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Off the beaten path: Hidden gems make Flagstaff dining unique

Off the beaten path: Hidden gems make Flagstaff dining unique

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So you’re visiting town and you’re feeling a bit hungry. Foodwise, there’s plenty to check out in Flagstaff. Don’t take our word for it. That’s what Tuscon Foodie had to say about our mountain town which has just recently become regarded for its culinary culture. From the vegan Thai selection at Red Curry to thick burgers and Belgian style frites at Diablo Burger, Flagstaff has just about everything to delight the local food fanatic and traveling taste masters.

Sometimes with visitors’ guides such as these, it can be easy to highlight the big stuff. Maybe you’ve heard of Karma Sushi. Maybe you’ve slurped on some ramen at SoSoBa, grabbed a slice at Fratelli Pizza or chowed down on some barbecue at Bigfoot BBQ. Those are all great things to do. What we’re hoping for with this list, however, is to shine a spotlight on places a little out of the way—the quiet gems that keep Flagstaff tasty.


2320 N. Fourth St.

(928) 774-7292

All right, maybe you’ve heard of Satchmo’s, but its location is fairly inconspicuous, just east of downtown on Fourth Street, so we’re considering it a hidden gem. There’s a reason the Cajun-inspired barbecue joint took home last year’s Best of Flag recognition for best barbecue. Nowhere else in Flag are you going to find a better classic Po’Boy sandwich (with Andouille sausage, blackened catfish style basa, shaved chicken and more), beef brisket, jambalaya or house seasoned chicharones. Vegetarians, fear not. Satchmo’s offers the RVM, a locally sourced veggie patty. Don’t skip on the sides: Smoked beans, sweet potato fries, mac and cheese, cast-iron cornbread and more, all with a Southern kick.

New Jersey Pizza

2224 E. Cedar Ave., Ste. # 6

(928) 774-5000

Ignore the false divisions that have been established: New York vs. Chicago style, pineapple vs. anchovies, cold vs. hot. These are all petty things to keep us, the people, from recognizing the real threat: people who eat pizza with a fork. Yikes. Anyway, there are many places to get pizza in Flag, but we recommend heading to the east side for a slice at New Jersey Pizza. Not only are its slices worth the drive, owner and founder Marco Agostini has remained dedicated to sourcing his ingredients locally, “from the small family farmers, ranchers, artisan cheese makers, laborers and cooks of the world, whose endless work, wisdom and passion make it possible to bring this food to the table. May the fruits of our labor be a shining example of the way every human being deserves to be fed.” Now ain’t that just sweet?

Tres Amigos Food Truck

2532 E. 7th Ave.

(928) 856-9212

New to Flagstaff’s food truck scene is Tres Amigos Cuisine. Rolling into town this past April, Tres Amigos has found a home in Flagstaff’s east side neighborhood at the Sunnyside Market of Dreams. Tres Amigos co-owner Alejandro Hernandez says it was fun to see people try their tacos, burritos and carnitas for the first time during their grand opening. The asada and pastor grilled meat dishes have proved to be the most popular menu items so far. “We make a delicious and flavorful marinade for our meat,” Hernandez said. “We prep and cook every single item like if we were at home with family.” Other items include quesadillas, mole and cheese enchiladas, tortas and super nachos.

Aloha Hawaiian BBQ

16 E. Rte. 66, Ste. #103

(928) 774-3922

Sometimes Aloha Hawaiian BBQ is unfairly regarded as late-night cuisine, best after a long night and a few drinks, but really it’s amazing any time of day, imbibing or not. The restaurant is tucked away in the alley by fellow favorites SoSoBa and Flagstaff Brewing Company, but stop in if you have the chance and order a plate of delicious chicken katsu, kalua pork with cabbage, coconut shrimp or try a handful of items with the seafood BBQ combo. Plates come with white rice and a macaroni salad that is just sinful. Healthier options include grilled salmon and island fish which come with brown rice and a salad. Top it off with a boba tea or smoothie.

Morning Glory Cafe

115 S. San Francisco St.

(928) 774-3705

One of Flagstaff’s true hidden gems, Morning Glory Cafe is nestled between Southside Tavern and the Northern Arizona Yoga Center. Its brunch menu is only available on Saturday and Sunday and features everything from breakfast tacos and French toast to blue corn pancakes and tamales. Established in 1985 by Maria Ruiz, Morning Glory strives to be a zero-waste establishment, composting all its food scraps to grow its own vegetables and sourcing from local farmers. Serving up delicious local, organic and vegan breakfast and lunch, Morning Glory is one of the most underrated eateries in town.


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