Up in the mountains, where the desert turns into pine forests, you can find yourself among craft coffee and beer, delicious varieties of wild game, and the very first city in the U.S. where night dining became enhanced by reducing its light pollution. That’s right, we’re talking about Flagstaff. As a college town, a stop on historic Route 66, and a place with multiple cultural backgrounds, Flagstaff is just right for picking some delicious things to eat. We have created an outline of the best restaurants to attend in the area.
119 W Phoenix Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
A simple people-pleaser is the pizza pie, and Fratelli does it beautifully. Their hand-tossed dough is wood-fired, and their specialty pies always put a smile on someone’s face. The menu at this restaurant includes popular pizzas such as the Meat Lover’s and the Flagstaff. If you are looking for a delicious vegetarian pizza, the Flagstaff features pesto sauce, artichokes, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and multiple kinds of cheese. Alternatively, Fratelli’s Route 66 pizza is one that sports everything you love about BBQ Chicken pizzas, with a green chile twist.
991 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
All we’re saying is, grab a shake and maybe some of their fries. You don’t have to go whole hog (or the whole cow, you get the idea) unless you want to. Grab a burger and make the meal complete, or have a date snack at this informal drive-thru-only joint. The Kahuna burger with teriyaki sauce, pineapple, onions, peppers, and mayo will get most people’s attention, and the build-your-own options are good — but the real magic of this place is their well-seasoned fries (regular or sweet potato) and their divine shakes, such as the Fluffer Nutter or the Mocha Oreo. Hit their drive-thru today and make your pit stop count!
110 S San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
You can drown yourself in Drunken Noodles or grab a plate of Green Curry or Panang Curry, but whatever you do, you’ll know you’re having the best Thai food around. Owned by a local family and highly rated, Ewa’s Thai Cuisine is a hot spot for those wanting a light meal of Tom Yum or a filling Shrimp Pad Thai, you can’t go wrong here if you’re a fan of flavorful dishes.
117 N Beaver St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Wood-fired pizza wasn’t invented in Flagstaff, but the way they do it at Pizzicletta is just sublime. This restaurant offers fancy Neapolitan-style pizzas that can satisfy your cravings. In addition, customers can order a variety of creative brews, courtesy of Dark Sky Brewing. Since the brewery shares walls with Pizzicletta, it is easy to graduate from “just a drink” to a sit-in meal in a matter of minutes.
2320 N Fourth St, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
If you like slow-cooked barbecue meats or New Orleans-style gumbo, you’re in luck all the way up in this mountain town! Satchmo’s is a known haven for Cajun, Creole, and barbecue lovers alike, so whether you’re here for the brisket, the cast-iron-made cornbread, or an Andouille sausage po’boy, you’ll be able to eat your fill and even take some fine seasonings home for yourself to try cooking like this at home. We know you’ll want to.
2420 S Woodlands Village Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Greek food is something of a standard in Taverna: from the olive-heavy Martini Redux cocktail to real Greek cuisine like Spanakopita, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, and Grilled Lamb or Souvlaki, you’re going to find something to fill your stomach and enrich your palate pretty easily on the Taverna menu. If you’re looking for something more familiar though, other Mediterranean classics like the Pizza Margherita are available, too — which you can grab with a Fig & Honey Margarita to still capture the spirit of the place.
1 S Beaver St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Bagels, yes. Bagel sandwiches, yes. House-roasted deli meats, blue corn scones, and spicy Oregon chai tea? Yes to all of the above. That’s the way things are at Biff’s Bagels, a counter-service stop with a lot of fans and a way of making people satisfied, no matter if you’re wanting pastries or smoked fish on a cream-cheese-covered bagel!
601 Piccadilly Dr #70, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
This gastropub is known both for its great food and its “fine, distilled traditions” (read “whiskey”). You can even get a Whiskey Tour — a fleet containing your choice of various fine brands — while sitting down to enjoy a meal or appetizer like the Spinchiladas (sound it out), the Whiskey Wings, or the Prime Dip sandwich, composed of shaved prime rib, caramelized onions, baby swiss, and a French roll.
2004 W Historic Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
This Mexican restaurant in Flagstaff, AZ is known for its fresh carne asada tacos. But that’s not all El Tapatio offers: get your tacos Al Gusto (grilled onions, grilled jalapeño, and radishes on top), a Torta Ahogada (sandwich smothered in hot sauce), or a hot fajita dinner! Or, if you’re in the mood for breakfast, get some Huevos Rancheros to wake you up the right way.
2760 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Want a robust supper with a great cut of meat flame-broiled over oak, while enjoying a musical rendition in a saloon-style space? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re having a 6-ounce Filet Mignon or a 24-ounce Porterhouse, expect a side of beans, baked potato, or sauteéd broccoli while Black Bart’s puts on a nightly revue with talented singers from all over! Dinner and a show, anyone?
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