Three Ways to Eat Your Way Through Arizona Restaurant Week
Sure, it may be called Arizona Spring Restaurant Week, but this nine-day sup-fest -- from Saturday, May 19, through Sunday, May 27 -- takes place when the Valley starts heating up and the restaurant business starts slowing down.
In Phoenix and beyond, about 90 eateries are offering three-course dinners at a priced-right rate of $30 or $40 per person (excluding drinks, tax, and tip) -- and most give the option of choosing a favorite dish from each course.
Where's a selection-overloaded diner to go? Depending on your angle, I've come up with three ways to enjoy the event. Plus, there's always the option to mix and match for a more individualized game plan. Whatever your strategy, make sure to take advantage of the dining deals. And for heaven's sake, make reservations -- the favorites fill up fast.
The following seven recommendations on each of the three lists (enough to get you through the event) are placed in alphabetical order. To see what each restaurant is serving up for Arizona Restaurant Week, go here.
Sarah Whitmire Binkley's
1.) Top Chef
Take a flavor journey with the most celebrated tastemakers in town.
Binkley's: French-informed, modern American fare from this year's James Beard Award finalist, chef Kevin Binkley.
Christopher's & Crush Lounge: Top-notch French cuisine from James Beard Award-winning chef Christopher Gross.
Distrito: Celebrity chef Jose Garces puts a gourmet twist on classic Mexican cuisine.
Nobuo at Teeter House: James Beard Award-winning chef Nobuo Fukuda creates inventive Japanese-style small plates.
Posh: Chef Josh Hebert's one-of-a-kind, improvisational cuisine translated to a modern and seasonal menu.
Tarbell's: Award-winning contemporary American cuisine courtesy of chef and owner Mark Tarbell.
Vincent on Camelback: A mouthwatering mash-up of French haute cuisine influenced by Southwestern ingredients from James Beard Award winner Vincent Guerithault.