks' oatmeal stout praline ice cream served with sweet berries and goat cheese stuffed pastry. All three courses plus three beers of your choice for $30 ++ per person.
Carnivores, prepare yourselves for a meat paradise at Scottsdale's Fogo de Chao Churrascaria. Start with a trip to the gourmet salad bar where you can pile on more than 30 different gourmet items such as hearts of palm, buffalo mozzarella, smoked salmon and more. Next, the traditional gaucho chefs will visit your table and carve off your choice of 15 slow roasted meats --including bacon wrapped filet minon and leg of lamb -- and to go with traditional Brazilian sides dishes - mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas, crispy polenta and their signature cheese bread. They will even throw in dessert, all for $40 ++ per person.
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And for all you food truck lovers out there, Cycle is bringing in four different food truck chefs. Starting tonight and continuing through Monday, Cycle chef Monica will be serving up prime rib, fired chicken and apple pie. Tuesday and Wednesday, indulge in the home cooking of Sunshine and Spice. Thursday, pair your favorite Four Peaks beers with gourmet dogs from Epic Hot Dogs. Friday and Saturday, get ready for a taste of Filipino street food with Hey Joe. $30 ++ feed two.
To make reservations at one of these restaurants or to check out the full list of participants, click here.