5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

Wimpy's Paradise Tuesday, September 23

Last week we told you about the sad news regarding Randy Walters' plans for Pittsburgh Willy's Dog House in downtown Chandler. The neighborhood might not be getting its own free-standing hot dog spot, but the good news is that Walters is folding the old Pittsburgh Willy's into his other restaurant, Wimpy's Paradise. Walters tells us Pittsburgh Willy's will officially re-open inside Wimpy's Paradise on Tuesday -- meaning you'll be able to hit up the Chandler restaurant for P-Willy's classics such as the Wild Willy, a hot dog topped with buttery chipped ham and mounds of melted cheddar.

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Don and Charlie's Wednesday, September 24

Those looking for a dining option during Rosh Hashanah this week can head to Don and Charlie's in Scottsdale for a special holiday dinner. On Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., diners can get a four-course dinner for $36.95 per person. The menu includes challah bread with apples and honey and chopped liver for every table, as well as dishes such as matzo ball soup, braised brisket, grilled salmon with lemon capers, carrot tzimmes, and noodle kugel. For dessert the restaurant is offering your choice of homemade honey cake or flourless chocolate cake. For reservations call 480-990-0900.

Lit Lounge: The Best of Phoenix Edition Thursday, September 25

This Thursday our Best of Phoenix issue hits newsstands and to go with this year's theme, "Tales of the City," we've teamed up with SMoCA to bring you Lit Lounge: The Best of Phoenix Edition. The spoken-word event will feature tales from New York Times bestselling author Laurie Notaro, SMoCA Curator of Performing Arts Tania Katan, Phoenix New Times Managing Editor and Chow Bella Editor Amy Silverman, and New Times writers Katie Johnson and Robrt L. Pela. Tickets to the event, which will be held at Crescent Ballroom, cost $10 and can be purchased online. The event starts at 7 p.m. Stick around afterward for burritos and drinks at Cocina 10, Crescent's bar/restaurant.

The Cutting Board Cafe Friday, September 26

Vegan and vegetarian eaters of the Mesa neighborhood may already be familiar with The Cutting Board Bakery and Cafe, which opened at 2235 South Power Road last fall. To celebrate the restaurant's one year anniversary The Cutting Board is hosting a three-course coffee and tea paired dinner featuring Patrick O'Malley, founder of Espresso Italia and the International Barista Coffee Academy. The dinner menu includes Marinated Pear and Candied Walnut Salad with green ginger blackberry tea dressing and Fragrant Chamomile Rice with sautéed vegetable medley and a floral, desert rain sweet and sour sauce. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $30 a person. Reservations are required and limited to 20 people. Call 480-654-8081.

Scramble Friday, September 26

How many pancakes do you think you can eat? If your answer is something along the lines of "a hell of a lot," then you might be interested in what's going on at Scramble in Phoenix and Scottsdale on Friday. In celebration of National Pancake Day both locations of the breakfast spot are offering all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes for $6.99. And if that's still not enough to satisfy, they're also giving away free pancakes for a year to the person who eats the most pancakes at each location.

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