|Sedona´s uniquely beautiful location and special energetic makeup has attracted a colorful population mix – a strong esoteric community, a wide range of health nuts and outdoors enthusiasts from all over the world, rugged Sedona AZ cowboys and cowgirls and a strong Mexican demographic. This eclectic mix is reflected in Sedona´s cuisine, which encompasses a great variety of tickles for your taste buds.
Sedona, a town of 11,000, boasts more than 150 restaurants, cafes and eateries to suit all tastes and every wallet. Among them you will find classic southwestern cuisine complete with fried cactus and rattlesnake, authentic Mexican food tempting you with a taco de mole, fine Italian dining featuring some of the best pizza and pasta of the Southwest, delightfully tasty vegetarian and raw food selections enticing your taste buds with the likes of hummus, tempeh and fresh salads, delicious Asian cuisine featuring Thai, Chinese and Japanese food creations as well as a wide variety of buffets, sandwich makers, cafés and ice creameries.
Here are some questions worth considering, to make your decision in the colorful bazaar of Sedona´s eateries just a little easier:
BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER?
Depending on what time of day your tummy starts to growl, your choices narrow – albeit just a little bit! Most early bird places like Cafe Jose or the Coffeepot Restaurant, with its world famous 101 Omelets, serve breakfast until 11 am. For lunch, many visitors consider one of the town´s excellent sandwich cafes like Sedona Memories, the Wildflower Bakery or the Secret Garden. That´s because dinner, usually starting at five offers such a rich palette of fine dining that you will want to be at least a little hungry! But late eaters be aware: Sedona´s kitchens typically close around 9 pm.
FRENCH OR ITALIAN, SOUTHWESTERN OR MEXICAN?
What are your taste buds longing for today? The choices truly aren´t few, but it helps if you can narrow it down to a region. Sedona´s restaurant scene offers delicious delights from the Greek, French, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and countless other cuisines, it taunts the more adventurous with Southwestern style rattlesnake and surprised the seasoned Mexican food lover with the best Taco de Mole in Arizona.
SPLURGE OR SAVE?
Many of the fine dining restaurants in Sedona are a bit on the pricey side, even though the food is worth every penny. But if you are among the budget travelers, do not despair - Sedona has much fine food at economy pricing to offer!
FOOD … WITH A VIEW!
Yes, even that may be a consideration for choosing your restaurant or cafe – the views! Some of the best are offered by the Wildflower bakery, L´Auberge de Sedona, the Yavapai restaurant at Enchantment resort and the Olde Sedona bar´s upper outside deck. Just make sure you get there before sunset!
Bon appetit – and one more thing: Don´t forget to top it all off with a prickly pear margarita. It´s Sedona´ signature drink made from the deliriously sweet fruit of the local cactus!