Sedona Verde Valley’s Quirkiest Restaurants

Sedona Verde Valley’s Quirkiest Restaurants

Sedona Verde Valley has a variety of activities for the whole family, including unique restaurants for every kind of appetite. While the Verde Valley region has grown into a popular getaway for wine lovers, a variety of tasty restaurants have also sprung up around the region. Visitors will be happy to know that Verde Valley has become a culinary destination, since good wine and good food should go hand in hand. There are boutique vineyards and numerous tasting rooms, while fine dining, Mexican food, and fresh pizza make this culinary destination and adventure you won’t want to miss. There are so many places to choose from, but we looked into some of the quirkier ones that will be sure to make your visit unforgettable.

Cottonwood

Blazin’ M. Ranch – A real Western Saloon featuring fine brews and authentic Western shopping, and award-winning musical entertainment, including cowboy poetry. This saloon features the best chicken and ribs in Arizona, along with the basics: cowboy beans, baked potatoes, and prickly pear coleslaw. For desert, don’t forget to order yourself a healthy serving of homemade caramel apple crisp.

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The dining barn at Blazin’ M Ranch.  Picture courtesy of Josh Gray

Cork and Catch – Though this quaint restaurant is off the beaten path, it features delicious seafood and exquisite wine pairings with every dish. Their fresh, local and homemade ingredients make for one of the best menus around town. While Cork and Catch offers other places that are not seafood, we recommend this restaurant for their made-from-scratch seafood recipes.

THAT Brewery – Beer enthusiasts, fear no more, for your perfect getaway has arrived. This brewery is popular among bikers, hikers, foodies, and nature lovers. The brewery, aside from selling crafted beer, sells popcorn and chips with its beverages. While you drink up, entertain yourself with a board game, or play corn hole outside with your family. Bonus: THAT Brewery is pet friendly, as is BYOF (Bring your own food).

Camp Verde

Babes Round Up – Since 1982, over 2 million people have come to Babes Round Up for their mouth-watering barbeque. The popular barbeque offers slow-cooked mesquite smoked beef, brisket, pulled pork and chicken. They also offer vegetarian options.

Verde Brewing Company – In the mood for some burgers and beer? Verde Brewing Co. is a Verde Valley Farm-to-Mug brewery, using local resources and ingredients into every craft beer and beef burger. If you’re looking to support local businesses and tourism, the Verde Brewing Company is a part of the Sedona Verde Valley Geotourism program.

Cliff Dwellers and Storytellers – Located inside the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, Storytellers serves steakhouse classics in a cave-like setting. There are rock walls and waterfalls, recreating the spirit of traditional Indian dwellings. The three to five course menu features traditional recipes, like Applewood-bacon wrapped in a tender filet. When you’ve finished dinner, head on over to Cliff Dwellers Bar. Cliff Dwellers bar serves your typical drinks, but overlooks the Dragonfly Nightclub on one side and the casino on the other, so you won’t miss any of the live entertainment.

Jerome

Asylum Restaurant – This upscale hospital turned hotel, pairs American & Southwestern ingredients with beautiful views. The Asylum restaurant is located in the historic Jerome Grand Hotel. They’ve received numerous awards, have an extensive wine selection, and feature many of the classics, like pork tenderloin and hot pastrami.

Mile High Grill and Inn – Dating from 1899, this quaint, American-style inn is a minute’s walk from the Mine Museum, a 17-minute walk from Jerome State Historic Park and a mile from Gold King Mine Ghost Town. There are fresh herbs planted inside the restaurant used for cooking dishes made from local ingredients. For those who want to get the party started early, the diner serves a signature Blood Mary for their famous breakfast. If you’re lucky, you might even get to feel a gentle caress from the Inn’s frequently felt cat ghost. There’s also regular, live music entertainment.

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Elote – Known for its exceptional service, and authentic Mexican food, Elote is a favorite among many locals. We recommend you come early, however, as they don’t take reservations and it is first-come first-serve. While you wait, there’s a bar that offers drinks and popcorn until your name is called for a table. The cuisine plays off fun recipes from Mexico, such as prickly pear margaritas and corn pancakes over slow cooked beef. The restaurant even has a cookbook for sale so you can take back home as a souvenir.

Creekside Sedona – Featuring a relaxing view of the Red Rocks, Creekside Sedona is an American Bistro offering creative, weekly changing seasonal menus. The menu features recipes like smashed burgers, Duck Confit, and Brie soup with black truffles.

Hideaway House – Voted for having one of the best views in Arizona, this restaurant prides itself in offering Curious Italian, a concoction of local ingredients, mixed with traditional Italian recipes. They have homemade bread, soup stock, and salad dressings.