by: Editor on 3/9/2017
Have you had your fill of Southwestern, Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine? It’s time to “taste out” some incredible tropical dishes! Aloha Hawaiian BBQ Restaurant serves authentic as well as innovative dishes that will feel like you were whisked to the tropics. It’s a local secret gem with no online presence, but with a strong cult following, and you’re sure to be the next to get addicted.
Locals swear by the coconut shrimp and chicken katsu that achieves the perfect blend of crunchiness and tenderness. However, others come solely for the Boba Thai tea complete with eccentric flavors and unique, colorful fruity toppings. Their sticky rice goes above and beyond, proving to be the ultimate side dish.
An 808 Special
The Golden Goose American Grill might not sound like it has a surplus of tropical treasures, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s the go-to spot when you can’t decide between classic Americana comfort food and something a little more exotic.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, try the yucca frites with chipotle dipping sauce, firecracker shrimp skewer wrapped in a jalapeño bacon slice and served with sour cream, or the pecan-crusted trout. The dessert coffees never disappoint, like the Thin Mint or Burnt Almond that’s half decadent, half coffee-lovers dream come true.
by: Editor on 2/10/2017
Sedona is home to two seductive French restaurants, and reservations for Valentine’s Day can fill up quickly. If you’re looking to spark some romance during you stay, reserve a table at René at Tlaquepaque, an established venue for fine wines and French fare in an intimate environment. Open for lunch and dinner, and boasting an extensive wine menu, enjoy thinly sliced antelope with a trio of aioli or the sautéed brie garnished with fresh fruit to start.
Entrées include buffalo tenderloin with porcini butter, grilled to perfection. Center cut filet mignon pairs perfectly with the cabernet sauvignon. Roasted duck, seared scallops and tenderloin of antelope are also popular choices. For dessert, choose from artisanal cheese or a flambé of bananas foster and cherry jubilee.
Increase the Romance
There’s also the upscale, yet contemporary, American-French fusion destination of L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s where you’ll find fresh Alaskan halibut served with crab fried rice. Try the foie mousse with chocolate “bark” and cashews or the wagyu beef aged 30 days.
Dessert options include a raspberry cheesecake with dulce crisp, spiced pear frangipane and honey lavender galette. Many fall in love with the chamomile pavlova featuring meyer lemon, red berry and honeycomb.
by: Editor on 1/5/2017
It’s no secret that Sedona and Arizona overall touts some of the best Mexican fare in the country. However, if you’re craving something a little different but still full of spicy flavors, check out the Latin-inspired restaurant Mariposa. This upscale, intimate restaurant works for dates, family outings and group events. With a fabulous tapas and dessert menu along with regular lunch and dinner options, there’s something for everyone.
Try the gazpacho served with avocado, fried avocados with aioli, or the grilled Spanish octopus slathered in warm butter with a beans vinaigrette. Jumbo black tiger prawns and mussels baked in a tomato sauce are popular tapas picks, too. A pulled pork tostado is the perfect way to spice things up.
Bigger and Better
Hungry for entrees? An incredible selection of steaks like filet mignon to a French cut Australian rack of lamb are sure to satisfy. All steaks and cuts of meat are served with house chimichurri, or get the cold lobster tail with scallops and jumbo prawns.
Fire roasted chicken, steelhead salmon or the mashed potatoes with almonds are amazing choices. Try the grilled asparagus with truffle butter or Mom’s favorite potatoes au gratin with white cheddar. Ready to indulge?
by: Editor on 11/20/2016
It might not feel like crisp, autumnal Thanksgiving weather in Sedona, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the old fashioned way! Let a pro do the cooking and cleaning by heading to the Heartline Café for a full T-day feast served until 8:30 p.m. Just $40 per person gets you a turkey and all the trimmings, and if you call ahead for reservations, special dietary restrictions can often be adapted.
A local favorite is the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill which serves a late holiday feast until 10 p.m. They have lots of options with adult packages starting at $20. The chef whips up holiday favorites, some southwestern innovative treats, and the full bar menu features some holiday-themed cocktails that go perfectly with turkey, stuffing, potatoes and green bean casserole.
What a Meal!
Sound Bites Grill serves dinner ‘til 6 p.m. with live music from 3 – 6 to complement this epic meal. For just $39 per adult, it’s a tradition for many locals, so make your reservations early! Another option is the Golden Goose American Grill, dishing up favorites until 8 p.m. and offering an eclectic menu.
At the Schoolhouse Restaurant, a full bar, expansive menu and unique appetizers are on deck until 8 p.m. You can also opt for the famous three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe pick for just $30. No matter where you head for the big day, you’ll be treated like family.
by: Editor on 10/19/2016
From sushi to teriyaki, Sedona is home to a handful of Japanese restaurants—and they’re all battling it out to be crowned the best! You can try all three, and decide for yourself which dishes are the winners. At Takashi Japanese Restaurant, you’ll find classic dishes for dinner with lunch options on Tuesday and Friday. Try the gyoza pot stickers, yakitori broiled chicken or ikapon sliced squid for starters. Choose from steak, chicken or salmon for a teriyaki platter, or go with the teppan yaki with scallops, beef, chicken, steak or veggies.
Minami is popular for their long list of sushi rolls and laid back environment. Here, you can choose from the chef’s special concoctions, or stick with your classic and favorite rolls. Open for lunch and dinner every day, it’s popular with locals because of the selection, prices, and friendly service.
Hiro’s Sushi and Japanese Kitchen has a separate sushi menu as well as a traditional Japanese dish menu. Entrée options include the unagi bowl with barbequed eel, chirashi with freshly sliced tuna, salmon, albacore and more, as well as the sashimi combo with a variety of sliced seafood selections. You’ll also want to check out their drink menu for a selection of hot and cold sake, shochu, beer and wine.
From appetizers to dessert, and everything in between, Sedona does Japanese fare right, but only you can decide which restaurant suits your palate best. Available for dine-in or carry out, try them all!
by: Editor on 9/18/2016
The 8th annual Sedona Winefest kicks off September 24-25 where great food, music and, of course, wineries come together to celebrate the perfect glass of vino—and a weekend of fun! Tickets are available now, and securing them early is wise as this event can sell out. The 2016 Winefest is open from 11a.m. – 5p.m. both days at the Posse Grounds Park in the middle of Sedona. Local Arizona wineries are the headliners, along with food vendors highlighting some of the best and most innovative grub in the region.
Enjoy stunning views of the red rocks as you sip on the best wine of the year (and years past!). Tickets are on sale until September 23 at early bird prices of $25, and admission may be available at the door for $30. Saturday is the busiest of the festival, and door sales do temporarily close when the event is at capacity.
Every admission includes eight tasting tickets as well as a commemorative glass. You can purchase additional tastings, including a special 24-ticket bundle for just $20. Parking is plentiful and free, including a number of handicap accessible spots. This year is slated to be the biggest and best yet, hosted by Sedona Pines Resort, and with Verde Valley and Southern Arizona wineries pouring up specialty wines that you can’t get anywhere else.
Head to the Education Tent for a number of mini seminars from wine experts, and don’t forget to enter the raffle drawings throughout the day.