Weekend Eats

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

Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Barrio Queen
Wednesday, October 28 through Monday, November 2

Barrio Queen in Scottsdale and Gilbert will host a multi-day Dia de los Muertos celebration throughout the weekend. Each location will serve specialty dishes such as chocolate caliente con piquete ($9) and empanadas de arroz con leche ($5). On Sunday, November 1, Arroz con Mango will perform music from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Scottsdale location, while Juan Felix will perform from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Gilbert. For additional information about Dia de los Muertos celebrations at Barrio Queen, visit the restaurant at its website.

Roast Beef and Potato Hash at Ocotillo
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, November 1

Ocotillo Restaurant and Bar opened its doors in Central Phoenix just over a month ago and already has become a must-visit brunch spot for weekend eats. With a long menu of sweets, light fare, salads, vegetable dishes, and sandwiches, it can be hard to pick just one or two items. We recommend the roasted beef and potato hash, made with tomatoes, arugula, jus, and topped with a sunnyside egg ($10). Its crispy but tender pieces of beef, blistered cherry tomatoes, and creamy hunks of potato are completed by a runny egg yolk that washes into the flavorful jus, making it a great way to start your Saturday or Sunday. For additional details about Ocotillo, including its full menu, visit the restaurant's website or Facebook page.

Hot Chili Cool Blues at Hotel Valley Ho

Sunday, November 1

Join some of the Valley's top chefs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Hotel Valley Ho for the Hot Chili Cool Blues party, which will raise funds to provide books for third-graders in the Balsz and Osborn school districts. Chefs Chuck Wiley and Justin Pfeilsticker of Hotel Valley Ho, along with chefs Damon Brasch, Carolyn Ellis, Vincent Guerithault, Rory Hewitt, Razz Kamnitzer, Deirdre Pain, Steve Freidkin, Michael Mullins, and Eugenia Theodosopoulos will contribute their chili recipes to the spicy gala. Cold Shott & the Hurricane Horns will perform blues rock during the event. Tickets cost $150 per person and can be purchased online. For additional details about Hot Chili Cool Blues, visit Kids Read USA online.

Hot Pacific Oysters at LON's at the Hermosa


Chef Jeremy Pacheco's return to the head of the kitchen at LON's at the Hermosa means that LON's has introduced a new fall menu for its guests. Signature items including LON's famed Himalayan sea salt seared ahi tuna, as well as roasted maple leaf duck and a pecan grilled filet mignon are all featured on the new menu. But we're partial to the hot Pacific oysters. Cedar roasted and served with creamed pancetta and leaks in their own shells, the Pacific oysters are creamy, rich, smoky, and delicious. For additional details including LON's at the Hermosa's complete dinner menu, visit LON's online or call 800-241-1210.

Mystery Breakfast Pop-Up at Peixoto Coffee
Sunday, November 1

Peixoto Coffee in Chandler is gearing up to host its second Mystery Breakfast Pop-Up. From 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, join Peixoto and barista Kim Hak to discover — and devour — the mystery breakfast item. Previous Mystery Breakfast dishes have featured croque madame (pictured above) served with some of Peixoto's well-known Brazilian coffee. For additional information on Peixoto Coffee and its breakfast pop-ups, visit the coffee shop's website or Facebook page.
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Cal Faber
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