Any good restaurants in Lake Havasu City?
- lorebytheriver Nov 22, 2005 11:43 AM
Any recommendations for good restaurants in Lake Havasu City, Az.? Not looking for anything fancy, just looking for the special places that locals go back to time and time again because the food is so good! Thanks so much!
We really like Chico's Tacos in the Basha's shopping center. Can't seeem to get enough of their grilled fish tacos. Also like Barley Bros. for larger dinners and good microbrews.
Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu
We think they have the Best (mild/med) salsa and chips anywhere in the world! I personally don’t care for the hot salsa, but the medium (homemade fresh at site we're told) is heavenly. Served free prior to ordering.
Here is the lunch menu:
In general, Havasu is not well-represented when it comes to having a lot of quality dining choices. Barley Brothers is always a solid option: the food is solid, the view is nice, and the beer is outstanding. Mudshark Brewing is also pretty decent, though a step down from BB in terms of both food and beer.
I'll mention two of my favorite places on earth though. These truly are places where you'll find the locals (I'm a former local...but religiously go to these two places when I make it back to LHC). The first is Ed's Deli, a true hole-in-the-wall that you would never find if you didn't know exactly where to look (it's tucked away near the corner of Smoketree/McCulloch). It's been there for 30+ years and hasn't changed a lick....the best hoagie on the planet. You wouldn't want to go there for atmosphere, but a sandwich from Ed's makes you forget pretenders like Subway ever existed. :-) The other gem is Taco Hacienda (by the Smith's grocery store); it's a nice local Mexican place. It's not fancy, and not very authentic, but its been around forever for a reason. Their salsa is really tasty, and you've got to try the flour chips and cheese.
There's a great spot off the beaten path...
Stearns Restaurant + Bar is turning into quite a 'local secret' on the north side of town. It's on London Bridge Road near the Refuge golf course. Two young musicians (David and Josh) from Los Angeles bought it last year and are revamping the old joint (NOTE: the sign still says "Santiagos Pizza") from the inside out.
They've redone the menu and are crafting a really thoughtful, comfortable, cozy, rugged interior that is attracting a mix of both the locals from RV parks and their upscale neighbors from the Refuge.
This end of town is changing rapidly, as will the homey "Cheers" feeling of Stearns, no doubt. Try a burger, pizza, or any of their breakfasts. I had a mean breakfast burrito last weekend!
A great place for Italian food is Angelina's Italian Kitchen on Acoma on the north side of town. It's a traditional, sit-down Italian place and everything there is fantastic.
I wholeheartedly second the recommendation of Ed's Deli - I seriously think they have the best sub sandwiches I've ever had. They have a pepperoncini paste that just makes the sandwich.
If you're looking for a good steak my favorite is the Golden Horseshoe, which is tucked away on the lake side of the highway on the extreme north end of town. They have a great salad bar, too, which is hard to find in town.
I also love both Barley Brothers and Mudshark.
I third the opinion on Ed's Deli. The sandwiches are the best in town. A great family-run hole-in-the-wall that is a Havasu Institution.
I also agree with recommending Angelina's. There are much better Italian restaurants just about anywhere else in the world...but for Lake Havasu...it is another charming locals hangout.
As for a steakhouse though, I have to disagree about the Golden Horseshoe. To me it is just a step above sizzler, and not very good service. The most rude person turned out to be the owner.
The BEST steakhouse in Lake Havasu is CHA-BONES Steakhouse and Tapas Bar. A bit trendy but not over the top or TOO expensive. It is just beautiful inside and they have a lot going on beside steak, so it satisfies a multitude of likes and budgets. They have a huge appetizer menu with the likes of steamers, oysters & clams that I have not had any better in San Francisco or Seattle. Also incredible fresh fish and pastas. Everything just tastes so flavorful. You can tell they put a lot of time and energy into their food.
The best place for Breakfast...is the Sugar Brook Cafe. The owner does all her own baking and everything is absolutely incredible. Again, a lot of love goes into it.
As far as Barley Brothers and Mudshark (and Shugrue's for that matter)...total mediocrity. They have been riding on the shirt-tails of "only-game-in town" way too long.
Don't get me wrong, they are not horrible...just zzzzzz!
Thumbs up to Agelina's, Barley Brothers, Ed's Deli and the Golden Horseshoe (my service was great, the food a little bit above average, but the best was the actual salad bar, which is hard to find in Havasu)
Add to this list the Turtle Beach Bar, a restaurant in the Nautical Inn Resort, located on the "Island." The only beach hotel in Havasu, the scenery is amazing, and the food way above average for Havasu standards. Make a reservation for a Thursday when everything on the menu is 1/2 off. Steak, seafood, etc.
The China Buffet, tucked behind the In and Out Burger off of Mesquite and 95 is one of the better Chinese buffets in the state. The food is fresh, nothing is stale or dried out, the variety offered includes decent Sushi, and the service is pleasant.
Scotty's Broasted Chicken, located on El Camino (between 95 and London Bridge Road - just north of Palo Verde Blvd S) is another small hole in the wall with about 8 tables but the lines waiting can be long so you might want to call (928) 680-4441 and make a reservation. Chicken, ribs, fish - a favorite of locals and quite tasty.
Hell yes it is, I would stake my right foot over it :) The food is awesome, its sort of a resturant and a deli being that there is a bar, some tables, a little lounge area and it has a classy but trendy atmosphere to it. It's a lot cheaper than Cha Bones (which by the way, is nothing but overally salted meat and wet noodles) and they switch out their menu seasonally. Also for people who are lactose intolerant, they have goat cheese to substitute regular cheese.