Nom nom nom. It’s Arizona Restaurant Week and eating cheap has never been so much fun. We’ve got the dish (overplayed pun…we know) on all the bloggers hot spots to chow down. Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:
Juxtapalate‘s Ty James Largo has recently emerged from cyber limbo with a new post on, you guessed it, Restaurant Week and the full disclosure he provides concerning his company’s involvement is fully appreciated. What is also appreciated are his top picks on where to dine during the remainder of this joyous eight day feast. The places that made the cut are as follows, but you’ll have to check out the original post to fully understand why. 1. Criollo Latin Kitchen 2. Roka Akor 3. Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen and Bar 4. Talavera 5. St. Francis 6. Noca. It’s an epic list that will merit plenty of exercise in the post-apocalyptic week that follows.
While some may argue that it ain’t Autumn until the first leaf falls, we Arizona residents would be waiting until the figurative cows came home for such an occasion. Instead, we have great places like Starbucks to remind us of the changing seasons with the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Even better is pumpkin flavored beer. Yeah, Peter, Peter Pumpkin…drinker, Chow Bella recently reported on Four Peaks’ Pumpkin Porter. At 5.5% alcohol, this fallish flavored brew has been around for a decade and used to require left over pumpkins from Halloween to make the signature taste. We’re betting it will taste good with pretty much anything on that menu and, lucky us, they are on the Restaurant Week list.
What is it about Taco Tuesday? Is it just the use of alliteration that makes the combination sound appealing? Well, we love tacos any night of the week, but Chef Lee Hillson of T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms is sticking to their designated day of the week (and thrown in Thursday for good measure) with gourmet $2 tacos. It was all after those guys at EaterAZ made a fuss about his lack of entry in the Arizona Taco Festival (coming soon!), but now his use of social media to spread the word about his delicious takes on the popular street food are paying off big time. With 400 tacos sold just last week, Chef Hillson is considering entering the winners in the festival based on ballots passed out at his swanky joint. Fingers crossed, that festival is going to be legit and even more so if those illusive tacos make the cut.
Until next week, stay eating local, my friends.
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