Lately we’ve been talking a lot about Labor Day and the festivities that come with it. There are plenty of pool parties, dance parties, bars, and get togethers. But only place will be doing something truly different. On Monday, September 2, which of course is Labor Day, Raising Cane’s will be donating 100-percent of its Labor Day sales to Valley of the Sun United Way. Yes, all three locations will be donating 100% of their profits to charity that day. That’s pretty much unheard of. Give it up for Raising Cane’s. You can do so by stopping by one of their locations and grabbing some grub.
Chef Eddie Matney, one of our favorite local culinary masters, will be heading up north tomorrow to serve patrons at Ranch House Restaurant at Hidden Meadow Ranch. Matney, owner of “Eddie’s House” will work side-by-side with Hidden Meadow Ranch’s own Chef Kurt Jacobsen to create a spectacular menu for you.
Starting at 6pm on Saturday, August 25 Chef Eddie Matney will prepare 3 courses of his classic American and Mediterranean inspired cuisine, ending with a “cherry on top” dessert. Let’s take a look at the menu:
Mint Pesto Grilled lamb Chops, mint cumin hummus
Mo’ Rockin shrimp with honey dough balls
Magic Mushroom Bisque Cappuccino
Smoked Salmon, Peach & Arugula Salad with shaved red onion & toasted white beans
Buffalo Osso Bucco over cheesy poblano grits & Jack Daniels Demi Glace
Mount Rainier Cherry & Mascarpone Turnover finished with a Thyme Caramel Glace, served with warm Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
You read that correctly, Tequila on tap will be heading to the Valley next month. Mesa’s new restaurant hot spot TQLA will be opening Monday, September 17. Voted one of the best Tequila Bars in USA Today, the tequila on tap is hyper-cooled to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Excuse the pun, but how cool is that?
TQLA will feature more than just an unheard of way to serve tequila; it’s menu is a great blend of Southwest and Coastal Mexican cuisine. The most anticipated dishes: crawfish and spinach enchiladas, table-side guacamole, pumpkin seed crusted salmon, and for dessert—the Cuatro Leches is not to be missed.
This is a tequila bar with a conscience. The TQLA family will also hold a VIP charity party leading up to the grand opening to benefit Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.
TQLA | 1840 South Val Vista Drive | Mesa, Arizona 85204
It has been four years since Sushi Roku has called the Valley home and they want to say “domo arigato.” How you ask? From September 25 to the 27th, Sushi Roku will be selling every dish on the dinner for half price. Yes, we just said half price on all dinner entrees. This includes everything from Yellowtail Sashimi with Diced Chilies, Spicy Tuna Rolls, and Yuzu-Drizzled Octopus, to Rib Eye Steak and the critically acclaimedOysters with Uni and Caviar and Omakase. Our mouths are watering too.
There’s more. Roku’s signature cocktail, the Roku Fusion can be yours for only $5. A fusion of Svedka Vodka, honey, cantaloupe, and watermelon, the cocktail is perfect thing to compliment your delicious meal. The deal is only good for three days, so make sure you find yourselves there.
Sushi Roku | 7277 East Camelback Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85251
It’s been less than a year since Raising Cane‘s has opened its first restaurant in the Valley. Guess what? The third installment of this great chicken place is heading to Tempe, with a grand opening this Friday, August 17.
Located on University Drive, 10 a.m. marks the opening where you can indulge in some free food. The first 101 people through the door will receive a free box combo. It gets better when you hear that one lucky person will be winning free chicken for a whole year.
That’s perfect for that ASU student in your life. Make sure they don’t go hungry this coming school year by heading to Raising Cane this Friday. Speaking of ASU, Also attending the grand opening festivities Sparky and four members of ASU’s Spirit Squad.
During the day, Raising Cane will be helping the community by providing United Way with a $5,000 check. Now that’s an admirable chicken joint.
Raising Cane | 960 E University Drive | Tempe, Arizona 85281
Del Frisco’s Grille at Camelback’s Esplanade is proud to announce that they have been named one of this year’s “Hot Concepts” by Nation’s Restaurant News. On June 9, Phoenix became the new home of this great restaurant. It is no wonder they won this award. Well, that and the contemporary American cuisine and approachable menu, a vibrant atmosphere, an expansive wine list, hand-crafted cocktails and genuine hospitality, were all factors in the decision as well.
“We built Del Frisco’s Grille to feel modern, inviting, stylish and fun for our guests, and I think the editors at Nation’s Restaurant News saw those qualities come together in a unique way at our restaurant,” Mark S. Mednansky, CEO of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, said.
If you haven’t check out Del Frisco’s yet, we highly recommend that you do.
Del Frisco’s Grille
Have you heard the news? Barrio Queen has just started offering $2 tacos all day every Tuesday. No, this is not a scam, we just went and experienced the mouthwatering reality for ourselves and let us tell you, it was worth every penny – and far less pennies at that. The delicious Old Town Mexican restaurant is under the same famed magical chef wand of Silvana Salcido Esparza, head chef of Phoenix’s Best Mexican Restaurant, Barrio Cafe, and the food is every ounce as delicious with just the right amount of spice…if you like it spicy. The extended happy hour also allows you to drink house margs, beers and select wines for just $3 a pop all while picking and choosing from dozens of different tacos for prices that rival T-Bell. With excellent service, delicious table-side guacamole and amazing atmosphere, we recommend you make a reservation for all Tuesdays in the foreseeable future. We also recommend that you try the Barrio Pollo and Chorizo taco (pictured). Heck, try two, they’re cheap!
Also, if you happen to own a lowrider vehicle (or know some distant cousin who does), you can drive it in after 7 p.m. to snag the same tacos for just $1. It’s called the Summer Park-N-Shine and we think it’s the greatest idea…ever.
7114 E. Stetson Drive, 105 l Scottsdale, 85251 l 480.656.4197
Located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, Cityscape has something for everyone. Whether it’s a fancy schmancy restaurant or just a casual place to grab a drink, it’s starting to attract much of the nightlife in the downtown area. But what about lunch time?
With plenty of offices in the surrounding area, Cityscape is the perfect spot to gather your co-workers for a lunch that doesn’t come in a sack. Check out our round-up of the restaurants that offer lunch specials so you can make the most of your mid-day escape.
Happy hour at this newly opened modern Mexican restaurant goes beyond the typical fare. Monday through Saturday from 3pm to close, enjoy 18 different menu items for $6 or less. Menu choices range from Cubano sliders and a BBQ pork quesadilla to empanadas and mini veggie tostadas. For drinks, chose from wines by the glass, premium drafts, housemade sangria, the Fuego Margarita or the mojito of the day.
Every weekday from 11am-3pm, Copper Blues is taking a section of their menu and making it available for $9.95 and adding in a soft drink. Monday is burgers, Tuesday is salads and sandwiches, Wednesday is pizza, Thursday is the entire menu and Friday is pizza with a beer for $9.95.
Just in time for the Olympics in London, Top Of The Rock restaurant at the Buttes Resort wants to raise money for a good cause. The restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine, Gavino Borquez , has crafted a special three course menu, where portions of the proceeds will go to the Special Olympics Arizona charity. The menu will be offered seven days a week the entire month of August for just $29.95 per plate.
- First course: Crooked Farms Melon & Mexican Prawn Salad served with Crow’s Dairy Pepper Feta, Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Crystallized Ginger
- Second Course: Roger’s Farm Pressed Chicken with Roasted Corn, Quinoa and Sausage Hash, Local Vegetables and Cranberry Chicken Jus
- Third Course: Cookies & Milkshake. Buttes Signature Cookies with Local Goat Milkshake
The Special Olympics Arizona charity provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Top Of The Rock | 2000 West Westcourt Way | Tempe, AZ 85282
It’s no secret that we here DLT are big fans of beer. We are human, after all. But when you combine our favorite beverage with an amazing restaurant, well, then you have our hearts…and our wallets. Enter: The Windsor. This funky CenPho eatery has quickly become one of our favorite places to chow down due in large part to the awesome atmosphere, great menu and throwback cassette wall. But now, we can add another reason to park it on the patio and it’s all got to do with (you guessed it) beer. This passed Tuesday, The Windsor introduced their Beer Dinner Series with outstanding results.
So why are we telling you this? Because if you missed it the first time, there are three more chances for you to get your drink on in the coming weeks. On August 6, August 20th and September 3, the series will continue featuring beers from breweries such as Sierra Nevada, San Tan Brewery, Oskar Blues and Four Peaks. For just $40 a pop, you can enjoy awesome food like Petite Filet and Short Ribs and was it down with something tan and frothy to compliment your meal. To
tap top it all off, you can finish your night off with a delicious root beer float to keep the theme going. To make reservations call 602.279.1111 or send an email to [email protected]
Great news, Phoenicians, everyone’s (and we really mean everyone’s) favorite breakfast spot is moving on up and it may cut your wait time down significantly. Chow Bella reports the famed CenPho restaurant will be relocating to a larger space that will seat significantly more people and have a bathroom you can use in the facility. Does it seem ridiculous that for eight years the place was pot-less and forced patrons to hold it for hours? No. The food is amazing and worth any minor bladder discomfort. But alas, come the end of August, all that waiting may be a thing of the past. Just head a few streets north and enjoy the benefits of a bigger
and better Matt’s. According to the article by Laura Hanehfeld by way of The Arizona Republic, the old space will be used as a take-out only spot that will feature a limited menu. Hey, when it comes to Matt’s, we’ll take what we can get. Now you have no excuses not to check out the grub that everyone has been raving about in a space that won’t make the name seem so ironic.
It’s not uncommon for a fixed menu to pair wine with its courses, but have you ever tried it with beer? Yeah, we’re curious too. On Thursday, August 2, Spotted Donkey Cantina continues its summer beer dinner series. Complete with a beer reception with complimenting appetizers, the night starts at 6:30 p.m.
The three course meal, courtesy of Executive Chef Esteban Colon, sounds delicious:
- Vegetable Empanadas with Chile and Cheese & Grilled Avocado, Guacamole Nachos paired with Mudshark Full Moon Belgian Style White Ale
- Grilled Shrimp Chopped Salad with Charred Corn, and Tortilla
- Strips with a Lime Dressing paired with Mudshark Magic IPA
- Grilled Chicken Breast with Roasted Garlic Oregano Vinaigrette, served with Roasted Poblano Chile Cakes and paired with Mudshark Scorpion Amber Ale
- Mixed Berry Gaspacho with Basil with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream paired with Mudshark Wild Watermelon
The dinner costs $39.00 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. To make a reservation call 480.488.3358 or click here.
Spotted Donkey Cantina | 34505 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85266
In a week where instant mashed potato dispensers in Singapore 7-11s dominated food headlines (watch the now viral video here), let’s just say we sifted through the odd, marinated on the gross and poured over the monotonous to bring you the most worthy consumable news (not a zombie joke). Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:
Let’s start with an appetizer aka an unusual headline or two:
For the main course, a serving of more traditional
foodie news local deals:
Even in this fledgling economy, it seems that Old Town Scottsdale has no trouble expanding in the face of adversity….by this we mean no trouble expanding our waistlines, of course. From the men who brought you Zinc Bistro and The Mission, two of the city’s most successful and raved about restaurants by locals and critics alike, comes The House, a brand new eatery that has taken over somewhat of a historic property on Main Street. When we first heard the news, we squealed like Augustus Gloop in a chocolate factory and practically set up camp outside the decided location next to Grazie Pizzeria. But like all good things, we’ve had to wait for the charming abode to get a makeover and for all the elements to come together. Well, that wait is almost over according to this recent article by EaterAZ that actually takes readers inside the new restaurant whilst under construction. We’re already in love from the looks of it, but will obviously review in time just to make sure. Check out the video on their website and start counting down the days.
Michael’s Cafe has become known as a central Phoenix destination for both soul food and live music. But wait, there’s more. Michael’s is hosting two July events that will surely delight the taste buds of all in attendance.
Michael’s presents Mix & Mingle Wine Tasting with jazz by DJ Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Wines include Canyon Oaks Moscato, Anakena Chardonnay, Cellarmaster’s Riesling, Fizz56 Brachetto Spumante and Gnarly Head Authentic Red. Cheese, crackers, fruit, salad, chocolate meatballs and more will be available for pairings. Cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Save your spot and RSVP here.
Michael’s is hosting the first-ever “Best BBQ in the Valley Challenge” July 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring your grilling gear, your finest marinades, your meat (beef, pork and chicken categories) and find a spot in the parking lot. Judging will be based on taste and presentation with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes as well as one overall People’s Choice Award. Cost is $25 to enter and includes booth, table and tasting utensils for setup. For more information, call Tyrone at Michael’s Cafe at (602) 248-2233.
“Season of change” might be a bit cliché (or cheesy since we’re talking food), but it rings true as the local summer restaurant scene is best summarized under two headings: 1) entrepreneurs making moves and taking chances and 2) seasonal deals and menu offerings for those brave enough to endure the desert temperatures this season. Sounds exciting, right? Well, here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:
1) entrepreneurs making moves and taking chances this season:
You know Johnny Chu from his past and present restaurant endeavors throughout the Valley. The latest of which involves relocating and reinventing his downtown restaurant, Sens Asian Tapas, to the corner of Central Avenue and Thomas Road under the new name SoChu House Neo Asian + Martini Bar. This new location and new concept is set for grand opening July 19. Chow Bella has the story.
The 11th Annual Lunch & Learn experience is already underway (and selling out) at The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.
Hosted by Chef Beau MacMillan, the summer series introduces guests to star chefs, wine makers and culinary experts.
Each Lunch & Learn includes a three-course lunch (or dinner, depending) paired with wine or cocktails, lessons on how to prepare the culinary specialties and recipes to take home.
Events are scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m. each Saturday in July and August, with the exceptions of July 28 and August 11 which have been designated for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.
Cost is $75 per person including tax and gratuity for lunch, or $125 per person plus tax and gratuity for dinner. For a listing of dates and menus or to make reservations, click here.
It might be the 4th of July today, but all anyone seems to be talking about is Mexican food. Not that we blame them – few things bring smiles to our faces like a fresh taco and a margarita on a hot summer day. So, once you’ve had your fill of hot dogs and decided to turn off your scorching hot grill, here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:
According to EaterAZ, Big Earl’s BBQ in Scottsdale is in the midst of a Mexican revolution, from a taquitos transition to a dabble in “tacotory” to full blown Mexico City cuisine. While you’re waiting for the online menu to become officially updated, have a read, or better yet, pay Big Earl’s a visit. Whatever you do, don’t order the barbecue.
Meanwhile in Old Town, America’s Taco Shop is opening a new location, as reported by Chow Bella. Known for being “the home of the greatest carne asada in the Valley, ” this location will bring the restaurant’s count up to five (including the location in Arizona Mills Mall). Are they being franchised? Find out here.
If downtown Phoenix is more your thing, you’ll find new Mexican food there too. Chow Bella has covered opening of Tediberto’s Mexican-inspired vegan restaurant on Roosevelt Row. Get the details here … or skip the vegan joint and dig right in to some Mexican barbecue. Phoenix Bites highlights the prix fixe barbacoa tasting dinner at Distrito in Scottsdale’s Saguaro Hotel. The three-course dinner (plus dessert) is available Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Click here for details.
If we still haven’t convinced you, feast your eyes on Mouth By Southwest’s Taco Tuesday roster. Not to mention how Barrio Cafe, Bianco’s Tacos & Tequila and Sir Veza’s Taco Garage will soon change the dining game for locals and tourists alike at Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4. Stay tuned for updates.
It hardly matters what time of year it is or how much it will cost you, beer and donut enthusiasts from far and wide are rejoicing with the recent release of pairings that will be featured at Il Vinaio for this one-of-a-kind event.
From 2 to 5 p.m. on July 28 the following featured craft beers and their accompanying house-made gourmet donuts will be available:
SanTan Mr. Pineapple hefe and Lemon Poppyseed Donut
Goose Island Matilda strong pale ale and Conch Fritter
Goose Island Pepe Nero black pepper saison and Bacon Bleu Cheese Donut
Firestone Walker Double DBA and Pecan Pie Donut
Cost is $16 and donuts are limited to the first 72 people, so quit drooling and ensure you get to partake by calling (480) 649-6476 to RSVP.
Il Vinaio | 270 West Main St. | Mesa, Ariz. | 85201
Honestly, who doesn’t love prime rib? Back by popular demand, Fleming’s Steak House presents its Summer Sunday three course meal, starring 12 ounces of succulent prime rib. Starting this Sunday, July 1, the three-course meal is available every Sunday through Labor Day Weekend for only $29.95 per person.
The meal features a 12 ounce prime rib served with a trio of sauces, choice of The Wedge, Fleming’s or Caesar salad, choice of a side dish (with 10 to choose from), and your choice of dessert.
Oh, it gets better. Fleming’s also offers a B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon for $40 a bottle. So bring the family and indulge in this great deal.
For a location near you, click here.
Looking for a patriotic way to spend the 4th? Here’s our top five classically American ideas for the entire family to celebrate Independence Day in the Valley next week:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres – Watch these two teams face off Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. at Chase Field. The first 20,000 fans get a free stars and stripes T-shirt courtesy of Ram Trucks. Tickets start at $12.
Independence Day Music Festival – See country music performances by Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker followed by a fireworks display Tuesday at the Salt River Fields. The event’s pre-party begins at 3 p.m., followed by the concert at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. Admission ranges from $22 to $89 and firework viewing is free with $10 parking.
We know summertime means BBQs, (enough with the dead horse, right?) If you’re tired of grilling the same old burger and dogs, why not try something a little different? You’re in luck because Executive Chef, Tom Harvey of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in Scottsdale is kind enough to share one of his favorite summertime grilling recipes. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Charcoal Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Avocado, Fresh Crab, Red Chile and Cilantro Vinaigrette
8 oz each Swordfish Steaks, ¾ thick, no skin, no bloodline
1 each avocado, peeled ½ dice
4 oz of fresh crab meat, no shells
1 tablespoon of red pepper, very finely diced
1 teaspoon of Serrano pepper, very finely diced
1 tablespoon of red onion, very finely diced
4 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
6 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of sambal chili sauce
Kosher Salt as needed
Fresh Cracked pepper as needed
2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped
- Season Swordfish with salt and pepper, brush lightly with some olive oil
- Grill Swordfish 4 minutes on each side over charcoal fire to desired doneness (medium-medium rare is preferable)
- Combine avocado, onion, cilantro, peppers, vinegar, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, sambal and cilantro, season with salt to taste
- Place Swordfish in center of hot plate
- Place avocado mixture on top of swordfish
- Place fresh crab on top of avocado mixture
- Serve Immediately
Paired with a crisp white wine, this is the perfect dish for a summertime evening meal. Now go out there and master the sword(fish).
Looking for a classy way to celebrate Independence Day in style and in air conditioning? Why not at the top of a Valley resort, in front of floor-to-ceiling windows where you can view firework shows stretching from Phoenix to Scottsdale?
The Phoenician’s J&G Steakhouse invites you to share this holiday in their restaurant’s open seating while enjoying specialty cocktails, a full a la carte menu or their Fourth of July-themed prix fixe menu Wednesday.
The July 4th Prix Fixe Menu includes three courses. Choose between local watermelon gazpacho, jumbo shrimp cocktail or heirloom Tomatoes with fresh raspberry vinegar and goat cheese for the first course. Next up is a grilled tuna burger, french fries, miso mayonnaise and yuzu pickles; barbecue sirloin tip with creamy local corn; or a grilled pork chop, cherry mustard and sautéed mustard greens. The third course includes your choice of strawberry charlotte sundae, popping cherry pie or warm chocolate nougat tart with praline ice cream.
Festive 4th of July cocktails are available for $12 and include Red: Sour Cherry Caipirinha (Pirrasunga 21 Cachaca, cherry, lime), White: Vanilla Cream Soda (Svedka Vanilla Vodka, caramelized Sugar and club soda) and Blue: Blueberry Lemonade (Ketel One Citroen Vodka, lemon, blueberries and Sprite).
The July 4th Prix Fixe Menu is $45, is available Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m.
Now that we’ve all dusted off the ol’ grill and eaten our fair share of barbecue (not to mention all of the seasonal sides, deserts and drinks) in a feeble attempt to enjoy the summertime like the rest of the country, here comes July. Not to worry, it’s all about grand openings and summer menus this go-round. Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:
First, the newly opened and soon to open:
Chow Bella has introduced us to Mad G’s Grill & Tavern in Tempe. Brought to you by Allen and Traci Thompson, owners of The Grind and Chick Rotisserie & Wine Bar, this new spot off of Broadway and Mill opened June 15.
This past week marked the opening of The Habit Burger Grill‘s fourth Phoenix location, which nearly rounds out the new assortment of eateries at the corner of 7th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.