These four restaurants are turning Arizona’s favorite mountain town into a true dining destination
This cozy restaurant and wine bar serves a menu of seasonal, farm-focused American cuisine built around ingredients from the farmers and ranchers in the Four Corners region.
Dish to try: Cavatelli with calabrase sausage, roasted mushrooms, Marcona almonds, kale, preserved lemon and chili oil
You won’t find any forms of fusion or molecular gastronomy at this quaint European-style café — and we’re totally OK with that. Coppa’s menu is full of culinary classics, many of which are made with ingredients foraged from the nearby Coconino National Forest.
Dish to try: Beef tartare with quail egg and olive tapenade
Brix’s baby sister, Criollo offers the same commitment to locally sourced, seasonal ingredients (their Criollo beef comes from a farm in Wickenburg, Arizona), but with a Latin flair. Their menu offers upscale versions of familiar Southwestern dishes, like rellenos, tostadas and tacos.
Dish to try: Relleno Vegetales — a roasted poblano chile served with roasted corn, butternut squash, black beans, jack cheese, spicy tomato polenta, warm goat cheese vinaigrette and a saffron corn cream sauce
Comfort food gets its proper due at Tinderbox, where hearty dishes like stroganoff and risotto are recreated in unique ways with local ingredients. It’s the perfect place for a cozy snow-day dinner.
Dish to try: Wild boar stroganoff with roasted Cremini mushrooms, egg noodles, paprika and cream