Eat out and get a starter

Pepperoni Pizza Bread from Genovese's Italian Restaurant

Photo by Jason Wheeler.

Pepperoni Pizza Bread from Genovese's Italian Restaurant

It’s the middle of March and the equinox is in just two days. Spring’s arriving and that means it’s time to get out of hibernation mode and go outside. Or in this case, get out of the house and get a bite to eat at one of Prescott’s many eateries.

However, rather than just getting an entrée and something with which to wash it down, have something before it. There are a lot of restaurants around the Prescott area and as such, there’s going to be at least one appetizer that sounds good.

Following are a few appetizers from some of those places:

If you’re leaving the cave for the first time in a season, then there’s the possibility that some lighter fare is what’s desired. If that’s the case, head to The Office Restaurant & Bar, 128 N. Cortez St., and get some Black Bean Cakes, crispy cakes of black beans, rice and chilis, topped with two cheese mix and served on a bed of red chili sauce with sour cream, $6.95.

Or, for a more sophisticated experience, head to El Gato Azul, 316 W. Goodwin St. This restaurant has feta Confetti Dip with feta, roasted red peppers, fresh herbs and garlic oil, $6.

On the other hand, a new season could mean going all out. If that’s the case, then the Hassayampa Inn’s Peacock Dining Room, 122 E. Gurley St., could be the place to go. Try the Shrimp Cocktail, five succulent white shrimp, served with a classic cocktail sauce, fresh avocado slices and assorted crackers, $15.

Or if Italian sounds like it’s going to hit the spot, head to Genovese’s Italian Restaurant, 217 W. Gurley St., and have the Pepperoni Pizza Bread, $4.95.

Maybe make going out really special – and head over to The Prescott Resort’s Icha Maajoh restaurant, 1500 Highway 69, and get the Angry Calamari, breaded in seasoned cornmeal with jalapeno rings, arugula and lemon aioli, $9.