1. Big Nose Kate's Saloon (Tombstone)
Named after Doc Holliday's girlfriend, this long-standing building was originally a hotel where the infamous Clantons and McLaurys stayed the night before the legendary O.K. Corral gunfight. Goldie's Over-Stuffed Reuben is by far the most popular menu item, but you can't go wrong with a Black Angus burger or specialty pizza either. With live music, an authentic Western atmosphere, and maybe even a few ghosts, Big Nose Kate's is the place to be in Tombstone. You'll find it at 417 E Allen St., Tombstone, AZ 85638.
2. Nurdberger (Globe)
This quirky burger joint is themed after all things nerdy, from video games to outer space. With appropriately named menu items like the "1 Up Mushroom Berger" and "Imperial Shakes," simply placing your order is an unforgettable experience. Head to 420 S Hill St., Globe, AZ 85501 for a delicious meal unlike anything else in the galaxy.
3. Rendezvous Diner (Greer)
Situated right off the highway in the tiny, 41-resident town of Greer, Rendezvous Diner draws travelers in with its eclectic exterior. While flashy decor might supply the initial attraction, the down-home cooking keeps people coming back. All of your favorites like omelets, pancakes, and cobblers made with fresh berries are guaranteed to send your taste buds to heaven. Stop by at 117 County Rd. 1120
Greer, AZ 85927.
4. Bobby D's BBQ (Jerome)
Jerome might be the scariest town in Arizona, but Bobby D's is charming as can be. Located in the historic English Kitchen building, it's the oldest operating dining facility in the state. From slow-smoked BBQ to moist, fluffy cornbread, the only thing frightening about this mouthwatering food is how quickly it'll vanish from your plate. The restaurant is located at 119 E. Jerome Ave., Jerome, AZ 86331.
5. The Grotto Cafe (Cave Creek)
This charming cafe is an oasis in the desert with two enchanting outdoor patios, locally roasted coffee, and homemade pastries. From breakfast to dessert, there's something scrumptious for every meal and palate. Come to revel in the magic at 6501 E. Cave Creek Rd. Ste. # 8. Cave Creek, AZ 85331.
6. Foxfire at Alpine (Alpine)
Located near Devil's Highway, Foxfire serves up some of the most sinfully scrumptious food you'll ever taste. Crowd favorites include the sausage sandwiches (pictured above), pizza with house-made sauce, and salted caramel cheesecake, but everything on the menu is amazing. Plus, you'll leave a bit more cultured after admiring paintings from local artists decorating the walls. You'll find this gem at 42661 Hwy. 180
Alpine, AZ 85920.
7. Trail Riders Family Restaurant & Bar (Eagar)
A traditional Old West diner, Trail Riders makes every guest feel like family. With an overwhelmingly extensive menu, options range from giant breakfast platters to juicy burgers and nearly everything in-between. Fueling up is imperative before a long day of traversing through the desert, and this gem of an eatery recognizes that. Fill your belly at 140 N Main St., Eagar, AZ 85925.
8. Verde Brewing Company (Camp Verde)
Local ingredients are infused into every craft beer at this unique farm-to-mug brewery. Good ales are nothing without tasty eats to compliment them, so try an order of Elote nachos or a bourbon roast beef sandwich for a well-rounded meal. The brewery can be found at 724 Industrial Dr. #7a, Camp Verde, AZ 86322.
9. Agee's Barbecue Market (Munds Park)
Many have never heard of this rural, unincorporated community, but Agee's is about to change that forever. Using top-choice meat slowly cooked in a giant smoker, everything is made from scratch and flavored like Central Texas BBQ. They also offer wood-fired pizzas nightly beginning at 4 p.m. Try it for yourself at 17680 N Munds Ranch, Munds Park, AZ 86017.
10. Sawmill Run Restaurant (Mount Lemmon)
With a menu that rotates with the seasons, you never know quite what to expect at Sawmill Run. No matter what's being served, rest assured it'll be delicious - just look at the golden crust on this apple pie! You'll find the restaurant at 12976 Sabino Canyon Pkwy., Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619.
11. Elvira's (Tubac)
From the atmosphere to the food, everything about this kitschy eatery is a work of art. Putting a contemporary twist on Tex-Mex classics, a stop at Elvira's is obligatory the next time you're passing through the small town of Tubac. You'll find it at 2221 I-19 Frontage Rd. B102, Tubac, AZ 85646.
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