My lack of posting has a reason! I am currently in Arizona soaking up some sun, some culture, and some much needed time with my special someone. My food inspiration has been booming during my time here. I have a million and one ideas for recipes now when I return home. For those of you who ever decide to take a trip out to this desert paradise, I have a few restaurant recommendations for you! A few of them may be chains, but in my opinion who cares! Good food and good atmosphere is something I love, and the hot Arizona sun and surrounding cacti just add to my enjoyment!
I went here for lunch today and boy was it a treat! As a vegetarian, there were a ton of options to choose from (which is always nice) and a good handful of options for non-vegetarians, those who eat gluten free, or vegans. The menu is based off of an “anti-inflammatory diet” which was interesting, but don’t let that scare you away! The atmosphere was clean, earthy, and relaxing. From my research, other locations for this restaurant are mainly out West, so sorry East coasters! I had the Kale Crunch salad which had kale, cabbage, almonds, grapefruit, avocado, radish, and watercress with a spicy chili dressing. I also split lettuce wraps with tofu and cashews. My meal was wonderful. I would definitely go back!
Tonto Bar and Grill
This restaurant was located in Cave Creek, Arizona with beautiful decorations and surrounding scenery. I sat outside under warm heat lamps by a unique sculpture with trickling fountains and illuminating flames. For dinner, I had the Vegetarian Nosh which allowed me to choose from a variety of vegetables, starches, and choose a special sauce to dip the veggies in. For my nosh, I chose grilled asparagus, sautéed broccolini, sweet potato hash with corn, spaghetti squash with spinach, and a small russet potato. I also chose the roasted garlic and mesquite honey sauce. On a non-food note, I also saw a javelina! Javelinas (hav-a-lina) are wild pigs with horns that personally I think are quite cute, but many people probably beg to differ.
Ok so those of you Arizona locals may laugh at me for this one, but I really enjoyed it! If you are in need of a quick, easy, and in my opinion healthy lunch, this would definitely be a great stop! My boyfriend and I ate here during our trip to Desert Ridge yesterday afternoon after shopping around, and we both found something that we actually enjoyed (which can be rare!). The menu consists of mainly soups, salads, and sandwiches. All of the salads and sandwiches are made right there in front of you, and each meal comes with a complimentary chocolate covered strawberry (what is not to like about that?!). I had their vegetarian sandwich, which had sprouts, roasted red peppers, tomato, cucumber, greens, munster cheese, and a pesto sauce on ciabatta bread with a cup of their wild mushroom bisque with shitake, crimini, and button mushrooms, both of which were excellent and light for the sunny afternoon!
Wherever you choose to travel, I hope that you take the opportunity to try something new or push yourself out of your food comfort zone a bit. You will never know if you’ll like something unless you try!
What are some of your favorite restaurant finds from your travels or vacations?