The Arizona Restaurant Association is giving a gentle nudge and a generous invitation to diners to get out of their ruts and try something new. Enjoy a three-course meal at any of 157 participating restaurants in Central and Southern Arizona during its 12th annual Arizona Restaurant Week, Sept. 20-29, for $33 or $44. "From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare—it’s all on the table during Arizona Restaurant Week," reports the Association.
Just as restaurant portions tend to be bountiful, so is Arizona Restaurant Week, which actually lasts 10 glorious days. Foodies can explore cuisines and culinary treats to their hearts' (or tastebuds') content. Diners who choose to forgo the prix-fixe menus for regular fare can do so but won't receive the special pricing. Prix-fixe meals are for dinner only, and typically don't include beverages, tax and tips. Reservations are suggested because of the event's popularity.
Restaurants also may choose not to allow substitutions to items on the prix-fixe menu. However, with restaurants offering so many items on the menu to select from, there should be something to please the most finicky diner.
For example, Italian hot spot Marcellino Ristorante offers four appetizer options, six succulent entrees (including a decadent salmone e cognac) and two dessert options for $44 per person. Delizioso!
Guests at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, which features upscale American cuisine, can select from one of five appetizer options (Forbidden Fried Rice sounds intriguing), one of four mouth-watering entrees and from one of two dessert options—all for $33.
Elegant Prado at the Scottsdale Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia, specializing in Spanish cuisine, suggests one of three starters, three entrees and three tantalizing desserts (try the Pasiega Cheesecake) for $44 per person.
New, Australia-inspired, seafood-themed Buck & Rider tempts with fresh seafood, hand-rolled sushi, steaks and farm-fresh vegetables. End your meal with small-batch gelato and French salt chocolate chip cookies, all for $44.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa's deseo showcases its Nuevo Latin cuisine with a choice of three starters, three entrees and two desserts. As your starter, try the butter lettuce with dried corn, pumpkin seed, puffed quinoa, queso fresco, heirloom tomato and yuzu-chipotle vinaigrette.
You can view in advance all 157 restaurant prix-fixe menus online. With so many restaurants offering sumptuous fare, you can feast royally all throughout Arizona Restaurant Week. Who knows? You could discover new favorite places and cuisines to enjoy again and again.