10 Best Restaurants In Prescott Valley, Arizona

Entering Prescott Valley | © Ken Lund/Flickr
Entering Prescott Valley | © Ken Lund/Flickr
Photo of Ania Manczyk
9 February 2017

Prescott Valley is a small, vibrant community, less than a couple of hours’ drive from Arizona’s state capital, Phoenix. Read our guide to discover the 10 best places to eat – from established favorites to the best of the new players.

Prescott Valley, AZ | © Glen Dahlman/Flickr

Cork & Cuisine

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Cork & Cuisine

Cork & Cuisine was started by a family who moved from Phoenix to Prescott Valley a few years ago with the intention to serve the kind of food they themselves wanted to eat. The outcome is a creative menu, which changes monthly in response to the availability of fresh seasonal ingredients. Each month also sees a new local winery profiled. Hence, it makes perfect sense to visit Cork & Cuisine on a monthly basis. From breakfast burgers to bourbon berry cream cheese pancakes, the extensive Saturday brunch menu is appealing. Be sure to wash it all down with bottomless mimosas.

Blackboard Café

Restaurant, American, $$$
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This family affair with a chef, her mom, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s mom is a relative newcomer to Prescott Valley. But, it has already established a loyal following from both breakfast and lunch devotees. The Blackboard Café prides itself on true homemade food. Many claim it but few take it as seriously as this place. The chef makes her own yogurt and granola, while her mom is in charge of all the baking. The cozy interior is matched by the genuinely friendly welcome. Favorites include lemon French toast with cheesy hash browns and the breakfast bruschetta. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch.

Jamie’s Waffle Express

Diner, American, Coffee
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Jamie’s Waffle Express is a long-time favorite breakfast and lunch destination in Prescott Valley, hiding in a strip mall. The friendly service and relaxed but spotless setting mean the diner attracts plenty of regular customers. The breakfast selection should satisfy even picky eaters. For the health conscious, try the delicious buckwheat waffles and multi-grain pancakes with a large choice of fruit toppings. The lunch menu includes salads, soups and omelettes.

Taqueria Guadalajara

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, Seafood, Dessert
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Prescott Valley overlook
Prescott Valley overlook | © piers fearick/Flickr
Don’t come here for the decor as neither the exterior nor the interior are likely to win any design awards. But if you are looking for good, authentic Mexican food, then Taqueria Guadalajara is the place to come in Prescott Valley. The menu features all the Mexican standards including enchiladas, chile relleno and tacos. But the fajitas, with a choice of shrimp, chicken or beef, are the real standout dish. The separate salsa bar is deservedly popular.

Backburner

Restaurant, American
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Another popular breakfast and lunch option (closed for dinner) is the family-owned Backburner. The home-style food is delicious and filling, with large servings. Sweet-toothed customers rave about the big and yummy cinnamon rolls. Otherwise, take your pick from the huge assortment of pancakes, biscuits with gravy, omelettes or the Mexican breakfast. If you’re feeling ravenous, try one of the specials including the 5 Car with hash browns, chicken fried steak and three eggs. It does get very busy, so go early or be prepared to wait.

Lonesome Valley Brewing

Brewery
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Lonesome Valley Brewing is the only craft brewery in Prescott Valley, set up by a passionate home brewer. Try the Glassford Hill Pale Ale or Power Jam Porter. To soak up the beer, try the house specials like the imperial reuben sandwich with homemade corned beef and beer kraut or the ‘not so’ nachos with beer-braised pulled pork. If you fancy having a go at brewing, the owners have opened a home-brewing supply store next door to the pub.

Yellow Leaf Coffee

Cafe, American
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Yellow Leaf Coffee is not a restaurant but a drive-through cafe, with very loyal local fans who claim it makes the best coffee in town. It’s been in business for more than ten years, so they must be doing something right. The service is fast and friendly. The lattes are highly recommended — try their homemade pumpkin latte or creamy caramel latte. Or, if you’re looking for something really different, how about a cherry mocha? Non-coffee drinkers will find a selection of teas and smoothies to keep them going.

Sushi J Express

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Sushi J Express

Sushi J Express is a husband-and-wife operated, hole-in-the-wall type of place. The options include all the usual suspects such as nigiri and sashimi from salmon, tuna and albacore among others. For a house specialty, try the bizarrely named caterpillar roll with eel and avocado plus eel sauce on top. But Sushi J Express is not just sushi. Tempura, teriyaki and katsu choices are all on the menu. With only a couple of tables, this is more of a take-out place.

928 775 9323

Toi’s Thai Kitchen

Restaurant, Thai, $$$
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Toi’s Thai Kitchen is a small, nondescript place located in a shopping mall. But it proves the maxim that good things come in small packages with its tasty authentic Thai food. The restaurant has a ‘spicy’ rating, which means you can adjust the degree of heat to your taste, starting from very mild to extremely hot if you dare. The staff is friendly and helpful, offering advice on the menu. Popular choices include coconut soup, green curry, yellow curry with chicken or the pad Thai. To cool down the spice, have some Thai iced tea.

Gabby’s Grill

Bar, Restaurant, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
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Gabby’s Grill opened earlier in the year by a husband-and-wife team who operate two other locations in Prescott Valley. In a cozy setting with booth seating, the restaurant offers traditional American grill dishes, including chicken wings and ribs. The menu also has a selection of salads from the staple Caesar salad to a more unusual Mexican fiesta salad with avocado, black beans, corn, diced chicken and tomatoes. There are plenty of other family favorites, like the chicken club, tuna melt, shrimp scampi or beef steak.