Top 5 Places to Eat This Week in Metro Phoenix

Joe's Farm Grill Wednesday, November 6

Joe's Farm Grill is thanking customers with the annual "Free Cheeseburger Day" this Wednesday, November 6. All you have to do is show up, stand in line between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and you can get a free cheeseburger, french fries and a drink. The key is that you have to show up in person (no bringing one back for your friend at the office) and if you tote along the kids, they get a kids meal not a full size burger. Call-in orders won't be taken either and no other food items will be available.

Taggia at Firesky Thursday, November 7

This Thursday Taggia at the Firesky resort will welcome Benzinger Winery to the Valley for a wine dinner created by Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca. The menu includes three courses plus hors d'oeuvres and dessert, including dishes such as black tea smoked quail breast, braised pork cheeks and dark chocolate-amarena cherry bread pudding. Chris Benziger of the family winery will be at the event to talk about the Sonoma County wines, which will be paired which each of the dinner courses. The event costs $85 a person and will begin at 6 p.m. For reservations and information call 480-424-6095 or email [email protected]

Renegade by MOD

Renedage by MOD, the risk-taking restaurant opened by Kai's former executive chef Michael O'Dowd, is now open for lunch and is offering a selection of items for $5 or less -- a pretty sweet deal for such innovative eats. Items on the Less Lunch Selections menu include MOD Sloppy Joes, Pork Chile Stew with Mexican Cheeses, Red Inca Quinoa Salad with Avocado & Caramelized Pineapple, Duck Fat Fries and Kettle Chips. There's also a new lunch menu, which features bites such as Naughty Nachos with homemade tortilla chips, spicy ground Angus beef, Mexican cheeses, tomatoes, lettuce, Iitoi onions, salsa and chipotle sour cream ($12) or Blackened Ahi Tuna Poke with wonton crisps ($15). Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Los Somberos

Residents of north Scottsdale can satisfy their cravings for Mexican food inspired by San Miguel de Allende at the new location of Los Somberos, which opened on Friday. The second location will offer all the same favorites that chef Azucena Tovar has been serving for nearly two decades including alcaparrando (baby back ribs on a bed of shredded chicken with caper-tomatillo sauce) and a pork chop with a sweet-citrus tamarind mole. You'll still be able to get her 10-course, two-person tasting menum as well as the ever-popular to-go packs of gourmet hand-rolled holiday tamales. On the drinks side expect an expanded bar with 50 premium tequilas and mezcals, 12 kinds of margaritas, and Mexican and artisan beers.

Nook Kitchen

Arcadia's newest pizza spot made our food critic's list of the best things she ate all month, so if you haven't made it here for a bite to eat you might be missing out. We'll admit this may not become your new favorite place for gourmet pies, but the Neopolitan-style pizzas are very good nonetheless. Our favorite would have to be the nearly-perfect Porco e Funghi, which features sweet sausage, mushrooms, Parmesan, basil, and a house-pulled mozzarella. Nook Kitchen also desserts from Tracey Dempsey Originals, so you can look forward to sweet ending to your experience here.

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Lauren Saria
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