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Old 07-15-2008, 11:12 AM   #1
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AZ - Grand Canyon N&S, Sedona, Flagstaff, Painted Dessert

My son (17) and I will be traveling in Arizona the first week of August this year. We will stay in Flagstaff, traveling to the north rim of the Grand Canyon, the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Sedona and the Painted Dessert. (am I missing someplace good to go?)
We are not going to Tucson, the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, Vegas.

We'll have a cooler with us most days traveling in the car, I'll pack it with fresh fruits, veggies, cheese, meats and breads and we'll eat mostly from the cooler.
I'd like to have a few preplanned places to go out to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the trip. I'm not fond of fast food very often. We like variety, all nationalities. I'd prefer medium priced meals that are good quality over fancy over priced small servings (he's 17--a vaccuum cleaner). Neither of us have allergies, we love seafood, fish, chicken, beef, pork + and we love our veggies too. Some of our favorites are Mochas (mine), ice cream/frozen custard (his), chicken alfredo (his), salads of all kinds (mine), other than that, we are very adventurous when it comes to food.

Has anyone been in these areas of Arizona and have enjoyed a restaurant they want to recommend? Thank you in Advance! ~Bliss
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Old 07-15-2008, 12:04 PM   #2
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In Flagstaff, right on Route 66, there is a pretty good Mexican place called 'Salsa Brava'. It's a pretty mainstream Mexican restaurant, but the food is good there.

There's also a really interesting little 'convenience store' called 'Pay-N-Take' that has a wide variety of beers that you can drink while you're IN the store or outside in the little beer garden area. It's a popular and unusual evening hang-out.
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:54 PM   #3
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Thanks The Z, we are staying right on Route 66 in Flagstaff too, so we'll have to try the Salsa Brava. I'm sure my son will love the Pay n Take <joke--he's only 17--would that make me a terrible mom or a really cool one?>.
Are there any funny laws about drinking or purchasing liquor in AZ? Dry state? Does AZ have a local specialty drink, like margaritas or something? ~Bliss
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:23 PM   #4
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Thanks The Z, we are staying right on Route 66 in Flagstaff too, so we'll have to try the Salsa Brava. I'm sure my son will love the Pay n Take <joke--he's only 17--would that make me a terrible mom or a really cool one?>.
Are there any funny laws about drinking or purchasing liquor in AZ? Dry state? Does AZ have a local specialty drink, like margaritas or something? ~Bliss
I've stayed on Route 66 in Flagstaff, not too far from downtown. You'll find shopping nearby. The grocery stores stock wine. I don't remember if they have liquor or beer. They have liquor stores though and drinks are available at restaurants, depending on where you eat.

Flagstaff is a great place to stay for the Sedona - Grand Canyon connection. Enjoy your trip.
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Cowboy Club Grill & Spirits in Sedona has delicious food. Their mashed potatoes are sweet potatoes and all of their meats are great. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:21 AM   #6
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Thank you simplicity and Dina!
MMM I love sweet potatoes.

So far:

Flagstaff Route 66--
Salsa Brava (mexican restaurant)
Pay n Take (beer variety evening hang out)
grocery stores (wine)

Sedona--
Cowboy Club Grill & Spirits (sweet potatoes-restaurant)

Grand Canyon--
Page--
Cameron--
Painted Dessert--

I saw a shrimp farm on the internet (seriously) in AZ in the area. I may have to tour it if the tours are in season.
TIA ~Bliss
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:05 PM   #7
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What a sad place I am going to travel in regards to nice places to eat. I searched the internet with Google, i searched chowhounds, i find that flagstaff has a few places, sedona a couple places but mostly my trip is not going to have many choices of good food (unless I like fast food which I don't).
I guess that is okay, it's about the natural beauty and not the food. I'm going to try to concentrate on good food in the cooler so we can eat good food. ~Bliss
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I did a lot of salads with grilled chicken and apples from fast food restaurants on our road trip this summer. Healthy food keeps you going and keeps you from gaining too much.
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I did a lot of salads with grilled chicken and apples from fast food restaurants on our road trip this summer. Healthy food keeps you going and keeps you from gaining too much.
Dina you are right.
We are making a grocery list now, thousand island dressing, italian dressing, mayo and butter, bread (whole grain), tortillas, deli meats, rotisserie chicken, lettuces, tomato, cucumber, onion, milk, coffee, soda, lots of water....to start.
Fresh fruit, canned green beans, pickles, olives, canned garbanzo and kidney beans.
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Try the Hideaway in Sedona. Italian menu. Outdoor seating on Oak Creek.
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