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PDQ Arizona marks National Chicken Tender Day with local giveaway

PDQ chicken tenders

Saturday, July 27, marks National Chicken Tender Day. To celebrate, both of PDQ’s Arizona restaurants – located in Paradise Valley and Tempe – will offer three fresh, never frozen chicken tenders (with no added hormones or steroids) for free with any purchase. Patrons need only mention that they are celebrating National Chicken Tender Day to be eligible for the deal.

Known for its hand-breaded chicken tenders and signature sauces, PDQ – short for People Dedicated to Quality – also crafts delicious sandwiches, salads and hand-spun milkshakes.

The restaurants are open seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

– John Hyland, PDQ

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Arizona Restaurant Week begins May 17

Arizona Restaurant Week

Arizona Restaurant Week returns May 17 to 26. Developed by the Arizona Restaurant Association more than 10 years ago, Arizona Restaurant Week gives diners the option to try out three-course, prix fixe menus at more than 60 restaurants across Arizona for either $33 or $44 per person.

The goal of the twice-annual program, which also takes place in September, is to position Arizona as one of the top culinary destinations in the nation by increasing awareness of the many dining opportunities available in the state. Participating restaurants include Fat Ox, Pisa Lisa, J&G Steakhouse and Roka Akor.

– Brynn Johnson-Beam, Arizona Restaurant Association

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Little Rituals opens in downtown Phoenix

Little Rituals

Little Rituals, co-created by award-winning Arizona mixology icons Aaron DeFeo and Ross Simon, is now open on the fourth floor of the 20-story Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix Downtown, which is downtown Phoenix’s newest high-rise hotel project.

The menu tempts with a compelling yet familiar menu of 30 custom cocktails and gourmet bar bites. At Little Rituals, guests will enjoy unexpected touches such as hand-stamped ice and espresso martinis on tap. It also tempts with house-made infusions, garnishes, syrups, foams and a unique emphasis on fortified and aromatized wines, including vermouth and sherry.

The Arizona 100 Staff

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Keeler Hospitality Group prepares newest concept

Keeler Hospitality Group

Keeler Hospitality Group – the team behind Liberty Station (now with two locations in Scottsdale) – is mere weeks away from opening the doors to Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse in Carefree.

Located at 7212 East Ho Hum Road, Keeler’s will offer diners a high-quality, affordable steakhouse experience in a non-pretentious, social house environment.

The culinary team at Keeler’s is spearheaded by Keeler Hospitality Group Executive Chef Anthony Apolinar, who currently lends his talents to both Liberty Station restaurant locations in Scottsdale as well. The menu at Keeler’s will feature certified Angus beef specialty cut steaks, fresh seafood and American comfort foods.

– Paul Keeler, Keeler Hospitality Group

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Pine, Arizona, gets new Chinese restaurant

Jade Cafe, Pine, Arizona

The Jade Café opens Aug. 2 in Pine. The Chinese restaurant, owned by veteran restaurateurs James Escobar and Dale Korda, will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Mi Familia 3 on Highway 87. The Jade Café brings a new food option to the White Mountain community.

The menu features starters, along with various beef, chicken, pork and stir fry dishes, as well as fried rice and egg rolls. All of the meat is hand-cut, and each menu item is made-to-order. The hours of operation will expand within the next few weeks.

– Tony Escobar, Jade Café