Eight dishes out season 5 of award-winning series "Check, Please! Arizona" – Jan. 8

Good China’s Po Po Platter featured on season 5 of "Check, Please! Arizona."

PHOENIX – (Dec. 9, 2014) Eight, Arizona PBS invites all foodies, dining enthusiasts and more to spice up their lives with season 5 of three-time Emmy Award-winning series "Check, Please! Arizona," premiering Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

The fifth season of Eight’s highest-rated locally produced series features a deliciously diverse lineup of the Valley’s best dining destinations, from inspiring food and drinks to eclectic ethnic restaurants to happy-hour hotspots. The new season will expand the palate of viewers, presenting them with gourmet dishes from Jamaica, Japan, Greece and many more.

“Arizona offers exquisite cuisine and unique experiences inspired from around the world.  Our viewers crave the opportunity to tell others about their favorite places to dine,” says Suzanne Guery, coordinating producer at Eight. “The number and diversity of the restaurant nominations keeps broadening, leading us to discover some truly unusual dining gems in every corner of the Valley and elsewhere in the state in season 5.” Each restaurant featured on the show has been nominated by a local viewer who is not affiliated with the restaurant in any way. To be featured, a restaurant must be local to Arizona and independently owned, and have been in business for a minimum of three years.

Each week on "Check, Please! Arizona," Arizona food fans dine at and then review the three local restaurants they recommended to each other in a roundtable discussion with series host Robert McGrath, an internationally acclaimed James Beard Award-winning chef, whom Food & Wine magazine ranked among the “Ten Best Chefs in America.”  

"Check Please! Arizona" is a blast to be part of! While the show is aimed at our viewers, I must say that I love opening my culinary horizons to new experiences and the flavors in the Valley, as well as other destinations in Arizona,” says McGrath. “I learn of great new restaurants each season, and considering that I have been in the Valley for 25 years, it's fun to find some new culinary adventures each week, and each season. I'm here until the editing department's fingers fall off!"

Season five restaurants include:

  • Bavarian Point Restaurant
  • Downtown Chandler Steakhouse
  • SanTan Brewing Co.
  • Bella Luna Ristorante
  • Good China
  • Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub
  • Aloha Kitchen
  • Beaver Choice
  • Casa Ramos II
  • Christo’s Ristorante
  • The Stockyards Restaurant & 1889 Saloon
  • Timo Wine Bar
  • Avanti Restaurant
  • Keegan’s Grill
  • Tryst Cafe
  • Murphy’s Restaurant
  • Prescott Brewing Company
  • El Gato Azul
  • Tonto Bar & Grill
  • El Encanto Mexican Restaurant
  • Harold’s Cave Creek Corral
  • Restaurant Mexico
  • Old Town Sarajevo
  • Michelina’s Ristorante Costa Campagnia
  • O.H.S.O. Eatery + Brewery
  • Switch Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Giuseppe’s on 28th
  • Local Bistro
  • AZ 88 The Bar
  • Scott’s Generations Deli Restaurant
  • Hana Japanese Eatery
  • Greektown Restaurant
  • Rocket Burger and Subs
  • Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue
  • Tavern Grille Scottsdale
  • Tottie’s Asian Fusion
  • The Breadfruit & Rum Bar
  • Romeo’s Euro Café
  • Sassi

By the end of season five, more than 195 local restaurants in Arizona will have been featured on the show. Fans can nominate their favorite eatery for future episodes; view previous shows online; view an interactive map of restaurant locations; post reviews of restaurants featured on the show, and even obtain recipes at azpbs.org/checkplease.

An Eight original production made possible by BestDentalCareAZ.com, Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, Lawns By Les, LLC and Safeway. “Check, Please!” is a registered service mark of Check, Please! LLC.

Media Contact:  Colleen O’Donnell Pierce
(602) 496-0579
(602) 478-3867 (cell)
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