RESERVE A TABLE

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week

September 21 – 30

text by Denyse Martin

Crab and Avocado Dip Appetizer, The Greene House.

Offering a wealth of dining opportunities, this biannual food fest begins tomorrow. From sizzling Southwestern fare and hearty comfort foods to five-star dining and international cuisine – it’s all on the table during Arizona Restaurant Week. Earlier this month we focused on five restaurants (click here), but our enthusiasm for the event prompted us to mention five more dining options. 

PRADO

4949 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale

www.omnihotels.com/hotels/scottsdale-montelucia/dining/prado

CUISINE: Mexican-Asian

PRICE: $33 per person

Prado is a picturesque restaurant reminiscent of an Old World dining room. Offering seasonal Spanish-influenced fare, the restaurant reflects the unique flavor and heritage of Spain’s Andalusian region, while utilizing the finest and freshest local ingredients. 

Starters include Crispy Calamari, Baked Triple Cream Brie served with Meyer Lemon Jam, Marcona Almonds and Sourdough or Kale Salad with Manchego Cheese and Avocado.   

The entrée options are Braised Short Rib, Chicken Gnocchi with Pancetta and Seasonal Vegetables or Seafood Tagiatelle with Langostino, Shrimp and Scallops.

Dessert choices are either Coffee Pana Cotta served with Brandy Whipped Cream and Mexican Wedding Cookies or Tres Leches Cake with Passion Fruit and Meringue.

COWBOY CIAO

7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale

www.cowboyciao.com

CUISINE: Contemporary American

PRICE: $33 per person

Cowboy Ciao began as a neighborhood joint featuring wine-friendly fare. It has evolved into a significant restaurant featuring a Modern American menu with Southwest accents and Global influences, sporting an internationally-acclaimed wine list hovering around 1800 selections. 

Kickoff selections include Red Chile Tortilla Soup, Potato/Masa Sopes with Crab and Cotija Aiola, Smoked Burracho Brisket or Shrimp & Grits.

Add their signature dish, the Stetson Chopped Salad, for $10.

For the Touchdown entrée, choose Grilled Adobo Pork Steak with Black Bean Risotto, Grilled Swordfish, Port Braised Pulled Short Ribs or Seared Lamb Tenderloin.

Dessert selections include Lemon Poppy Bread Pudding with Lemon Curd and Raspberries or Flourless Brownie with Chocolate Sauce.

FAT OX

6316 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

www.ilovefatox.com

CUISINE: Contemporary Italian

PRICE: $44 per person

Fat Ox is the newest restaurant from acclaimed Scottsdale native, Chef Matt Carter. Step inside inside the striking, marble-lined and wood-accented space for a culinary adventure featuring modern riffs on Italian classics that aren’t limited to one region or technique.

Primi Piatti options are Mozzarella Di Bufala Crostini, Insalata Di Casa with Pancetta, Local Greens, Gorgonzola and Aged Balsamic, Veal Meatballs, Grilled Calabrian Shrimp or Fennel-Braised Pork Pappardelle. 

Secondi Piatti choices are an 8 oz. Prime Steak, Seasonal Fish, Short Ribs with Golden Beets, Grilled Organic Chicken with Caper Vinaigrette and Carmelized Onion or Gigli, a dish with San Marzano Tomato, Grilled Broccolini, Parmesan and Basil.

Dolce selections include Pistachio Cheesecake, Butterscotch Budino, Amaretto Gelato or Gianduja Frangelico Tiramisu.

EL CHORRO

5550 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley

www.elchorro.com

CUISINE: Classic American

PRICE: $33 per person

Historic El Chorro offers an authentic Arizona dining experience with stunning views of the Valley’s most prominent landmark, Camelback Mountain. Generations of diners savor seasonal cuisine featuring the highest quality in sustainable, locally grown, all natural ingredients. 

Starters include Roasted Fennel & Butternut Squash Soup or Gorgonzola Wedge.

Entrée options are Polenta & Vegetable Napolean, a Center Cut Filet with Crispy Sweet Potato Nest and Asparagus Provençale or Pepita-Crusted Halibut with Saffron Yukon Potato Purée in Tomato Tarragon Coulis. 

Dessert selections include Beet Ginger Cake in Blood Orange Coulis or El Chorro Brownie Sunday with Bourbon Vanilla Sauce.

SUMOMAYA

6316 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

www.sumomaya.com

CUISINE: Mexican-Asian

PRICE: $33 per person

At SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen, delectable Tapas-style small plates meet the big, bold flavors of both Mexico and the Far East. The restaurant’s minimalistic, super-modern space is enhanced with decorative touches that reflect the duality of both Mexican and Asian cultures.

Primero choices are Fruit Guacamole, Edamame or Shishito Peppers.

Segundo selections include Pork Al Pastor Pad Thai, Crispy Chicken Mole, Confit Duck Empanada or Maya Roll filled wit Tuna, Wasabi and Yuzu Aioli. 

For dessert there’s either Coffee Pana Cotta served with Brandy Whipped Cream and Mexican Wedding Cookies or Tres Leches Cake with Passion Fruit and Meringue.