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Aug 31, 2006 10:51 PM

Flagstaff eats

Thanks to all you foodies who recommended excellent restaurants for my trip to Scottsdale. We managed to get to the Phoenix Ranch Market (fun and tasty) and Malee's on Main (delicious Thai).

As a small thanks, I thought I would post a few of my recommendations for Flagstaff. In looking through older posts, it seems that a few favorites always come up. So here are some different ideas for those foodies who want to try something new on their next trip through.

Martan's is a hole-in-the wall restaurant serving delicious Mexican breakfasts until about 2 in the afternoon. This place only seats about 20 and on the weekends it tends to be packed. It's located on San Francisco just north of Route 66. Try the chilaquiles in either red or green sauce. Yum!

Fratelli's is the way to go! They have a by-the-slice option in downtown Flagstaff as well as a sit-down on option on 4th Street. Short on atmosphere, but long on taste.

Upscale Dinner
The Cottage Place. This is hands down the best evening out in Flagstaff imho (though I have yet to try Brix for dinner - their lunch is nothing special). Bread, soup, and salad are included in the entree price, making for a surprisingly reasonable bill at the end of the night. A taster menu option is served on the weekends and generally has 7 courses for around $75, and you can choose to add wine pairings. Reservations recommended.

Ethnic dinner for a crowd
Corea House - downtown east of San Francisco. The food has always been tasty here, but if you go with 4 or more people you get a platter of fun appetizers to start the meal. And there just aren't that many places to eat Korean food in Arizona!

Mountain Oasis - downtown on Aspen west of San Francisco. A variety of sandwiches and salads with various ethnic themes at a reasonable price. Dinner is also good here, but a little bit pricey for what's on offer. The smoothies here are delicious.

Happy eating!

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  1. We experienced the Cottage Place for the first time last Saturday during our weekend on the hill. ... Very nice. ... And that tasting menu you mentioned is only $50 ... $77 with wine pairings.

    1. second the Martan's recommendation: had a breakfast there last Sun - a tasty generous pick-me-up - sustained us through the Crand Canyon hiking!

      1. Never forget Little Thai Kitchen! :)

        1. We're headed to Flag this Sunday for a conference. I'm not familiar with Corea House.... How's the kimchi? Do they have Bibimbop? Any vegetarian options?

          We'll stay at the Raddison. How is Sakura?

          I always go to the other Thai place, so I'll try thr Little Thai and the pizza place as well.

          Thanks for the post

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          1. re: scottso

            I've been to Corea House. I don't really have anything to compare it with in terms of authenticity, but they had the right signs (the server was hard to understand, quirky attempts to appeal to Americans). My kimchi was very tasty. My meal was some sort of griddle cake with some meat in it. I really enjoyed it. They do have veggie options. Sorry I can't be more helpful. I definitely recommend giving it a shot though.

            1. re: amkirkland

              A skiing day trip found me craving a post-snow warm-me-up meal at Corea House. I got the pork kimchi stew. Delicious. The server (the owner I assume) tried to get me to get some stir fry dish, pointing at it, saying, "best dish!" and giving me a thumbs up. I'm pretty certain he recommends this because it's most like the oriental food that us westerners are used to. Don't be afraid to branch out to the more unusual foods, they're great! My dish came with four sides, bean sprouts, spinach, radish kimchee and cabbage kimchee. They were all great. The sprouts and spinach had a little touch of peanut oil and the kimchee was just spot on. Rich fermented taste, but nothing "off." The stew was mainly kimchee, broth and tofu, but had bits of pork in it. Everything was seasoned perfectly. The accompanying rice was a little mushy. in spight of that one downfall, Corea House is highly reccomended.

            2. re: scottso

              I didn't realize Sakura was still around. Don't laugh, but Sakura was my first dabble in sushi('91). It was the only place in town and my then boyfriend used to take me for "fancy" nights out. I haven't been since so I can't comment on it.

              I would imagine it's what Japanese food in Flagstaff is supposed to be - mediocre. It's not Japanese owned by any means. Probably lots of safe dishes.

            3. It was listed on their website, but as you know updating is so ofetn lame, it might still be listed, years afetr the fact. Thanks for the warning though.