Once A Speakeasy, Charlie Clark's Is The Oldest Steakhouse In Arizona's White Mountains
The Prohibition era might be long gone, but remnants of it still remain. One of them is Charlie Clark’s, a circa-1938 steakhouse nestled way up in the White Mountains. Located on the grounds of a former speakeasy, it’s one of the oldest restaurants in Arizona, and the Western-themed atmosphere is almost as delightful as the food. It’s nestled in Pinetop/Lakeside, one of the coolest small towns in the nation.
Have you ever eaten at Charlie Clark’s? If so, what did you order and how was it? Tell us all about your dining experience in the comments section below, then check out our previous article for another bucket list-worthy restaurant in the White Mountains.
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