Take me out to the ballgame–but beforehand or afterwards, be sure to check out one of these special Phoenix or Scottsdale spring training menus. The baseball-inspired specials are sure to get you in the spring training state of mind.
POSH Restaurant Forget the Cracker Jax and peanuts. Chef Josh Hebert of Scottsdale’s POSH Restaurant–known for its improvisational cuisine–will cleverly put a gourmet twist on the typical baseball stadium fare. The four-course menu is $45 per person and includes roasted peanuts with chili aioli as an amuse bouche, popcorn soup with brown butter and smoked paprika for the first course, shrimp chorizo “corn dog” with white truffle garlic chips and ginger mustard for the second course, an open-face duck “burger” (foie gras is a $15 supplement) for the third course, and for the final course a cotton candy crème brulee with spun sugar. Drink specials and suggested pairings will also be available. The menu will be offered every Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to close, through the end of March. 7167 E. Rancho Vista Dr., Scottsdale. 480.667.7674, http://www.poshscottsdale.com/.
Phoenix City Grille The Valley’s Phoenix City Grills invites spring training fans to swing in to the bar from 3 to 6 p.m. any day of the week through the end of March and try the restaurant’s spring training specials spotlighting ballgame mainstay, the hot dog. The yummy spring training specials include unique hot dog combinations in honor of the ballgame including the chef’s version of a chili dog featuring pork and pinto bean chili, fresh salsa and queso panela. Diners might also enjoy the Sonoran Style Dog wrapped in smoked bacon, grilled to perfection and topped with chipotle aioli and pickled red onions. The menu also includes a grilled hot dog with chili ale mustard, cheddar cheese and crispy cornmeal-crusted jalapenos. The hot dog specials are $4 each. And for $6, fans can choose any domestic bottled beer with their hot dog. 5816 N 16th St., Phoenix, 602.266.3001, http://www.phoenixcitygrille.com/.
Hotel Valley Ho To welcome both out-of-town guests and local sports fans, Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho is offering a special Spring Training Package that includes an amazing daily breakfast at the resort”s on-site Cafe ZuZu restaurant. Cafe ZuZu breakfast items include ZuZu’s breakfast casserole with sweet Italian sausage and veggies, healthful wheat pancakes with dried fruit and nut butter, fruit-filled breakfast parfait, breakfast quesadilla and much more. There are plenty of sweet morning eats too including Belgian waffles with sun-dried cherry butter, just-baked cinnamon rolls and heavenly stuffed French toast, to name a few. 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale. 480.421.7997, http://www.hotelvalleyho.com/.