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Oct 6, 2008 11:00 AM

Recommendations for Santa Fe, Sedona and Phoenix

My fiancee and I are driving from Albequerque to Phoenix with stops in Santa Fe and Sedona. Can anyone recommend good places in those cities and anything along the drive? Thanks!

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  1. Been awhile since I've been to Santa Fe but one of my favorite meals EVER was at the Inn at Anasazi right off of the Plaza. Very romantic, gourmet continental. If it's still there, request a table in the library.

    1. One of our favorite restaurants in Sedona is the Elote Cafe. Chef-owned, Mexican menu, with an emphasis on local organic ingredients and AZ wines. We always try to get a seat outside on the patio around sunset to enjoy the view.


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      1. re: Rubee

        Elote Cafe is THE place to go in Sedona, but be aware that it's only open 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. A lot of tourists hoping to work it into their day for lunch are disappointed. Also, it's VERY busy -- we waited nearly 2 hours last Saturday for a table -- and they don't take reservations for parties of less than 6. Again, totally worth it.

        1. re: Rubee

          Sedona.. Elote Cafe is a must..wish they did lunch.
          We always enjoy staying at Enchantment Resort and dine for lunch at Yavapai restaurant with those stunning red rock is always is a gated resort so you need to make reservations so you are on the hiking through Boynton Canyon.
          Coffee Pot for breakfast has hundreds of different omelettes.

          1. re: Rubee

            Thanks so much for the Elote Cafe recommendation. We ate there both of our nights in Sedona and would happily have gone back for a third. I can especially recommend the salads--we had a Jicama and a Tomato--and the crunchy, complex Pepita Crusted Snapper. The chef does brilliant things with ground chiles, moles, and flavored aoilis and cremas. Apparently he has a cookbook coming out in December. We went early, before 7, and waited about 15 minutes each time, even on a Saturday night. Although Elote is obviously very popular, they have resisted the temptation to cram in extra tables, so it's roomy and mellow once you are seated. This is a first-rate restaurant by any standard!

          2. in Alb: Try Garcia's Kitchen, we always go to the one on 2nd street, New Mexican food - great Relleno's and the brisket tacos are the best.
            in SF: a special dinner spot for us is El Ferol, Tapas menu, very romantic and special, they always make me say wow! If lunching in SF, the Back Street Bistro has the best soups and sandwiches around, often organic, delish!