Sedona Restaurants

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.


West Sedona

Editor’s note: Given the rapidly changing situation involving COVID-19 or the coronavirus, please contact these restaurants directly to see if they’ll still open.

Adobe Grand Villas (American)

Dining at Adobe Grand Villas might be Sedona’s best-kept secret, though chef Michael Merilli, who has been in Sedona for more than 10 years, does have a devoted local following. If you’re staying at the luxury bed and breakfast, Michael can prepare dinner in your private villa. For the rest of us, reserve a table on the patio with its pool views and colorful potted plants. The restaurant is BYOB, and there’s no corkage fee. We started with a crispy potato cake crafted with leeks and bacon and garnished with rosemary. For the next course, we opted for the warm spinach salad that featured a house-made crouton, apple and a rich bacon dressing. For the main course, one of us had the pretzel-crusted salmon accented with Creole mustard and buerre blanc. It was every bit as good as that description sounds, showcasing perfectly cooked salmon accented with the carefully constructed textures of the grainy mustard and silky beurre blanc. Another of us had the asparagus and shrimp risotto. It was surprisingly light but full of vibrant flavor with a generous portion of shrimp. We also enjoyed the filet mignon. The beautifully seared filet was stuffed with a blend of roasted garlic, cream cheese and goat cheese. Open Thursday through Saturday, 5-7:30 p.m., for dinner by reservation only. • 35 Hozoni Drive in West Sedona (928-203-7616) ($$$$)

Bella Vita Ristorante (Italian)

The menu here focuses on homemade pasta, fresh seafood, meats and desserts made in house. Wanting to sample a bit of everything, we ordered the Rughetta salad. A nest of purple radicchio arrived filled with green arugula and aged pecorino and drizzled with lemon dressing. Next we had the Melanzane Rollate antipasti. It featured sautéed eggplant rolled with ricotta, marinara and pesto. Our choice of entrée was the Tutto Mare: sautéed prawns, deep-sea scallops, calamari, clams and mussels piled on top of freshly made pappardelle all in a tomato-herb broth. The Torta di Cioccolato dessert was too tempting to pass up, so we shared a slice of the flourless, bittersweet chocolate cake, which is served with strawberries, mint leaves and a side of whipped cream. Open daily, 4-9 p.m. (10 p.m., Friday and Saturday), for dinner. • 6701 AZ-89A at Sedona Pines Resort (928-282-4540) ($$ TO $$$$)

The Bistro (American)

If you’re dining at this comfortable and casual eatery for breakfast, expect traditional favorites along with breakfast sandwiches. The lunch and dinner menus feature salads, sandwiches, barbecue ribs and roast chicken. Open daily, 6:30-10 a.m., for breakfast; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for lunch; 5-10 p.m., for dinner. • 4105 W. AZ-89A at Courtyard by Marriott Sedona (928-325-0055) ($ TO $$$)

Casa Sedona Inn (Breakfast Only)

Admittedly, we don’t get out for breakfast all that often, but when we do, we like to make an event of it. Casa Sedona Inn, a secluded, boutique hotel in West Sedona, is our latest find. Executive Chef Eloy Garcia does a great job of combining start-your-day trends (Mayan Quiche with bruleed grapefruit) with classics (Eggs Benedict served three ways). To start, a basket of warm, homemade mini muffins were brought to our table – you can’t go wrong with that. We ordered the California Style Eggs Benedict and the Savory Ham & Cheese Belgian Waffle. The colorful benedict arrived topped with diced tomatoes, steamed spinach, chopped bacon, avocado and a tangy but not overpowering hollandaise sauce. That same sauce also covered the waffles, a filling dish featuring a golden waffle cut into quarters and topped with two poached eggs, ham, cheese, hollandaise, green onions and a dusting of chipotle spice. Open daily, 7-10 a.m., for breakfast. Reservations required (by phone or OpenTable) if you are not a guest of the Sedona Inn. • 55 Hozoni Drive (928-282-2938) ($$)

­Che Ah Chi (Modern/Native American)

Some of our most memorable Sedona dining experiences have taken place at Che Ah Chi, Enchantment Resort’s signature restaurant. Whether we were oohing and ahhing over the resort’s homemade granola and mesquite waffles while dining on the sun-drenched patio on a summer morning or toasting each other in front of the dining room’s floor-to-ceiling windows on a special occasion, each moment is one to be savored. Enjoy cocktails in View 180, Che Ah Chi’s adjacent lounge. At dinner, spend time perusing the resort’s nationally recognized wine list or ask your server to pair a bottle with your meal. The menu at Che Ah Chi pays homage to ingredients used by Native American tribes. The Grilled Buffalo Petit Tender is served with a summer succotash and herb coulis. The Pan Roasted Duck Breast is accompanied by a poached local duck egg and a blackberry and corn salad. And for vegetarians, inquire about the day’s homemade heirloom wheat pinole pasta. We haven’t met a chocolate dessert at Che Ah Chi that hasn’t made us swoon, so end your night with the Petit Chocolate Cake, which features a dark chocolate glaze, milk chocolate cake, chocolate chiffon and orange cream. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., for breakfast; 5:30 to 9:15 p.m., for dinner. • 525 Boynton Canyon Road at Enchantment Resort. (928-204-6000) ($$$$)

ChocolaTree Organic Oasis (Vegetarian)

Who isn’t focused on eating healthy nowadays? ChocolaTree satisfies your wholesome, organic, vegan, gluten-free cravings with dishes like the Mushroom Fantasy featuring sautéed mushrooms in a garlic-almond sauce served over wild rice. We also like the Mediterranean Wrap: veggie hummus, falafel pate, tomato, clover sprouts, cucumber and greens served in a crunchy wrap with creamy garlic-dill sauce on the side. When you’re finished, check out the market and the selection of raw chocolates, which are made on-site. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. • 1595 W. AZ-89A (928-282-2997) ($ TO $$)

Coffee Pot Restaurant and Gift Shop (American/Southwestern)

If you’re a breakfast lover, there’s no spot in town quite like the Coffee Pot, which has been giving Sedona mornings a jump-start since the 1950s. It’s all comfortingly familiar; what you might not expect is the inventiveness of the 101 omelets that are the Coffee Pot’s signature. We love the fluffy, veggie-rich Zucchini, Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato and Cheese Omelet, served with a choice of crispy hash browns (our pick), home fries, grits or cottage cheese, plus toast or a homemade biscuit. Patio dining is available. Open daily, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., for breakfast and lunch. • 2050 W. AZ-89A (928-282-6626) ($)

Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano (Italian)

One look at the lush interior – part intimate stone wine cellar, part luxurious rococo Italianate villa – and you’re in another world. We loved the seafood-rich Cioppino – fresh homemade fettuccini cooked al dente and awash in giant prawns, green-lipped New Zealand mussels, bay scallops and clams – and an intensely rich, beautifully presented Vitello Botticelli, with shrimp delicately arrayed over thinly sliced, perfectly sautéed veal with mushrooms, tantalizingly spiced with thyme, basil and garlic in Marsala sauce. Open daily, 5-10 p.m., for dinner. Reservations suggested. • 2321 W. SR 89A (928-282-5219) ($$ to $$$)

Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen (Italian)

You know you’ve struck foodie gold in Sedona when you walk into a restaurant and you recognize someone at nearly every table…on a Tuesday night. Chef Gerardo Moceri’s menu includes pizzas, calzones, gluten-free options and pastas. The decadent Lobster Mac and Cheese is served in a cast-iron pot and garnished with lobster in the shell and a curled slice of crisp pancetta. The dish is chock-full of chunks of lobster, penne pasta, Vermont cheddar and mozzarella. It’s topped with panko bread crumbs and finished off in a wood-fired oven, which makes the exterior crispy and the interior hot and gooey. In a word: scrumptious. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 3-9:30 p.m., for dinner. • 2675 AZ-89A in West Sedona. (928-862-4009) ($$)

Fiesta Mexicana (Mexican)

If you’re looking for traditional Mexican favorites like ginormous burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and chile rellenos, you’ve come to the right spot. There’s even a kids menu. Not a fan of Mexican food? There’s an avocado burger with your name on it. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., for lunch and dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 1950 W. AZ-89A in the Bashas’ Center (928-282-1631) ($ to $$)

The Golden Goose American Grill (American)

Located just off of Sedona’s main road, AZ-89A, local haunt The Golden Goose American Grill is worth seeking out for its stellar cuisine and welcoming atmosphere. The entire space exudes a cozy bistro-vibe. Think tea lights on every table. Colorful glass plates of all shapes and sizes on one wall in the dining room. We also love the intimate bar and dog-friendly patio of this spot. To start, your server will bring out fresh, warm bread wrapped in a white napkin – a classy touch. For appetizers, we just had to start with the Southwest classic, Yucca Fries. If you haven’t ordered these in a while, these cactus fries taste like thick, steak cut potato fries with just a hint of sweetness that’s tempered by the tangy chipotle dipping sauce. The Golden Goose is well-known for its steaks and seafood. But we opted for a hearty pasta dish for our entrée. The Santa Cruz pasta features chicken, shrimp and chorizo in garlic chipotle cream sauce served over a heaping bed of linguini. This protein-packed, flavorful dish was a perfect way to cap off a long day. Ambience here is another winning factor. Three nights a week, Rick Cyge supplies live music. When we ate here on a Tuesday evening, we heard him strumming on his acoustic guitar along to hits like Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One.” Service was attentive and personable. Our waitress asked us about why we were in town and offered some top food recommendations. To finish, our server brought out an impressive dessert tray showcasing all of the Golden Goose’s handmade sweets. We opted for a slice of decadent, layered chocolate mocha cake that we simply could not get enough of. Consider pairing your final course with one of four coffee cocktails – specialties here – like the Mexican Coffee, coffee, Kahlua, tequila and whipped cream. We’d return to eventually try them all. Open 11 a.m. until closing Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Open 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and on 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays for breakfast. • 2545 W. AZ-89A in West Sedona (928-282 1447) ($$ TO $$$$)

Heartline Café (Modern/Healthy)

Here’s the deal: You absolutely want to build your day – and your entrée choices – around the homemade Mocha Mousse Pie. The pie features a dark-chocolate cookie-crumb crust topped with espresso-chocolate mousse and garnished with a mint leaf, raspberries, blackberries, raspberry sauce and chocolate sauce. If we hadn’t been full from lunch, we would have undoubtedly ordered a second slice. Speaking of lunch, the menu at Heartline is refreshingly creative. If you like Italian meats, indulge in the Torta Rustica: capicola, ham, pepperoni, salami, provolone and olive tapenade baked inside a poppy-seed roll. Patio dining available. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for breakfast and lunch; 5-9:30 p.m., for dinner. Reservations suggested. • 1610 AZ-89A (928-282-0785) ($ to $$$$)

Hiro’s Sushi Bar & Japanese Kitchen (Sushi/Japanese)

Nestled in West Sedona you’ll find a quaint sushi restaurant offering a little something for everyone. Entrées include a sweet chicken teriyaki served over steamed white rice and sprinkled with sesame seeds. If you fancy a fresh bite from the sea, Hiro’s serves up a selection of sushi nigiri, sashimi and various specialty rolls. Our taste buds were pleased with two classic sushi options: a California roll and savory albacore tuna nigiri. For anyone who wants to try a little bit of everything, we suggest ordering one of the restaurant’s bento boxes. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for lunch. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 5-9 p.m., for dinner. • 1730 W. AZ-89A (928-282-8906) ($$ TO $$$$)

India Palace (Indian)

Right now, we’re all about the Chicken Tikka Masala entrée at this traditional Indian eatery. Chunks of boneless white meat chicken and red bell pepper are served swimming in an orange-red tomato and butter sauce. The sauce is smoky, the chicken is tender and it’s best ordered with a side of basmati rice. For vegetarians, we always recommend the Vegetarian Dinner, which includes small-ish portions of vegetable korma (squash, peas, carrots, green beans and cauliflower in an orange cream sauce), saag paneer (spinach cooked curry-style with homemade cheese and cream), dal maharani (a sort of lentil stew), raita (a cold, thin yogurt), basmati rice and naan, an Indian flatbread that is ideal for soaking up all the fragrant, flavorful sauces on your plate. (We won’t tell if you order a second basket.) Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for lunch, and 5-10 p.m., for dinner. • 1910 W. AZ-89A in the Bashas’ shopping center (928-204-2300) ($ TO $$)

Judi’s Restaurant & Lounge (American)

Judi’s Restaurant & Lounge has been one of Sedona’s most beloved local haunts for 30 years. And from the stellar cuisine to the warm (especially when the fire place is roaring) and welcoming environment, it’s easy to see why this storied spot has been in business for decades. The overall vibe is cozy. Hear locals chatting at the four-seat bar that serves as the centerpiece of the restaurant. Tables are close enough so you can hear your dining companion, but not so close that it feels too cramped. Your meal kicks off with fresh, soft and warm bread wrapped in a white cloth napkin served with a dollop of butter. Meals start with a choice of soup or salad. We opted for a fresh, texture-rich salad that our server topped with freshly ground pepper. Entrée salads here are of some note. Like the Greek Chicken Salad, a char-broiled chicken breast served over fresh salad, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini and Feta cheese. Steaks and surf options dominate the menu (try the near-legendary Baby Back Ribs), but we opted for one of the chicken dishes instead. The comforting Chicken Parmesan we chose was just what we needed after a long day. We loved the contrast of the light angel hair pasta, marinara sauce and moist, hearty chicken topped with warm, gooey mozzarella cheese. Desserts are another highlight. Made in house by and from scratch by co-owner Alice Simmons, it’s worth stopping by just for dessert. One of our favorites in town is the decadent Butter Brickle Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Pie. This generous-sized slice is topped with heaping dollops of whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Each tantalizing bite offered a rich, chocolate-dense filling that’s, sure to satisfy. This is one dish we’d order every time. And given this restaurant’s fantastic reputation, Judi’s is a place you’ll want to visit again and again. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., for lunch; 4-9 p.m., for dinner. Closed Sundays. • 40 Soldiers Pass Road in La Pasada Plaza. (928-282-4449) ($$ to $$$)

Los Rosales (Mexican)

Traditional Mexican dishes along with burgers, malts, shakes and smoothies are on the menu at Los Rosales. If you’re in the mood for soup, try La Campesina, which features poblano chiles, onions, corn and shredded chicken in a spicy, clear broth. The taco plates come with three tacos wrapped in flour or corn tortillas. Choose from steak, beef, slow-roasted pork, marinated pork or chorizo. Homemade salsa is served on the side. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., for lunch and dinner. • 1655 AZ-89A (928-862-4422) ($ to $$$)

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill (Latin)

Visually stunning from the dining room to the patio, Mariposa boasts a menu inspired by Executive Chef Lisa Dahl’s travels through Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Think steaks, veal, rack of lamb, lobster and shrimp paired with creative sides such as creamed-kale casserole with bacon and caramelized onions. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., for lunch and dinner. • 700 AZ-89A (928-862-4444) ($$ to $$$$)

Mesa Grill (Southwestern)

Grab a table next to the panoramic windows that look out over Sedona Airport and watch the planes come and go, or take a seat on the patio that boasts the same views. The menus at Mesa Grill focus on favorites like eggy scrambles, stacked sandwiches and thick burgers alongside fish, steak and pasta. During our lunch visit, we noshed on Executive Chef Mercer Mohr’s Turkey Panini Wrap, which features smoked turkey accented with Oaxaca and cream cheeses. Bacon, avocado, tomato and lettuce finished off the grilled wrap. The standout garnish was the dried cranberries that tempered the rich cheese and smoked turkey with just the right amount of tartness. We also enjoyed the Pulled Pork Sandwich, which showcases Carolina-style pulled pork topped with barbecue sauce. For dessert, we recommend the Coconut Key Lime Pie. This is a silky and solid rendition of the classic, crafted on a coconut-and-graham-cracker crust. It’s sweet and tart and everything a good KLP should be. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. • 1185 Airport Road (928-282-2400) ($ TO $$$$)

Nick’s on the West Side (Mexican)

This locals’ joint has a reputation for breakfast served all day, authentic Mexican dishes, cold beer and fair prices. Our recommendations include the Chili Cheese Rellenos served with red and green sauce, rice and black beans. The N.Y. Steak Sandwich is another favorite. Cooked to order, the sandwich is served with fries and coleslaw. Wash it all down with a glass of beer from Oak Creek Brewing Co. Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to close, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., for breakfast and lunch. • 2920 W. AZ-89A (928-204-2088) ($ to $$$)

Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar and Grill (Southwestern)

Olde Sedona’s menu includes southwestern specialties, steaks, ribs and fish. We stopped in for lunch and sampled the homemade chile rellenos smothered in a smoky enchilada sauce and stuffed with cheese, served with rice and beans. We also tried the crispy fish tacos in soft flour tortillas – both dishes were more than we could eat for lunch, but they hit the spot. The bar, out of view from the dining room, features live entertainment and dancing seven nights a week. There’s also rooftop and patio seating. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. (11 a.m., Saturday and Sunday), for lunch and dinner. • 1405 W. AZ-89A (928-282-5670) ($ to $$)

Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen (Italian)

Organic, gluten-free, whole-grain cuisine is the focus at this bustling eatery. The chopped kale salad with sliced almonds, dried cranberries and Parmesan is legendary among our friends, but if you’re in the mood for pizza we recommend the Hog & Truffle, featuring cherry-wood-smoked ham over olive oil, garlic and mozzarella, topped with truffle-oil-dressed arugula and French feta cheese. For vegetarians, the classic Puttanesca is topped with artichokes, feta, Kalamata olives, olive oil, tomato, garlic, basil and mozzarella. All pizzas are available on gluten-free original, gluten-free vegan, organic original or organic-whole-grain crust. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (10 p.m., Friday and Saturday), for lunch and dinner. • 1855 W. AZ-89A (928-282-4140) ($$)

Pisa Lisa (Italian)

It’s all about the wood-fired pizza at this casual joint. Start with the Tuscan Tomato Bisque soup and then share a Melanzane Parmigiana pie topped with the house-made sweet-and-spicy marinara sauce, provolone, mozzarella, ricotta, grilled eggplant, crushed red pepper and oregano. Not enough cheese? Don’t worry, it’s also topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. (noon, Sunday) to 9 p.m., for lunch and dinner. • 2245 W. AZ-89A (928-282-5472) ($$ to $$$)

REDS Restaurant (Southwestern)

REDS Restaurant has a modern vibe that has made it a locals favorite for years. The West Sedona spot has recently underwent a sweeping renovation to maintain that contemporary feeling. Located in West Sedona, REDS serves up traditional American comfort food with a Southwest twist – crafted out of local ingredients whenever possible. Like the Sedona Succotash flatbread, topped with elote, Nopales cactus, red and yellow peppers and red onion. Or the Grilled Salmon – one of our favorite dishes in town – topped with white wine citrus glaze, sautéed spinach and herb rice. REDS has a special focus on sustainability (the menu even features the hashtag #Sedonable). From biodegradable avocado straws and banana leaf plates served poolside to its live compost collection to help reduce its carbon footprint. To cap off your meal, REDS also serves a menu of handcrafted cocktails. Like the Cactus Mojito, house-infused jalapeno vodka mixed with the restaurant’s own spicy bloody Mary mix. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. • 2250 W. AZ-89A at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa (928-340-5321) ($ to $$$$)

­Relics Restaurant & Roadhouse at Historic Rainbows End (Steakhouse)

It’s true that the name Relics harks back to the past – the building is one of the more storied in Sedona history. It served as a private home, a general store and for scenes in the 1965 film The Rounders. It was also recently confirmed haunted by the Travel Channel. The cuisine, however, is very much of the here and now. One thing that never gets old is a satisfying Prime Rib, the pot o’ gold at this Rainbows End. Open daily, 5-9 p.m., for dinner. • 3235 W. AZ-89A (928-282-1593) ($$ to $$$$)

Seven Canyons Club Restaurant & Bar (Modern)

Dining at Seven Canyons Golf Club’s on-site restaurant means sitting in distressed leather chairs by the roaring fireplace (or fire pits if you dine outside) while you’re surrounded by red rock buttes and rolling green fairways. Besides the stellar views, you’ll also enjoy gasto-pub cuisine. The robust lunch menu includes Loaded Nachos, Baja Fish Tacos, sandwiches and a Straight Up Cheese Burger. The dinner menu features Smoked Corn Dip, salads and hearty entrees including the Garlic Truffle Burger and Filet Mignon. Open daily, from 8 to 11 a.m., for breakfast, and 11 a.m. to
4 p.m., for lunch. Open Thursday to Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m., for dinner. • 625 Golf Club Way at the Seven Canyons Golf Club (928-203-2001) ($$$)

­­­Steakhouse 89 (Steakhouse)

Steakhouse 89 sits at a landmark location in West Sedona. We encourage you not to miss it (as if you could) for a fine dining experience. As you might have guessed from the restaurant’s name, meat is the name of the game here. And this is a place where you’d return to get your meat fix. All of Steakhouse 89’s beef is USDA Prime. During our dinner, we enjoyed a perfectly cooked filet and prime rib and tender meatballs. We also thoroughly enjoyed vegetable and seafood dishes with modern twists. We savored the roasted Brussels sprouts with Brie cheese, pepitas and cranberries. Our party also loved the crispy-skin salmon seasoned with a citrus glaze and accompanied by succotash and sweet corn puree. One of the most surprising plates of our meal? A concentrated flavor-packed, palette-cleansing cherry sorbet that we’re still thinking about months later. Our meal concluded with one of the restaurant’s signature desserts, 89 Cheesecake. The day we dined here it was a lemon-flavored slice that was everything you could want: decadent, rich and an entree you’d order again. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch; 5-9 p.m. for dinner. On Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch; 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner. Happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily except Monday. • 2620 W. 89-A in West Sedona (928-204-2000) ($$ TO $$$$)

Szechuan Chinese Restaurant (Chinese)

Grab a seat at the bar and watch the sushi chefs create colorful works of art or take a seat in the dining room that features traditional Asian décor. The Instagrammable Black Dragon Roll features soft-shell crab, fried roe, avocado and cucumber, all topped with eel. If you like it hot, go with the Spicy Girl Roll. Tuna and avocado are topped with spicy salmon and hot sauce. The Summer Roll is chock full of crab, avocado and cucumber wrapped in salmon and topped with salmon eggs, onions and scallions. It’s served with a ponzu sauce. If you’re dining midday, don’t miss out on the lunch menu’s Chirashi, a bowl of perfectly steamed white rice topped with tuna, salmon, yellowtail sashimi and tamagoyaki (a type of Japanese omelette), and cooked shrimp, all topped with salty salmon eggs. If it’s Chinese that you’re craving, start with the Seaweed Egg Drop Soup and then move on to any moo shu entrée. (Our favorite is the chicken.) Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. (9:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday), for lunch and dinner. • 1350 W. AZ-89A in Old Marketplace (928-282-9288) ($ to $$$)

­­­The Sundowner (American)

It’s easy to drive right past The Sundowner without realizing it even exists – this place is a true locals’ watering hole. The menu is basic, inexpensive and tasty. Think burgers, fries, onion rings, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, fish tacos, hot pastrami, corndogs, salads and appetizers. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., for lunch and dinner. • 37 Navajo Road (928-282-1858) ($)

Tamaliza (Mexican)

Who says Mexican cuisine can’t be healthy? Tamaliza doesn’t cook with lard, the masa is made with organic, non-GMO corn flour and everything is handcrafted from scratch. (Check out the garden in front of their folksy cafe. That’s where some of the ingredients are grown.) We are big fans of the Tamale Supreme topped with guacamole, black beans, raw spinach, cheese, salsa and sour cream. Choose from vegan, vegetarian, pork, chicken and beef tamales. The chicken in mole sauce is also a hit. Wash it down with a Jarritos Mexican soda. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., for lunch and dinner. • 1155 W. AZ-89A (928-202-9056) ($ to $$)

Thai Spices Natural Restaurant (Thai)

This local favorite is always bustling with diners, even on weeknights. We started with soup: Tom Kah, an ingeniously delectable blend of spices, vegetables, lemon grass, cilantro and lime juice in a coconut-milk broth. Our main course was Thai Duck Curry. We happily feasted on the dish – moist duck pieces swimming in coconut curry with chunks of pineapple as a sweet counterpoint to the spicy garlic, lime, basil and onion. We had to taste the Thai iced tea. The strong, sugary tea was a perfect foil for the spicy food, and it satisfied our sweet tooth. Open Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for lunch; 5-9 p.m., for dinner. • 2611 W. AZ-89A (928-282-0599) ($)

Tii Gavo (Southwestern)

Dining at Enchantment Resort always feels like an occasion. Tii Gavo, the resort’s most casual restaurant, boasts 180-degree red rock vistas and an incredible terrace. Chef David Schmidt’s menu at Tii Gavo offers up soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads and entrées for lunch and dinner. We began our meal by sharing the Tii Gavo Margherita Flatbread. Next we shared the Smoked Free Range Chicken. The chicken arrives sizzling in a small skillet and resting atop creamy yellow corn grits (sublime), juicy pearl onions, colorful olives and queso cotija. All of Tii Gavo’s desserts are made in-house, and the Canyon Crunch Chocolate Torte is a favorite among the waitstaff. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., for lunch and dinner. • 525 Boynton Canyon at Enchantment Resort (928-282-2900) ($$ to $$$)

Tortas de Fuego (Mexican)

The handful of tables at this small Mexican joint fill up quickly with locals and visitors feasting on favorites such as burritos, enchiladas and crunchy tacos. But we head to the eatery for its namesake item: tortas, or Mexican sandwiches. There are no fewer than 20 to choose from, but our favorite is the spicy Torta de Fuego topped with pork, steak, ham, bell pepper, lettuce, grilled onions and a jalapeno mayonnaise. Wash it down with a Mexican Coke. Open daily, 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. • 1630 W. AZ-89A (928-282-0226) ($)


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