Arizona Restaurant Week

Throughout the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, foodies are celebrating the gastronomic pleasures that variety brings during the annual Arizona Restaurant Week (May 15th through the 25th).

This statewide affair offers a wealth of dining options, and an opportunity to try something new. From sizzling Southwestern food, to soothing comfort and five-star dining international fare, there is something for everyone. Most participating restaurants have special sample menus just for this event, so guests have a chance to try a variety of dishes.

Fuego Bistro courtyard
Courtyard at Feugo Bistro in Phoenix

On Friday evening I ate at a participating restaurant in central Phoenix called, Fuego Bistro. Fuego is a secret hideaway…literally. Unless you’ve been there before, you’d swear that no restaurant would be located in the ally-looking barrio. However, after you find a place to park and make your way toward the restaurant, you’re pleasantly greeted by a spacious courtyard and multi-room restaurant. Fuego is a hip and trendy little place serving Latin infused fare that will tantalize your taste buds.

Appitizers at Fuego Bistro
Appetizer sample for Arizona Restaurant Week. Items included: Empanadas, Vegetarian Tostada, Salmon Croquette and the Fuego Salad
Entree at Fuego Bistro
A three entree (and sides) sample for Arizona Restaurant Week: Panko Crusted Tilapia, Fuego Pasta and Pernil Asado pulled pork.
Spicy Margarita
Spicy Margarita
Dessert at Fuego in Phoenix
Horchata Bread Pudding with Malted Crunch ice cream

As you can imagine by the images, there were leftovers that when home. Everything was delicious at Fuego’s Bistro and I can’t wait to go back to try some of the other menu items.

The next day I took part in the Urban Wine Walk, another Arizona Restaurant Week event held in downtown Phoenix. With map in hand, my girlfriend and I began our wine tasting journey that took place at 20 participating restaurants. Each restaurant supplied a wine tasting and an appetizer for either $2 or $3. It was a wonderful opportunity to try a lot of different wine, some even produced in Arizona.

If you’ve ever participated in Arizona Restaurant Week, or you just have a favorite restaurant in the state, please leave a comment below and share.


Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.

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