Phoenicians need to hurry. There are only two days left to take advantage of the yummiest week of the year--Arizona Restaurant Week—that is being held from May 17-26, 2014 in Arizona. The goal of the week is to raise the visibility and credibility of Arizona as one of the top culinary regions in the US. Of course, the biggest side benefit is giving more publicity to more Arizona restaurants during these competitive economic times.
TripAdvisor reviews over 2,500 restaurants in Phoenix. Cuisine in Arizona runs the gamut from one-manned food trucks in Central Phoenix to expensive, award-winning restaurants in Scottsdale or Cave Creek. Usually, and especially since the recession, people have tended to stick to a few, inexpensive favorite restaurants in their neighborhoods. During the 10 days of Restaurant Week, Arizona residents and tourists will have the opportunity to try out some exceptional, but maybe unfamiliar, restaurants throughout the state.
As part of the promotion, customers can order a prix-fixe dinner for $30-40 per person. Reservations are not required, but recommended, to take advantage of some of the most famous restaurants in town, which might normally cost twice or more as much.
“This is the second time we have participated,” said Jackie Veselinovic. “Restaurant Week is a great way to introduce our restaurant to new customers,” she added as she looked out over the full dining room at Solo Trattoria, the restaurant managed by her son, Jon, at the Esplanade in Phoenix, on May 23. Solo Trattoria is a family affair, also involving father—Walter—and other sons—Adam and Alex. For restaurant week, diners could have a three-course meal for $30 per person, with entrée choices, such as Shrimp Scampi and Chicken Marsala, along with a choice of appetizers and desserts, like chocolate lava cake or Jackie’s tiramisu. Bottles of wine are also half off for the Week.
In the Phoenix metropolitan area there are over 140 restaurants participating. This Memorial Day Weekend, whether you like seafood or steaks or sushi or something exotic from Spain or Brazil, is a wonderful time to help the Arizona economy, and treat yourself and your family to a new and unique gastronomic adventure.