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44 May 16 - June 5, 2009
98 South returns with new menu, amenities
by Joan Westlake the natural flavors. The menu changes
Historic downtown Chandler once again welcomes frequently because we serve only what’s
98 South, a casual but upscale urban café that is now in season.”
under new ownership at 98 S. San Marcos Pl. Open Iacomacci points out that the fish dishes
about a month, there’s already a steady throng of sell out nearly every night because they
former and new local diners plus visitors attending are so fresh and well prepared. The chef’s
the area’s many events. seafood talents shine through in dishes like
A piano in the back of the house for live music, dark the Cioppino with tender clams, mussels
wood tables and a long bar are complemented by the and fish in a delicious saffron broth with a
soaring, antique stamped tin ceilings and tall windows touch of fire ($8). The fish sandwich on a
that look out onto the historic square. Sidewalk tables croissant has a lovely crust with the center
place patrons in the heart of the downtown scene. cooked to perfection.
Dave Auble, a partner in the new restaurant, says If you’ve watched a moment of “Top
response to the low-key reopening of the popular food Chef” then you know that meat derives
and nightlife spot has been very good. Word of mouth much of its flavor when cooked bone-in.
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is spreading the news that the tables are set, there’s This explains the taste appeal of the bone-
NEW MENU: Same name but different menu at 98 South in historic downtown
new cuisine, an inviting atmosphere and amenities in filet mignon and rib-eye steak dinners
such as the free limo-style service that transports ($29). Auble says the Illinois Duck Breast
The restaurant is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday
groups of up to eight people living within a 25-mile with sour cherry sauce ($25) is gaining its own fan
through Saturday and for Sunday Brunch from 8:30
radius of 98 South. club.
a.m. to 2 p.m.
The free shuttle is ideal for a romantic dinner, There’s also an array of creative salads and
See more of the menu and make reservations online
Girlfriend Nights Out or 98 South’s upcoming May 21 sandwiches ($8-$9) plus the hearty Nine Eight Burger
at, or call 480-814-9800.
Wine Dinner that features a wine pairing with each of on a Brioche Bun with thick apple bacon, Truffle Aioli
four courses. and traditional fixings ($10).
Reservations are required for the shuttle and Desserts include crème brûlée and some chocolate
Quik Bite
the wine dinner and recommended for Friday and confections. But for a real treat, share the four scoops
Saturday evenings, according to Adam Iacomacci, of homemade gelato ($8). Flavors vary but recent
98 South
front of the house manager and wine enthusiast. He samplings include Valrhona Chocolate, Blackberry
NW corner of Boston & San Marcos
describes the wine menu as “easy on the palate and Cabernet, Seville Blood Orange and Key Lime with 480-814-9800
pricing.” A glass of wine ranges from $7 to $12. He Graham Cracker.
adds that an additional reserve wine menu is nearly There’s an extensive martini menu and you can
ready to be unveiled. enjoy the $10 beverages for half price during Happy
“Chef Brian Ferguson creates an American cuisine Hour from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There
with French influences,” notes Auble. “He takes are also $3 appetizer selections and $5 glasses of house
the finest and freshest ingredients and brings out wine and $3 draft beers during these weekday specials.
Explore nature at EEC
Keep kids active while they learn about the wonders “Paper Party” teaches youths 8 to 13 how paper is “Walk in a Tropical Rainforest” teaches students
of nature with a variety of courses and summer camps made and how to make their own recycled paper with ages 10 to 13 the importance of rainforests and how
available at the Environmental Education Center. several arts and crafts activities from 9 a.m. to noon to preserve them for future generations by exploring
Registration is required for all events listed. Mon., June 8 through Wed., June 10. Total fee is $48. many foods and medicines grown in the forests and
“Nature Notes for Little Folks” gives little ones “Kidzart: Squiggles to Grins” helps toddlers ages building arts and crafts projects from 9 a.m. to noon
2 to 6 years old a chance to experience nature’s 2 to 3 years old to explore the wonders of our planet Tue., June 23 through Fri., June 26. Cost is $58.
music symphony through songs, music and creative with art projects, storytelling, poetry and sing-alongs “Nature Photography Camp for Students” helps
movement from 9:15 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday, June 2 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays June 9 through 30. young photographers 6 to 18 years old take great
through 23. Total fee is $41. Cost is $51. pictures of nature with any camera and includes a
“Kidzart: Discover” teaches preschoolers how to “Naturally Crafty” gathers 6- to 12-year-olds for a classroom discussion and practice from 8:30 to 10:30
celebrate nature with art, watercolors, oil pastels and craft-making session each week that expresses the a.m. Mon., June 29 through Thu., July 2. Total fee is
more from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Mondays, June 8 through 29. beauty of the natural world from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, $38.
Cost is $64. June 11 through July 16. Fee is $57. The Environmental Education Center is located at
“Kidz Explore! (Ecosystems)” uses art projects to “Kidz Explore! (Sonoran Desert)” lets kids 6 to 12 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. in Chandler. Call 480-
help children ages 6 to 12 understand ecosystems years old discover the Sonoran Desert landscape, 782-2890 to register or visit
including oceans, deserts and tropical rainforests wildlife and people with art from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 veterans-oasis for more information.
from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mon., June 8, through p.m. Mon., June 15 through Thu., June 18. Total fee
Thu., June 11. Fee is $147. is $147.
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