by: Editor on 7/14/2016
It’s tough to narrow down the must-try Mexican restaurants in a city like Sedona where authentic, local favorites are constantly battling it out for who’s best. However, you can try—starting with the gourmet dishes at Elote Café where chef Jeff Smedstad has spent the past 15 years traveling and studying regional Mexican dishes. Guacamole with spicy almonds and fresh corn, duck flautas, lamb adobo, and a separate tequila menu make this a very special experience.
The Café Jose Restaurant is a local beloved chain offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chorizo and eggs, pollo con mole ranchero, diablo shrimp and Santa Fe ribeye style steak are just a few of the options at this casual joint. There are also giant tortas, like the Hawaiian, Mexican and Cuban offerings, that are sure to satisfy!
Sedona’s Top Picks
Oaxaca Restaurant features a special menu for tour groups, because they’re just that famous. Chorizo fundido, Oaxaca posole (which blends Mexican and Native American flavors), and the Blue Mesa trout are all popular. For dessert, you can’t miss the Chocolate Binge or Mexican Sundae.
At 89Agave Cantina, treat yourself to an upscale affair! They serve brunch, lunch, dinner, and a tequila menu. Famous for their grilled sweet corn, ceviche del mar and chicken tortilla soup, the only thing as mouthwatering as the menu is the stunning views.
by: Editor on 6/11/2016
No trip to the Wild West is complete without sampling Sedona’s greatest steakhouses. Begin your journey at the Golden Goose American Grill, available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they have a banquet hall for special events. Beyond delectable cuts, it’s their desserts that really put them on the map! Try the salted caramel crème brûlée parfait, chocolate lava cake or mini bistro bites.
At Sound Bites Grill, you’ll be treated to happy hour specials as well as late night bites, desserts and night caps that are the perfect end to another gorgeous day in Sedona. At dinner, try the rascal flatbread with tiger shrimp, applewood smoked bacon and more. Their Red Rock’n Chili is the perfect starter, but the 8 oz. Stevie Ray burger with an autographed guitar is only for the biggest of fans—it comes with a $35,000 price tag!
You won’t be without a paddle at Up the Creek Grill and Bar, known for their fine wine pairings and elegant atmosphere. Roasted cauliflower and golden beets are fantastic starters for their Page Springs burger with green chilies and chipotle sauce entrée. Medallions of venison, the “queen of steaks” via a 6 oz. filet mignon, and a 12 oz. ribeye are all favorites on their dinner menu.
Make the most of your Sedona getaway by checking out one, or all, of these top notch steakhouses!
by: Editor on 6/1/2016
Spending Father’s Day in Sedona is a great reason to really enjoy the outdoors, the local cuisine, and indulge yourself in everything this magical town has to offer. Book “A Day in the West,” an adventure from the oldest family touring company in the area. Choose from a Jeep tour, horseback rides ending with a BBQ cookout, winery outings and much more. Cowboy and Indian guides are always local and are happy to reveal Sedona’s best kept secrets.
See the famous red rocks from an entirely new perspective with a Red Rock Balloon Tour! If hot air balloons aren’t dad’s passion, there’s also an Aerial Nature Walk, offering sky high treks that will make you feel like you’re soaring. Natural wonders abound, around you and below you. Schedule a sunrise flight with champagne, breakfast and a complimentary video to really make the day special.
The Wild West is the perfect place to “steak” your claim with some of the best steakhouses in the country. Head to Relics Restaurant and Roadhouse, a popular banquet space and authentic estate perfect for the holiday. There’s also Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits for the dad who prefers a low-key outing.
Silver Saddle at the Cowboy Club, Rainbows End Steakhouse and Saloon, and Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill are also fantastic options. Book early!
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.