Sedona dining

REDS Restaurant in Sedona

REDS Restaurant at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa has a modern vibe that has made it a favorite locals’ hangout for years. If you live here, it’s practically a given that you’ll run into someone you…

Sedona’s Elote Cafe

Ever since Jeff Smedstad opened Elote Cafe in 2007, hungry devotees have been flocking to the restaurant. When the doors open at 5 p.m., there’s frequently a line outside (Elote doesn’t take reservations). What keeps the…

Cress on Oak Creek

There is no shortage of remarkable experiences to be had in Sedona, and dining at Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona has to be at the top of that list. First you have the…

Miley’s Cafe in Sedona

For a couple of years now, we’ve been receiving emails from readers touting the hidden gem that is Miley’s Cafe. We had been to Miley’s on several occasions for breakfast, which is served all day, but…

Dellepiane in Sedona

Any foodie can attest to the fact that the humble burger has been elevated in recent years from fast-food status to gourmet fare. No matter what type of burger aficionado you consider yourself, Dellepiane, the new…

Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria

In Italy, an osteria is a restaurant with a short and simple food menu and an extensive and sophisticated wine list. That’s basically what you’ll find at the new Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria, which…

Tlaquepaque North Block Parties

What’s summer without a block party? How about four of them? Tlaquepaque North will be hosting block parties every Saturday in June from 4 to 8 p.m. Each free event will feature live entertainment along with…

Local Juicery in Sedona

If you’ve already perused this month’s cover story, you know that we ate a lot – A LOT – of burgers this spring. To balance it with something healthy, we stopped by Local Juicery for breakfast…

Bun Appétit, Sedona

Butterfly Garden Inn The burgers at Butterfly Garden Inn in Oak Creek Canyon are easily one of Sedona’s best-kept secrets (until now, of course). Some people might not even realize that there’s a kitchen mixed in…

Bonne Idée, Sedona!

Mark your calendars, francophiles: On April 8, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village will host A Taste of Provence from 4-7 p.m. Listen to songs in French and English from three French bands; watch demonstrations by a…

Pump House Station Urban Eatery and Market

One of the most contemporary and comfortable eateries in Sedona right now is Pump House Station Urban Eatery and Market in Tlaquepaque North (its name comes from its next-door neighbor, a historic water-pumping station). The interior…

The Girls Next Door

Never underestimate the importance of a single act of kindness. It was the late ’90s, and Danielle DuBoise was sitting in front of Whitney Tingle in eighth-grade math at Big Park School in the Village of…

India Palace in Sedona

For those of you already familiar with the complex spices, varied textures and bold colors of Indian cuisine, rejoice that we have an Indian restaurant that offers up all your traditional favorites right here in Sedona….

J Wine Bistro in the Village of Oak Creek

There’s something about an open kitchen that gives a restaurant a modern vibe, almost as if you’re ignoring the “employees only” sign and peeking into the window of a secret world. Place an inviting bar in…

Hog Wild BBQ in Cottonwood

Right about now, as sacrilegious as it might sound, we’re sick of turkey and cranberry sauce. We want something with more of a kick and a crunch. That’s why we head to Hog Wild BBQ in…

Up The Creek in Page Springs

This probably comes as no surprise to regular readers, but I love wine. And one of my favorite wine lists in the Verde Valley is at Up The Creek, which, fittingly, is located just down the…

The Haunted Hamburger in Jerome

Where do you want to eat during the spookiest month of the year? The Haunted Hamburger in Jerome. Even after the restaurant received a facelift a couple of years ago, it still has an unsettling vibe,…

Sedona Restaurant: The Hudson

Like everyone else in this town, we love The Hudson. We love to grab a seat at the lively bar and sip on a Fig & Ginger Mule (Figenza vodka, ginger beer and lime) during happy…

Moscato in Camp Verde

Located inside the historic Montezuma Inn, a structure that was built in 1900 as the Joe Lane Saloon, Moscato Italian restaurant might be Camp Verde’s worst-kept secret. In January, executive chefs Salvatore Moscato, originally from Italy,…

Sedona’s Heroic Sandwiches

Garland’s Indian Gardens Cafe & Market Reuben, $10 We have a couple of Reuben connoisseurs on staff, which means we’ve tried just about every single Reuben to be had in Sedona. And we always come back…

Berry Divine Acai Bowls in Sedona

You’ve heard people touting the antioxidant benefits of acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries for years, but they haven’t always been easy to find. Meet the acai bowl, which became all the rage in places like L.A. in…

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

Whether you like it spicy or mild, with beans or without, there’s a chili to satisfy everyone’s taste buds during Rotary Club of Sedona’s 6th annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off happening May 7, 11 a.m. to…

Sedona Pizza Company

All you have to do is stroll by Sedona Pizza Company on a busy night, and the convivial vibe makes you want to dine with the cool kids. There’s the sidewalk patio dotted with red umbrellas…

Sedona’s Szechuan Chinese Restaurant

Lauded as the best Chinese food in Sedona for many years now (and the best sushi, in this writer’s opinion), Szechuan Chinese Restaurant received a slight makeover after its neighboring lounge, The Martini Bar, closed its…

Sedona Tapped

Dark Sky Brewing Company Tired of the same old, same old? That’s impossible at Dark Sky Brewing Company, northern Arizona’s newest craft brewery (May 2015). Nick Irvine, who co-owns the brewery with four other people including…

50’s & 60’s Graffiti Gold Show

If anyone has a golden voice, it’s Tom Tayback, disc jockey, owner of Sedona’s KAZM radio station and front man for the 50’s & 60’s Graffiti Gold Show With Tom Tayback and the Daddy O’s. Tom…

Eat Out in Sedona: 89Agave Cantina

Late this summer, Uptown’s Taos Cantina reopened as 89Agave Cantina under the helm of Executive Chef Mark May. Both the interior and exterior of the space received a facelift. The popular front patio (ideal for a…

Stuffed

Sage-roasted turkey and gravy and Val’s stuffing Wendy Lippman and Max Bacon Occupations: Wendy is the general manager and resident partner at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, and Max is an architect. Family status: Married with…

Sedona Fine Dining: Bella Vita Ristorante

Like a secret hideaway you stumble upon on your journey through the Tuscan countryside, Bella Vita Ristorante sits off the beaten path west of Sedona inside Sedona Pines Resort. Inside, the restaurant is divided into three…

Sedona Winefest

If, like a fine wine, events get better with age, then Sedona Winefest’s heyday is now. The seventh annual event returns Sept. 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the location has changed….

A Taste of Marrakech

Any foodie will tell you that sometimes the tastiest morsels can be had in the most discreet locations. That’s the case with A Taste of Marrakech, which opened its doors in March. Tucked into a Village…

Sedona Veg Out

Bella Vita Ristorante Pappardelle Funghi, $17.95 Executive Chef Andrea Di Luca’s cozy new eatery, Bella Vita Ristorante, specializes in Italian cuisine including the most decadent, melt-in-your-mouth, homemade pasta. The Pappardelle Funghi is our favorite. Delicate, flat…

Sedona Fine Dining: Storytellers

When you walk through the glass doors of Storytellers, Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s signature restaurant, you leave the sounds of ringing slot machines and the casino floor behind. The restaurant is a tranquil oasis designed to…

Eat Out in Sedona: Schoolhouse Restaurant

Schoolhouse Restaurant in Cottonwood has been one of our favorite local eateries since it opened its doors in 2013, so we danced for joy when owner and Executive Chef Chris Dobrowolski opened a Village of Oak…

Sedona Singer Adalia Tara

If you’ve lived in Sedona for very long, you know this town has a way of embracing some newcomers while giving others the boot. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist Adalia Tara falls into the former category….

Sedona Restaurant: Avano Bistro

Executive Chef Joseph Wickham’s menu at Avano Bistro was clearly designed to please many different palates, from the adventurous (with the chorizo-stuffed dates) to the classic (with the margherita pizza). The bread, pasta, desserts, pizza crust…

Sedona Restaurant: Hideaway House

It’s not an understatement to say that more than a few people shed a tear when The Hideaway restaurant, a Sedona institution, shut its doors earlier this year. Lucky for us, the space received a major…

Sound Bites Grill

Sound Bites is Sedona’s answer to the Hard Rock Café, with huge photos of musicians and autographed guitars lining the walls (there’s even a gift shop). A large projector screen shows movies and concerts in the…

L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek

There’s no restaurant location in all of Sedona – maybe even Arizona – that compares with L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek. Though the indoor dining room is elegant, sitting creek-side is an experience to write home…

The Best Hot Dogs in Sedona

Every dog has its day, and for northern Arizona, that day has come. When you’re in the mood for a hot dog – whether it’s a basic wiener with mustard or more exotic toppings (think seaweed…

The Table at Junipine

Eight miles north of Sedona, in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon, you’ll find Junipine, luxurious creek-side houses that have been welcoming visitors for more than 25 years. Junipine’s cafe recently went through some updates, including…

Sedona Winefest

If you love wine, especially Arizona wine, there’s no better place to be Sept. 27 and 28 than the 6th annual Sedona Winefest. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2,500 wine lovers will…

Behind the Cellar Door

Thinking about building a new home or remodeling your current abode? Media rooms are passe – it’s all about the custom wine cellar. Peek inside three unique cellars and find out what local wine collectors are…

Mesa Grill at the Sedona Airport

Earlier this year, private pilots voted Mesa Grill at the Sedona Airport the $100 Hamburger – Best of the Best Award. “$100 hamburger” is pilot speak for the habit of hopping aboard an airplane and flying…

Red Rock BBQ

Summer officially begins June 21, but everyone knows barbecue season started Memorial Day weekend. When you want to give your grill a rest, but you still have a hankering for tasty barbecue, head to Red Rock…

The Schoolhouse Restaurant

Chef Christopher Dobrowolski and his wife, Laura Fayette-Dobrowolski, opened The SchoolHouse Restaurant in Cottonwood in March 2013, and Arizonans statewide haven’t stopped buzzing about it. Located inside the Verde Valley’s first grade school (1878 to 1917),…

Tea Light Café

Tucked in a corner at the back of Hillside Sedona sits Tea Light Café, which opened its doors in November. The small eatery boasts a bright and casual indoor dining area, a patio with seats next…

Mesa Grill at the Sedona Airport

There’s one common complaint we hear about Sedona restaurants, and it has nothing to do with the food. Diners seeking a great view along with a fabulous meal have limited options; which explains why every time…

Javelina Cantina

When we first moved to Sedona, we were obsessed with seeing the elusive javelina, a wild peccary that resembles a boar. Instead, we had to content ourselves with frequent visits to Javelina Cantina in Hillside Sedona…