Since opening in September, ex-Lon's and Royal Palms chef Michael Rusconi has been giving hungry fans a taste of satisfying (and affordable) regional American cuisine in a chain-ridden strip mall along the Phoenix/Paradise Valley border.
And for those who haven't been to Rusconi's American Kitchen yet -- or are looking for an excuse to get back -- Rusconi's now offering two more reasons to visit: lunch and Sunday brunch.
Here's an idea of what Rusconi's got planned for each.
Lunch guests can enjoy lighter fare such as white truffle-scented mac-n-cheese ($6), an arugula salad with prosciutto and mango ($9), and boneless beef rib sliders with horseradish cream and smoked gouda ($9).
And for those who can imbibe, there's Rusconi's signature cocktails. One, aptly named the Kitchen Lunchbox, feaures Pilsner beer, Amaretto and orange juice. Another, called the Fresh Sage Greyhound, is made with Absolut Vodka, sage, grapefruit juice, and soda.
For Sunday brunch, diners will find dishes such as a roasted chicken and goat cheese omelet ($10) as well as liquid fortification by way of a Smoked Bloody Mary.
For the full menus and details, go to the restaurant's website.
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Rusconi's will offer its weekday lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Sunday brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dinner happens from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.