Located east of more well-known Prescott, Prescott Valley has a population of around 40,000 people. Like many modest-sized towns in the USA, Prescott Valley’s dining scene may seem limited at first glance; but if you dig a bit deeper, you’ll find a number of long-standing local favorites as well as a few innovative newcomers. Here are the top places to eat in Prescott Valley.
Cork and Cuisine offers a fine-dining menu in a welcoming and friendly environment. With an open kitchen, frequent live music events, and cozy ambiance, the restaurant aims to make high-quality food more approachable for diners. Everything is made from scratch, and the menu changes each month. The bar menu also rotates regularly but always focuses on local wineries and breweries. In addition to the standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, the restaurant features a special chef’s table event two weekends per month called ‘Wine Me, Dine Me.’
Named for owner Rusty Mosher, Rusty’s has been serving up pizza, wings, and sub sandwiches since 1996. Diners can enjoy their meal in the restaurant’s unassuming interior, or Rusty’s also offers delivery. The menu includes hot subs, such as the pastrami and turkey deluxe, with melted cheese, sweet peppers, mayonnaise, mustard, and a pickle, as well as cold varieties like the Genoa salami and provolone. Aside from subs, the restaurant offers pizzas ranging in size from 8 to 16 inches, chicken wings, as well as a variety of appetizers like mozzarella sticks, onions rings, and chicken tenders.
Lonesome Valley Brewing specializes in house-made pub fare and nano-craft brews. The restaurant’s intimate interior is designed to evoke a local public house, decorated with handcrafted booths and tables made from reclaimed pallet wood. There are no TVs, encouraging patrons to chat and get to know one another. The beers on tap rotate regularly, with core titles including Glassford Hill Pale Ale and Power Jam Porter. The menu features rolled-to-order pizzas, hand-formed burgers, freshly baked pretzels, salads, soups, and appetizers. From the gravy to the breads, most menu items are made from scratch.
Olivas Mexican Food is the the oldest Mexican restaurant in Prescott Valley. Specializing in Sonoran cuisine (northern Mexico), this restaurant is family owned. Everything is made fresh to order, with corn chips, tamales, and a number of other items prepared from scratch on-site. The restaurant’s speciality is its pollo fundido, which consists of seasoned chicken wrapped in a flour tortilla, deep fried and topped with jalapeño cream cheese and cheddar cheese. To wash it all down, Olivas makes great margaritas, or there is also a selection of eight beers on tap.
Headed by brothers Kevin and Nick Calia, Back Burner Family Restaurant serves classic comfort foods in a casual setting. Open for breakfast and lunch, the restaurant offers generous portions for affordable prices. As the name suggests, it’s a perfect spot for families, with a large 85-person dining area and an excellent kids’ menu. The restaurant’s signature dish is the 5 Car, which features over-medium eggs and chicken fried steak served over hash browns and topped with country gravy and cheese. The menu also includes sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and salads, as well as sweet and savory breakfast dishes.
Toi’s Thai Kitchen is named for owner Ariyaphorn ‘Toi’ Fehlman, hailing from Thailand she worked in numerous restaurants in the area before opening her own. The restaurant offers seating for about 25 people in its cozy interior, which features cheerful checkered floors and yellow walls; however, most diners opt for take-out. The menu includes a diverse selection of soups, curries, salads, as well as noodle- and rice-based dishes. A heat scale ranging from one to five helps to make the restaurant accessible for those who like their food authentic and spicy, as well as diners who prefer milder flavors.
Sally B’s Café is a cute, family-owned restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant’s relaxed interior pairs perfectly with its home-style menu. The gyros are one of the restaurant’s best-selling dishes, featuring seared beef, lettuce, tomato, and onion served on a grilled pita with house-made tzatziki sauce. The menu also includes omelets, eggs, pancakes, and waffles for breakfast, as well as sandwiches, burgers, and full entrées like meatloaf and country fried steak for lunch. The café is known for customizing dishes according to diners’ preferences. Save room for a slice of apple or lemon meringue pie for dessert.
Run by Justin Johnson and his Japanese-born wife, Noriko, Sushi J Express offers some of the freshest sushi in Prescott Valley. The restaurant caters to take-out customers, but seating is also available in its modest, comfortable interior. New items are frequently added to the menu, and specials are posted on a board. The menu features a classic lineup of nigiri, sashimi, sushi rolls, as well as noodle soups, teriyaki bowls, and rice dishes. The restaurant’s tempura is particularly popular, making appearances in a number of sushi rolls, such as the Dragon with shrimp tempura, eel, and avocado topped with eel sauce.
Gabby’s Grill is a low-key steakhouse headed by Jim and Kelley Cabral. The Cabrals own several other successful restaurants in the area, including Gabby’s Kitchen, which is also located in Prescott Valley. With a stone fireplace and plenty of wood paneling, the restaurant’s interior matches the classic image of a steakhouse, and the menu is similarly fitting. Try one of the hand-cut steaks, such as the steak teriyaki, which is marinated in teriyaki sauce and finished with a glaze and pineapple ring. In addition to the regular menu, the restaurant offers some excellent weekly specials.
The Blackboard Café is a quaint little café serving up artisan baked goods, house-made breakfast and lunch dishes, along with freshly brewed coffee. The café is headed by Chef Denise Atkins who makes virtually everything on the menu from scratch, including yogurt, peanut butter, and jam. Atkin’s mother bakes the café’s muffins, cookies, pies, pastries, and other baked goods on-site. The café includes a lovely outside seating area where live music and other special events are often hosted, as well as a private event space for groups.