“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”
– Kenny Chesney, “Summertime”

Writer Lara Piu

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his summer, living is even more easy thanks to low-season restaurant specials. Normally these dining experiences cost a pretty penny, but in hot summer months, they can be had for a steal.

J&G Steakhouse
J&G Steakhouse is perhaps the ultimate wining and dining experience. Its warm and soft contemporary dining room overlooking The Phoenician golf course and Camelback Mountain makes for the quintessential romantic sunset dinner. Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten prepared a steakhouse-classic menu that features premium meats, fresh seafood, worldly spices, local ingredients and global flavors. May 5 through September 14, J&G Steakhouse will offer a three-course dinner for $40, including a choice of endive and sugar snap pea salad, watermelon gazpacho or ravioli appetizer; salmon, chicken or flat iron steak entree; and strawberry meringue, chocolate cake, ice cream, or sorbet dessert.


Roaring Fork
Since 1997, Roaring Fork’s bold American cuisine has captivated the mouths of East Valley diners. Known for its hearty Old West flavors, the restaurant offers fresh meat and fish entrees prepared by wood fire rotisserie, open flame grill or wood oven roasting. Memorial Day, May 29 through Labor Day, September 4th, Roaring Fork will bring back its All Night, All Summer Happy Hour. Each Monday through Sunday, 4 p.m. through close, the restaurant will offer happy hour-style prices on at least 10 menu items in the bar and saloon. You’ll find items like iceberg BLT for $6; rotisserie chicken flatbread with basil pesto, roasted chiles, pepper jack cheese and tomatoes for $8; and grilled fish tacos served on corn tortillas with guacamole, corn pico, remoulade and salsa verde for $10 during this summer special.


Afternoon Tea
There are several Valley destinations for traditional English tea service, and among the best is Afternoon Tea at The Phoenician. Served on fine linens, china and silver, this relaxing afternoon dining experience includes a lavish, house-made spread of delicate finger sandwiches, fresh scones with Devonshire cream, lemon curd and fruit preserves, pastries, and its pièce de résistance: an impressive fine tea selection. Normally $42, tea service at The Phoenician will be $30 from May 5 through September 14 this summer.


Relish Burger Bistro
Perched atop The Phoenician’s golf course is Relish Burger Bistro where you can enjoy incredible views and a classic meal. Burgers are at the heart of this menu, and in-step with the resort’s high-quality style, every one is hand crafted with 100 percent Kobe style Wagyu. There are also appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées, desserts, gluten-free and vegetarian options, a full bar that claims to feature the largest tequila selection in Arizona, and a vodka-spiked milkshake. May 5 through September 14, Relish Burger Bistro will offer a gourmet burger and a churro ice cream sandwich with salted caramel ice cream for $20.