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Summer Dining Deals- (PHX)

Who in the Greater Phoenix Area is offering Summer dining Deals, 2-4-1 's and great Happy Hours?
Now that it is becoming too Hot to turn the oven on... what does everyone recommend we try during our long hot summer?

I just got a coupon in the mail for Un Bacio for 25% and their all night Happy Hour Mon and Tues.
I know that Eddie V's and Wildfish do Happy Hour all night, everynight during the Summer if you dine in the Bar.....
Most of the Resorts have dropped their rates and are offering dining credits as part of the incentive to stay.

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  1. When I first moved to the Valley, I really liked dining in the Summer, as I could get a table anywhere, even the most tony of the "hot spots." I got the best table, and the chef and the sommelier came and sat with us, showing us pictures of their children and grand-children. Times have changed. Now, I have to book weeks out, even in July/August. People are just not leaving, like in the past.

    Oh, there will be some "specials," but I do not believe that there will that many. Some spots do close for the Summer, but they are getting fewer, also.

    Folk, like Chef Vincent, will have wine dinners, and the like, but I doubt that we'll see too much in the way of real specials.


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    1. re: Bill Hunt

      I agree with Bill - people don't leave town like they used to...Phoenix has become a lot less of a winter-only spot. I miss the days when traffic would become a bit more tolerable, restaurants were a bit less crowded, and even though it was searing outside, you felt like you had just a wee bit more room to spread out.

      Beyond gimmicks like Macayo offering discounts equivalent to the temperatures, I haven't heard of any really good summer-only specials. Instead of staying open and offering some deals, a lot of places close for 2 weeks or even a month. Heck, if I could get out of town for a month in the midst of the meltdown, I certainly would!

      I'm going to keep an eye on this thread in the hopes that there are still some businesses out there that will reward us for slogging through summer!

    2. I like the Thursday night clambake at McCormick & Schmick. They have a great selection of seafood and fixins out on the patio all through Happy Hour. Price is reasonable and the beer is cold.

      If it gets to hot, just duck into the bar for the $2 hamburger at HH.

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      1. re: kmarg

        I love their happy hour, for the great beer selection (although the beer is not cheep) and that $2 burger! Also, I enjoy the tacos and the gumbo, when their available.

      2. Each summer for one week, I think it is at the end of June or July, a bunch of the good places in town offer a 3-course prix fixe menu (usually with a glass of wine) for something like $35. Last summer a friend and I had a wonderful salad, delectable filet mignon with wine reduction sauce and mushrooms, a glass of wine and a dessert at El Chorro in Paradise Valley during this promotion. There's a list on the Web with the restaurants, courses and phone numbers. (Warning: The web site says you have to get a reservation, which we did, but it doesn't mention you must tell them you're coming for the deal. We failed to do so and were rudely chastised by the grouchy hostess.) Unfortunately, I can't recall the Web site. Anyone else know about this? Usually there are ads or articles in the paper announcing it as it gets closer.

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        1. re: 1wino

          Have you tracked down the website yet! I am interested. This sounds cool!

        2. We're thinking abotu the Royal Palms summer offer...two nights in a casita and dinner at T. Cook's for $499. Definitely a splurge but not something we'd do unless it were summer.

          Saturdays at the Sanctuary in July and August they offer the Lunch and Learn series. This isn't necessarily a "deal" but we've been to a few of them and really enjoyed them. A guest chef comes in and does a demonstration and lecture that goes with the meal you are served.

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          1. re: ziggylu

            Mancuso's @ the Summit is offering a 3 course Seasonal dinner with wine for $38/person.

            Last year I remeber Sassi did something similar as well as La Fontanella on Indian School Rd.

          2. I saw a small ad in the AZ republic for a "4 course tasting" dinner at S Bistro in Mesa last week and tried it the other night (Wed.)....WOW! The deal was $25.00 per person and you just select right off their full menu - 1 app, 1 soup or salad, 1 entree and 1 desert. (Our waiter said they were going to bump to $30, but would still be a great deal) We had Mussels and Escargot apps., a caesar and baby field greens salads, the Filet Mignon and the stuffed prawns entrees and finally the creme brulee and a chocolate tort. The bill was $64. Everything was great and the portions more than ample. No license yet so you can bring your own wine ($10 corkage) www.sbistroaz.com

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            1. re: lovepinot

              I guess that I stand corrected, there are "deal" in PHX. Sounds great. I know that Chef Vincent (Vincent's on Camelback) does several wine-tasting menus during the "off-season." I'll keep a lookout, as I used to think that we were the only Phoneicans, who did not have a house in WS, or La Jolla, for the Summer. I need to peruse the Republic a bit more closely, I guess.

              Thanks for the heads-up. Not sure that I'd head to Mesa, but it should be an indication for the entire Valley.


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Keep an eye out in the regional sections. In the AZ Rep, these would be the localized inserts for Scottsdale, SE Valley (not sure how they define that), etc. that come in the delivered versions of the paper. They tend to have more nearby dining ads than might apprear in the PHX-wide copies. Also, I always grab the usually free local weeklies or monthlies... there's one for every city.

                There are many deals - just not always tagged as being specific to the summer season. Maybe places don't want to appear needy or imply that they are less worthy of visitation when it's hot. The specials are more subtle... extended happy hours (like half price apps all night), 2 for 1 coupons, etc.

                1. re: tastyjon

                  I will, though I think that the monthlies will now do me more good. Being in N Central Phoenix, we used to get the Scottsdale insert, but over the last two years, have only gotten the West Valley one. I know that the W Valley is finally getting some decent food, but that is not where we most often dine, so I do speed-read these sections, where food is concerned. Note to self: pay more attention to restaurant ads, as you might be surprised.


            2. nobu used to do a $50 mini-omakase summer special at sea saw. not sure if he'll still look to be doing that as i'm guessing with the beard award he'll be full regardless through the summer.

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              1. re: ccl1111

                I did the four-course omakase a week or so ago and they charged me full price, sadly. The menu right now is the watermelon/goat cheese app, ondo tamago, a glorious soft shell crab, and a duck entree. The full omakase is a much better way to go right now.

                1. re: themis

                  thanks for the heads up themis.

              2. I received the Ninetta's Passion Bistro weekly mailing today and they are having some summer specials:

                Sizzling Sensational Summer Prefix:
                Designed for 2 people.You get 2 appetizers, 2 entrée’s, a dessert for two & a bottle of wine for $56. We will feature our Prefix menu on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Nights. This week's menu:
                Appetizers (choice of 2) House Salad, mussels in a spicy red sauce, clam chowder.
                Entree’s (Choice of 2) Fettuccini Alfredo, Penne with Shrimp & A rosa sauce or Lasagna.
                Dessert (Choice of 1) Lemon Sorbet or Spumoni
                Wine (Choice of 1) Esperanza Sauvignon Blanc, Micheal Angelo Chianti or Sangria

                Grillin-N-Chillin Thursdays:
                Starting June 7th Thursday nights will be grillin-n-chillin nights. We will have some great
                features from the grill paired with either wine or beer.


                1. I have no idea if the food is any good here, but saw a sign when riding my bike the other morning: Free Steak on Wed. evenings with a 2 drink minimum.

                  Mabel Murhpy's
                  7018 E. Main St. in old town Scottsdale
                  http://mabelmurphys.com/ - click on specials

                  I did have a beer here once and it's a shrine to the Green Bay Packers.

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                  1. re: tastyjon

                    In todays Scottsdale Republic Fox Restaurants are advertising their Summer Promo's
                    @ Sauce, Dinner for 2 - $20
                    which includes Pizza, Salad and 2 glasses of wine. (Pinot Grigio and Chianti only)

                    @ The Greene House, North and Bloom they are offering 50% off all bottles of wine....

                    All their promo's run through 8/31/07

                    1. re: ciaogal

                      Just met my Mother for Happy Hour @ Wildfish at the Scottsdale Waterfront.
                      They have now started their Happy Hour All Night Every Night during the Summer.....
                      We had a dozen Oysters 2 martinis each the cashew Calamari and the salt and pepper prawns.....fabulous.....all 50% off.
                      The place was hopping!

                      I am sure Eddie V's has followed suit......

                      One of the best seafood bargains in town!

                      1. re: ciaogal

                        how much was everything ciaogal?

                        1. re: azhotdish

                          If you dine in the Bar....Martini's, Mai Tai's and Select Wines are $5/glass. All appetizers except for 3 are half price. You can choose from Crab cakes,Ahi Tartare,Calamari, Salt and Pepper Shrimp, Lobster Bisque and all their Salads...the only appetizers that arent on special are the Jonah Crab claws and the colossal shrimp Cocktail. The Blue Point Oysters were .50 cents each....

                          1. re: ciaogal

                            Sounds like a great deal, thanks! I vaguely remember this from last summer...

                            1. re: ciaogal

                              I know i'm being peculiar, but is the jonah crab and shrimp salad half off? The *rules* at Eddie V's are do not apply to anything with Jumbo shrimp....I wonder if it's the same?

                              1. re: Kam7185

                                No the Jonah Salad and Shrinp Salad were not half off......all the other salads were......
                                Kam7185...thanks for pointing that out.......

                                1. re: ciaogal

                                  Tried the Wildfish all-night happy hour. The oysters were outstanding...can't beat the prices!!

                      2. re: tastyjon

                        I still have not heard any word about the prixe fixe menus at a few dozen nice places that I saw last year. But Jon, I checked out Mabel Murphy's after reading your post and had a blast. The food is bare-bones basic and the bar is a dive, but for free, you could do much worse. The steak is maybe not quite a half-inch thick, but not too gristly, and it comes with all-u-can-eat fries (not bad, always hot and fresh), veggies, iceberg lettuce salad, and chips and salsa. My drink was $3.25.

                      3. i believe i mentioned that i absolutely loved the crabcake appetizer (reg. $14) and Mediterranean Greek salad ($10) I had at Wildfish on my first visit there... I also tried two raw Gulf oysters (50c each) that night. Total bill was under $14 sans tip. I brought along a friend on my second visit. While waiting for the friend to arrive, I had to ask the man next to me at the bar what was the great-looking dish he was feasting on, and he happily told me he was having what he thought was the best app on the menu- cashew calamari. He also was having a glass of Riesling that the bartender told him complemented the dish very well. I decided to try the very same combo, and I agree that the Riesling went great with the outstanding calamari app (now my fave app on the menu), which is a great meal for one! If you can afford the calories, ask for the bread... C'est magnifique! My friend and I shared the calamari dish, as well as the crabcake and the wok-seared ahi served on a bed of soba noodles, shiitake mushrooms, and tomatoes. The ahi was good, but I didn't like the fact that there was too much sauce.

                        One of these days I hope to bring along more friends so that we can eventually share the bread pudding souffle and chocolate lava cake :) the desserts take 20 minutes to bake.

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                        1. re: starlightjulian

                          I visited Wildfish on Friday for happy hour and had a couple of thoughts....
                          the gulf oysters ($.50 at happy hour) were ok, but a little scary; several of them had mussel-like creatures attached to the outside of the shells. Now, perhaps this is common with all oysters, but I've never seen them served in a restaurant...I thought it was a little strange. As far as the calamari ($6 at hh) , I thought it was pretty tasty, but the longer they sat in the bowl, the breading became soggy and kind of turned me off to them. I also had the lobster bisque ($4 at hh) , which was quite good, but the two pieces of lobster on the bottom were chewy and not something I would serve. So I understand it being happy hour, everything comes out a little faster...but it just seemed to me that some execution suffered as a result, and didn't make me want to come back for dinner. My $.02.

                          1. re: azhotdish

                            i wouldn't touch an oyster in a month that doesn't contain an "r"

                            1. re: tinymango

                              Nah - fresh ( and mighty tasty ) oysters are able to be had year 'round even in the desert. You just have to know where to go for the freshest.