I never thought I'd find myself looking forward to Arizona summers, but it's actually come down to that -- and I think it has a lot to do with all the specials that local restaurants and resorts roll out for locals.
The latest is Bourbon Steak's Summer Barbecue Series, running from 6 to 9 p.m. every Sunday through the summer. For $49 a head, you can hang out on the terrace, dig in to the buffet, and listen to DJ Mikyl spin some mashups. Seating is limited, so it's a good idea to get a resi (call 480-513-6002).
Here's a peek at the menu: Grill: Flank Steak, Charmoula Sauce Kompachi, Lime Cilantro Citronette Chicken, Lemon Puree, Olive, Mint
Sliders: Kobe, Fennel Slaw, Oven Dried Tomato Pulled Pork, Horseradish Slaw, Bread and Butter Pickles Lobster, Celery Leaves, Tarragon Aioli
Salads: Duck Confit, Frisee, Asparagus, Morels Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata Cheese, Balsamic Bibb Wedge, Avocado, Bacon, Smokey Oregon Blue
Soup: Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Tomato Sorbet Cucumber, Lime, Mint, Dungeness Crab Cantaloupe, Pickled Watermelon, Lobster
Chilled Seafood: King Crab Legs Oysters and Clams Shrimp Green Goddess Dressing, Cocktail Sauce, Mignonette
Sides: Roasted Asparagus, Tomato Citrus Vinaigrette Sweet Corn, Cotija Cheese, Ancho Chili Truffled Mac & Cheese
Dessert MM Root Beer Float, Sassafras Ice Cream