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Restaurant Week returns for spring 2022

May 14th, 2022 SanTan Sun News

By Summer Aguirre
Contributor

Spring Arizona Restaurant Week continues this month to bring foodies on a culinary trip May 20-29.

The Arizona Restaurant Association’s semiannual event features a slew of restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe menus. These dining establishments showcase Arizona’s culinary scope, while allowing diners to support their local businesses and explore new cuisine at discounted prices.

“As our industry continues to navigate labor shortages, cost increases and limited supplies, we still aim to present our state’s dining community with the most delicious way to explore our culinary scene,” says Steve Chucri, Arizona Restaurant Association chief executive officer.

“With dine-in and take-out options and a variety of dining choices, including high-end and independently owned best-kept secrets, we encourage diners to use Arizona Restaurant Week as an opportunity to support the industry while enjoying an incredible meal.”

Three Chandler restaurants – Thirsty Lion, Sicilian Butcher and The Keg – are offering menu deals to celebrate the week. A full list is at arizonarestaurantweek.com.

During the 10 days, the three-course menus presented at participating restaurants for $33, $44 or $55 per person, or per couple in some instances.

For an additional cost, eateries offer wine pairings. Takeout is also available.

The Thirsty Lion, 3077 W. Frye Road,  has a $33 special that includes a choice of three starters and three desserts and four entrees. The Sicilian Butcher at Chandler Fashion Center has a $44 special with a choice from two appetizers, two salads, four entrees and two desserts. The Keg, also at Fashion Center, has a $55 special with choices from three starters, two desserts and three entrees.

Arizona Restaurant Week’s goal is to establish the state as one of the nation’s top culinary destinations. During the 10 days, it encourages spending at and promotes the 8,500 eateries.

The Stockyards Steakhouse, a 75-year-old Old Western-style restaurant in Phoenix, has participated in Arizona Restaurant Week since the event began approximately 15 years ago.

Owner Gary Lasko says the program has helped Stockyards Steakhouse’s bottom line and yielded a positive response from the public — before and after the pandemic.

“It boosts business for us,” Lasko says. “It exposes a bunch of people to the restaurant, and maybe you get those people back over the summer if they really like it and think it’s a cool place.”

Menus often have off-the-menu entrees, which encourage chefs to cook creatively and take advantage of seasonal items.

“We always focus on our signatures, like a filet and prime rib as entrees, instead of trying to put some lesser things out there,” Lasko says.

“We want to showcase our best items. So, I think that’s the opportunity for people, to go to some restaurants they wouldn’t necessarily go to and check them out at a better price and a slower time of year.”

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