• Stephanie Joy

Sedona Eatin': A little bit of this, a dash of that

Updated: Jul 5, 2018

Pizza, Rattlesnake, Buffalo, Chinese, Mexican and Donuts...just a few of our varied meal choices this past week while in Sedona. What can I say other than that we have eclectic taste?

The Cowboy Club

Uptown Sedona, 241 North State Route 89A


I have to say I'm torn when it comes to writing a "review" of the Cowboy Club.

First off, I am not a food critic, I don't have one of those highfalutin' palettes and although we like to try new and different things, we aren't "Bougie" people who have to try and act all fancy, like we know all the intricacies of the flavors of each and every meal we have. Plus, I am NOT going to pay a lot of money on a dinner unless I know it's going to be damn good, so I do pay attention to other people's reviews, because I know you can get a great and sometimes a better meal at a place for $50 and not have to spend $150 at the place right down the street.

Sedona is a tourist town and it is in the middle of nowhere, so yes, restaurants can charge higher prices in town, which I don't mind paying, as long as the quality of food is on par with the prices. I realize that the Cowboy Club has been in business a long time and we actually had a nice dinner here. We didn't sit in the main dining room, as they didn't serve burgers in there and that is what my husband had a hankerin' for, but our service was fast friendly and without issue.

Sarah wanted to try somethings distinctly "southwestern" so we got an order of rattlesnake sausage and onion rings for an appetizer along with our cocktails and Sarah's soda. The sausage was quite mild and true to form, tasted like a chicken sausage (it was good though)and the onion rings were too heavily battered and bland tasting.

For my entree, I got the prime rib with mashed sweet potatoes and broccolini and it was done perfectly. Sarah had the Buffalo Pot Roast with mashed potatoes and although she wasn't a fan (she said it tasted like re-hydrated beef jerky), I really liked it. It was fork tender, flavorful and was like a very lean marinated beef. I would order it again. My husband had the Blue Cheese Buffalo Burger. As he said afterwards, "It was definitely blue cheesy which complimented the leanness of the buffalo."

Dinner with 1 round of drinks and tip was $140 for the three of us. More than a bit higher than we would have paid for back home, but we can't exactly get rattlesnake and buffalo on any menus here in Palm Bay, Florida! Would I go here again? Probably not, as there are other restaurants we would like to try next time, but if you are looking for a solid choice to take the family, give them a go.

Coffee Pot Restaurant

2050 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336


Straight up, we liked the Coffee Pot, so I am not going to spend a lot of time detailing our food, but let me put it this way. We ate there on two separate occasions while in Sedona. Once for a late breakfast and then for lunch. The menu is EXTENSIVE. The service is fast and no-nonsense. The portions are frickin' HUGE, but after a morning of hiking, the Eggs Benedict and hash brown potatoes more than hit the spot.

Parking is limited in the main lot and people seemingly cant park within the diagonal lines to save their lines, but the food is good so be sure to go there. You get full value for your money!

Haunted Hamburger

410 Clark St, Jerome, AZ


I read about the Haunted Hamburger on Yelp and although it was about a 40 minute drive from Sedona, I thought it might be fun to head up to the historic Copper mining town of Jerome, Arizona, located 1 mile above sea level on the side of Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley. Jason LOVES to drive up windy roads (while I am scared to death and gripping the "oh shit handle" on the inside of the car door) and Sarah loved the idea of eating at a supposedly haunted restaurant, so we headed up there on the 2nd day of our trip. It really was a nice drive and we were able to find parking easily, but since it was late afternoon, early evening on Sunday when we arrived, most of the quaint little shops downtown had already closed.

We were seated at the outdoor counter-top that overlooked the valley and to be honest, service really sort of sucked. I don't know if it was because we were off the main dining area on a separate outside seating for maybe 10 people along this bar area, but it was like we weren't out server's main priority. Our first round of drinks took forever and when the chips and salsa, guacamole and cheese dip was brought out, I was less than impressed. I'm sorry, but when you are in the American Southwest, in a state bordering Mexico, it should be against the law to serve bright yellow/orange melted processed cheese food (Cheese Whiz) garnished with green onions as "cheese dip". I would expect that from a basic cook melting Velveeta and mixing in a can of Rotel as a dip to serve at a Superbowl party. Although the hamburgers we ordered were good, I just wasn't impressed overall.

If you go, go for the drive there, get there early enough to do a little shopping at the stores or take one of the Haunted tours (the whole town is supposedly haunted) and enjoy a little history.

Szechuan Restaurant

1350 AZ-89A #21, Sedona, AZ


Located in the Whole Foods shopping center next to a foot massage place, Szechuan Restaurant really seems to be quite popular, as it was crowded on a Monday evening when we went (and then again 2 days later). The reason we went twice was for 2 reasons. 1) They make some really damn good egg rolls and we wanted them again and 2) I didn't like my entree the first time I was there and I wanted to give them another shot.

Honestly, it was my fault for ordering something and not reading the description of it well enough, because had I actually paid attention, I probably wouldn't have ordered the Honey Walnut Shrimp again (picture below, second row, left) . I seemingly missed the part on the menu that the sauce was a mayonnaise based sauce and sorry, but it was just not my bag. It was cloyingly sweet and just didn't tasted good at all with plain walnuts, canned pineapple and tempura shrimp. My husband, however, enjoyed his Singapore Noodles with shrimp (top right photo) and Sarah totally scarfed down her California Roll (bottom left), as they had a full sushi menu.

When we went back, Sarah once again ordered the California Roll (two of them actually) and Jason ordered the Red Dragon Roll with sliced Tuna on top with tempura soft shell crab on the inside. I ordered the Mongolian Beef and it was DELICIOUS, although I wish that at some point in my life, I wish I could find a Chinese restaurant that actually has the perfect ratio of beef to onions in Mongolian Beef. Everyone is SO heavy handed on onions, but once you sort of even it out manually on your plate and begin eating, all concerns fall by the wayside. This was some of the best Mongolian Beef I've ever had.

If you're in the mood for Chinese, I'd recommend this place without issue. Just read the menu and take it from me. Avoid the Honey Walnut Shrimp. Your stomach will thank you later!


2370 Arizona 89A #6, Sedona, AZ


Utterly fantastic donuts. Made on site, each morning, be sure to get their early as they sell out quickly. Their Vortex Cinnamon Rolls are delicious and the Pecan Vortex are beyond yummy. Pop them in the microwave for 15 seconds and they taste even more amazing. Your stomach will thank you.

Oh and don't be expecting el-cheapo Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donut prices. This is a bakery. They cook all of these themselves and a lot of effort it put into their work. Trust me, they are worth the price!

MOD Pizza

4280 E Indian School Rd #101, Phoenix, AZ


We first stumbled across MOD Pizza in Seattle (see that review here) and really liked their pizza so when we saw that there was one just about 5 miles north of the Phoenix Airport, we decided to stop in for lunch before we started the 2 hour drive to Sedona.

We weren't disappointed. The pizza was great, like before, the service was very friendly and welcoming when they found out we were from Florida and specifically wanted their pizza for lunch. If you have one in your area and haven't been, give them a try. They are spot on when it comes to good, well made pizza!

Next up in my blog entires...The Grand Canyon and our visit to the most tripped out "Flintstone" themed roadside attraction you will ever encounter!

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