Carefree Restaurant Association
Join us for Carefree Restaurant Week September 26 – October 2!
Carefree’s very own Restaurant Week happens twice per year.
Local carefree restaurants will offer exciting prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.
Specials for the week include 2 course lunch for $25, 3 course dinner for $35 or $45. (excludes alcohol)
Customers have an opportunity to sample new and exciting menu offerings and in doing so, continue to support their local restaurants.
From Latin cuisine or family-style Italian to modern American, soul food, high tea or simply a good old-fashioned burger, there is something to suit every palate.
Carefree Restaurant Association Members
Take a look at each of our Carefree Restaurants. Each one offers a unique culinary experience. You are bound to fall in love with Carefree cuisine.
Dine local and experience eating out “Carefree Style”Participating Restaurants – Contact these restaurants for their Restaurant Week menu.
Fine Italian Cuisine
Address: 7171 E. Cave Creek Rd., Carefree
Tuesday – Sunday
4:00 pm – Close
CLOSED FOR SUMMER
Address: 121 Easy Street, Carefree
Serving Full Service “Delicious” Breakfast & Lunch All Day!
Address: 7211 E. Ho Road # 23 Carefree, AZ 85377
Open Daily 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
Enter as strangers, leave as friends…
Address: 37636 N Tom Darlington Rd. Ste 1, Carefree, AZ 85377
Phone: 480-595-BRIX (2749)
Breakfast & Lunch – Incorporating clean whole foods
Address: Civana Carefree – 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree
“European Style” coffee shop
Experience superior coffee and tea served in a welcoming and relaxed environment
Address: 7171 E Cave Creek Rd, Carefree, AZ 85377
Cozy Bistro serving healthy options without sacrificing flavor
Address: 36889 N Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, AZ 85377
Tuesday through Saturday
Lunch ~ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dinner ~ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Visit our website for Chef’s Tasting Events
Traditional Italian with a touch from the South. Homemade pasta, Fish and daily specials
Address: 100 Easy St., Carefree
Happy Hour 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EVERY DAY
Authentic British tea room serving lunch and Afternoon Tea.
Address: 201 Easy Street # 103, Carefree
Open Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Reservations are suggested.
Join us for High Tea!
The best kept secret in Carefree!
Address: 7275 Easy St. Carefree, Arizona
Monday through Saturday
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Grind and Gears – New to Carefree!
A pit stop for all cycling enthusiasts – Hydration, Bike Parts & Maintenance
Address: 10 Easy Street, Carefree
Your BIKE SHOP, COFFEE SHOP, PIT STOP. We sell, rent, and repair bicycles, as well as stock accessories for you and your ride. Tours soon. We also serve local roast coffee, teas, espresso drinks, smoothies and snacks. Easy street and Cave Creek road access with seating outside on our patio, and plenty of racks for parking your bicycles. Everyone is welcome!
Keelers Neighborhood Steakhouse
Address: 7212 East Ho Hum Road, Carefree
Phone: (602) 374-4784
HAPPY HOUR 7 days per week; 3 pm – 6 pm
DINNER Sunday – Saturday; 5 pm – 9 pm
PIZZICATA IS THE FIRST PINSERIA ROMANA IN ARIZONA!
Address: 7252 Ho Road, Carefree (Spanish Village)
Due to the extremely high quality of our flour, our unique cold working method, the high hydration and our closely watched 72 hour process of cold fermentation, Pinsa is more wholesome, digestible, low-calorie and lower fat than the classic pizza.
The Best Family Pizza and Original Family Recipe Favorites
Address: 36889 N Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree
A refuge and an oasis. Beer pub and wine bar.
Address: 42016 N. Old Mine Rd, Cave Creek
Phone: 602 – 321-1510
Spirit in the Desert … a Place for All People
Address: 7415 E. Elbow Bend
Spirit in the Desert boasts a bright and spacious dining room with seating for up to 75 guests. Buffet meals can be tailored to group and individual preferences by our professional chef. Indoor and patio seating provide spectacular mountain views.
Located at el Pedregal
Address: 34631 N Tom Darlington Dr, Carefree
Sunday – Thursday 4PM – 9PM
Friday & Saturday 4PM-10PM
VOTED BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN THE GREATER PHOENIX AREA
The Spotted Donkey Cantina, at el Pedregal, is quickly earning a reputation as the place for Mexican cuisine in North Scottsdale. And with a tequila list boasting dozens of varieties (including our exclusive Herradura double-barrel Reposado Tequila), an innovative menu, and a large outdoor patio with scenic desert vistas, it’s really no surprise.
Delicious farm-to-table produce, grass-fed meats, sustainable seafood, and decadent desserts.
Address: Civana Carefree – 37220 N Mule Train Rd, Carefree
Comfort Food with a Southwest Flair
Address: 34 Easy Street, Carefree
Happy Hour EVERY DAY 3 pm – 6 pm
Sunday Brunch and Daily Happy Hour (Closed Sunday Evenings)
Happy Hour Daily 3pm – 6pm $3.Domestic bottled beers, $5 house wine and house made Sangria and $5 well drinks. Happy Hour food until 5 pm Sunday Brunch runs from 10am – 3pm and features $15 Bottomless Mimosas or $8 Bloody Mary’s
Dine Local This Fall.
Once again, the Carefree Restaurant Association (CRA) is proud to announce their latest Carefree Restaurant Week Sept 26 thru Oct 2, 2022. Restaurant Week is an opportunity for all participating restaurants to showcase their menus at discounted prices. Some restaurants will offer a special lunch menu, others a special 3 course dinner for dine-in guests.
Prices for Restaurant Week (per person, excluding alcohol) as follows:
Lunch Menu (2-courses) $25.00
Dinner Menu (3-courses) $45.00 or (4-courses) $55
Guests will have an opportunity to sample new and exciting menu offerings and in doing so support their local restaurants, it has been through the support and patronage from local diners, that Carefree restaurants have been able to keep their doors open during the challenges of the last two years.
Unlike many other towns, Carefree’s restaurant base is made up of independent, family-owned businesses. Therefore, no large corporate chains dictate menu, pricing or marketing campaigns…rather, the individual business owner can determine the look, feel, style, concept and brand of their own restaurant based on their own individual culinary expertise. It is a credit to all the Carefree restaurants that they have managed to survive the last 24 months of unprecedented times, and are able to once again offer a restaurant week to their loyal guests.
Participating restaurants in Restaurant Week include; 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.
Our Featured Restaurant of the Month
Corrado’s Cucina Italiana
100 Easy Street, Carefree
TUESDAY – THURSDAY 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FRIDAY – SATURDAY 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SUNDAY 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Reservations are strongly recommended!
A BIG thank you to Images Arizona for the article in the February 2020 Edition about our Carefree Restaurants.
Serving Up Gratitude
Restaurants Owe Survival to Community’s Loyalty and Support
Of all the businesses affected by the pandemic this past year, restaurants have been left with the greatest challenges in adapting to the ever-changing world in which we now find ourselves.
At the beginning of 2020, Carefree restaurants were full-swing into another great first quarter. Things looked optimistic for a busy high-season as owners continued with their plans for a successful year. Parties were booked, reservations were made and the phones kept ringing.
Everything changed on March 17, 2020. That day, members of Carefree Restaurant Association took the initiative to close their in-house dining as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of Arizona. Within days, an executive order from Arizona’s governor formally locked down all in-house dining across the state and customers were advised to stay home.
With the mandatory closures, restaurant owners were left with the unprecedented challenge of figuring out how to operate a dining establishment in the midst of a pandemic. At first glance, it appeared to be an insurmountable task. However, our restaurant community has resilient, imaginative and innovative professionals who over the past year have proven that they were up to the challenge.
From offering groceries and essential items (including that elusive toilet paper); making crockpot dinners to-go and hosting tailgate parties in Raven’s View Wine Bar’s parking lot; enjoying drive-in breakfasts complete with roller-skating servers at Black Mountain Café; and partnering with delivery services to bring food directly to customers, everyone found a creative way to survive.
And Carefree’s family-owned restaurants have survived — a remarkable feat given that, according to the National Restaurant Association, more than 110,000 restaurants (or about 17% of the country’s total restaurants) have closed either permanently or long-term during the pandemic.
Our restaurants now offer new services they probably would never have considered before.
Curbside service became the new norm for many, as customers ordered and paid for meals ahead of time then pulled up to a designated parking space and waited in the safety of their own car while food was delivered to them. The town of Carefree was particularly helpful in spreading the word about curbside service throughout the community, printing custom signage for each restaurant to reserve designated parking spots for guests.
“We were seeing the effects of the Canadian border closure and really missing our Canadian customers,” says Alberto Liani, owner of Alberto Ristorante. “But, at the same time, our take-out business was up 60% as our locals found new ways to support us.”
One restaurateur even courageously debuted a brand-new dining establishment as Pomodoro — the sister restaurant to Pizzicata in Spanish Village — opened its doors in Cave Creek during the pandemic.
Nonetheless, 2020 was an emotional rollercoaster. Restaurant owners had to become medical technicians (taking temperatures), face mask enforcers and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts alongside ever-changing day-to-day responsibilities — which included being the busser, the server, the bartender, the barista, the line cook and the dishwasher.
Everyone needed to be flexible in order to keep their doors open.
Reductions in manpower, services and allowed capacity in dining rooms had a direct impact on staff, too. Paul Keeler of Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse recalls the kindness and generosity of guests during the worst months of last year.
“One customer left a $400 gratuity for staff on a check for $25,” he says. “Another ‘paid it forward’ and, on two separate occasions during our happy hour, bought drinks for all seated at our ‘socially distanced’ bar. This then continued throughout the evening with random acts of kindness as guests bought drinks for others.”
There were brighter days amongst the gloom. Adele Giordano of Giordano’s Trattoria Romana recalls a moment in the fall during which a young couple who had come to the restaurant for their first date came back for dinner during the pandemic.
“At one point in the evening, the man got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend,” Giordano says. “The entire restaurant was clapping and cheering as the couple danced to our music. It was very emotional.”
Carefree’s restaurant owners all agree on one thing — it is the continued loyalty and support from customers that has lifted up spirits and kept restaurants going throughout the pandemic. The businesses have risen to the challenge but it is the community that has given them the confidence and commitment to continue through adversity.
At the English Rose Tea Room, phone calls came daily during the lockdown from customers who were just wanting to check in and make sure everyone was doing OK and promising to return as soon as dine-in service was allowed.
Catherine Marr, owner of Venues Café, says some customers now come by three times a week just to dine on her newly extended outdoor patio where they feel “comfortable and safe.”
Despite the challenges, a number of restaurateurs even participated in the Carefree Restaurant Week last fall, during which special menus were prepared for two-course lunches and three- or four-course dinners. These options were made available for both curbside pick-up and in-house dining.
Unlike the early days of April when it was rare to know someone with COVID-19, many people now unfortunately know first-hand the impact of the virus on their friends, family members or work colleagues.
So it is with hope and optimism that we look forward to 2021.
A new year brings another new restaurant to Carefree. Athens on Easy Street — a Greek-inspired restaurant owned and operated by Augie Athenson and his family — offers the community a menu that includes typical Greek fare such as spanakopita, moussaka, souvlaki and of course gyros.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, Carefree Restaurant Week slated for the spring and a new Art and Foodie Stampede event in April, there is no better time to discover the culinary delights of your own neighborhood.
On behalf of everyone at Carefree Restaurant Association, thank you for your continued patronage. We look forward to serving you in the future.