Valentine’s Day in Phoenix
Whether you’ve been married for decades or recently started dating someone, one thing is for certain – Valentine’s Day is a day to show that special someone to a good time! To help make your planning a little bit easier, check out these great Phoenix restaurants to visit this Valentine’s Day
Consulting chef Douglas Rodriguez may be from New York, but he creates first-rate Nuevo Latino cuisine that places ingredients and preparations from Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean in a contemporary context. And the results are invariably striking. Tapas are probably the strongest part of the menu, making Deseo a great place to graze.
2.Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Situated on the northern slope of Camelback Mountain amid the grounds of the posh Sanctuary Resort, this contemporary American restaurant, which borrows the clean lines, muted colors and natural materials of Japanese design, makes Zen simplicity look spectacular. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture the splendor of sunsets and nearby mountains, encouraging customers to relax and drink in the natural beauty from plush couches and private booths.
Subdued, elegant Kai showcases the cooking of chef de cuisine Joshua Johnson, whose menu incorporates local ingredients, many of which are grown or produced on the surrounding Indian reservation and then transformed, via French technique, into food that’s appealing to both locals and tourists. Decorated with Native American artifacts and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook mountains and desert, Kai is a good place to bring out-of-towners for a true taste of the Southwest.
4.Lon’s at the Hermosa
A quaint collection of adobe casitas, The Hermosa Inn sits nestled on an idyllic plot of desert in posh Paradise Valley, five minutes but a world away from one of the Valley’s busiest intersections. The former homestead of famed cowboy artist Lon Megargee, its focal point — Lon’s — is as notable as its namesake previous tenant, set amid a gallery of rooms dripping with historic charm and Arizona artifacts.
Named “Best Seafood” by Arizona Foothills magazine, AZ Business magazine and North Valley magazine, OCEAN PRIME Phoenix is the perfect choice for cocktails or an indulgent dinner, any day of the week. Stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator-honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality make OCEAN PRIME Phoenix an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge.
Founder-chef Roy Yamaguchi was one of the pioneers of Hawaiian Fusion cuisine and his mini-empire of namesake restaurants has multiplied worldwide. You can depend on each branch to offer signature dishes as well as the creations of the local chef. Classics include wood-grilled Szechuan baby-back pork ribs, blackened island ahi in a spicy-hot soy-mustard butter sauce, New Zealand rack of lamb, and roasted macadamia island mahi mahi with Maine lobster brandy cream.
7.T. Cook’s at Royal Palms
Housed in the historic and classy Royal Palms Resort & Spa, T. Cook’s embraces its special occasion mood while simultaneously welcoming a more casual, younger diner. A back-lit, glassed-in wine display is in; white tablecloths are out. But chef Todd Allison has only increased the appeal of this destination restaurant by incorporating a more modern flair.
8.Wright’s at Biltmore
Wright’s is the formal dining room at Phoenix’s luxurious Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, and it’s highly regarded as a special occasion spot. An innovative contemporary American cuisine concept showcases the fresh foods of the best small farms, ranches and dairies, with menus reinvented weekly (including a prix-fixe menu) based on what’s seasonal and special.
9.ZuZu at Valley Ho Hotel
From chef Chuck Wiley comes this tribute to a 1950s diner, complete with a soda fountain and classic counter, all of which may be a bit of an oxymoron since ZuZu is housed in a luxury hotel. The setting is retro-posh and the care from the kitchen is evident in the daily pies (try the Key lime pie martini) and clever takes on blue plate specials. And in a neighborhood touch, food is served until midnight seven days a week.
Credit: Gayot – Guide to the Good Life