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Once again, this New Englander is escaping the cold and coming to Southern Arizona during the holiday season.

Last year, on recommendations from this board, we visited and thoroughly enjoyed Cafe Roka in Bisbee. We also tried a Mexican restaurant on Rt. 92 somewhere between Palominas and Sierra Vista. Can't remember the name (Miguel's, maybe). At any rate, we didn't especially like it, and are wondering if Santiago's in Bisbee is better.

And any other recommendations will be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Cafe Roka, from all I hear, still remains top of the list.

    1. We ate at Santiago's last time we were in Bisbee. It was pretty good. Cafe Roka was closed while we were there(summertime). Santiago's wasn't the best Mexican food we've ever had but given the slim pickings in Bisbee it was one of the better options in town. We both enjoyed our lunch quite a bit actually(we had the vegetarian tacos) The service was good there as well.

      We ate at the grill across the street as well...that wasn't terrible either. I can't remember the name off the top of my head.

      Don't miss the Old Bisbee Roasters if you like great freshly roasted coffee beans! http://www.oldbisbeeroasters.com/

      1. Thanks for the replies so far - is there anything worth trying in Sierra Vista?

        1. I'd sugest your try Canela Bistro in Sonoita. http://www.canelabistro.com/ You'll need an advance reservation but it is worth the visit I think.

          Also, consider a trip to Patagoinia - a small town and a nice drive to get there. If you feel like pizza when you get there go to Velvet Elvis http://www.velvetelvispizza.com/

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          1. re: DriverPhil

            I checked out Canela's website, and unfortunately, they're closed during the time we'll be in the area. We are likely to get to Patagonia, though, so thanks for the Velvet Elvis tip.

          2. I haven't been in a while, but really enjoyed Rosa's Little Italy, in Warren, just outside Bisbee. It's not fancy, but has good, hearty, old-school Italian and is better than most of the Bisbee places (except Roka, of course). Better yet, it's a BYOB, so get your wine in Bisbee (or from Callaghan or Dos Cabezas wineries, if you make stops there).

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            1. re: 1wino

              Thanks so much for this tip -- I'll check out the wineries on line and see if we can fit them into our schedule!