ARIZONA RESTAURANT WEEK
September 17 – September 26
Text by Kathryn Brooks + Ron Jensen
This statewide affair offers foodies a wealth of dining opportunities and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood and try something new. From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare – it’s all on the table during Arizona Fall Restaurant Week 2021. Although there are over 120 restaurants participating, here are five that caught our attention. So prepare your taste buds and dig in.
THE HOUSE BRASSERIE – Contemporary American Cuisine
6936 East Main Street, Scottsdale www.thehousebrasserie.com
The House Brasserie evokes a bygone era, a time when service and hospitality mattered most in the dining experience. Tucked away in a shaded corner in Old Town Scottsdale, The House is also a place of culinary artistry. Chef Brandon Jedd combines worldly flavors and techniques to create an elegant and cozy menu with homespun style.
The three-course dinner, priced at $55 per person, begins with an Autumn Mixed Green Salad, and continues with three entrée selections that include Hudson Valley Duck Breast with Macadamia Nuts, Crispy Skin Barramundi in a Pomegranate Reduction or Linz Skirt Steak with Crispy Brussels. For a sweet finish, there’s an Apple Custard Tartlet with Cinnamon Cream and Caramel.
ZUZU, at Hotel Valley Ho – Comfort Food
6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale www.hotelvalleyho.com/zuzu
The restaurant, along with its private dining space—The Rosie Room—is dedicated to Rosalyn “Rosie” Bennett Lyon, also known as ZuZu. She was the beloved matriarch of the family that owns Hotel Valley Ho, as well as a fantastic cook, who believed that food is better when it’s shared with the people you love. This little restaurant personifies what we love about Arizona; the rich sense of history, warm hospitality, and all its gentle reminders that we should never take ourselves too seriously.
Priced at $55 per person, the three-course dinner starts with a choice of Truffle and Wild Mushroom Bisque, Beef Tartare, Burrata Cheese with Tomato Jam, Little Neck Clams, or Brussels Sprout and Date Salad with Asian Pear and Spiced Pecans. The second course selections include Allen Brothers Flat Iron Steak, Scottish Salmon with Fingerling Potatoes, Petaluma Chicken Breast, or Sweet Potato and Black Garlic Risotto with Smoked Mushrooms. Complete your meal with either Chocolate Mousse Cake drizzled with Raspberry Curd, or Cinnamon Crème Brûlée.
OCEAN PRIME – Seafood & Steak
5455 East High Street, Phoenix www.ocean-prime.com
Known for exceptional seafood and, for land lovers, top-quality steaks, Prime Ocean takes pride in sourcing the highest quality ingredients available and using simple, pure, local and regional flavors on its made-from-scratch menu. Seafood is selected daily for freshness that features wild and naturally harvested fish, and the steaks include USDA Prime cuts that are aged for maximum tenderness and flavor.
The three course meal, priced at $55 per person offers three selections to start: House Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese, a Classic Caesar Salad, or French Onion Soup prepared with Brandy and Aged Swiss Cheese. Entrées include Pacific Halibut with Lobster Risotto, Teriyaki Salmon, Sea Scallops with Parmesan Risotto, or an 8-ounce Filet. The three dessert selections are Five Layer Carrot Cake, Sorbet or Ice Cream, or Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.
HEARTH ’61 – American Cuisine
5445 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley www.mountainshadows.com
When Paradise Valley officially became a town in 1961, residents prided themselves on the quality of life and majestic desert scenery. Hearth ’61 honors the town’s origins by encouraging the community to gather around delicious food and good times. Renowned Chef Charles Wiley believes in ingredient-driven cuisine made with time-honored flavor pairings and cooking styles rich in tradition. Enjoy craft cocktails, local brews and an extensive wine selection in this open restaurant with a stunning exhibition kitchen and dramatic mountain views.
Priced at $55 per person, begin with either Roasted Cauliflower Soup or Local Organic Beet & Fuji Apple Salad with Goat Cheese and Spiced Pecans.. Entrée selections include Asian Glazed New York Strip with Tempura Sweet Potato, Herb Roasted Trout with Quinoa Pilaf, or Wild Mushroom Raviolo. For dessert, enjoy a Salted Caramel Panna Cotta with Milk Chocolate Ganache and Sweet Cream.
CHELSEA’S KITCHEN – Southwestern Cuisine
5040 North 40th Street, Phoenix www.chelseaskitchenaz.com
Located in an adobe building, Chelsea’s Kitchen showcases the bounty of the region’s farms, ocean and pastures. Featuring a wood-burning rotisserie and grill, a full bar, extensive wine list and an outdoor patio and fireplace, diners will experience the best of casual modern dining with a Southwest flair.
The three course meal, priced at $44 per person, offers four starters: Shredded Kale & Quinoa Salad, LGO Caesar Salad, Halibut Crudo with Heirloom Tomatoes, or Tuna Tartare served with Guacamole and Soy-Lemon Vinaigrette. Entrées include Roasted Mary’s Farm Chicken from Smoke Yard, Prime Rib of Beef roasted over mesquite wood, Pescado Veracruz Sea of Cortez Halibut or a Vegetable Enchilada with Heirloom Tomatoes. A Small Batch of Grateful Spoon Gelato completes the meal.