by: Editor on 5/15/2016
Sedona may be famous for authentic southwestern Mexican cuisine, but don’t overlook the Greek system in Sedona! There’s plenty of Greek and Mediterranean options to whet your appetite, all of which are especially refreshing on those hot spring and summer days. Start at The Greek Café, a counter-serving deli that’s authentic and delicious. Healthy options are galore, and the high-end olive oil makes a number of the dishes stand out.
Taverna is a favorite amongst locals, open daily with happy hour and reverse happy hour so you can wine and dine all night long. Try the mezze platter, Taverna fries, and fresh pita and pasta bowls. Everything from burgers to salads, pizza to desserts, including ciabatta bread pudding, is on hand here, so come hungry.
A Greek Affair
Pita Jungle is a fast, casual option with happy hour options and tapas galore. “Healthy food burgers,” oven-fired pizzas, homemade hummus, and innovative smoothies are top picks. There’s also a kids menu and featured specials constantly changing to keep you and your appetite guessing.
Still want more? Marino’s Corner Bistro with hand battered zucchini fries, fried calamari, Greek nachos, and sampler plates are sure to satisfy. Pizzas, steaks, and entrées like the Gyro Plate are what keeps locals coming back for more.
by: Editor on 5/1/2016
Sedona is spilling over with pampering, spa and treatment centers offering Mother’s Day specials, but don’t forget about some of the best brunches the city has to offer. The Sedona Golf Resort is offering its annual Mother’s Day Special with an endless buffet and complimentary mimosas. Adult admission is $25, and children seven and under dine for free. Enjoy an omelet station, prime rib, bacon and turkey sausage, a chocolate fountain, and quiche Lorraine.
The Arizona Biltmore Afternoon Tea Party is an event worthy of all moms. Over 85 years of tradition is steeped here, dating back to the opening in 1929. You’ll find a selection of teas, scones and finger sandwiches, along with a great excuse to wear your most festive hat. Seatings are at noon and two throughout the week, including Sunday, and tickets start at $39.
Mom Gets More
At the aptly named Mama-Rama, the National Comedy Theater caters to Mother’s Day with audience participation. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the Saturday before the big day with shows at 7:30pm and 9:45pm. Tickets are just $12-14, and while you can sometimes score at the door, it’s best to reserve tickets in advance.
For those with moms who are no longer with us, the local Mother’s Day remembrance is a great way to celebrate the life and joy of a special woman in your life. Hospice of the Valley hosts this annual event and encourages attendees to bring mementos and photos of the mom(s) who have moved on.
by: Editor on 4/8/2016
Sedona is home to some of the best, most authentic Thai restaurants in Arizona. Check out Thai Spices Natural Restaurant, where a special veggie menu is available and Chef Pearl’s latest specialties are always featuring innovative dishes. The latest include Shitaki and Sea Vegetables, Thai Duck Curry, Fish Curry Fillet, and Three Herbs Vitality.
At Thai Palace Uptown, you’ll find Asian inspired cocktails to go with their lunch and dinner menu. Enjoy their Pad Prig King, Thai BBQ Chicken, or their super Spicy Noodles. For dessert, Golden Deep Fried Bananas with Honey, the Palace Banana Wrap or Coconut Ice Cream are all decadent choices.
Locals love Tara Thai Restaurant where specialties include Pra Rham, Steamed Fish, the Coconut Princess, and Thai Suki. Plus, this destination is part restaurant, part Thai massage parlor! Before dinner, pamper yourself with a Traditional Thai Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, or Reflexology treat.
Red Chopstick offers the Mandarin House Flaming Platter Combo, Shark Fin Soup, Spicy Honey Shrimp, and Golden Scallops. Separate beef, pork, chicken, and veggie menus are a must to hold this expansive selection. From curries and tofu dishes to battered fish fare, there’s truly something for everyone at this diverse diner.
by: Editor on 3/16/2016
Sedona has a thriving pizzeria community, from traditional pies to those with some authentic Mexican flare! Try Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen where you’ll find gluten-free appetizers and desserts. They pair perfectly with the Neapolitan and gourmet or veg pizzas like their Chicken Indian Curry, Rock Shrimp, Wild Mushroom and Spinach, or Fig Gorgonzola.
At Pisa Lisa you’ll find Pizza Rosso and Pizza Bianco, like the classic Margherita, Da Bambini, Justino, and the Passionista. This authentic Italian eatery also offers pasta, salads, and tapas. Pair a pie with the wine lover’s antipasta plate, flatbread, or slaw on the side.
A “Piece” of Paradise
Sedona Pizza Company offers classic pies like The Buttero with extra pepperoni, a Meatball pizza, Chicken Pesto pizza and the Napoli meats with plenty of sausage. Salads, soups, starters, and entrées are also on the menu. How about an eggplant stack, meatball sandwich or shrimp scampi to round out the feast?
Moondog’s Pizza is a local hangout where you’ll find a build-your–own-pizza option! The choices are limitless, or you can go with a favorite pie such as the Beefy Dog, Pizza bites, or the Veggie Delight. The “to die for” calzones are famous, so make sure you save room!
by: Editor on 1/7/2016
In Sedona, there’s no shortage of bars, pubs, taverns and lounges to check out, no matter what scene you’re into. Start at The Sundowner, a local favorite where the menu is expansive, the drinks are strong, and you’ll get that special Sedona hospitality like no other. The Olde Sedona Bar and Grill is a great place for dinner and late night drinks, famous for their amazing views and delicious chili. For a real taste of the southwest, it’s an absolute must and pairs perfectly with all their beers on tap.
Mariposa Steak and Seafood Grill is another top choice for dinner and drinks. However, if you want more of a quaint, pub feel, head to Mooney’s Irish Pub where darts, late night bites and ice cold brews await. The Cowboy Club is a steakhouse where you can also enjoy a fine cocktail or craft brew of your choice.
Talk about a Nightcap!
At the Open Range Bar and Tavern, you can enjoy southwestern fare with an impressive drinks list. Saltrock is a favorite local bar, open late and where many locals wind down. Check out Vino di Sedona for craft beer, fine local wines, and pub food that will make you feel right at home.
Most in Sedona like to pair their drinking with a great steak, whether it’s at Relics Restaurant & Roadhouse or the Oak Creek Brewery & Grill where the brewpub is upstairs for fantastic views.
by: Editor on 1/4/2016
Sedona does dessert right, with restaurants famous for their last courses and dessert-only shops popping up like cacti! Go to Sedona Cake Couture where cake is more than the best indulgence ever—it’s a lifestyle (and it looks good doing it!). Wildflower Bread Company is a laid back café and patisserie where you can satisfy your sweet tooth in more ways than you can imagine (pro tip: Make sure to pair it with one of their strong cups of java).
There’s a Coldstone Creamery in town if you’re in the mood for something chilly and familiar. At Sedona Memories Bakery Café, you can sit and indulge in every patisserie option imaginable. Judi’s Restaurant and Lounge is a classic Americana diner and surf and turf destination, but is also incredibly well known locally for their extensive dessert menu.
Last Thing First!
You’re on vacation, so make the most of it! Every day, a complimentary breakfast buffet is available to guests, including your favorite sweet eats like waffles, muffins, croissants and more. Alternatively, you can go to Sedona Sweet Arts and discover what local baking wizards have whipped up.
Zainey’s Frozen Yogurt is a great way to beat the AZ heat, and the ChocolaTree is a must for that cacao fix. Try Black Cow Café for a morning pick-me-up, or Oh My Ganache! for a once in a lifetime dessert with all the trimmings.