RA Sushi’s Hot Mess and Other Summer Dining Specials

RA Sushi is serving up their popular Hot Mess dish at a special rate for the month of August – just one of many fine restaurants in the Valley offering locals delicious rewards for hanging around during the hot summer months. Here are a few establishments taking up space in our calendars.

One of RA Sushi‘s newest creations, the Hot Mess is a delectable combination of crispy rice balls topped with a spicy King crab mix, then baked and finished with jalapeno and cilantro. That’s hot! Normally $13, for the month of August all five Valley locations have given a nod to our brutal Southwest summer by discounting the dish to $9, and on days the temperature reaches 120 degrees, to a startling low $1.20. So order the Hot Mess for the whole table next time you’re at this hip and unconventional sushi bar and see who can and can’t stand the heat! Visit RA Sushi online for locations.

Olive & Ivy, a Sam Fox establishment, also has something special in store for Valley residents this summer – a three-course dinner, including a first dish of soup, hummus or salad, as well as a choice of entree and dessert. What will you choose? Personally, as far as entrees go, we’re having trouble trying to decide between the pan-seared salmon with cauliflower puree and hearts of celery salad, and the traditional bolognese made with tagliatelle pasta. But the desserts are where we’re really torn: peanut butter chocolate torte, angel food cake, flourless chocolate cake and affogato … Decisions, decisions. ($20 per person; through Sept. 18) Olive & Ivy is located at 7135 E. Camelback Road, Suite 195, in Scottsdale.

Eddie V venue and romantic hotspot Roaring Fork is also offering a divine three-course meal for summer. Select an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. We hear the green chili pork stew is to die for, but the grilled flat iron steak is too tender and juicy to turn down. Truth be told, you can’t go wrong with any selection at the Fork. The only thing wrong would be not opting for the hot chocolate lava brownie to finish. ($25 per person; through September) Roaring Fork is located at 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 1700, in Scottsdale.

Other exceptional summer offers include three-course dinners and specials at such restaurants as Bourbon Steak (wild salmon, prime beef short ribs), Prado (chilled tomato soup, sea bass), BLT Steak (grilled Arctic char, barbecued braised short ribs), Stockyards (8-ounce prime rib, blue cornmeal-crusted trout), Lon’s at the Hermosa (barbecued scallops, Kobe flat iron steak) and Sassi (grilled swordfish, marinated eggplant salad). Contact the individual restaurants for pricing and menus.