Situated along Route 66, surrounded by a pine forest, Flagstaff is one of Arizona’s classic mountain towns. With several tourist attractions nearby, including the Grand Canyon, this city is a popular destination and with that popularity comes excellent dining options. From modern American to European, from vegetarian and vegan choices to burgers with a twist, the restaurant scene in Flagstaff is bursting with flavor.
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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar
Housed in an old carriage house Brix is a cosy fine-dining establishment specialising in contemporary American cuisine. Committed to the sustainable movement, this restaurant obtains ingredients from local and regional farms and ranches, displayed on the menu, in order to offer guests the freshest fare available. The seasonal dinner menu has a delicious array of dishes, for example farm chicken with charred corn and sweet onion purée, duck-fat potatoes, grilled green onions, and Parisienne gnocchi with green onion pesto, lemon oil, and pecorino ginepro. Plus, they offer luscious desserts, including lemon custard bread pudding. An impressive selection of wines, beers, and handcrafted drinks round out the menu, making this eatery a lovely spot for a relaxing meet-up with friends or a romantic outing.
Macy’s European Coffeehouse & Bakery
Josephine’s Modern American Bistro
Housed in a historic Craftsman Bungalow, Josephine’s Modern American Bistro, is an award-winning fine-dining establishment. Specializing in modern American cuisine, Chef Tony Cosentino changes the menu often to reflect seasonal ingredients, which includes local organic items. In a comfortable and charming setting, guests can feast on delectable brunch, lunch, and dinner dishes. Highlights include the diablo shrimp macaroni and cheese with a smoked Gouda cheese sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, pickled red onions, wild Mexican shrimp sautéed in a spicy sauce and beef tenderloin medallions with balsamic caramelised onion demi-glace and mashed potatoes with rosemary crème fraîche. With an award-winning wine list and excellent service, discerning diners will appreciate this culinary experience.
Located in the historic Southside district, Tinderbox Kitchen serves up American comfort food classics with a twist. Owned by cousins chef Scott and Kevin Heinonen, this dining spot features a contemporary yet comfortable environment where visitors can dine on meals made with the freshest goods available. Current notable choices on the oft-changing menu include semolina fried calamari served with spicy sriracha mayonnaise and lemon and smoked Colorado lamb sirloin with citrus beet slaw, buttered orzo, and pistou. With an impressive wine list, handcrafted libations, and top-notch service, diners will not be disappointed with their culinary adventure at Tinderbox Kitchen. Be sure to visit the restaurant’s cocktail lounge, Annex, next door for a pre or post meal drink.
Diablo Burger is an restaurant specialising in innovative burgers served on English muffins branded with ‘db’ rather than buns. Passionate about keeping things local, this burger joint builds relationships with area ranchers, farmers, and other businesses to provide the freshest ingredients and products possible, including 100% grass fed and antibiotic and hormone-free beef. A friendly spot with communal seating, burger lovers can try creative choices, such as the vitamin b with bacon, beet, and blue cheese and the db house with blackening spice and homemade pesto topped with an over-easy egg. Named by USA Today as having the best burger in Arizona, it is no wonder this burger joint has two locations, one in Flagstaff plus one in Tucson.
In awe of the Neapolitan pizza he tasted while on a cycling trip through Italy, Caleb Schiff returned to Flagstaff and started making plans to open his own pizza place. Founded in 2011, Pizzicletta offers a simple menu featuring fresh bold flavours. Containing only the freshest ingredients, the mouth-watering pizzas are cooked in a wood-fire oven hand-built in Naples. Notable choices include the pizza bianca topped with almonds, charred kale, gorgonzola, olive oil, and lemon juice and the classic margherita with tomato, basil, house mozzarella, and olive oil. Diners can round out their meal with wine chosen to complement their pizza plus tantalising house-made gelato.
Pizzicletta, 203 W. Phoenix Ave., Flagstaff, AZ, USA, +1 928 774 3242
Criollo Latin Kitchen
Owned by Paul and Laura Moir, the proprietors of Brix, Criollo Latin Kitchen specialises in Latin-inspired cuisine. Opened in 2009, this dining establishment keeps the sustainability movement firmly in mind at every turn. The interior features pine accents salvaged from local sources, and the ingredients that go into their delicious fare come from local purveyors when possible. Serving lunch, dinner, plus a weekend brunch; foodies will enjoy highlights, such as green chilli braised chicken served with poblano cheddar grits, braising sauce, and arugula salad. With gluten-free and vegetarian options, including a dish of roasted poblano chile, various roasted vegetables, jack cheese, spicy tomato polenta, warm goat cheese vinaigrette, plus saffron corn cream, this restaurant will satisfy many palates.
Criollo Latin Kitchen, 16 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ, USA, +1 928 774 0541
The Museum Club
Located on the historic Route 66, The Museum Club is a well-known roadhouse venue housed in a 1931 historic landmark. Once the largest log cabin in Arizona, the environment is perfect for featuring country music performances by national acts plus regional bands and fun events, such as karaoke and poker night. Composed of a dance floor, two bars, and booths and tables, this space also serves up bar fare. With dishes often named after country crooners, diners may choose to share the zoo club nachos with tortilla chips, barbecue pulled pork, onions, jalapeños, and cheese before selecting an entrée, such as Pasty Cline’s chicken bacon ranch wrap. Fans of country music will enjoy the fun western atmosphere at this popular joint.
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