About This Guide
These listings are a selective, rotating guide to area restaurants. The summaries reflect independent judgments; no fees were paid for inclusion. Price ranges, necessarily somewhat subjective, are: Inexpensive = $ or $10, Moderate = $$ or $11-20, Expensive = $$$ or $20-30, Very Expensive = $$$$ or $30 or up.
The Asylum Restaurant (American/Southwestern)
Although this restaurant is a short drive from Sedona, The Asylum is such a special restaurant that we had to include it in this restaurant guide. Tucked inside the spooky Jerome Grand Hotel (built in 1926 as the United Verde Hospital), The Asylum Restaurant is more than just a spot to enjoy lunch or dinner – it’s an experience. Start with The Asylum’s sophisticated and award-winning wine list or browse the cheeky cocktail menu. The dinner menu features fish, pork, steaks and pastas with a decidedly Southwestern flair. We ordered the Char-Broiled Boneless Rib Eye Steak and Sonoran Spiced Chicken as our main courses. The 12-ounce steak one was one of the best we’ve ever had and was set on tomatillo salsa and horseradish sour cream sauce and served with steamed veggies, fried leeks and choice of fries or mashers. As for the chicken, it arrived swimming in a cilantro, onions and chili-pepper cream sauce on top of organic brown rice. Both entrées arrived covered in silver domes, which our server removed with a flourish. When was the last time you experienced that at a restaurant? Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., for lunch and dinner. • 200 Hill St. at the Jerome Grand Hotel in Jerome (928-639-3197) ($$ TO $$$)
The Clinkscale Hotel, Bar + Grill (American/French)
For a restaurant that’s housed in a historic hotel that was built in 1899, The Clinkscale Hotel, Bar + Grill, feels decidedly modern. On the ground floor of this six-room hotel, you’ll find a restaurant featuring hardwood floors, leather and steel accents and exposed brick. On the menu, diners can order modern American cuisine. Shared plates include Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, Truffle Fries and Elote. Enjoy hearty sandwiches like the Double Stack Flat Top Seared Bacon Cheeseburger, Fish Tacos or Clinkscale Club that’s served with roasted turkey, red chile glazed bacon, ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and basil aioli that’s in between two slices of grilled sourdough bread. Cap off your meal with the decadent warm beignets served with vanilla bean custard and chocolate ganache. Chef-driven cocktails are of some note. We’re big fans of the just-sweet-enough Arizona Mojito that’s made with white rum, fresh lime, mint and prickly pear syrup. Open 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for lunch and dinner. • 309 Main Street in Jerome (928-634-6225) ($$ TO $$$)
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