April in Arizona means warm weather, cool nights and, this year, the celebration of Easter. Instead of slaving over a hot stove, leave the chopping to the chefs and celebrate this holiday sitting down at one these Valley restaurants for a yummy Easter repast.
With Arizona being just north of the Mexican border, it's not hard to find muy bueno Mexican cuisine. Check out our favoritos!
Presided over by chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Café is a funky hot spot in Central Phoenix that boasts a menu chock-full of timeless Mexican dishes given creative twists. Appetizing options such as the cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) and the enchiladas suizas take diners on a culinary tour of our neighbor to the south. And don’t miss the restaurant’s Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and its selection of Mexican wines. 602.636.0240, www.barriocafe.com.
Already a hit in Florida and Michigan, Ocean Prime is now making waves at Phoenix’s CityCenter of CityNorth with it’s supercool surroundings and lengthy bill of steaks and seafood.
InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa made its debut in Paradise Valley in the fall, along with its signature dining destination, Prado. Under the direction of chef Claudio Urciuoli, this Spanish-inspired eatery has all the makings of a romantic resort restaurant: a dimly lit dining room, cozy-up booths and, our favorite, a pasta dish for two.