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Where to take dad on Father’s Day if he’s a foodie

If your father is like my father then time spent with him will probably involve food. Whether he is a vegan(not mine), prefers a burger or a pizza, breakfast, lunch or dinner, beer or wine these Phoenix area restaurants will be taking care of your father on Father’s Day on June 18th.

Father's Day
Photo courtesy of Char Kitchen + Bar

Nook Kitchen

Dads will receive any draft beer for just $2 with the purchase of any pizza. Draft beer is regularly $5-$7.

Chompie’s

Dads get a free slice of Chompie’s signature Black and White Tuxedo Cake (valued at $5.99) with the purchase of an entrée.

Flanny’s – Happy Hour Offered All Day 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

$5 Hummus                                                                                                                         $5 Cheese Quesadilla                                                                                                    $5 Fried Pickles                                                                                                                 $7 Cheese Burger Sliders                                                                                            $7 Buffalo Chicken Sliders                                                                                          $2 off all Drafts and Cans                                                                                            $5 House Wines

24 Carrots-Vegan

Biscuits and Gravy Plate  12 Coconut butter biscuits, walnut-mushroom gravy, sautéed greens, veggie- chickpea scramble

Veggie Breakfast Sandwich  10.95 vegan omelet, roasted sweet potato, chipotle aioli, 24C bacun, tomato, onion & spinach

Caramel Machiatto Pancakes  10 fluffy pancakes, medjool-tahini caramel drizzle, coffee syrup GF option

Father's Day
Photo courtesy of Chompie’s

Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen –Brazilian Steak Combo

12 Oz. Picanha Grelhada (grilled culotte steak) plus Brazilian Beer or Caipirinha, or a non-alcoholic Brazilian beverage for $23. Includes grilled pineapple, Brazilian potato salad or black beans and rice. 

Tavern Americana- Penny beers with purchase of an entree    Seared 10oz Filet Mignon | Herbed Butter | Mashed Potatoes | Roasted Mushrooms  | Red Wine Cream Sauce | Charred Asparagus | $21                                                                                                                                       Any burger with choice of fries or salad  $10                                               Any one topping pizza (additional toppings with be regular charge)  $5.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar- Juicy Lucy burger til June 20th.                     Just in time for dad’s big day, the Juicy Lucy features a fresh ground Angus beef patty stuffed with melted Tillamook Cheddar and topped with a second slice of cheddar along with black pepper aioli and caramelized onions

Photo courtesy of Crvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen

Char Kitchen + Bar                                                                                                      The Mediterranean Cowboy Burger $14, is an 8 Oz. grass fed Angus beef patty topped with Harissa BBQ sauce, crumbled gorgonzola cheese and fried onion rings with a chipotle ranch schmear, served on a challah roll with a side.

Char will also be serving a 14 oz. Angus Ribeye steak topped with blue cheese and chive butter and served with scalloped potatoes and roasted vegetables for $35.

Rusconi’s American Kitchen- Special menu for $44                         Starter (choice of)
key west shrimp and red pepper grits
local linguica sausage, cured tomato, roasted corn jus
sweet potato roasted corn bisque
shaved san joaquin gold and mild fresno chili

white truffle scented mac-n-cheese
white truffle cream, san joaquin gold

Entree
pecan wood grilled prime flatiron steak
Amish blue cheese, roasted cornbread pudding, wilted spinach, pequillo tapenade
includes glass of chef’s choice red or white wine or draft beer

Dessert
dark chocolate bread pudding
vanilla sauce, berries and salted caramel

LDV Wine Gallery                                                                                                           On Father’s Day, dads will receive 25% off LDV Winery Petite Sirah (by the glass, by the bottle, or by the truckload)!

Thirsty Lion Gastropub                                                                                      Thirsty Lion offers half price beer flights on Father’s Day. For only $5, choose six of the over 24 beers and ciders on tap for your beer flight samples.  

Fired Pie Pizza                                                                                                                   All day long on, all Fired Pie locations are offering a buy one entrée get one free for dads on Father’s Day! Dine-in only.

Organ Stop Pizza- All you can eat pizza buffet and salad plus unlimited soft drinks

Adults $12.00 (including tax)
Kids 3-9 $10.00 (including tax

Beer, Wine and Ice Cream available for purchase at an additional charge. 

Tickets are available online or you can purchase them in the restaurant gift shop.  ADVANCED TICKET PURCHASE IS REQUIRED

Doors open @ approximately 11:15
Music begins @ approximately 11:45
Lunch concludes @ approximately 1:00

Lunch will consist of an all-you-can-eat buffet with prepared garden salads (with your choice of dressing).

 

 

 

 

Goodyear chefs compete in the James Beard Blended Burger battle

Despite National Hamburger month ending in May, two west valley chefs are just getting started as they compete in the James Beard Blended Burger battle. Goodyear restaurants Eagle’s Nest and Toscana’s Restaurant are rolling up their sleeves representing two of the three Arizona restaurants in the competition. They will be trying to create the winning burger using 2 types of mushrooms as ingredients.

Hail Mary burger

Chef Mary Ahern of Eagle’s Nest see’s her Hail Mary burger as the eventual winner. This 17 ingredient burger blends Portobello and button mushrooms, roasted garlic, thyme and shallots ground with the brisket and jalapeños, garlic and bacon mixed with ground beef.

The burger is then topped with bacon jam, lettuce, house made pickles, red onion, devil dog sauce and slices of American and Havarti cheese all between a Brioche bun. That sounds like more than a mouthful and  like a winner to me.

Toscana’s burger

Eagle’s Nest’s neighbor in the Pebble Creek community Toscana’s Restaurant is building a blended burger of their own.

It will be pan seared with 80/20 ground beef, house smoked mesquite button mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, caramelized onions, shaved lettuce, fresh watercress, apple-wood bacon, aged smoked cheddar cheese, house-made cowboy candy and mayo.

All served between a King’s Hawaiian bun, hope it can handle everything

Another delicious sounding burger and I’m very curious about the cowboy candy.

James Beard Blended Burger battle voting

Online voting ends July 31st with the top 5 winners from around the country competing in the final showdown of the James Beard Blended Burger challenge in New York city in January. To cast your vote you may vote here.

Local eateries offer up burger deals for National Hamburger Month

Americans eat more than 50 billion, billion with a “b” hamburgers every year and I’m proud to do my part of a couple a dozen a year. Since we couldn’t give it its own year somebody decided to give it all 31 days in the month of May. To salute the American classic several Phoenix area restaurants are celebrating all month with burger deals & even a burger selfie contest.

Kelly’s at Southbridge

U.S. Egg’s selfie contest

U.S. Egg not only serves up delicious breakfast but they offer mouth-watering burgers. U.S. Eggs grills up nine different burgers including a vegetarian burger and they even offer gluten-free burgers.

In celebration of National Hamburger Month, U.S. Egg is having a burger selfie contest. Take a photo eating a burger, upload it to social media and #USEgg in your caption and you will be entered to win free burgers for a year! Every week in May, one winner will be chosen and will be given a $50 U.S. Egg gift card and will be entered for the grand prize. Check out facebook.com/USeggBreakfastLunch for more information

Thirsty Lion Gastropub’s Tavern Burger

One of Thirsty Lion’s signature items is none other than the Tavern Burger. This classic burger is simple, delicious and topped with crispy onion rings. Thirsty Lion also has a happy hour from 3pm – 6pm and 9:30pm – close and serves $5.95 Grilled Burger Sliders.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is at 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1041 in Tempe and 7014 E Camelback Road, Suite 1423 in Scottsdale. Their Scottsdale location offers complimentary valet. Thirsty Lion’s newest location is at SanTan Village 2212 E Williams Field Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85297. For more information visit www.thirstyliongastropub.com.

Kelly’s at Southbridge offers burger deals on May 28th

On Sunday, May 28th, National Hamburger Day, Kelly’s at Southbridge will offer $12 burgers. Kelly’s award winning burgers are made with a signature four meat blend of short rib, sirloin, chuck and brisket.

Kelly’s burgers include a spicy Pepperjack Guacamole Burger, Bourbon Egg Burger topped with onion rings and barbecue sauce and the signature Original Four-Cut Burger topped with pancetta, mushrooms and piquillo peppers. Kelly’s will also have all day happy hour on Sunday, May 28th! Enjoy half price appetizers, bruschetta, bottles of wine and champagne, $4 drafts, house wines, wells and $4 off signature cocktails.

Kelly’s is on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com or facebook.com/KellysAtSouthbridge.

 

 

Burger Battle returns to see who makes the Best Burger in the Valley

The Scottsdale League of the Arts annual Burger Battle returns this Thursday March 9th with more burgers, beers and fun to its new location at the Scottsdale Waterfront at 7 p.m.

The Burger Battle is one of the non-profits more popular events which helps raise money for artists, art programs and art education through several fund-raising events throughout the year.

This years Burger Battle will be emcee’d by local sports writer and sports  talk show host Dan Bickley. Burgers will be served from local restaurants such as Hand Cut Burgers, Aioli Gourmet Burgers and Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company.

In between tasting burgers, side dishes and desserts attendees will be able to play lawn games and dance to the sounds of The Groove Merchants.

After tasting burgers patrons will be able to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award for Best Burger while 5 judges will be selecting the Judge’s Choice Award. 2 winners will then compete in the World Food Championships in November.

Tickets for the competition are $65 when purchased in advance or $75 at the door. VIP tickets are available for $85 and include early entry at 6 p.m., a VIP gift and access to a private lounge. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets can be purchased at http://scottsdalefest.org/

 

 

Burger Daze returns to Liberty Market for 31 days in August

Chainsaw Chili burger
Chainsaw Chili burger
With the month of August less than a week away burger aficionados are holding out for Liberty Market’s annual Burger Daze for the 31 days of the month. 31 days means a different specialty burger each day to owner Joe Johnson and co-owner & executive chef David Traina. Traina is no stranger to burgers as he was the 1st chef at Delux Burgers in Phoenix before partnering with Johnson at Liberty Market.

Many of the burgers are made with local, natural ground chuck beef while others will be made with other proteins such as chicken, pork, Spam and more with unique toppings giving each burger its own unique flavor and giving Traina the opportunity to show off a global spin to the all American burger.

If trying the unique burgers are not enough there is an incentive for those that visit and eat at least 10 different burgers during the month, a $50 Liberty Market gift card, eat all 31 different burger and get a $250 gift card. Customers must save all receipts and have verified by the end of the 1st week of September.
Liberty Market 230 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert (480) 892-1900 Daily 7a-9p, Friday & Saturday until 10p. www.libertymarket.com
The Burger Daze line up is…….

$14-1st-Coffee Burger: Coffee rubbed, smoked gouda, candied bacon, red onion cream, Hawaiian bun.
$15-2nd-Dossant Burger: Maple bacon dossant bun, Farm at Agritopia egg, havarti.
$16-3rd-The Hump Burger: Triple 4oz patties, habañero-bbq, havarti, matchstick boar’s head ham, griddled red onions, potato bun.
$14-4th-Pasta House Burger: Pasta, fresh mozzarella, marinara, parmesan, basil-garlic, ciabatta bun.
$14-5th-Chicken Wing Burger: Boneless chicken wings, Franks Red Hot®, blue cheese and celery (plus a drizzle of blue cheese dressing), onion bun.
$20-6th-Hangover Burger: Roasted short rib, fried Farm at Agritopia duck egg, parmesan, choice of Bloody Mary or Golden Monkey beer, pretzel bun.
$16-7th-Breakfast Burger: Fried Farm at Agritopia egg, american cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, breakfast potatoes, english muffin.

$15- 8th-Asian BBQ Pork Burger: 5 spice pork, asian slaw and sriracha aioli, crispy wontons, chile sauce, steamed bun.
$13- 9th-Bagel Burger: Chipotle cream cheese, Canadian bacon, tomato, onion, chives, everything bagel.
$14-10th-Black Bean Burger: Housemade black beans, pico de gallo, sliced avocado and queso fresco-jalapeño ciabatta.
$17-11th-Grilled Cheese Burger: American cheese, bacon tomato in between 2 grilled cheeses with havarti and munster cheeses.
$16-12th- Kal Bi Burger: Topped with Korean style grilled short ribs and sautéed vegetables (shiitake, baby bok choy, bean sprout, carrots), egg bun.
$13-13th-Brie and Apple Burger: Sliced brie, caramelized apple crisps, arugula, wholegrain honey mustard sauce, demi baguette.
$14-14th-Hamsteak Burger: Topped with griddled Boar’s Head® hamsteak, american cheese, tomato and fried Farm at Agritopia egg, ciabatta bun.

$14-Monday 15th-Brew Burger: 3 slices of swiss, lettuce, tomato, onion and beer steak sauce, pretzel bun, served open faced.
$14-16th -“Boy Howdy”Burger: Fried onion rings, smoked cheddar, spicy BBQ sauce-Texas toast.
$14-17th-Veggie Burger: Grilled portobello, jalapeño chips, oven-fried avocado, green goddess dressed spring mix, potato bun.
$14-18th-Chainsaw Chili Burger: Chili, shredded cheddar, sour cream, green onions, kaiser roll.
$13-19th-Hawaiian Burger: Grilled rum roasted pineapple, crispy spam, teriyaki sauce, green onions-Hawaiian bun.
$15-20th-Poutin Burger: Oven fries, cheese curds, brown gravy, parsley, kaiser roll.
$16-21st-Uncle Louie Burger: Chopped bacon, avocado, Russian dressing, crab salad, pretzel roll.

$14-Monday 22nd-Chorizo Burger: Chorizo/beef blend patty, lime slaw (cabbage and lettuce based), cilantro, cotija, bolillo.
$14-23rd-“Potato skin” Burger: Crispy crushed red potatoes, cheddar, bacon, sour cream, chives, cheese bun.
$14-24th-Peanut Burger: Chopped candied bacon, chips, peanut butter, savory waffle bun.
$14-25th-Barcelona Burger: Creamy manchego, romescu, kale-pinenut salad, pan basico.
$15-26th-Enchilada Burger: Chili cheese enchiladas and sauce, diced tomato, shredded lettuce, cheddar, jalapeño ciabatta.
$17th-27th-Beef Wellington Burger: House blended beef, duxelle, crispy red potatoes, red wine gastrique, chives, brioche (served open faced).
$16-28th-Roy Rogers Burger: Buttermilk fried chicken, BBQ sauce, coleslaw, parsley, kaiser roll.

$13-Monday 29th-German Burger: Flaky pastry stuffed with seasoned ground beef, swiss, onions, kraut, wholegrain dijonaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, pastry bun.
$13-30th-Turkey and Kale Burger: Turkey patty, swiss, tomato, lemon aioli, kale cranberry salad, Texas toast.
$14-31st-Santa Fe Burger: Spicy con queso with roasted chilies and corn, shredded lettuce, jalapeño ciabatta.

Burger Review: The Farm Fresh burger at Burger Theory

Photo credit: Burger Theory
Photo credit: Burger Theory
As mentioned in a recent post I have decided to include my burger reviews on this blog after the site where I was reviewing burgers decided to cease operations, after 293 burger reviews this is my 1st review on this blog. By reviewing burgers on this blog I will have the freedom to express my thoughts without the restrictions of a corporate entity and will be a work in progress while I explore the right format I want to take it in. If you’ve read my burger reviews on the other site you will see a resemblance but I hope to mix it up and expand on it a bit without losing the burger review aspect of it. I often dine out with friends but will review only the burger I ate but our dining experience and opinions may be included.

The recently opened Burger Theory connected to the Holiday Inn & Suites on McDowell Rd. at 44th St seemed like an out of the way place for a sit down burger restaurant despite the heavily trafficked intersection. As my dining companions arrived we weren’t sure if this was an independently owned restaurant renting space from the hotel or part of the hotel, many indications led us to believe it’s part of the hotel’s corporate structure. Regardless of who owns and runs it we were there for burgers and with 6 1/3 lb. burgers of Angus chuck, brisket and short rib blended beef and another 4,300+ ways to Build Your Own Burger we dove into the menu to see which burger each of us would go for.

Although all of the burgers sounded delicious I opted for the Farm Fresh burger with a single patty for $10 (a double patty is $14) and comes topped with a Portobello mushrooms, grilled onions, diced roasted red peppers, iceberg lettuce (on the bottom half), goat cheese and roasted garlic mayo in between a toasted potato bun that looked and tasted like you ordinary hamburger bun. All came served in a plastic basket lined with Burger Theory wax paper.
Burger theory
Although satisfying I felt there was a heavy hand when it came to the Goat Cheese and that’s not easy to admit as I love Goat cheese but the strong flavor took away from the flavors of the vegetables and made the roasted garlic mayo un-necessary. The burger which is cooked to order was cooked pretty much the way I like it and had drops of juices dripping after the first few bites. Sides are not included in the price and a side of fries will set you back another $3.50.

I was somewhat happy with the Farm Fresh burger but felt a bit let down with a 1/3 lb burger for $10 with sides being extra. There are better burgers around town for your burger dollar. I decided to include a picture from the Burger Theory website and a photo of my actual burger. Had I been served the burger from there website this could’ve been a better burger.

Burger Theory is at 4401 E. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, Arizona 85008 602-358-0924 and is open for lunch and dinner from Mon-Thu. 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat. 11am-12am and Sunday 11am-11pm www.burgertheoryphx.com

Culver’s declares next Tues. May 28th National Burger Day & celebrates with $2.00 ButterBurgers

Culvers logo

Did you know May is National Hamburger Month, well it is and you have 9 days left to celebrate if you have not already. Culver’s www.culvers.com is making it a bit easier for you by declaring next Tuesday, May 28th National Hamburger Day. They will be celebrating by offering their famous, never frozen ButterBurger for only $2.00 with or without cheese at any of their 14 Phoenix area locations. You can get this delicious burger all day long at a Culver’s near you, see ya there.

Culver's ButterBurger
Culver’s ButterBurger