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May 11, 2009 09:03 AM

Breakfast outside of Phoenix

I will be driving from Phoenix to Sedona on an early Friday morning with my mom (i'm taking her on a vacation to Enchantment). We both have never been to Arizona before! Does anyone have a great place for us to stop for breakfast? I would LOVE to stop at a local/family owned joint, diner, etc! Thank you in advance!

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  1. Best advice is to eat breakfast before you leave Phoenix or take a jaunt through Prescott (and take the "back road" to Sedona). Many others will chime in with suggestions on where to eat breakfast in Phoenix. (How early are you leaving will play a part in where you might go for breakfast.)

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    1. re: Alice Letseat

      Ahhh yes, my mom did say something about driving up a few back roads. We will be leaving around 7am (we are on East Coast time)! Thank you for your advice Alice :)

    2. There's a pie place in Black Canyon City at about milepost 242. I've never been, but the pies are supposed to be fabulous. (Maybe other baked goods/breakfast items are good too?) Other CHers: Help!!!

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      1. re: lawyerbriefs

        Rock Springs Cafe. You should have seen the parking lot yesterday!

        1. re: azhotdish

          Rock Springs Cafe Rocks!!
          This is the only place on the way to Sedona to eat..
          You are going to my favorite place to stay in Sedona..Enchantment Resort is stunning and we were up there a couple of months ago and love eating at Yavapai for lunch..
          Try and go to Elote Cafe for dinner in town..
          Have a wonderful time and report back!

          1. re: azhotdish

            I agree, azhotdish. Rock Springs Cafe has been around for years. When I lived in Phoenix and would head for Sedona or Flagstaff, my guy and I would stop there for breakfast. Absolutely nothing fancy about the place which is why people like it. I'll bet folks were stopping in there yesterday on their way back to Phoenix.

            That beiing said, don't miss Prescott nor Jerome, Gourmet. Years ago Jerome had a 4-5 Star rated resto - House of Joy. Reservations required months in advance. I doubt the place is still open but the food was wonderful and it was BYOB - no corkage!

            1. re: firecracker

              House of Joy closed years ago. I think the same owners operate a store in the same location.

          2. re: lawyerbriefs

            I had breakfast at Rock Springs Cafe ages ago, and it would be the one place to stop in between Phoenix and Sedona. If my memory serves me correctly, the pancakes hang off the edge of the plate. It's a greasy spoon; don't go in expecting it to beat the great breakfast places down here.

            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              I think the place you're describing is "Four Bees" or "4 B's" or something like that -- it's just a small white building off on the left of one of the exits to Black Canyon City (not sure which one). They are nothing fancy, but I remember them being quite busy.

              If you're looking for another slice of rural Arizoniana there's a saloon a little farther down that road on the right...

              1. re: zencker

                okay, look - I'm throwing my hands up here! Rock Springs is a REAL greasy spoon - great pies,yes, breakfast - eh. Beat it into Prescott (exit 262, Rt. 69 off !-17) - go into the main town square. You'll find several restaurants - and decent coffee!! -along Gurley Street, the south side of the square. OR go to the cafe at the Hotel St. Michael. Surprisingly interesting and pretty good food. If you're leaving from Phoenix at 7, you should be in Prescott by around 8:30 or so, unless you are slow drivers and/or there's a ton of traffic. Besides which - Prescott is a legit tourist stop - it's a Victorian town, originally intended to be Arizona's capital city. If you take 89A out of Prescott, and drive through the mountains to Sedona you will see some unparalleled western scenery AND get to stop in Jerome, a real honest-to-god mining town reincarnating itself as an artists' (and tourist!) haven. Definitely worth the time investment (plus the food will be better) AND you will still end up at Enchantment - which rightly deserves its appellation. It's a wonderful resort. Beach Chick is absolutely on the money about Elote Cafe, though.

                1. re: Alice Letseat

                  I'm with you on this one - I'm not so wild about the food at Rock Springs. We spend at least a weekend each month in Prescott and I don't think you can find a better breakfast than at the Dinner Bell (we always sit in the back room). Their huevos rancheros are sublime. There can be a wait, but it's worth it.

          3. dropping in some place links for our out-of-state visitor...

            Rock Springs Cafe
            35769 S Old Black Canyon Hwy Black Cyn, City, AZ

            Four Bees Cafe
            34490 S Old Black Canyon Hwy Black Cyn, City, AZ

            Hotel St Michael
            205 W Gurley St, Prescott, AZ 86301

            Elote Cafe
            771 HWY 179, Sedona, AZ

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            1. re: hohokam

              poop. I knew I was missing one...

              Dinner Bell Cafe
              321 W Gurley St, Prescott, AZ 86301

            2. thank you everyone with your suggestions! I will be traveling to AZ during Memerial Day weekend and will let everyone know how it went. I really appreciate all of your help!

              1. I'm back from Arizona and wanted to report on my delicious breakfast at Creekside (the back area of Dinner Bell). It was delicious and JUST the type of place I was looking for! I was really impressed with how quant Prescott is...such a charming town!