Southwest Driving Trip
My husband and I are flying from Kansas City to Monterey, CA., to pick up a car to drive back to KC in a couple of weeks.
Along the way, we'll be stopping in Las Vegas, Flagstaff and Albuquerque. It's all part of MINI takes the States (http://www.minitakesthestates.com), so the route is somewhat predetermined, but we're more than willing to take side jaunts; we have overnights planned, but little else, and are more than willing to go off route for good memories and good food.
At this point, our itinerary from Vegas is as follows:Interstate 215 to Interstate 515 to NV 93, cross Hoover Dam to AZ 93 to Interstate 40, driving through the cities of: Las Vegas, Boulder City, Kingman, Valentine (66), Peach Springs (66), Seligman, Williams and Flagstaff.
We're overnighting in Flagstaff. From there, we're headed along Interstate 40 through the cities of: Flagstaff, Winslow, Holbrook, Gallup, Continental Divide and Albuquerque.
We're adventurous eaters, and I have already culled from this long lists of potential restaurants to try in the cities we're staying in overnight. I'm looking for "must stops" along the way, be they bakeries, farms, restaurants, etc. We really want to experience food unique to the area, and are planning to have a big cooler, lots of ice and plenty of water for crossing the desert.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations!
I'm a big fan of Pasto in downtown Flagstaff for dinner. The Beaver Street Brewery has hearty fare and their own microbrews, and is my recommendation for a lunch there. Macy's European Coffee House & Bakery (across the street from the brewery) is a must for breakfast.
And by all means, stop at La Posada in Winslow. It's a former Harvey House next to the Santa Fe and Amtrak station, but it has been totally refurbished. Its contemporary restaurant is a destination for some of us, and the hotel has tremendous charm and wonderful decor.
For Flagstaff, I second the recs for Beaver Street Brewery and Macy's. So good we never go anywhere else. Have fun!
In Albuquerque both Sadie's Cocinita and El Pinto serve outstanding New Mexican food in very pleasant surroundings on the northwest side of town. Green chile salsa on everything and cubed potatoes rather than rice. For a bread basket, sopapillas with honey to cut the fire of the green chile.
By all means stop at the Turquoise Room at La Posta in Winslow.
A great local place in Gallup is Earl's Restaurant, just east of the center of town on Rte 66.
I would recommend Mike and Rhonda's for breakfast in Flagstaff over Macy's. Big portions, good food(the pancake sandwich is killer). BUT you must go to the original east side location on E Rt 66. The west side location on Milton/W 66 is subpar for some reason.