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

Burger 21 Today

Today the Scottsdale location of Burger 21 will open its doors to the public and offer the first 100 guests to visit the restaurant a free Burger 21 t-shirt. The restaurant, which comes courtesy of the the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., will also be donating ten percent of all proceeds on opening day to the 100 Club of Arizona, a local non-profit that provides assistance to statewide public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, paramedics and their families. The new restaurant is located inside the Seville Shopping Center located at 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd.

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The E61 Bar at Liberty Market Tuesday, July 22

Liberty Market's retro-cool, Italian-made FAEMA E61 espresso machine is turning 49 years old today and to celebrate the occasion, the Gilbert restaurant will offer free classic Italian drinks from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Espresso drinkers can get a free espresso, macchiato, or cappuccino, as long as you stay and enjoy them rather than taking them to-go. The espresso machine, which was made in Milan, Italy on July 22, 1965, was used in Italy for decades before being refurbished and then installed at Liberty Market five years ago.

El Palacio Wednesday, July 23

Join Chandler's El Palacio restaurant this week for the second installment of their Southwestern Summer Beer Dinner Series. This week's dinner features four craft beers from Santa Fe Brewing Company, including the brewery's Freestyle Pilsner, Irish Red Ale, Happy Camper IPA, and Imperial Java Stout. The menu also includes Grilled Plantains with Mixed Greens and Avocado Salad with Salsa Verde Vinaigrette and a Chimichanga Dog. The dinner, which starts at 7 p.m., costs $25 a person. Reservations can be made by calling 480-802-5770.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar Wednesday, July 23

This Wednesday Scottsdale's speakeasy wine bar Kazimierz is hosting a "Cicerone Challenge" during which diners can enjoy four courses and eight different beers. The menu includes courses such as pork pate with gooseberry marmalade, tamarind mustard, rye crackers, and celery leaves tossed in a beet vinaigrette, as well as oatmeal stout braised bison carnita sandwich on a housemade pretzel bun. Each will be paired with a beer selection from two different cicerones so diners can decide who paired better. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $40 a person. For a reservation call 480-946-3004.

Taco Guild Thursday, July 24

This Thursday is National Tequila Day and while we think everyday is a good day to drink this agave spirit, the national holiday does mean you can cash in on some tequila deals. Taco Guild in central Phoenix will be offering $5 off all tequila flights, as well as a special tequila pork taco. The taco will also be the featured taco of the day, making it $1.99 during happy hour.

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