Arizona is full of great restaurants – so many so that deciding where to go for dinner can be downright overwhelming. We’ve decided to help you out by compiling a 2019 food bucket list. Most of these restaurants are small-town, mom & pop joints recommended by our readers, so take a look and see how many you’ve never heard of.
1. Moscato Italian Restaurant (Camp Verde)
Camp Verde is a quaint little town that appears to be stuck in pioneer times, with old wooden buildings lining Main Street. Hiding inside this unassuming old inn is an upscale Italian bistro, white tablecloths and all. The food is exquisite, the wine list is extensive, and the prices are still reasonable. You'll find Moscato at 396 S Main St., Camp Verde, AZ 86322.
2. Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits (Sedona)
In true Arizona fashion, this quirky restaurant is covered with cowboy gear and Old West memorabilia. The atmosphere is what attracts crowds, but delicious food keeps them coming back. We highly recommend the sampler platter, which comes with a variety of bites like cactus fries, boar sausage, bison skewers, and fry bread. Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits is located at 241 N State Rte. 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336.
3. Cafe Cornucopia (Bisbee)
Cafe Cornucopia is a quiet little joint in Downtown Bisbee. Everything - right down to the bread for sandwiches - is homemade, and you can definitely taste the difference. Quiche, flavorful soups, and impressive desserts are guaranteed to remind you of Sunday supper at grandma's house. See for yourself at 14 Main St., Bisbee, AZ 85603.
4. The Asylum at Jerome Grand Hotel (Jerome)
Looking to dine with a few ghostly guests? Arizona's most notoriously haunted hotel promises to be a hauntingly delicious experience for all. Great food, a wonderful ambiance, and absolutely unparalleled views make it an obligatory stop when in Jerome. If possible, get a window seat so you can watch the sunset over Verde Valley. You'll find The Asylum at 200 Hill St., Jerome, AZ 86331.
5. Bill's Grill (Prescott)
This no-frills burger joint is a popular destination for families. Portions are large, the flavors are consistently on point, and the craft beer selection is vast. Plus, I think we can all appreciate the sheer beauty of this donut burger! Bill's Grill is located at 333 S Montezuma St., Prescott, AZ 86303.
6. Ranch House Restaurant (Yarnell)
Ranch House is a quirky, colorful restaurant in the tiny town of Yarnell. For almost 80 years, it's been serving scratch-made food with love and passion as the main ingredients. There's no better place around for a great meal and hefty dose of nostalgia. Come stop by at 23225 AZ-89, Yarnell, AZ 85362.
7. Trapper's Cafe (Taylor)
When you're in the mood for a hearty diner meal, Trapper's is the place to go. Generous portions of chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, rolls, and tons of other Southern classics will leave your heart and stomach fully satisfied. Don't even think about skipping dessert - the apple pie taste just like mom used to make! You'll find Trapper's at 9 Main St., Taylor, AZ 85939.
8. Dinner Bell Cafe (Prescott)
This eclectic cafe catches the eye of anyone who walks past, with a vibrant sign beckoning you inside. It's a local favorite, and for good reason - the food is always good and your meal is never served without a smile. Mexican food dominates the dinner menu, and everything is deliciously authentic. Dinner Bell is located at 321 W Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301.
9. June's Diner (Heber)
The self-proclaimed "Best Little Diner on the Mountain," June's dishes out home-cooked classics in a cozy environment. There's usually a line extending outside the restaurant, so it's an undoubtedly popular spot for locals and travelers alike. Fresh pie, big breakfasts, and Monday night sloppy joes are some of the major highlights. Come try it for yourself at 1986 AZ-260, Heber, AZ 85928.
10. Westside Lilo's Cafe (Seligman)
Westside Lilo's is an institution in the charming Route 66 town of Seligman. Traditional diner food plus German delicacies and decadent baked goods make it a must-visit. Don't leave without taking a minute to peruse the plethora of vintage signage hanging on the walls! You'll find Lilo's at 22855 AZ-66, Seligman, AZ 86337.
11. Blue Hills Cafe (Dewey)
Blink and you might miss this unassuming little diner, so keep your eyes peeled! It certainly isn't fancy, but you won't mind after tasting the food. Huge portions, great tastes, and low prices - what more could you ask for? Stop by at 12262 E Bradshaw Mountain Rd. # 1, Dewey, AZ 86327.
How many of these restaurants have you been to? Did we leave off your favorite spot? Let us know your thoughts!