In the Mood for Truly Good Food Carefree Restaurant Week

Writer Amanda Christmann

Photography by Carl Schultz

Whether you’re in the mood for a mouthwatering dish of linguini vongole with handmade pasta and clams so fresh you’ll think you’re in Italy, or tender, slow-roasted prime rib with horseradish and au jus so rich that you’ll be transported to the Midwest, you don’t need to go far to have a fantastic culinary experience.

In fact, Carefree may have a reputation for being a quiet little corner of the Valley, but it’s also quickly emerging as home to some of the most delectable American and international cuisine in the Valley. Diners have an opportunity to try them all during Carefree Restaurant Week May 5–11.

Prix fixe menus priced at $18 for two-course lunches, $35 for three-course dinners, and $45 for four-course dinners will be showcased at Venues Café, Black Mountain Café, Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse, Raven’s View Wine Bar, Alberto’s Ristorante, Confluence, English Rose Tea Room, Corrado’s Cucina Italiana and Giordano’s Trattoria Romana.

This third semi-annual Carefree Restaurant Week allows locals and visitors to experience cuisines from Latin America, family-style Italian, modern American, soul food, British afternoon tea, or to simply bite into a good old-fashioned burger. Some restaurants will also be offering samples of new menu items so that even regular diners can discover new favorites.

Held a week away from Arizona Restaurant Week to stand out from the crowd, the event is sponsored by Carefree Restaurant Association. The association is a

collaboration that is allowing local restaurant owners and operators to spread the word that Carefree is not only a beautiful place to visit, but that it’s also a great spot to enjoy high-quality culinary experiences that go beyond fast food and chain restaurant menus.

Founded by English Rose Tea Room owner Jo Gemmill, Carefree Restaurant Association has been hard at work. With three concierge tours and now the third Carefree Restaurant Week in the past two years, Carefree restaurant owners’ combined marketing efforts are beginning to shift the town’s reputation to include being a food destination—for visitors as well as for local residents eager to rediscover what Carefree has to offer.

English Rose Tea Room

201 Easy St., Ste. 103, Carefree

Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Black Mountain Café

7211 E. Ho Rd., # 23, Carefree

Daily 6 a.m.–2 p.m.

Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse

7212 Ho Hum Dr., Carefree

Sunday–Thursday 3–9 p.m.

Friday, Saturday 3–10 p.m.

Alberto’s Ristorante

7171 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

Tuesday–Sunday 4 p.m.–midnight

Closed Monday


Trattoria Romana

7275 Easy St., Carefree

Monday–Saturday 5–9 p.m.

Closed Sunday

Venues Café

34 Easy St., Carefree


11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m.¬–9 p.m.

Corrado’s Cucina Italiana

100 Easy St., Carefree

Tuesday–Thursday 5–9 p.m.

Friday, Saturday 5–9:30 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday


36889 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree

Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; 5–9 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday

Raven’s View Wine Bar

42016 N. Old Mine Rd., Cave Creek

Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Carefree Restaurant Week

May 5–11  Visit these participating restaurants for special menus and more!

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