After busy Friday and Saturday nights, many Valley restaurants take a break on Sundays.
But it's not a day of rest for everyone. It's business as usual for some eateries, a few of whom are promoting special prix fixe menus as a way to get more people in the door.
Estate House just launched its new "Simple Sunday Suppers," a three-course Italian meal for $29. Selections change weekly but will include dishes like linguine with clams, pancetta, and chiles in white wine sauce, and Mediterranean sea bass in lightly spiced tomato sauce.
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The name is almost identical to Noca's "Sunday Simple Suppers," also three courses, featuring anything from fried chicken to prime rib, depending on the week. (This one's $35 a head.) Noca's been doing these since opening a year ago August, no doubt inspired by James Beard award-winning chef Suzanne Goin's "Sunday Suppers" at Lucques in Los Angeles.
And Caffe Boa's new Mesa outpost, Boa Bistro, just started "Sunday Supper Club" this past weekend -- three courses for $30 featuring the week's fresh produce from farms such as Maya's, McClendon's, and Seacat Gardens.
Considering that all three of these places feature entrees that hover close to $30 (or more), it's a good way to sample the cuisine without killing your bank account.