Indulge in Ten Days of Culinary Discovery

2019 Fall Arizona Restaurant Week

 The Arizona Restaurant Association announces the arrival of its 2019 Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW), which takes place from Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept. 29. During these 10 days, diners can take advantage of three-course meals and prix-fixe menus for just $33 or $44 per person at participating restaurants around the state.

 “Consumer demand for restaurants in Arizona has been the highest it’s ever been and that’s why we see such support each year during both Spring and Fall Restaurant Week,” says Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri. “We are proud to be leading the charge in an initiative that helps diners discover some of the best local, chef-driven restaurants as well as support some of the most well-known restaurants in the state.”

This year marks the 12th anniversary of Arizona Restaurant Week, a twice-a-year opportunity (including Spring Arizona Restaurant Week, which takes place in May) for local food aficionados to indulge in some of the state’s finest menus and discover hidden local gems while also giving Arizona chefs a chance to showcase their culinary creativity beyond their regular menus. Here is just a sampling of current participating restaurants: Ajo Al’s, Barrio Queen, Buck and Rider, Chart House, Citizen Public House, Different Pointe of View, Fuego Bistro, Ghost Ranch Modern Southwest Cuisine, Kovo Modern Mediterranean, La Locanda Ristorante Italiano, Ling & Louie’s, Marigold Maison, Mowry & Cotton, Nobuo at Teeter House, Pasta Brioni, Salut Kitchen Bar, Southern Rail, T. Cook’s, The Dhaba, The Gladly, The Parlor Pizzeria, The Sicilian Butcher, Vincent on Camelback and Virtu Honest Craft.

Diners can view a complete list of restaurants participating in Fall Arizona Restaurant Week online at New restaurants and menus will be added as participation grows.

Rise & Dine: Arizona Breakfast Weekend Returns

Original Breakfast House; photo by Joanie Simon

Original Breakfast House; photo by Joanie Simon

Valley restaurants are once again gearing up to celebrate the most important meal of the day, as the second annual Arizona Breakfast Weekend hits eateries July 28-31.

Confirmed restaurants include Wildflower Bread Company, Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Original Breakfast House and The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s. More than 40 restaurants participated last year, and it is anticipated that the number will increase this year.

“Our inaugural Arizona Breakfast Weekend was a huge hit, and we know this year will be even tastier,” says Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) president and CEO, Steve Chucri.

The brainchild of and produced by ARA, Arizona Breakfast Weekend offers lovers of all things egg, bacon, toast the chance to dine on special breakfast dishes and brunch experiences at restaurants, diners and hotels around the Valley. Chefs will have the chance to curate new recipes and to wow breakfast lovers by elevating and celebrating the morning meal.

Breakfast Weekend will feature three dining price points and each restaurant that participates will offer a signature dish or combination that corresponds with the price point. Some restaurants may choose to offer a “breakfast for dinner” option; diners should check the website for full details.

For a full list of participating restaurants and menus, visit

AZ Spring Restaurant Week

By Katherine Koenig – Celebrating local fare in a big way, the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) kicks off its 2nd Annual Spring Restaurant Week May 19-27. Now’s the perfect time to try those restaurants that have been on your wish list. Enjoy top Valley dishes, from fine dining to casual fare, at some of the area’s most popular spots. And beginning this year, diners can take a drive for a delicious meal in the Tucson area

“We are looking forward to an expansive list of restaurants with a wide variety of cuisine,” says Steve Chucri, ARA president. The list of restaurants is growing from last year and we are thrilled to welcome some new establishments this year.”

With about 100 restaurants to choose from, there’s something to please almost everyone’s palate. Each participating restaurant will offer a three-course dinner menu of signature dishes for $30 or $40 per person ($20 available in Tucson), excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Reservations are highly recommended as restaurants fill up quickly. For more information, visit For a list of participating area restaurants, go to page 43. | CST

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