Three Foodie Stops in Flagstaff, Arizona

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THREE FOODIE STOPS IN FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA
By Mary Farah

 

ON BIG BLEND RADIO: Travel writers Mary Farah and Cori Solomon share their wine, food, and travel adventures in Northern Arizona and Central California. Mary focuses on three fabulous foodie experiences in Flagstaff, Northern Arizona, as outlined in her article below. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Spreaker, PodBean, SoundCloud, or Facebook.

 

Where is a great spot to eat, drink, and be merry? Some may be surprised when I say it’s Flagstaff. I enjoyed a quick venture to the Arizona city and “Gateway to the Grand Canyon” earlier this year. Not only are the red rocks divine but the foodie scene is hopping. Whether visitors come in search of a quick bite or something more high-end, Flagstaff will deliver.

Annex Cocktail Lounge
When I arrived at the Annex Cocktail Lounge, I suddenly felt I was no longer in Flagstaff. The beautiful space in which Annex resides has remains of the Historic Basque Handball Court. While the snow on the ground brought me back to “reality,” the walls surrounding me truly had me feeling like I was in Spain. This alone makes a stop to Annex a must.

The crafted drinks aren’t too shabby, either. Their seasonal cocktail menu is incredibly unique and has many twists on the classics. In addition to libations, Annex also has a full kitchen so plan to stay awhile. Each item is curated to pair expertly with their drinks. For those not drinking, at-least one mocktail is always available, and the best part? They also have a coffee menu with favorites like latte and mocha.

  • Altitudes Bar and Grill (c) Mary Farah
    Altitudes Bar and Grill (c) Mary Farah

Altitudes Bar and Grill
I love to find the “Cheers” bar whenever I’m in a new city. That local hangout where “everybody knows your name.” As soon as I entered Altitudes, I knew I’d found Flagstaff’s. Since opening in 2003, Altitudes has been a beloved favorite for locals and visitors. Since Flagstaff is a skiing town, the walls are adorned with skis and snow gear. It’s the ideal spot to go out with the entire family.

Altitudes is also world-renowned for their “train shots.” With the train tracks literally outside, guests can enjoy a tequila shot for two dollars when the train passes by. For the little diners, they can enjoy a shot as well….of 7-Up!

Brix
My evening at Brix was one of the loveliest meals I’ve enjoyed. If you don’t believe me, ask Conde Nast. They named Brix one of the hottest restaurants in the world in 2007. And the phone hasn’t stopped ringing since.

Taking space in a carriage house built in the 1800s, Brix serves elegant American plates. Think seafood, fine meats, and many vegetarian/vegan options. Owned by Paul and Laura Moir, they are dedicated to serving locally-sourced vegetables and fruit and responsibly raised meats.

Brix’s Executive Chef, Logan Webber is a native of Flagstaff and attended culinary school in town. Chef Logan started as a line cook with Brix over a decade ago. His plates bring not only exquisite flavor but an artistic bent that may make some think their plate is “too pretty to eat.” After one bite, you may change that thought and devour every bite. I know I certainly did.

Mary Farah is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles. She’s written on her blog, Along Comes Mary, since 2012. Her work can be found in various online outlets including GoWorld Travel and FWT Magazine. Mary is a proud member of IFWTWA, the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association. A former executive board member, she currently serves on their conference and editorial committees.

 

 

 

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