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Kelly's Broad Street Brewery

No one would be foolish enough to consider a J.C. Penney store a "hot spot." But that's not to say that bars and restaurants housed in former J.C. Penney stores can't be. That's the case with Kelly's Broad Street Brewery. Located, naturally, on Globe's historic Broad Street, which is home to buildings constructed in the early 20th century, Kelly's is a favorite among the locals. What's more, it serves up some pretty good food, albeit of the bar variety, and a handful of drink specials, along with a healthy helping of dancing and karaoke.

Kelly's is located at 190 N. Broad Street, Globe. Information: 928-425-0379.

L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek

Chances are plenty of pretty things come to mind when you're thinking about Sedona, like red rocks and sunsets and all of the other clichés. But L'Auberge Restaurant is just as pretty — not only because it sits on a prime piece of real estate on the banks of Oak Creek, but also because of its stunning menu. The chef keeps things interesting, mixing up the menu daily to reflect changing themes and changing seasons. It's a method that works, having garnered the restaurant a "Best of Award of Excellence" designation from Wine Spectator for 14 consecutive years.

L'auberge is located at 301 L'Auberge Lane, Sedona. Information: 928-282-1667 or www.lauberge.com/dining.

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The Kirkland Bar & Steakhouse is located at 8995 S. Iron Springs Road in Kirkland. For more information, call 928-442-3408.
Kirkland Bar & Steakhouse

Kirkland boasts a couple of houses, a set of railroad tracks, and a little place that serves great steaks and a healthy dose of history.

By Kathy Montgomery

Kirkland Valley is cattle country, so it makes sense that the restaurant that calls itself the "center of commercial and social activity" for the area is a steakhouse with a past. Since the late-1800s, the Kirkland Bar & Steakhouse has been, at various times, a mercantile, stage and rail stop, post office, Wells Fargo branch, hotel and bar. [more]

Libby's El Rey Café

Loyalists swear El Rey is the king of Mexican food, not just in Eastern Arizona, but in the whole state, and they've been saying so since Viviano and Marian Bracamonte opened this tiny spot in 1947. Their daughter Libby took over in 1988, and aside from adding two soups to the menu, she does everything exactly the way her parents taught her — grinding corn for the tamales, making flour tortillas and salsas fresh each day, and pouring butter (an El Rey distinction) over the house-made corn chips.

Libby's is located at 999 N. Broad Street, Globe. Information: 928-425-2054.

Lon's at The Hermosa
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Although they once dotted the Arizona landscape, authentic haciendas are few and far between in the state. Lon's at the Hermosa is one of the few. Once the home of famed artist Lon Megargee, Lon's is now one of the metro-Phoenix area's most intimate and beautiful restaurants, capable of accommodating 12 to 150 people. For a romantic dining experience, sit on Lon's patio, nestled perfectly in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, and sample chef Michael Rusconi's inspired creations. Typical appetizers include soups, seared ahi and braised beef short ribs, while entrees encompass the best of Southwestern cuisine, from roasted Fulton Valley free-range chicken breast with goat cheese gnocchi to rack of lamb cased in sun-dried tomatoes and served with goat cheese herb grits, smoked peppers and Queen Creek olive jus.

Lon's is located at 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley. Information: 602-955-7878 or www.lons.com.

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MacAlpine's is located at 2303 N. Seventh Street in Phoenix. For more information, call 602-262-5545 or visit www.macalpines1928.com.

MacAlpine's Soda Fountain

Now in its 80th year, the coolest soda fountain in Phoenix is serving ice cream, burgers and a blast from the past.

By Hilary Griffith

1928 — a lot happened that year. Walt Disney released his first Mickey Mouse cartoon. Penicillin was discovered. And MacAlpine's, a small pharmacy in Central Phoenix, opened its doors. The world has changed a lot since then, but the pharmacy, which became MacAlpine's Restaurant & Soda Fountain in 1991, has remained about the same. [more]
Manzanita Restaurant
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Manzanita Restaurant is located at 11425 E. Cornville Road in Cornville. For more information call 928-634-8851 or visit themanzanitarestaurant.com.

Spanish name? German food? It's confusing, for sure, but serious foodies are flocking to Manzanita for pork chops, sauerbraten and a plate of schnitzel.

By Roger Naylor

Considering Sedona residents can barely step outside without stumbling over a scenic wonder, it's no surprise they don't like to leave town. Especially for something as basic as a meal. Yet nearly every night of the week, the Manzanita Restaurant in the hinterlands of Cornville is teeming with Sedonans. Joining the red rockers are folks from Flagstaff, Prescott, even Phoenix. [more]

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Matt's Big Breakfast is located at 801 N. 1st Street in Phoenix. For more information, call 602-254-1074 or visit mattsbigbreakfast.com.

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Matt's Big Breakfast

Don't let the small space fool you. Matt's Big Breakfast in Phoenix is one of the most comfortable places in the city to enjoy homemade, butter-drenched waffles, thick-cut bacon, eggs and more.

By Maryal Miller

In today's health-conscious climate, it takes some doing to find a place where the stock in trade is serving straight-up, made-to-order comfort food. In a tiny building made of brick and mortar, smack-dab in the middle of downtown Phoenix, one of those rare places exists. More accurately, it thrives. Matt's Big Breakfast is its name, and turning out simple, hearty breakfast addictions … er, meals, is its game. [more]

Piñon Bistro

With only a handful of linen-topped tables and a menu that incorporates market-fresh ingredients and homemade creations, Piñon Bistro is a favorite among Cottonwood locals and tourists alike. Owned and operated by pals Terri Clements and Donna Fulton, the bistro is two parts funky and one part swanky. Decorated with fresh flowers and the works of local artists, the restaurant offers a menu that self-taught chef Fulton creates based on the season and the availability of fresh produce, meats and cheeses. And don't forget to explore the wine and dessert menus. They're loaded with delightful options, from blanc-de-blanc to Cabernet and homemade ice cream to decadent mud pie.

Piñon Bistro is located at 1075 S. State Route 260, Cottonwood. Information: 928-649-0234.

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