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Sedona Food ?'s ,Help!

I'll be visiting Sedona for a few days with my family in Oct., and after looking over the "posts" about dining in this area, it looks like the options are mostly mediocre with spotty food and a dependancy on the views making a place memorable.
Anyone have the low-down on tasty SW mexican in this town? We love green chilis, aren't bashful about heat and when seafood and cold beer get thrown into the mix life is just grand!
Atmosphere is important, but not as a substitute for what's on the plate.

Thanks!

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  1. I don't get up to Sedona often, but I have enjoyed the Heartline Cafe:

    http://www.heartlinecafe.com/

    As for the hearty Southwestern food you're looking for, I'm not sure if Sedona is the first place I would think of for that type of experience, but I'm sure there's at least one place. Perhaps someone who lives in Sedona or visits more frequently will have some better ideas.

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    1. re: silverbear

      Elote is a fantastic mexican-gourmet restaurant in Sedona!!!

    2. Thanks Silverbear, I'll check it out and be on the hunt for the as yet unidentified Sedona culinary zinger.

      1. We had a vacation home in Sedona for several years, until about four years ago. I never found a decent Mexican restaurant in the Sedona/Oak Creek area.

        The food at Enchantment is very nice, as is the dining room at L'Auberge. Both are expensive but memorable. Another good place is Dahl & DiLuca; it's not as good as the other two, but it's not terribly expensive, they have live music on weekend nights and the food is more than adequate.

        About two years ago we spent a few days in Sedona and had dinner at Cowboy Cafe (fair but fun, as it was very busy and charming) and Pizza Picazzo (good pizza in a veyr upscale setting).

        Enjoy your trip.

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        1. re: lawyerbriefs

          I appreciate your input, thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

          1. re: lawyerbriefs

            "I never found a decent Mexican restaurant in the Sedona/Oak Creek area."

            There's still nothing outstanding, but Tamale Mama's in West Sedona is decent to good, and reasonably-priced. Nice people, too.

            Cheers -- Pete Tillman
            Rimrock

          2. I need to reccomend Ken's Creekside. The food was good enough that I'm considering riding up again just to eat there. Ken's prices are reasonable too. I sometimes get annoyed with restaurent reccomendations that seem to have a positive correlation with the food price. Ken's Creekside dishes are priced from 8 to 17 dollars and the portions are generous.

            1. I also recommend Pizza Picazzo. They have excellent mediterranean salads (big enough to share) with olives and feta cheese and fresh greens, and a decent wine selection. The pizzas are pretty good, offering the usual "gourmet" toppings: i.e., artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, etc. The atmosphere is post-modern, metal, glass, wood, vibrant colors, and the service is polite, if a little self-satisfied. It's casual, but elegant.

              Prices are above what you'd pay in other towns; expect pizza and salad and wine for two to start at $40.

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              1. re: jillita

                Hey Thanks,

                This is what I was hoping for.

              2. We really enjoyed diner at Cucina rustica. Great seafood and service. Pasta,salads - I had a good crab stuffed boneless trout.

                Here is the webiste for the menu http://www.dahl-diluca.com/

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                1. re: bluecat

                  We like Cucina Rustica, too (mostly), but think that the parent Dahl & Diluca (in West Sedona) is more consistent. Not as pretty a place, though....

                  I should note that my last meal at Cucina Rustica, about three months ago, both food and service were mediocre.

                  Cheers -- Pete Tillman
                  Rimrock (winter)

                2. For Mexican, El Rincon http://www.tlaq.com/store_El_Rincon.cfm in the Talaquepaque shopping plaza (near the Los Abrigados Resort) is good.

                  Also, there some newer options like Red's http://www.sedonarouge.com/html/reds.... at the Sedona Rouge Resort, and then Gallery on Oak Creek http://www.amararesort.com/gallery-on... at the Amara Resort. Both in more contemporary boutique hotels, and both a bit more higher-end; however, if you are planning on going out and splurging a bit, both these places are well regarded ...

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                  1. re: Phoenix Foodie

                    My wife and I visit Sedona every year in fact we are going in about two weeks, and our never miss places are Yavapai at Enchantment; L Auberge, (though these are expensive).
                    The other places we enjoy that are local, is the patio lunch spot, with an organic menu in the shopping area; can't remember the name. And, the coyote cafe, on the hillside. We have had some good experiences. Good Luck.