3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Weekend Eats

Evie Carpenter
The lobster roll from the Maine Lobster Lady.
Maine Lobster Lady
Friday, January 23

Every summer we watch her go and wait impatiently for her return. We spend the hottest month of the year yearning for a the taste of fresh lobster in a buttery, toasted roll. Yeah, that's right, we're talking about the Maine Lobster Lady, who returned to the Valley earlier this month. This Friday you can catch her at the Capitol Lawn (17th Avenue between Jefferson and Adams) where she'll be serving up lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with other trucks including The Great Pho King Truck, Frank Food Truck, Luncha Libre, and Grilled Addiction. On Saturday night, you can get your lobstah on at the Food Truck Caravan in Scottsdale (5th Avenue and Goldwater) from 6 to 9 p.m. For more dates and locations check the Maine Lobster Lady Facebook page.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Costilla Adobada from the breakfast menu will be adapted to be a dinner special this weekend.
Barrio Urbano Dinner
Friday, January 16

As of this week Barrio Urbano, located at The Yard in Phoenix, is open for dinner and serving a concise menu of appetizers and entrees. The selection includes dishes such as Toritos de Jaiba made with lump crab and goat and Oaxaca cheeses ($12); Posole Verde ($8); and Enchiladas Urbanas made with Oaxaca, Monteray, and Jack cheeses, spinach saute, and tomatillo jojoque creama ($18). This weekend the special will be Costilla Adobada, a dish that features short braised rib with an adobada-honey sauce ($29). This newest restaurant to come from chef Silvana Salcido Esparza also serves breakfast starting at 7 a.m. everyday and offers a full bar.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Courtesy of Christopher's and Crush Lounge
National Cassoulet Day
Friday, January 9 through Sunday, January 11

On Friday Francophiles from coast to coast will pay homage to cassoulet, or classic French casserole, in honor of National Cassoulet Day. And to celebrate here in the Valley, look no further than chef Christopher Gross of Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge at the Biltmore Fashion Park. All this weekend chef Gross will be serving his own version of the traditional winter dish, a decadent version that includes Hudson Valley duck confit and house-made merguez sausage. Christopher's Cassoulet ($24) will be available for dinner Friday through Sunday. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 602-522-2344.

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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Pink Pony's burger features two 5 oz. patties.
Lunch at Pink Pony
Today

Starting today the Pink Pony in Scottsdale will be open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch daily. Chef Stephen K. Eldridge's lunch menu includes a selection of starters, salads, and sandwiches such as the Achiote Chicken Sandwich ($11) with grilled chicken , coleslaw, Jack cheese, avocado, and bacon on a toasted brioche bun. Other options will include braised and wood roasted beets with Marcona almonds, mascarpone, and maple and sherry vinaigrette; cornmeal crusted calamari with arugula, pickled onion, and lemon aioli; and bison, beef, pork, and bacon meatloaf served with griddled country bread, poblano mole, buttermilk onion rings, and fried potatoes. For more information check the Pink Pony Scottsdale Facebook.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Sweet Repulic's Helen Yung with the folks behind Welcome Chicken + Donuts
Welcome Chicken + Donuts
Saturday, December 20

Don't freak out but this Saturday two of the Valley's top chefs will be teaming up with Welcome Chicken + Donuts to create some Japanese-themed specials. Sweet Republic's Helen Yung tells us that she's working with the new Phoenix restaurant on some ideas such as red bean filled donuts dusted with kinako (roasted soybean powder) and matcha salt and yuzu donuts with black sesame glazed. On the savory side, Lori Hashimoto of Hana will be helping to cook up some new fried chicken sauces. They're playing with idesa such as umeboshi, or Japanese salty pickled plums, fried chicken. There's even talk of sweet potato, marshmallow and pecan ice cream between two halves of a cake donut. The specials will be available this Saturday. For more information keep an eye on the Welcome Chicken + Donuts Facebook page.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Food City Tamale Festival
Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14

This weekend Food City's annual Festival del Tamal will take over downtown Phoenix for a weekend of food, drink, and dancing. The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday between 1st Avenue and 4th Avenue on Washington Street. Look forward to tamales made from some of the best tamale-makers in the state, as well as Ballet Folklorico dancers, mariachis, arts and crafts, and more. Admission to the festival is free. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on both days. The Best Tamale Contest will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information check the Food City website or call 480-895-5383.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Festiv-Ale
Saturday, December 6

Beer lovers looking to support a good cause this weekend can head to the Icehouse in downtown Phoenix for Fetiv-Ale, a beer tasting event to raise money for the non-profit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. General admission to the event costs $75 and includes a 4 oz. souvenir tasting glass, 12 beer tastings, and hors d'oeuvre stations from local restaurants. VIP admission is also available for $125, which includes catered passed hors d'oeuvres, two "Golden Tickets" for full pours of beer, one additional hour of private tasting, and a talk from special guest speaker AZ Wilderness Brewing owner Jonathan Buford. General admission check-in starts at 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase a ticket visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Arizona Bacon Fest
Saturday, November 29

What's even better than bacon? Unlimited amounts of bacon. And that's what you'll find this weekend at the Arizona Bacon Festival at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. This is a strictly non-vegetarian event where more than two dozen local restaurants will offer bacon enthusiasts a place to stuff themselves with crisp pieces of pork. Tickets are all-inclusive (including food and alcoholic beverages) and start at $45 for general admission/$55 at the door. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the bacon celebration goes until 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Arizona Bacon Festival website.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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NovemBEER Festival
Saturday, November 22

Did you get your tickets yet? If not, don't worry. There's still time because we know you want to be there this Saturday for New Times' first NovemBEER Festival. The brew-centric fest will go down at the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature beers and ciders from dozens of local and national breweries. Look forward to 12 Arizona brewhouses including Four Peaks Brewing Co., Grand Canyon Brewing Co., Mother Road Brewing Co., and SunUp Brewing Co. Tickets to the event cost $35 for general admission and include 30 two ounce samples of beer. VIP tickets are also available for $55. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the NovemBEER Ticketfly website.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Andrew Pielage
Get ready to taste some pie, Phoenix!
Pie Social
Saturday, November 15

Forks up, Phoenix! It's just about time for Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row's fifth annual Pie Social -- and trust us, you don't want to miss this year's lineup of celebrity chefs. The event will go down this Saturday at in the "What Should Go Here" pop up park from 2 to 5 p.m. We'll have pies from more than a dozen local celebrity chefs available for tasting, as well as pies baked by community members. To get in on the action you can either bring two pies for our community pie table or pay $10 for five tasting tickets. And once you've filled up on pie, you can hang out, enjoy some live music, and check out local art. For more details check out our Pie Social 2014: Illustrated Map and Field Guide.

We can't wait to see you there!


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