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May 22, 2007 03:54 PM

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)

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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.