© Mark Lipczynski
People from all over Arizona have made the drive to Romo's Restaurant, a Mexican-American eatery that was established in 1969 by Marylou and Esequiel "Sikie" Romo. Today, their daughter, Phyllis, owns Romo's, and she's proud to be the queen of the kitchen. "Over the door we have a little sign that reads, 'The queen doesn't cook,' but this queen does cook," she says.
How do you keep the menu fresh?
Everything is homemade and cooked fresh daily. We even clean our beans; not many restaurants do that anymore. We don't use canned beans.
What are the customer favorites?
Everybody loves our tacos and green chile. We use New Mexico Hatch green chiles. You have to try it — it's the best chile you'll probably ever eat in Northern Arizona. On Fridays, we do our specialty, which is pico de gallo salsa. A lot of people come in for that.
What makes your sopapillas so good?
They're kind of like a tortilla, except they're made in the deep fryer. You fry them and eat them with honey. The best way to eat them is hot, right when they come out.
How have you managed to stay in business for more than 40 years?
I think we're well known everywhere just by word of mouth. We have people who drive from Winslow, Show Low and Snowflake to eat here. I even have customers from California who come every year on their way to somewhere else.
Romo's Restaurant is located at 121 W. Hopi Drive in Holbrook. For more information, call 928-524-2153.
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