Nikki's Top Four Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week

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Noca
Berkshire pork loin at Noca
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Restaurant Week begins September 15 and runs through September 23. And while it smacks of Black Friday, Christmas in July and all the other bargain bonanzas that attract the great unwashed, I have to admit -- there are some mighty sweet deals out there, deals even the snootiest of foodie-ists won't want to miss.

It's definitely not too early to make reservations.

Personally, I'm a big fan of the three-course $40 menus. For an extra $10, you usually get way more bang for the buck. Here are my four favorites (one of them coming in at $30) with their menus included.

Binkley's Restaurant
You don't have to be a math whiz to figure out that a $40 three-course dinner at Binkley's is probably about three to four times cheaper than the usual Binkley's blowout would be. If your wallet's thin but you've always dreamed of going, this is it -- your golden opportunity to eat at one of the city's most celebrated restaurants with one of the city's most celebrated chefs on a proverbial dime.

Sure, the menu says three courses, but this is Binkley's where success and excess are often one and the same thing. Your measly 40 bucks will get you something closer to 12-13 courses, including four amuse bouche (one of them: savory doughnuts with bacon butter); two intermezzos, a two-part PRE-dessert (because, of course, the two designated desserts will not be enough) and mignardises (tiny cookies, chocolates and other sweet bites) to push your already fabulous meal into over-the-top territory. Make reservations pronto. Binkley's is already 60% booked.

First Course

Amuse Bouche: Savory Doughnuts with Bacon Butter, Parsnip Soup with Chipotle Oil, Fried Okra with Ranch Foam, Flash Frozen Peach Arnold Palmer

First Course
Wild Mushroom Risotto
leeks , parmesan
Second Course

Intermezzo: Mango Bomb with Ver Jus and Chili Oil, Grapefruit & Guava Soda

Second Course
Pork²
bacon wrapped tenderloin, cider braised cheek, butternut squash, roasted apple, haricots verts
Third Course

Pre Desserts: Mint Chocolate Lava Lamp & Miniature Cinnamon Toast Soufflé

Third Course
Red Wine Poached Pear
white chocolate mousse, pistachio, mint

Mignardises


Location Info

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cork - CLOSED

4991 S. Alma School Road, Sun Lakes, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Petite Maison

7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Noca

3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Great picks!  We already made reservations at Noca and Posh.  We've been a fan of Noca for awhile but have never tried Posh...it always seemed like a big commitment (time and $).  Have a guest in town and we are finally going to give it a whirl--gotta love restaurant week!

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