Monday, July 25, 2016

Favorite Places in Flagstaff, Arizona

Yes, I know, I live here and I have yet to post my favorite places in Flagstaff. But since I'm on the road about 200 days a year, I guess that's to be expected! Lately, I've crossed paths with a few people from other communities asking for my recommendations in Flagstaff, so here they are!

Restaurants
34 S. San Francisco
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
My favorite restaurant(s) and my home away from home in Flagstaff. My (out of date) review is here. They have three properties--Tinderbox Kitchen is a small, higher end dining room, The Annex is a creative cocktail bar with great food, and the Tourist Home Urban Market is a breakfast/lunch place with a small deli. Fantastic food and impeccable service all around. General Manager Kevin Heinonen and his team are practically my extended family in Flagstaff!

6 E Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
This is a higher end sushi place, kind of Scottsdale meets Flagstaff. In addition to sushi, I go for the tonkotsu ramen.

1312 S Plaza Way
Flagstaff AZ 86001
This is more functional sushi--not much atmosphere, but solid food and service, easier parking and a bit cheaper. This is our family night sushi.

2308 E Route 66
Flagstaff AZ 86004
Neopolitan style pizza from a wood burning oven and good pastas. John Conley, the chef-owner, is also an all around great guy!

2320 N 4th St
Flagstaff AZ 86004
Great brisket and pulled pork, but in reality, I go for the tater tots. No, that's an exaggeration, but the tots are incredibly good.

112 E Route 66
Flagstaff AZ 86001
Go for the chilaquiles. Be prepared to wait in line.

And because I have the space...
Attractions
1400 W Mars Hill Rd
Flagstaff AZ 86001
Where Pluto was discovered! Check out the newly restored Clark Telescope. Open both day and night--I suggest doing both if you have time. I adore this place, and it's not just because I used to work there. It speaks to my nerdiness.

Lots of activities here in the summer, and a great educational place to learn about native plants.

Good way to get a sense for the indigenous cultures of the region.

Out of town attractions
We have four national parks within easy driving distance: Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater, Wupatki and the Grand Canyon, of course. Get an Interagency Annual Pass and you'll get your money's worth right away.

Scenic railroad to the Canyon--worth doing at least once.

Sedona is also about 45 minutes away.

Hotels
Great location, and usual Embassy Suites perks.

Official "on campus" hotel attached to the High Country Convention Center.  A bit pricey, but good for those visiting campus.>

If you want the "extended GoalBusters Northern Arizona tour" itinerary, that will be in a future post!

This post first appeared on the Alice's Restaurants blog.