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AZ Restaurant Week 2010

It's not too early to start planning, is it? I enjoy hearing others thoughts on where they are going to dine and why, so please share.

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  1. I have eyeballed those on my short list and come up with a list of my current contenders:

    Calistro (menu already up)
    District (not posted)
    Fuego Bistro (menu up)
    Iruna (not posted)
    Noca (not posted)
    Roka Akor (menu up)
    Talavera (menu up)

    I find it telling that most of the farm-to-table places do not yet know what they're serving, which makes sense -- who know what will be fresh that week and what they can source. With the exception of Calistro. Hm!

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    Fuego Bistro
    713 E Palo Verde Dr Ste D, Phoenix, AZ 85014

    Noca
    3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Roka Akor Restaurant
    7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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    1. re: themis

      District's menu is up, as is Noca's. I'm waiting to see Iruna - it's on our list too that we're interested in.

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      District: American Kitchen and Wine Bar
      320 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

      1. re: Rubee

        I find it a little funny that Noca is listed only as an Italian restaurant. It's so much more than that! If Italian is shorthand for seasonal, then, sure :)

        Iruna's menu is now up. I have missed Aaron's small plates. I had Sol Y Sombra's Restaurant Week menu with friends, two years ago, and that was definitely the way to do that kind of offering. There was so much to choose from for each course, that we ordered nearly one of everything and shared bites so we didn't miss any deliciousness.

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        Noca
        3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    2. We were talking to friends this week who were able to preview the RW menu from Orange Sky on the 15th floor at Talking Stick Resort. Her husband especially raved about the filet (E's favorite), so that's where we're headed. I always like to use RW as an excuse to check out a place we haven't been before, and the menu has some nice options. For me, I'm thinking oysters, yellowtail tuna, and the lemon semolina cake. I'm tempted by the menus at Talavera, Latilla, and La Hacienda too.

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      Talavera
      10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

      Latilla
      34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ 85377

      Orange Sky
      9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

      1. No it's not too early - As Themis was saying - I like to have my options open. Don't know if we'll make it but there are some places I haven't tried that I would love to. I'm excited by how many restaurants are participating!

        1. I just found out Atlas Bistro is NOT participating even though they are currently listed on the web site as being a participant. :( Wish we'd gone last year. However, they are offering 20% off, per the guy who answered the phone.

          Anyway, we're going to hit Deseo-- normally a pricey menu and supposed to be good. Their menu offering looks interesting and it's not too far from home.

          Also thinking about Zinburger as they have 2 for $29. Not sure we would eat at Zinburger normally, with their prices such that they are, but for $29 for both of us, would be hard to go wrong. I just hope we can get in since they don't take advance reservations.

          Anyone have a suggestion for an alternative "less expensive" restaurant week option? I didn't notice any that caught my eye on the list.

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          Atlas Bistro
          2515 N Scottsdale Rd # 18, Scottsdale, AZ

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          1. re: PopcornSally

            dont go to zinburger...yuk...so many better burger places to go to, especially with delux right by there and crush is supposed to have a good burger but i havent had a chance to make it over there and both are within 5 minutes of zinburger

            if you want a fox concept choice in the same plaza i would recommend true food which is on the list and in the same plaza, much better food - the brown rice terriaykki and the tuna spagetti thing are both very good at true food - my friends say the curry item is good as well, however i dont like curry

            I would agree that Deseo looks interesting - never heard anyone speak about it on the forums though - but i havent reasearched it either

            1. re: Dapuma

              I don't think Crush or Delux is doing Restaurant Week, and True Food is $29 pp (Zinburger is 2 for $29).

              I had a wonderful meal at Deseo, but it was years ago before I moved here, when they first opened. They had a great option where you chose three entrees and they would give you a sampler portion of each, but I don't think they do that anymore. Deseo does come up on the board - for past comments, click on "See All Discussions" at bottom of Deseo link below. I really need to get back there one of these days. I just read that they introduced a new menu September 1, and that they have a Happy Hour or "Unwind Hour" from 5:30-7:30 in the Deseo Lounge.

              Popcorn Sally: Here's a post from last year's Restaurant Week where the OP said they enjoyed Deseo and thought it was a good value.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/657801

              I didn't see any more 2/$29, but I like that Durant's includes a glass of pinot noir with theirs, Trader Vic's a mini-Mai Tai, and Tapas Papa Frita a glass of red, white, or sangria (and choice of any of the tapas, any entree, and any dessert).

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              Deseo
              6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

              1. re: Rubee

                Thanks for the tips! We decided to skip Zinburger due to the fact they don't take reservations (but glad for the info about it being subpar). We've been to Delux and True Food Kitchen and enjoyed both! I do usually try to steer around the FRC joints, but that 2 for $29 caught my eye!

                We opted for Tapas Papa Frita as our second meal indulgence. Hope it's good! Really looking forward to Deseo.

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                Delux
                3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                True Food Kitchen
                2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ

                Deseo
                6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

          2. Anyone know if Posh is doing 3 courses or 4 courses for the $39?

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            1. re: crsin

              Considering Posh's 4 course is $45, I'd think it would be at least 4 courses.

              1. re: azhotdish

                I confirmed this with Josh yesterday, btw. They are doing discounts on more courses if you wish to extend the meal beyond four. Also, if you want the deal on Friday before RW begins, he's offering the same deal, just ask for it.