Downtown Tempe’s newest go-to elevated dining destination, Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits announced the launch of new boozy brunch, lunch, and dinner menus curated by newly-appointed Executive Chef Mario Ventura, the first expansion for the restaurant since its debut last fall.
Located on the ground floor of The Westin Tempe at the corner of 7th Street and Mill Avenue, Terra Tempe brings a sophisticated, yet approachable dining experience to the neighborhood with a menu of Modern-American cuisine that cleverly combines bold, rustic flavors with locally sourced ingredients to offer an authentic reflection of the Southwest’s history.
Weekend brunch is offered from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. A few standouts from the menu include the Lemon Ricotta Griddle Cake ($14) with freshly whipped vanilla Chantilly cream, macerated berries, and dusted with snow sugar; Grilled Steak Sandwich ($21), a marinated flat iron steak served on a toasted ciabatta bun and blanketed with melted gruyere, crispy onions, nopales relish, roasted tomato aioli with the choice of a side salad or thick cut fries; Chilaquiles Rojos ($16) with the choice of two eggs any style, topped with ranchero sauce, cotija cheese, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro and finished with a side of breakfast potatoes; and Sun-Dried Tomato Tortilla Espanola ($14) with house-made chili tomato sauce, spinach, feta cheese, and sliced potato.
A selection of new libations that range from sweet and spicy to shareable compliment the brunch menu, including the Senorita Picante ($12), Terra Tempe’s fiery spin on a build-your-own Bloody Mary with Hanson’s Habanero Vodka, and the option to add bacon, shrimp or cream cheese stuffed jalapeno; Gotta Have It ($14) with Roku Gin, Luxardo Liqueur, St. Germain and lime; and The Rum Brunch ($24), a shareable cocktail for 2-4 guests crafted with Rum Haven Rum, pineapple, coconut milk, hibiscus, and black rum.
“Is brunch truly brunch without a bevy of handcrafted beverages alongside a slew of classic dishes with a unique twist?” said Chef Ventura. “Our first brunch menu is true to the Southwest essence of Terra Tempe while also checking all the boxes of what weekend warriors are looking for in the ultimate brunch experience in the heart of the city.”
On the new summer dinner menu, guests can expect to see an array of dishes that utilize seasonal vegetables, and seafood and put Terra Tempe’s signature pizza ovens front and center for an interactive dining experience. Favorites include the New Zealand Mussels ($18), green-tipped mussels served with aji Amarillo broth, Schreiner’s chorizo, pickled onions, cilantro, and a freshly-toasted rustic loaf; Gambas a La Plancha ($18), spicy marinated prawns with spiced white bean puree, cucumber and garnished with pickled onions; Bacon Wrapped Bison Meatloaf ($28) served with whipped herb potato, grilled asparagus, and cherry BBQ sauce; and Vegetable Wellington ($24) with roasted peppers, summer squash, caramelized onions, forage mushrooms, asparagus, Boursin cheese, roasted tomato and drizzled with a vegetable demi.
Additionally, Chef Ventura has debuted a new lunch menu featuring 10 new dishes that include a variety of handhelds and light options such as the Grilled Peach Wedge ($14), a baby iceberg lettuce served with watermelon radish, heirloom tomato, Nueske bacon, and peppercorn feta dressing; Duck Carnitas Nachos ($15) with confit duck, chorizo fundido cheese sauce, cilantro, crema, jicama-pico de gallo, guacamole and house pickled jalapenos; and the A to Z Chicken Club ($16) with pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, Bibb lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, chipotle aioli atop sourdough.
For more information about Terra Tempe or to book a reservation, please visit TerraTempe.com.
About The Westin Tempe
As the newest hotel to debut in Tempe, Ariz., The Westin Tempe is a sophisticated destination that offers a distinct, premium guest experience incorporated into every aspect of the hotel’s design, services and amenities. Centrally located in the city’s downtown district, the contemporary hotel blends Tempe’s vibrant atmosphere and unique local culture with the brand’s Wellness at Westin pillars of well-being and numerous biophilic elements throughout its 18 stories, 290 spacious guest rooms and suites, and approximately 21,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. The hotel also features a signature restaurant Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits, offering cuisine that evokes a fresh spirit of the Southwest through the use of local, seasonal ingredients and flavors; the chic Skysill Rooftop Lounge, the Valley’s highest open-air rooftop bar, and lounge on the 18th floor that boasts its own curated menu of shareable plates and craft cocktails with panoramic city and mountain views; and Cup of Joe Market Café, a friendly and relaxed quick-service café with grab-and-go options. As the latest addition to the city’s bustling corridor, The Westin Tempe is just steps from some of the area’s best shopping, dining, nightlife, and entertainment destinations, plus local landmarks like Tempe Town Lake, “A” Mountain (Hayden Butte), Mill Avenue District and Tempe Beach Park. To learn more, visit https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxwt-the-westin-tempe/.
About Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits
Located on the ground level of The Westin Tempe, Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits features healthy, Modern-American cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Mario Ventura. Cleverly combining bold, rustic flavors with locally sourced ingredients, Terra Tempe’s menu offers an authentic reflection of the Southwest’s rich history, while its innovative beverage program boasts local brews, an impressive wine list, and hand-crafted cocktails that blend native Arizona flavors with familiar favorite recipes. The restaurant and bar’s contemporary interiors afford a chic atmosphere that embodies the warm, inviting quality of the surrounding neighborhood while still maintaining a sense of intimacy, with subdued lighting throughout, an expansive exhibition kitchen, and sleek sculptural elements like a striking, copper “veil” suspended from the ceiling and a prominent liquor tower that acts as both a beacon and a gathering place. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Terra Tempe is situated in the heart of downtown Tempe, making it the ideal destination to enjoy an elevated dining experience in a comfortable setting before heading to ASU Gammage for a live performance or to Sun Devil Stadium to root for Arizona State University’s Sun Devils. For more information, visit TerraTempe.com.
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