If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook you already know about my recent trip to Sedona. It was fantastic! Apologies to anyone from Arizona, but I really never knew it was so beautiful! My friend, whom I traveled with this past week, had been on this trip before so she knew the sights we had to see and was open to trying out any restaurant I picked! What a great trip.
Yes, behind me is the famous white line that bikers ride. Look it up – so crazy!
We landed in Phoenix, picked up our sweet ride for the week, and headed straight to Sedona. The whole way there were views of mountains and cactuses (or is it cacti?).
This is what you see your whole time in Sedona.
I’ll also post about the sights and the city itself but for this first Sedona post I thought I’d review the restaurants we dined at there as well as one we finished our trip with in Scottsdale.
Creekside Restaurant, Sedona AZ
Our driver on the Pink Jeep Tour (yes I’ll post about that attraction later) recommended Creekside for dinner and I’m so glad we listened!
Our food was fantastic, the atmosphere was perfect and the service was top notch. We started with the mushrooms served in a small cast iron pan with an amazing mix of garlic, scallions, and other spices. For dinner I had the braised beef with puréed sweet potato and roasted root vegetables and my friend had the most delicious chicken breast I’ve ever tasted. The braised beef was perfect. Really nothing much more I can say – it melted in your mouth and the flavor was homey but just fancy enough to be something that may be hard to replicate. The chicken breast was pan seared with a very light coating of bread crumbs, but the buttery flavor to it is what made it to die for. As we were finishing up our mushrooms our server noticed a praying mantis walking along our table (we were outside on the peaceful patio) and he said something to someone inside at the bar and a cowboy-like character came to our table and scooped up the little guy and set him free outside the patio walls. I would most definitely recommend Creekside if you are going to Sedona! No complaints, only praise for this eating establishment.
Hideaway House, Sedona AZ
I found this place on Trip Advisor. We went there for dinner after an appetizer and some drinks at our hotel’s restaurant. The atmosphere was really cute – think local bar meets Italian place meets rustic charm. They used a dumb waiter to get the food up to the restaurant from the kitchen and the decor was really cute and charming. The service was ok – our server was nice and all but she put our orders in wrong and over an hour later realized it when she tried to serve us the wrong dinners. Then brought our correct dinners now about an hour and twenty minutes after we arrived. The food was probably good, but after all that and a long day I was just too tired to even care. Other than a jokingly apology she didn’t even seem to care we were there for so long. She also never refilled our drinks – not even our waters. The views may be good here and the food smelled wonderful but the service was awful. So if you want to risk it for this charming rustic Italian restaurant with a great view go ahead, but make sure you aren’t starving in case your meal is late to arrive. (There was the most darling old couple next to us – they seemed to have a great evening out and enjoyed every course. They were so cute!)
Red’s at Sedona Rouge, Sedona AZ
We stayed at this hotel, so appetizers and breakfast were easy to get for us, but even if you are staying somewhere else I would recommend stopping in to Red’s. The service was great – really friendly wait staff!
Breakfast was so good and an awesome selection! Everything from oatmeal to omelets to corn flake French toast to chorizo breakfast burrito to eggs Benedict and more. So delicious and priced just right. The corn flake French toast was amazing! And you can pick whatever you want in your omelet – no limit!
Good selection of appetizers on the small plates menu. We shared the cheese and meat plate and it was huge! A few kinds of cheese, couple meats, fig purée, and fresh berries. Yum! Great plate to share and sit and enjoy after a day out in the sun hiking and sight seeing. Oh, my friend said I should be sure to include in this post that I wrapped a slice of prosciutto around a wedge of cheese to eat. As I did this the first time she looked and me and asked “How did you know to do that?” I said I like meat and cheese together so why not just wrap it up and eat it? Have you done that?
Cowboy Club, Sedona AZ
So on our Pink Jeep Tour it was mentioned that this place had rattlesnake and cactus on the menu. Me, being the adventurous eater I am, just had to try those! We stopped in the Cowboy Club for some appetizers for lunch one of our days in Sedona. The cactus fries: think chewy zucchini but that doesn’t taste very good in a light crispy coating. Rattlesnake cakes: think consistency of crab cakes but more like a mushy chicken taste with peppers mixed in. Neither were very good, the dipping sauces were ok. Overall I would strongly advise NOT to go here! The service was just barely ok, the atmosphere felt cheap with cheesy western decor hung on everything and the lighting was really bright. Unless you are dying to try eating rattlesnake or cactus skip this place! If you do want to try some cactus juice in a drink I would suggest the little Mexican place across the street – although we didn’t go there it looked much better than the Cowboy Club.
White Chocolate Grill, Scottsdale AZ
Our last night we drove to Phoenix to have dinner, sleep and leave early in the morning. I reviewed various restaurants on Trip Advisor and after much searching and reading we decided on White Chocolate Grill in Scottsdale, just about 30 min from our hotel in Phoenix.
This place was so good! It’s a small chain so I’m crossing my fingers it comes to MN! Great service, delicious food, very nice atmosphere. Nice and classy without being overly fancy. We each had a filet – my friend had a coconut mushroom and I had blue cheese and mushroom. Both were unbelievable! I was stuffed but my friend ordered the white chocolate brownie and I was soooooo glad she did! Words cannot describe this dessert. Warm white brownie topped with a scoop of ice cream, then drizzled with chocolate syrup and some large white chocolate shavings. This meal was the perfect ending to our trip. Relaxing, delicious and memorable. (Side note: They had papers on the tables for your gum!)