Set your DVRs to "lively roundtable restaurant discussions," folks. The new season of Check, Please! Arizona, the Emmy Award-winning series in which Arizona food fans review locally owned restaurants, premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 2, on KAET Channel 8.
Hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef Robert McGrath, the fourth season of the half-hour show will highlight "inspiring food and drinks, ranging from award-winning cocktails for any occasion to ethnic specialty dishes that span the globe."
So which restaurants are on the Check, Please! chopping block this season? Take a look.
Each restaurant featured on Check, Please! Arizona has been nominated by a local viewer who is not affiliated with the restaurant in any way. To be featured, a restaurant must be local to Arizona, independently owned, and have been in business for a minimum of three years.
Season four restaurants include:
- Citizen Public House (Scottsdale) - La Piazza Al Forno (Glendale) - Sofrita (Fountain Hills) - Soul Cafe (Scottsdale) - Cucina Tagliani (Locations in Glendale and Peoria) - Ground Control (Litchfield Park) - Carlsbad Tavern (Scottsdale) - Amano Bistro (Phoenix) - Cowboy Ciao (Scottsdale) - Chez Vous Crêperie (Scottsdale) - Los Dos Molinos (Locations in Phoenix, Mesa, Springerville) - Tim Finnegan's Irish Restaurant and Pub (Phoenix) - Centurion Restaurant (Phoenix) - Flo's (Scottsdale) - Mimita's Cuban Café (Chandler)
By the end of season four, more than 150 independently owned restaurants in Arizona will have been featured on the show. Want to nominate your favorite restaurant, post a review, or nab tickets to 2014's Check, Please! Arizona Festival on March 30 at CityScape? Go to the show's website.
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