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The weekly five-course dinners, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dining room, highlight a rotating selection from the regular menu at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert.

This week’s dinner will be extra special, though. For the first time, it will feature an all-varietal wine lineup – in this case, Malbecs – so the price will be $50 per person (plus tax and tip).

April 16 “Taste of Romeo’s” menu:

  • Greka: Baked feta cheese with sautéed whole garlic, olives, roasted red peppers, scallions, rosemary, and lemon peel with whole wheat pita chips.
  • Broiled Chicken Salad: Grilled chicken tossed with artichokes, roasted red peppers, black olives, green onions, and walnuts with a lemon-mustard sauce.
  • Sausage Sophia: Italian sausage with bell peppers, garlic, capers, mushrooms, pine nuts, zucchini, and scallions.
  • Milanesa: Lightly breaded pan-fried pork cutlets. Garlic-horseradish mashed potatoes, roasted pepper, and garlic jardinière.
  • Intoxicated Love cake: Dark chocolate, Grand Marnier, milk chocolate, and Kahlua, white and milk chocolate layers kissed by Jack Daniels.

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

Also see: Romeo Taus ‘engineers’ culinary success with Euro Cafe

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It’s Tuesday, which means taco deals…

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Tuesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

POSTED BY Jess Harter Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

  • Baja Joe’s: $2 tacos; two Tecates for $5 after 5 p.m. (cantina only); $2 bottles and shots, $3 mugs, margs, and Patron from 8 p.m.-close (cantina only).
  • The Brass TapBrew Crew members get 25% off all packaged brews; also Randall Night.
  • Duke’s Tavern: All bottles of beer are $2.50.
  • Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: Get a large two-topping pizza, large tossed salad, and order of breadsticks with cheese for $17.50 from 4-8 p.m.
  • House of Brews: Grilled N.Y. strip with choice of side, fries, or soup and vegetable of the day for $10.
  • Hungry Monk: 59-cent wings.
  • Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria: Buy dozen wings, get second dozen for $2; 16-inch pizzas for $14.95 (up to 3 free toppings); buy any pizza, get second pizza of equal or less value for $5 ($12 for Big Jimmy).
  • La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: $3 tacos; open-mic night from 6-9 p.m.
  • Murphy’s Law: Double Punch Tuesday (buy 7 lunches, get the 8th free); $6.95 lunch mix & match special.
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza: 2 appetizers for $9.50; 2 glasses of wine for $10; 2 14-inch cheese pizzas for $16; 2 desserts for $8.50.
  • Wimpy’s Paradise: Kids eat free with each adult meal (additional kids eat for $3) from 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Zappone’s Italian Bistro: $5.99 spaghetti and house-made meatballs with salad from 4-9 p.m.

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Nush replaces Sol Diablo Cantina next to ASU in Tempe

POSTED BY Jess Harter Monday, April 13, 2015

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Sol Diablo Cantina, which closed for the second time in February, now is Nush.

The Mexican-themed eatery opened on the southwest corner of College and Fifth Street in September 2013, but lasted just six months.

It reopened with new ownership and a new menu in September 2014, this time lasting just five months.

Nush calls itself a “Euro Persian” restaurant. The menu offers six starters and eight main dishes, many vegan and gluten- and/or dairy-free.

The mains include a quinoa veggie wrap ($9.77), spinach sausage linguine ($12.77), and a meat-and-vegetable skewers platter ($12.77.)

Besides sodas and iced teas, Nush also offers wine and craft beer, including four on tap (all local) and 15 in bottles or cans.

Nush is open for lunch and dinner daily.

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African restaurant Max’s Mukhaase opens in Mesa

POSTED BY Jess Harter Monday, April 13, 2015

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Max’s Mukhaase, an African restaurant, has opened in the Safeway strip mall on the southwest corner of Alma School and Guadalupe in Mesa.

African dishes are not new to the Valley. Moroccan flavors have become trendy in recent years, and Ethiopian food found an audience at Cafe Lalibela and the late Tina’s.

Max’s Mukhaase, though, visits many more of the continent’s 54 countries. Some of the exotic dishes on the include:

  • Peanut butter soup: With rice balls, a staple in central Africa.
  • Red-Red (pictured): A cowpeas stew served with fried plantains, popular in Ghana.
  • Banku: Boiled dough balls made from corn and cassava flour. Also from Ghana.
  • Beef jollof rice: Beef skewers with seasoned rice, common in east Africa.
  • Kenkey: A west African sourdough dumpling.

For those without a sense of culinary adventure, there are hamburgers and hot dog available.

Max’s Muukhaase is open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 1-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

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Zappone’s Italian Bistro, the husband-and-wife-run restaurant on the northeast corner of Higley and Baseline in Gilbert, is offering a weekend coupon.

The coupon, distributed via email and Facebook, gives you $10 off any bill of $40 or more. It’s good for dine-in or takeout today or Saturday.

You can print the coupon here (or just mention it when you’re at the restaurant).

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The PB&J Small Bites Festival, the Valley’s first culinary festival focusing on children and young families, will be held Saturday, June 20, at Rawhide in Chandler.

The festival, sponsored by East Valley -based PB&J Events & Promotion, will feature local restaurants, food trucks, and other food vendors.

Admission to the event is free (get free tickets via the ad on the left side of this page).

Food will be $1-$3 for children-sized samples and $2-$6 for adult-sized samples.

The festival, which will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m., also will include a Family Fun Zone with lots of free activities for children.

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Today is National Empanada Day, and Chandler hand pie shop AZ Food Crafters is celebrating by featuring its popular Hatch green chile empanadas.

Hot or frozen (eat-in or take-out) empanadas are $4 each or two for $7. You also can get a three-pack of frozen for $11.

Also, if you buy four three-packs you’ll receive a 10-ounce jar of house-made Hatch green chile sauce (a $10 value) for free.

The specials are available today at the bakery on the southeast corner of Alma School and Ray.

Free delivery is available within five miles of the bakery for minimum orders of $15 through GrubHub.

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It’s a big week for Cartel Brewery in Tempe.

On Thursday, the recently upgraded brewhouse (now with a 7-barrel system) debuts its new tasting room at Ash and University.

The room is meant to provide a more intimate and quiet option to Cartel’s busy coffeehouse.

The tasting room will be open 5-9 p.m. Thursdays. There are four tap handles, all dedicated to Cartel beers.

Besides its flagship D.P.A (Desert Pale Ale), Cartel currently has three other beers on tap: Coffee Brown, F.Y.I.T.M Imperial Ale, and Amber Rye.

And to celebrate this Thursday, Cartel will introduce a new beer, 480 Session Ale.

Then, on Saturday, the brewery will kick off “Backdoor Brunch at Cartel” from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Each Saturday through May 16, a different food truck will park at the brewery’s back door, and there will be large community tables set up inside.

The scheduled food trucks are:

  • Saturday: United Steaks of Cheese
  • April 18: Grilled Addiction
  • April 25: United Steaks of Cheese
  • May 2: Panini People
  • May 9: Grilled Addiction
  • May 16: Roasted Shallot

Each truck will put together a special brunch menu. Cartel coffee and beer also will be available.

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