FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Breakfast near train station? (Early.... like 5am!)
Hi Flagstaff 'hounds
I am taking the rather ridiculous overnight Amtrak journey from Los Angeles to Phoenix via Flagstaff.
For those unaware, the train does not run directly to Phoenix. There is an Amtrak bus transfer at Flagstaff. However, I've got 2.5 hours to kill before the bus departs for Phoenix.
Oh, and here's the best bit-- the train arrives at 4:30 in the morning and the bus departs around 7am.
So, what's a stranded traveler to do? Are there any decent breakfast places within reasonable walking distance of the station?
I'm traveling light with a backpack, I will (in theory) be well rested and showered from my sleeper car on the train, and I do enjoy walking. I wouldn't mind a nice 30 minute walk (about 1.5 miles) to start off my day, particularly if it lands me in a delicious breakfast place.
Looking forward to hearing your responses!
OK Flagstaffians, I am forced to answer my own thread here.
I arrived in your lovely city at 5:00am this morning, without any specific guidance other than general breakfast tips garnered from other threads. (I was not asking for information that could be found elsewhere on Chowhound, so I was rather disappointed by the total lack of response from knowledgable locals.)
So as a result, I'm converting this thread into a public service announcement-- the definitive source for any Angeleno, like me, arriving in Flagstaff via the No. 4 Southwest Chief before transferring in Flagstaff to a Phoenix bound mini-bus (which is the only way Amtrak does it).
Those of us traveling this route have a limited window for breakfast (Between 4:30am - 7:00am) and I'm here to tell you that IT CAN BE DONE!
Yes, fellow travelers, there is a light at tne end of that long train tunnel, my friends. There IS something more substantial for breakfast waiting for you other than Cheez-Its from the Amtrak vending machine.
There is one answer, and one answer only to my question, although this answer is very specific to the time of year. Many restaurants serving breakfast appear to have later opening hours during the colder months, and do not open until 6:30, 7:00 or later (like La Bellavia). Martann's (which also received great reviews elsewhere on Chowhound for their breakfast burriots) had no hours posted on their door.
So the only place I found near the train station (literally, around the corner) that gave me enough time to settle in, relax and eat leisurely was the venerable Macy's. They open precisely at 6:00am. They brewed me a very tasty cup of coffee (triple cappuccino), have excellent pastries (I tasted a macadamia nut coconut scone and a blueberry cream cheese buttermilk coffee cake, which I took with me to my friend's house in Phoenix). And my goodness, the breakfast sandwich of steamed eggs on a croissant with a very nice slice of cheddar (and some veggies minced in) with exactly the thing I needed to give me strength after 10.5 hour train ride.
So, here's the plan.
Arrive at 4:30-5:00am. Relax for an houir or so. Walk out of the train station and turn left. Turn left again onto Beaver, cross the tracks, and look for Macy's on the left. It's a 3 minute walk, which is feasible even while lugging around a couple of bags, and after having had a questionable night of sleep on the train.
Incidentally, I walked around downtown a bit after breakfast from 6:40-6:50 and a few of the restaurants there had begin to open. However, by this time it would have been too late to sit down and have a proper meal.
The definitive answer, my friends, is Macy's. Go forth knowing others have blazed this trail before you :)