For those of us who have made it through the triple digits of an Arizona summer, we know the end is in sight when Arizona Restaurant Week returns. And it's here! Friday, September 15, 2017, marks the start of the 10th anniversary of The Arizona Restaurant Association's Fall Arizona Restaurant Week.

Southern Rail

Red Velvet Cake is one of the dessert options at Southern Rail. Photo courtesy Southern Rail

The 10-day spectacular celebration gives you a chance to experience some amazing meals at restaurants that might normally be out of your usual budget—or give you a great excuse to eat out for the next ten nights!

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week

The 2017 Fall Arizona Restaurant Week will kick off 10 days of dining, from September 15 to 24, 2017, with nearly 200 participating restaurants showcasing three-course prix-fixe meals for just $33 or $44 per person. All regular menus are also available during restaurant week, but this is a great way to get a sample of what the restaurants offer.

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Bone-in Kona crusted dry aged NY strip with shallot butter at The Capital Grille. Photo courtesy The Capital Grille

Some restaurants include gluten-free or vegetarian options, while some restaurants might include a beverage with the dish. Others offer buy-up options. At The Capital Grille, for example, you can select from a bone-in dry aged sirloin steak for the $44 per person option or, for an additional $10, upgrade to an 18-ounce, bone-in Kona crusted, dry-aged NY strip with shallot butter. Many restaurants offer wine pairings for an additional charge.

Some of Wander's Favorite Arizona Restaurant Week Participants

Some of my favorite restaurants are offering Arizona Restaurant Week menus. With close to 200 participants, there are too many to list here, so be sure to check out the complete list online. But, I wanted to share a few of my favorites, and the specials they're offering, all for $33 or $44—which includes the appetizer, entrée and dessert.

LON's at the Hermosa

One of my favorite places to dine is on the patio at LON's at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley. This is like a little retreat in the middle of the city. It's in a quiet residential area and you forget you're five minutes from the middle of the city. I love the history here, but mostly I love Chef Jeremy Pacheco's flavors.

Lon's at the Hermosa Inn

Lon's Patio at Hermosa Inn. Photo courtesy Hermosa Inn

During Arizona Restaurant Week, you can get a three-course meal for $44 per person. I highly recommend, for the entrée, that you try the Alaskan halibut and Kauai Shrimp. This is an amazing dish that is both simple and complex at the same time. The Kauai Shrimp is sweet and flavorful and I think I purred the last time I ate that dish. You can read about my dining experience here.

Make sure you visit during Arizona Restaurant Week to try these incredible flavors. For reservations, call LON's at 602.955.7878 or visit online at LON's is located at 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley.

El Panzón y Frida

I love the fresh, local foods offered by Chef Paulina Martinez at El Panzón y Frida in downtown Scottsdale. This is a fun blend of Old Mexico and urban hip. The menu changes seasonally.

The Arizona Restaurant Week menu includes a couple of my favorites, and comes with a glass of wine or a beer. You can start with a first course of your choice of a light salad or the lovely gyozas, then move on to the second course that includes a vegetarian option. However, I suggest the Fried Cornish Hen, which is served with a delicious aji verde that has an amazing cilantro base that gives it a light, fresh flavor perfect for September in Arizona.

You can then move on to the dessert or add an optional course for an extra $20 per person. But, the helpings are large and the $44 per person restaurant week menu is a great way to experience the flavors Chef Paulina infuses into every dish.

El Panzó y Frida

Dishes at El Panzón y Frida are light and bright. Fried Cornish Hens (top left) are served with a Aji Verde. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Call 480.659.1544 or click here for reservations. El Panzón y Frida is located at 7323 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale.

Geordie's at Wrigley Mansion

Book a date night at Geordie's at Wrigley Mansion and enjoy a multi-course meal for only $44 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional $15 per person. You can work your way through your choice of starters ranging from a Watercress & Cauliflower Soup to a Tail of Two Ducks, featuring Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Terrine of Duck Liver. Entrée options include Hanger Steak with Shallots, Cippolini and Grilled Scallions and Organic Chicken Breast sautéed with Quinoa, Brussels Sprouts and Celery Root. Of course, you'll want to finish with dessert, and there are four options. Click here to see the full Arizona Restaurant Week menu.

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Arizona Restaurant Week at Geordie's at Wrigley Mansion. Photo courtesy Geordie's at Wrigley Mansion.

To book a spot at Geordie's at Wrigley Mansion, call 602.955.4079 or book online here. Geordie's at Wrigley Mansion is at 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey

Tacos are only the beginning of what's in store for you when you stop by Tacos Tequila Whiskey to sample this Arcadia eatery's Arizona Restaurant Week menu, where you can get an appetizer, three tacos each, cocktails, and a churro dessert for $33 per COUPLE. Yep, that's priced per couple.

You both share your choice of apps such as Queso Fundido (al tequila or con chorizo) and Repollo Tiernos, or “Little Cabbages,” made with fried Brussels sprouts, lime spicy homemade seasoning and cotija cheese. Next, you'll both order three specialty tacos each. I am a meat eater, but I actually loved the vegan tacos here. The black bean hummus is amazing.

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Arizona Restaurant Week at Tacos Tequila Whiskey. Photo courtesy Tacos Tequila Whiskey

You'll both get a specialty cocktail, choosing from seasonal sangria, Pinche mules and more. Finally, share a churro dessert—and who doesn't love a churro with all that deep-fried goodness? Check it out online to make reservations. Tacos Tequila Whiskey is at 3950 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

Eddie V's

Eddie V's Prime Seafood is a luxury dining restaurant known for fresh, highly-prized seafood items and premium hand-carved steaks. The seafood is flown in fresh and the prime center-cut steaks are aged 28 days and broiled to perfect. The restaurant's award-winning wine list has more than 200 wines curated by the restaurant's Master Sommelier. Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to check out this award-winning restaurant. The menu is available for $44 per person and includes a choice of my favorite Maine lobster bisque for the starter, the entrée of Norwegian salmon or center cut filet mignon. You can add to your experience with gulf shrimp for an additional $10 or small accompaniments such as au gratin cheddar potatoes for $5, which are shareable. Wines by the glass are available for $8 during Restaurant Week. Click here for the full menu.

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Salmon at Eddie V's. Photo courtesy Eddie V's

Of course, the Restaurant Week menu also includes dessert, and the famous Bananas Foster” Butter Cake is one of the options.

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Bananas Foster Butter Cake with Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Photo courtesy Eddie V's

Call 480.730.4800 or click here to make your reservations for Eddie V's. Eddie V's is at 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

More of Our Favorite Restaurants

Other great restaurants, not included above, but that we recommend, include, SumoMaya, Marcellino Ristorante, Sonata’s, Artizen, Match, Nobuo at Teeter House, Café ZuZu, Southern Rail, T. Cook's, Culinary Dropout, elements, and Talavera, just a name a few.

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho. Photo courtesy Hotel Valley Ho

Be sure to check out the full list of participating restaurants on the website. You'll have to get busy to take advantage of all the restaurants this week!


elements at Sanctuary on Camelback. Photo courtesy Sanctuary on Camelback

About Arizona Restaurant Week

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week runs September 15 through Sunday, September 24, 2017. Participating restaurants are not only known for their exceptional cuisine, they also spare no expense to give diners an extraordinary culinary experience. One of Arizona Restaurant Week’s goals is to position Arizona as one of the top culinary destinations in the nation by increasing awareness of the more than 8,500 dining opportunities available as well as stimulate business and revenue for restaurants throughout the state.

Talavera at Four Seasons Scottsdale

Talavera at Four Seasons Scottsdale. Photo courtesy Four Seasons Scottsdale

Arizona Restaurant Week is produced by the Arizona RestaurantAssociation.

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