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Italian Picks in Sedona

by: Editor on 10/2/2017


Sedona is well-known for authentic and fusion Mexican fare, but when only Italian will do the town has you covered, too. Dahl and Di Luca Ristorante is famous for their homemade pasta complete with a villa theme. The upscale, romantic restaurant features a baked polenta special appetizer, classic Bolognese, premium Black Angus filet and an eclectic desserts menu.

Try Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen for fire-grilled pizzas, fried calamari, the mozzarella caprese starter and coccoli (deep fried dough with red sea salt and imported cheeses). G’s Chef’s Board is an impressive charcuterie and cheese platter perfect for sharing—or pairing with one of the many featured wines.

A Taste of Italy

Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen is all organic and highlights local, seasonal ingredients. Farm-fresh and gluten-free all the way to their beer selection, you’ll want to try their quinoa bowls, pesto ravioli, carbonara and zucchini primavera. Desserts like a hot apple crisp, tiramisu and the ultimate brownie demand you save room for sweet endings.

At Cucina Rustica, you’ll choose from a romantic dining room, outdoor patio, and be lavished with grotto-inspired décor. Try the Killer Kale as a starter before moving on to the Capellini Pomodoro with angel hair pasta in signature marinara and topped with pesto. Which slice of Italy will you dig into first?

Sedona’s Top Hot Dogs

by: Editor on 5/7/2017


Most visitors to Sedona crave that authentic Mexican cuisine or one-of-a-kind Sonoran Mexican fusion … but what about hot dogs? Sometimes, you just need an all-American treat, especially when you’re on vacation. Luckily, Sedona is home to two famous hot dog shops, and locals are torn over which is the best. Try both, and decide for yourself!

At Senor Bob’s Hot Dogs, you already get a sense that there’s some fusion magic happening. The menu is simple with just six items: The hot dog, hot dog combo, cheeseburger, cheeseburger combo, fries and drinks. However, when you just serve six items, they all have to be fabulous.

American Classic

Walter’s Ice Cream and Hot Dogs is a true mid-century throwback full of nostalgia and tasty treats. With glowing online reviews, you’ll have a tough time choosing between the Walter Dog and the Bull Dog. One has onion, relish, pickle, sport peppers and mustard. The other has chili, cheese, onion, and jalapeño peppers.

They also have the German Dog with kraut and brown mustard, the Puppy Dog for kids, and the Mutt Dog lets you build your own. Don’t forget about the banana splits, root beer floats, brownie sundae and Thrifty’s ice cream. Chocolate Malt Crunch is a favorite.


Best Burgers in Sedona

by: Editor on 4/18/2017


As a staple of American comfort food, sometimes only a good burger will satiate your cravings. In Sedona, there are plenty to choose from! Check out the offerings at Outlaw Grille, where the award-winning baby back ribs are just part of what make the menu so enticing. All burgers are ½ pound and served with a choice of sweet potato fries, coleslaw, cottage cheese, red potato salad or regular house fries.

You’ll drool over their Gunslinger Burger with bacon, pepper jack cheese and fresh jalapeños. The Morning After Burger comes with a fried egg, bacon, cheddar and peppers. Try the Cowboy Up Burger with two patties, cheddar and swiss, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions and onion rings.

Hamburger Classics

The Cowboy Club Grille and Spirits is a steakhouse bedecked in cowboy swag and famous for their cactus fries. Those pair perfectly with the Club Burger featuring house-ground beef, fresh tomatoes, aged cheddar, lettuce and pickles. Try the Buffalo Burger with hand-pressed buffalo, onion-tomato jam, lettuce, pickles and bleu cheese.

At The Haunted Hamburger, you get Mexican-American fusion in an allegedly haunted establishment. Try the Ghostly Burger with mushrooms, bacon and cheddar or the Southwest Sourdough Burger with green chilies, grilled onions, guacamole and bacon, swiss, cheddar and mushrooms. No matter where you get your burger on in Sedona, you’re in for a real treat.


Hawaiian Grub in Sedona

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.


French Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

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.


Latin Fare in Sedona

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?