Weekend Eats

Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate.

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Memorial Day Weekend Canal Brews Cruise

Chances are you don't have to go to work on Monday, which is always cause to celebrate -- and by celebrate we mean drink, heavily. On Sunday, May 25, you can enjoy a few beers while also soaking up the summer sun by participating in the annual Memorial Weekend Canal Brews Cruise hosted by San Tan Brewery. The ride begins at Kelly's at South Bridge where participants will enjoy a pint of San Tan beer and fuel up with some snacks. From there they'll head to three other locations located along the Arizona canal and at each stop will get to enjoy another beer from San Tan Brewery. The event will conclude with a party at Dos Gringos in Old Town. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online.

Arizona Spring Restaurant Week

Been dying to try that new spot up the street, the one you've heard about a million times but have never had a good reason to go to? Well, Restaurant Week is that perfect reason since more than a hundred Valley restaurants offer special three-course prixe-fixe menus for just $30 or $40 per person. Some menus also include a drink.

The list of participating restaurant includes quite a few stand out spots, such as Petite Maison in Scottsdale, Noca in Phoenix and Cafe Bink in Carefree. With so many great options it can be hard to know where to start, but we suggest browsing through Chow Bella contributor Nikki Buchanan's five picks for the event.

Keep in mind reservations are highly recommended and that the deals end on Monday, May 27.

Comfort Food at Don and Charlie's

It's been a drama-filled few weeks with a slew of restaurant closings and the national outrage at Scottsdale's Amy's Baking Company. If you somehow missed that crazy train you can catch up with this week's New Times cover story Chasing Amy and through Chow Bella's coverage. But to move forward -- finally -- and get a taste of what dining is like without a side of reality TV-worthy drama, Chow Bella contributor Eric Schafer suggests a trip to Don and Charlie's, the Scottsdale steak house known as much for its food as for its impressive collection of sports memorabilia.

Latin Passport Dinner Series: El Salvador at Province

It's a holiday weekend and if you can't get out of the city you can at least take a culinary adventure down south through the Latin Passport Dinner Series at Province in downtown Phoenix. The dinner on Saturday, May 25 will explore the cuisine of the smallest and most densely populated region of Central America and though they're known for their pupusas, the country offers plenty of other unique dishes to enjoy.

The four-course meal features a prixe-fixe menu of pupusas de pollo, sopa de vegetables, bistec encebollado con casamiento and a dessert of seasonal fruits for $35. Pairings are also available and each of the dishes will also be available al a carte. Reservations can be made online.

Memorial Day Celebration at Granite Creek Vineyards

For a quick day trip during the holiday weekend you could head up to Chino Valley's Granite Creek Vineyards. On both Saturday and Sunday they'll be hosting a Memorial Day celebration. The event will include live music from the Cheektones and The Jukes, food from Block Six Catering and of course, wine. In conjunction with the event the family owned and operated winery will release their 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. Admission costs $10 a person and includes wine tastings.

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Lauren Saria
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