Weekend Eats

5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Happy Birthday Julia Dinner at Christopher's Friday, August 15

This weekend chef Christopher Gross of Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge is celebrating famous American chef Julia Child's birthday with a special three course dinner. The Happy Birthday Julia menu will be available on Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16 and includes some of the dishes Gross made when he appeared on the show, "In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs." Diners will have a choice of appetizer (onion soup, scallop mousse with lobster sauce, or torchon of mousse of foie gras served with brioche), entree (truffle infused cap steak with red wine, fillets of sole meunière, or coq au vin), and dessert (chocolate mousse tower, apple tarte tatin, or lemon tart), which will cost $45 a person. Call 602-522-2344 for a reservation.

See also: 10 Things About Julia Child That Make Her Cooler Than You Ever Thought Possible

Nocawich Doughnuts Saturday, August 16

We already told you that Nocawich, the fast-casual lunch side of restaurant Noca, was testing out some recipes for gourmet doughnuts -- and here's some good news, they'll be available by this Saturday. The cake doughnuts will feature unique flavor combinations such as pistachio and sour cherry with lemon buttermilk glaze and crumbled pistachios or coconut cardamom with vanilla glaze and toasted coconut on top. They'll be available during Nocawich hours from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in limited quantities. You'll also be able to order up one of the restaurant's new gourmet hot dogs, which come with toppings such as housemade chili, queso fresco, creama, pickled jalapenos, and fired tortilla strips.

See also: Nocawich Now Serving Gourmet Hot Dogs and Housemade Soft Serve; Adding Doughnuts Soon

Coup des Tartes Saturday, August 16

This Saturday is your last chance to visit Coup de Tartes in the romatice location its called home for nearly two decades. After dinner service this Saturday, August 16 the restaurant will close -- but thankfully, not for good. It will reopen later this fall at 1725 E. Osborn Road, about two miles south of the current location. The restaurant is being forced to move in order to make room for a parking lot. The new location will include a full service bar and large patio.

Summer Sunday Funday Dîner Chinois Sunday, August 17

It's no secret that chef James Porter's wife Wendy is a big fan of Chinese food, so in her honor the restaurant is offering a special Sunday dinner this weekend featuring some of her favorite dishes. The menu includes jumbo shrimp egg rolls, char siu baby back ribs, crispy fried chicken feet, Petite Maison house vegetable fried rice, foie and chicken thigh satay, kung pao sweet breads, chilled egg noodle salad, and 5 spice Nutella dumplings with plum. All the food will be served family-style and endless Buddha's Hand Elixors cocktails will be included. The dinner costs $38 per person and runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Call 480-991-6887 for reservations, which are strongly recommended.

Shark Week Deals at Sandbar Now though Sunday, August 17

Have you been watching Discovery Channel's Shark Week so far? If so, you might be avoiding large bodies of water. And we don't blame you for that. The good news is that Sandbar in both North Phoenix and Chandler offer beach-y vibes -- without the risk of getting your leg bitten off. The bars are celebrating Shark Week with deals including $4 Shark Bite Shots (blue Curacao and sprinkled with a few drops of blood-red grenadine), $5 Blue Water Margaritas, and specially priced shark beer. Ok, so they're not the classiest of drinks. At least they're cheap.

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