Three Ways to Eat Your Way Through Arizona Restaurant Week

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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.

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Sarah Whitmire
Binkley's
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.

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.

Location Info

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Distrito

4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nobuo at Teeter House

622 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Posh Improvisational Cuisine

7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tarbell's

3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Aiello's East Coast Italian Dining - CLOSED

5202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cork - CLOSED

4991 S. Alma School Road, Sun Lakes, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Coup Des Tartes

4626 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Beckett's Table

3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cowboy Ciao Wine Bar & Grill

7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Noca

3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Petite Maison

7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The House at Secret Garden - CLOSED

2501 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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2 comments
Anon
Anon

Such a ripoff compared to other towns.  Most of the deals are special (ie cheap) items not on the regular menu,  In addition, an appetizer at 8, dessert at 8, and entree at 24, is regular price for most of these spots.  There are actually a lot more not at the top price in SF and NY.  Restaurants are a joke in this town.

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