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.
That's the motto at Beaver Street Brewery in Flagstaff, where the Hanseth family gives customers what they want: big burgers and homemade beer.
By Kelly Kramer
Winnie Hanseth doesn't mince words when it comes to burgers. In fact, she sees things as being pretty much cut-and-dried. "Our Lumberjack burger is just a really big burger," Hanseth says. "And people like big burgers." [more]
Northern Arizona is a mecca for family farms and ranches. And so, Northern Arizona restaurants are turning to those farms and ranches to add the freshest produce, poultry and beef to their menus. Brix, located in the historic Carriage House in Flagstaff, is no exception. With a dinner menu that features such selections as braised Fox Fire Farm lamb shank, grilled Cedar River Farms rib-eye, a variety of artisan cheeses and a wine list that rivals any big-city eatery, Brix is to Flagstaff what a place like Lon's is to Paradise Valley: the go-to spot for a delicious meal in an intimate, relaxing setting.
Brix is located at 413 N. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff. Information: 928--213-1021 or www.brixflagstaff.com.
Cliff Dwellers Restaurant is located along State Route 89A in Marble Canyon, 9 miles west of Navajo Bridge. For more information, call 800-962-9755 or visit cliffdwellerslodge.com.
Although it's located in the middle of nowhere, the food at Cliff Dwellers Restaurant is out of this world.
By Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
Situated along a quiet stretch of State Route 89A beneath the rugged Vermilion Cliffs of Northern Arizona, the Cliff Dwellers Restaurant is 50 miles away from any semblance of a town. Despite its wildly remote location, "The Cliff is a Venus flytrap," says chef Marnie Bellows. "People stop in to have an iced tea, and end up staying here for two days." [more]
If a trip to Glen Canyon Dam is on your to-do list, prepare with a visit to the Dam Bar & Grille in Page. Here, a 30-foot etched-glass wall and a scaled-down version of the dam will wet your whistle until you can witness the real thing. So, too, will the Grille's selection of pastas, salads, sandwiches and steaks. The menu features standard bar fare as well as items for more sophisticated palates. Try the surf 'n' turf, a combination of bacon-wrapped filet mignon and snow crab legs, or the slow-roasted half-chicken in balsamic glaze.
Built from native stone and Oregon pine, El Tovar Dining Room at the El Tovar Hotel on the Grand Canyon's South Rim is one of the state's most famously historic restaurants. Although the dress code is casual, dining at El Tovar is often a more elegant experience than dining at a five-star eatery, primarily because several tables look directly out across the Canyon itself. That might explain why reservations are recommended as much as six months in advance. Well, that and a menu including dishes like wild Alaska salmon tostadas, natural lamb chops with roasted portobello demi-glace, and mesquite-smoked natural pork chops with Pinot Noir glaze.
El Tovar is located at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Information: 928-638-2631, ext. 6432 or www.grandcanyonlodges.com.
Fiesta Mexicana Family
Customers who visit this pretty, papaya-colored restaurant cluttered with crafts from Mexico often want to buy what they see, but the only items for sale are the terrific margaritas (watch out for The Baby-Maker) and generously portioned, made-from-scratch Mexican specialties. The Flaming Fiesta Combo — a sizzling Tex-Mex assemblage of carne asada, pollo asada and shrimp, brought to the table in flames — is a showstopper, but don't miss more authentic selections such as steak Tampiqueña (topped with grilled shrimp, onions, peppers and cheese) or mojarra rellena (tilapia smothered in seafood sauce).
Fiesta Mexicana is located at125 S. Lake Powell Boulevard, Page. Information: 928-645-4082.
Ensconced in a Craftsman bungalow built in 1911, this Modern American bistro is charming and homey, boasting two cozy fireplaces, a relaxing garden and a wide porch for outdoor dining. Chef Tony Cosentino and his sister, Jill (who named the restaurant for their late mother), change their globe-hopping menu to reflect the seasons. Selections might include a fried green tomato and turkey sandwich, baklava-baked Brie with peach-fig chutney or cider-brined pork loin with poblano-cheddar polenta. The wine list has received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, while the restaurant has earned three diamonds from AAA. Josephine would surely be proud.
Fine dining isn't running rampant in Williams, but a popular new place on Route 66 is a step in the right direction.
By Robert Stieve
Broiled salmon filet basted with basil-butter and served with cranberry-pine-nut couscous … that's the kind of thing you expect to find in Phoenix or Scottsdale, not in Williams, Arizona. Not only that, the unexpected entrée is served on a white tablecloth — or beige, as it were. [more]
The Turquoise Room at La Posada Hotel and Gardens has its origins in a railroad car. In 1935, Mary Jane Colter designed the private dining car for the Super Chief, a train that ran from Chicago to L.A. She dubbed the dining car The Turquoise Room, and the modern version of the restaurant, opened in 2000, replicated many of the original accents — green brocade booths and leather-and-wood chairs, to name a few. Just as elegant is The Turquoise Room's menu. It features a variety of entrees that incorporate fresh ingredients flown in from as far away as Ninilchik, Alaska, as well as plenty of homegrown items, among them piki bread made by local Hopi women.
The Turquoise Room at La Posada is located at 303 E. Second Street, Winslow. Information: 928-289-2888 or www.theturquoiseroom.net.
Located on the Mother Road, this spotlessly clean, sweetly nostalgic time warp — a black and white-floored soda fountain, furnished with shiny red booths and lots of Coca-Cola memorabilia — is a yummy blast from the past for Boomers. But you don't have to be old enough to remember Chubby Checker to appreciate the excellent burgers, fries, onion rings, malts, shakes, ice cream sodas and banana splits served here. The adjacent Route 66-inspired gift shop is a kick, too.
Twisters is located at 417 E. Route 66, Williams. Information: 928-635-0266 or www.route66place.com.