By Nikki Buchanan | Photo: Paul Markow
Back in the day, executive chef Tim Cluff worked in the kitchen for his granddad, former Apache County Sheriff Edgar Merrill, who owned a ’60s- and ’70s-era restaurant in St. Johns called Trail Riders. So it seemed appropriate to Cluff, whose family settled in Eastern Arizona generations ago, to take all that history with him to Eagar, where he and his kitchen crew turn out everything from hand-cut steaks, pork chops, ribs and chicken-fried steak to huge chimichangas, Cluff Tacos (ground chicken with green chiles and avocado), biscuits and gravy, and a stack of pancakes topped with vanilla-scented buttermilk syrup. Given its mix of rustic cowboy décor and fancy cocktails, it’s no wonder TrailRiders functions as a social hub for Eagar’s own, offering Friday-night fish fries and UFC fighting on eight big-screen TVs.
TrailRiders is located at 140 N. Main Street in Eagar. For more information, call 928-333-1446.