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Arizona Restaurant Week is May 15-25

Arizona Restaurant Week is almost here! With over 100 restaurants participating, it’s the perfect chance to get out and explore the local dining scene. Three-course, pre-fixe menus are offered at $33 or $44, May 15-25. At ZuZu, we’ll be serving a three-course menu with a glass of wine or beer for $33, plus tax and gratuity. Choose from favorites like our Braised Beef Short Rib and Peanut Butter Crunch Bar. Make your reservation soon. Call 480.421.7997 or book online.

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Aunt Chilada’s Mexican Restaurant

Recently I had a chance to revisit an old Valley favorite, the original Aunt Chilada’s Mexican restaurant. It was built on the foundation of the only general store that served the laborers at the Rico Mercury Mine over 100 years ago. The men, dreamy-eyed and intoxicated from inhaling the mercury vapors were said to be returning from the “Dreamy Draw”. After the repeal of prohibition, the land’s owners were granted the first liquor license in Arizona.

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Bootleggers in Old Town Scottsdale

Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse opened this location (their second) in 2013. The décor is a cool mix of modern and rustic, and there is a lovely patio with a fireplace, smoker, and twinkle lights. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you can smell the delicious aroma of barbecue.

Bootleggers

Chef Brian Dean and Mixologist Jason Horton (formerly of T. Cook’s) serve upscale barbecue and …

Top-Notch Cocktails at Bar Crudo

Bar Crudo is one of the best places to grab a drink in Arcadia. In fact, it was named “Best Cocktail Bar” as a Critic’s Pick by The Arizona Republic. This spot opened two years ago and serves up a lengthy menu of craft cocktails featuring fresh ingredients, house-made syrups, and house-infused spirits.

Bar Crudo

Mixologist and co-owner Micah Olson was the sommelier at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort. …

Second Story Liquor Bar

Second Story Liquor Bar is a relative newcomer to Downtown Scottsdale that is hidden in plain sight, situated atop Gelato Spot on the corner of Scottsdale Road and 3rd Ave. It bills itself as a “world-class restaurant driven by passion and storytelling”, and I have to agree.

Second Story Liquor Bar
I went for dinner with a friend and we started by experiencing a couple of the bartender’s …