Our newest book, which includes Arizona Highways iconic photography and maps, is sorted by region and is written for car-campers and families. Detailed information about accessibilty, amenities and fees is included for each campground.
Show up in tennis shoes or a tux — It's all the same to Bob and Vicki Brickman, who label their friendly operation "casual fine dining." Factor in the NASCAR memorabilia and comprehensive wine list, and that sounds about right. An eclectic but ultimately American menu offers everything from coconut shrimp to chicken Marsala, the specialties being steak and seafood, including rainbow trout, Alaskan king crab legs and broiled lobster tail. Cozy up to the fireplace in cold weather; head for the patio come summer.
Brickman's is located at1450 E. White Mountain Boulevard, Pinetop. Information: 928-367-7400 or www.brickmansgrill.com.
Charlie Clark's is old — not in the Grand Canyon sense of the word, but old nonetheless. In fact, the two log cabins that currently house this steakhouse were built long before Prohibition. After the nation's liquor began flowing freely again in the early 1930s, Jake Renfro added on to the original structures and began operating his very own "Famous Log Cabin Café." Renfro sold the property to Charlie Clark in 1938, and ever since, hand-cut steaks, ribs and prime rib have become staples.
Charlie Clark's is located at 1701 E. White Mountain Boulevard, Pinetop. Information: 928-367-4900 or www.charlieclarks.com.
Arizona is known for its Sonoran-style Mexican food, and in that vein, this list would be incomplete without a couple of real Mexican restaurants. For more than 30 years, El Rancho has been plating some of the Southwest's finest fare — a fact that's been noted by the Payson Roundup, which consistently honors the restaurant as having the "best margarita in town" and as being the town's "best Mexican restaurant." And it's no wonder. El Rancho's menu is stocked with the requisite tacos, chimis and burritos, along with a fine sampling of signature fare, including a bowl of piping hot green chile stew.
Gerardo's Italian Bistro is located at 512 N. Beeline Highway in Payson. For more information, call 928-468-6500.
Gerardo's Italian Bistro
Zane Grey left Payson in a huff — probably because there weren't any authentic Italian restaurants. Well, now there is.
By Leah Duran
A placard that reads "Cucina Creativa Italiana" hangs on the wall of Gerardo's Italian Bistro in Payson. It's a testament to the innovative Italian dishes offered by Gerardo Moceri, the restaurant's owner and chef.
If you have an asbestos-plated palate and profuse head-sweating doesn't embarrass you, take your heat-seeking self to the original Los Dos, dishing out fiery New Mexico-style Mexican food since 1978. Decorated with cowboy hats and branding irons, this tidy operation is run by Antoinette Chavez (daughter of founder Victoria), who makes everything to her mother's specs, including signature adovada ribs, chile rellenos and blue- corn enchiladas smothered in red or green chile and topped with a fried egg. Save room for honey-dripped sopapillas, and come summer, ask for fruity house-made sangria.
Los Dos Molinos is located at 900 E. Main Street, Springerville. Information: 928-333-4846 or www.losdosmolinosaz.com.
Molly Butler began offering food and lodging to local ranchers, travelers (and probably outlaws) back in 1910, and the rustic restaurant that bears her name has been operating continuously for nearly 100 years. When the weather's nice, lunch and dinner are served on the deck overlooking Greer Meadow — where deer, bears and coyotes are often spotted. But this cozy little piece of White Mountains history caters to locals, too, just the way Molly did, keeping them happy with Hot Dang Chili, signature prime rib and Molly's special steak smothered in creamy Mormon gravy.
Randall House is located at 3821 Highway 87 in Pine. For more information, call 928-476-4077.
Built in 1881, Randall House serves homemade meals in a homey atmosphere that feels a lot like grandma's house.
By Keridwen Cornelius
In the early 1900s, George and Mary Ellen Randall's house was the place to go in Pine to socialize over a cup of coffee and indulge in homemade pastries. Fast-forward to today, and Randall House is the place to go in Pine to socialize over a cup of coffee and indulge in homemade pastries. [more]
There's something particularly rustic about life in the White Mountains, and it's a characteristic that translates well into the local cuisine. Take, for instance, Greer's Rendezvous Diner. Built in 1909, the quaint little restaurant, which has been in business for a little more than 30 years, is in one of the town's oldest buildings, and prides itself on down-home, homemade cooking. The simple menu features soups, sandwiches and a slew of just-like-mom-used-to-make desserts, along with chef-owner Pauline Merrill's famous sweet rolls, meatloaf, and biscuits and gravy.
Rendezvous Diner is located at 117 N. Main Street, Greer. Information: 928-735-7483.