part two
Text by Ron Jensen

Last week we ran our first article on the upcoming Arizona Restaurant Week which begins this Friday. We offered five restaurants that the author indicated as “faves.” Having perused the updated participants list, here are five more that he added to his gotta-try list. Bon Appétit! 

Seafood & Steak Cuisine
15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Seafood is what Eddie V’s is known for, but its specialty is excellence. Fish arrive daily from pristine waters around the world including Swordfish from Block Island, Scallops from Georges Banks, and Yellow Fin Tuna from the Caribbean. USDA Prime steaks are hand cut and specially aged for over 28 days to ensure peak flavor. From making fresh tortillas by hand daily for Lobster Tacos to including a full half-pound of Jumbo Lump crab meat in the Crab Cakes, they strive to go above and beyond with the intent to prepare the finest meal you’ve ever had.

The three-course dinner, priced at $44 per person, begins with a choice of two salads or Maine Lobster Bisque, four entrée selections that include North Atlantic Salmon, Chef’s Seasonal Fish, Simply Broiled, an 8-ounce Center-Cut Filet Mignon or Double Breast of Chicken and a sweet finish with either Bananas Foster Butter Cake, Vanilla or Butter Pecan Ice Cream or Fresh Seasonal Berries with Cream.

Italian Cuisine
2728 East Thomas Road, Phoenix

A Valley tradition since 1974, Avanti is the recipient of many prestigious culinary awards. You are sure to enjoy every aspect of dining of the restaurant from the sophisticated decor and festive atmosphere, to the fabulous service – from the delectable, gourmet appetizers and entrées, to the wide selection of wines that will perfectly compliment your meal. Angiolo Livi, owner and chef, suggests that you complete your evening with a decadent dessert and linger over a cappuccino.

The three-course, priced at $33 per person, begins with Avanti’s Signature Caesar Salad, Mixed Greens Vinaigrette or Mozzarella Caprese. Choose one of the three entrées; Traditional Meat or Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna, Parmesan-Encrusted Salmon or Chicken Parmigiana served with a side of Pasta. Either Flan, Chocolate Mousse or Tiramisu completes the dinner.

American Cuisine
7111 East 5th Avenue, Scottsdale

A contemporary, upscale version of the traditional public house nestled in Old Town, Scottsdale serves craft beers, classic and contemporary cocktails and elevated pub grub to a clientele hungry for exceptional food, provocative drink and new-fashioned fun. With its intimate patio, semi-private 12-seat dining alcove and lively public space, outfitted with mahogany accents, leather booths and a stainless steel-topped bar, this new-fashioned public house is sure to be the perfect hangout for the modern citizen.

Priced at $44 per person, starters include Tortilla Soup with Roasted Chicken, Field Greens with Goat Cheese and Cashews tossed with Balsamic Vinaigrette or its famous Original Chopped Salad. The second course selections include Amaro Meatloaf, Seared Sea Scallops, Pan Roasted Salmon, Fair Trade Coffee Short Ribs in Cherry BBQ Sause or Tofu Stir Fry. The Whiskey Bread Pudding with Bourbon Praline Sauce is a sweet ending to your meal.

American Cuisine
5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley

Indulge in the culinary delights and impeccable service at elements restaurant at Sanctuary Resort. This award-winning array of farm-fresh American Cuisine with Asian accents presented by Food Network star and Chef Beau MacMillan features innovative seasonal menus incorporating local, organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meat. Savor delicious, diverse fare, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options. From its extraordinary views of Paradise Valley to its acclaimed innovative offerings, elements is a highlight among the Valley’s luxury dining options.

Priced at $44 per person, the first course choices are Sweet Corn and Poblano Bisque or a Savoy Spinach and Frisée Salad. Choose either Honey Five-Spice Duroc Pork Chop served with Kimchee Brussel Sprouts or Pan Roasted Striped Bass with Avocado Hummus and Heirloom Carrots as your entrée. Either Strawberry Shortcake Panna Cotta or Key Lime Brown Butter Tart with Toasted Meringue are a sweet finish.

Southwestern Cuisine
4800 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

The Roaring Fork’s Wood Fired Cooking captures the spirit of bold American cuisine, creating flavors that crackle with a rugged edge. In the Old West, the best food was prepared on a simple wood fire. This same spirit, freshness and flavor are at the heart of every dish that’s serve. Select from lamb, chicken, beef, pork and fresh fish entrées all perfectly prepared by wood fire rotisserie, open flame grill or wood oven roasting. Add to this our impeccable service and an atmosphere as inviting as the food, and you’ve got a dining experience that you’ll come back for again and again.

The three-course meal, priced at $44 per person, begins with either Caesar Salad, Tortilla Soup or Mixed Greens with Cranberry Vinaigrette. The five entrée selections are Blackened Chilean Salmon with Shrimp Scampi, Sugar-Cured Duck Breast, an 8-ounce Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon, Boneless Ribeye or Braised Beef Short Ribs. End the evening on a sweet note with Crème Brûlée or Warm Pecan Pie with Brown Butter Gelato.