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Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2012

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2012 is a bi-annual event when foodies can enjoy three-course prix fixe dinners for $30 or $40 at some of the finest restaurants. This fall the nine-day culinary experience will be held September 15 – 23.

Go online to choose from over 200 participating restaurants. The list is sortable and indicates if a beverage is included and whether a vegetarian or gluten-free option is available. The cuisine selection is diverse, including American,Mediterranean, French, Italian, Latin and Japanese.

Browse the menus. If you have ever wanted to enjoy The Capitol Grille affordably, now is your chance. For $30 per person your first course is a choice of Caesar or field green salad, or cup of French Onion soup. Next select the seared citrus-glazed salmon, 14 ounce sirloin, or 8 ounce filet mignon. Finish with a dessert course of chocolate espresso cake or classic crème brulee. For an additional charge, order from their award-winning wine list of more than 400 bottles.

Make a reservation. Not required, but highly recommended as some restaurants fill up fast.

Leave a comment letting me know what restaurant you’re going to try. Rarely do I go out for Indian food because with kids I need a menu that has chicken nuggets and spaghetti options. During Restaurant Week I think I’ll let Grandma watch the kids so my husband and I can try The Dhaba. And for some good French dining, I’d like to go to Vincent on Camelback.

A Few of My Favorite Participating Restaurants:

  • The Melting Pot. I’ve celebrated birthdays and anniversaries at this popular fondue restaurant inScottsdale. Reservations are always recommended. I wouldn’t even attempt a visit without one during Restaurant Week when they are offering their cheese fondue with breads and vegetables for dipping, choice of salad, and selection of meats, shrimp, and pasta to be fondued in your choice of cooking style for just $30 per person. For this event, select wines and libations will be priced at $6.
  • Zinburger, Wine & Burger Bar. I get hungry just thinking about their mouth-watering Angus burgers, sweet potato fries and milkshakes. Find them in Biltmore Fashion Park on Camelback.
  • Portland’s Restaurant & Wine Bar. Awarded Best Cosmo by Phoenix New Times and Best Upscale Casual Dining by CitySearch.com. Portland’s is a great place to dine before First Friday’s, a self-guided art walk in downtown Phoenix.

EVENT INFORMATION

What:      Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2012
Where:    For a list of participating restaurants, click HERE
When:     September 15 – 23, 2012
Cost:       Prix fixe dinner for $30 or $40

All restaurants will offer their regular menu as well.

More upcoming fun in Phoenix:
Chile Pepper Festival
Home & Landscape Show
YMCA Half-Marathon & 5K Run/Walk

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