Arizona Restaurant Week kicks off next week, which means it's time to whet our collective appetites by taking a peek at this year's menus. The popular 10-day promotional event runs from May 18 to 27. As part of Arizona Restaurant Week, restaurants from around the state will offer a three-course, prix-fixe menu for $33 or $44 per person, excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity.
With only a 10-day window to take advantage of the promotional menus, figuring out where to book a table can be challenging. You can find many of the promotional menus on Arizona Restaurant Week website. We have you covered here as to must-eat places. In no particular order, here are five Arizona Restaurant Week menus that promise to deliver both substance and value.
Hearth '61 at Mountain Shadows Resort
(5445 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale)
The sophisticated newish restaurant at Mountain Shadows Resort will feature a three-course menu developed by executive chef Charles Wiley. The $44 per person dinner kicks off with an intriguing selection of appetizers, including your choice of a roasted beet salad with candied pepitas, steamed mussels in a posole broth, or a Berkshire pork croquette. Entree options include sweet pea agnolotti pasta, pan-roasted salmon, or Niman Ranch beef tenderloin with a truffle mash. For the final course, dessert options include a flourless chocolate torte, peanut butter "beeramisu," or brioche bread pudding.
Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar
(2401 East Camelback Road)
There's rarely a dull culinary moment at Artizen, the sleek restaurant located inside The Camby Hotel. Chef Dushyant Singh, the resident "director of culinary experiences," has developed a four-course dinner menu that will be available for $44 per person. The first course includes your choice of steak tartar, a duck confit flauta, or smoked corn agnolotti. Next, pick from a black-garlic carrot bisque or gem salad. Third course options include pork osso buco, crispy Idaho red trout, or a char-grilled sweet potato with banana curry. Dessert brings your choice of homemade flan or tres leches cake. You can also add wine pairings for another $25.
Mowry & Cotton
(6000 East Camelback Road)
The Phoenician's newest restaurant is making its Arizona Restaurant Week debut this year with an intriguing three-course menu priced at $33 per person. First course dishes include appetizers like roasted spring onion with fermented rhubarb honey, veal and black garlic meatballs, or the house chopped salad. Entree options include charred hanger steak, grilled shrimp with citrus, or smoked spare ribs. For dessert, there's a bread pudding with chipotle-lime ice cream, or lemon meringue with citrus and pomegranate.
(6316 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale)
It's easy enough to spend an evening at Fat Ox and rack up a bill that amounts to a small car payment. Here's your chance to sample chef Matt Carter's buzzy Italian restaurant in Scottsdale for $44 per person. The three-course dinner includes your pick of one appetizer. Options include tagliatelle, scallop crudo, a house salad, or veal meatballs. Entree options include a veggie sunflower risotto, skirt steak, salmon, a short rib stew, or the restaurant's grilled Jidori chicken. For dessert, it's your choice of homemade gelato, butterscotch budino, tiramisu, or a lemon panna cotta.
(2201 East Camelback Road)
You can typically rely on The Gladly for a solid Arizona Restaurant Week menu. This year, the stylish bistro and bar is offering a three-course menu for $33 per person. Start with your choice of field greens, the restaurant's signature chopped salad, a wedge salad with bacon, or a seafood chowder. Second course entrees include duck meatloaf, pan-seared scallops, parsley garlic chicken, or salmon with a saffron beurre blanc. Finish off with one of two dessert options: a pear and cheese tart, or a peanut butter chocolate cake served in a jar.
To see more menus or to book a table, visit the Arizona Restaurant Week website.
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