The hubby had a week break in between quarters and we desperately needed a vacation. I will admit, even though I attended school in Flagstaff for a year, I had never been to Sedona, even though it is quite close. This break seemed like the best time to go; and the best part, grandma wanted to take care of baby for us! As we were making our plans, I knew we needed to check out some epic places there! Now at first glance, this place may look like a hippy dippy resort nestled against the striking red rock, but there are some amazing places to eat while there!
Anyone who knows my husband, knows he is super skilled in finding any deal out there. It has helped save us so much money while not sacrificing a lot of quality (in fact, there have been times where we got a free upgrade because of his awesome deal findings!) This trip was no different; he found an awesome deal on a hotel and upon checking in, we found out that they offered a complimentary appetizer at their hotel for our night stay. So guess where we went for part of our dinner???
We checked out the hotel’s restaurant, REDS, and it was cozy. We were given our menu and thankfully we had that complimentary appetizer because it was a tad costly. After looking their appetizer menu, one dish one really stuck out to us! Remember my rule for eating out? I only order something that I couldn’t readily make myself at home. The dish that stuck out to us was the Porcini stuffed Saccheti with crispy pancetta. I knew my husband hadn’t ever tried porcinis and I knew that they weren’t super readily available for me to get at my local grocery store. This was what we needed!
This dish was really well balanced. The creamy wine sauce did really well to round out the pasta and mushrooms. And who doesn’t love crispy pancetta? A definite wise choice of our free appetizer! Here is REDS menu if you are in the need for a Sedona getaway and want to pay this restaurant a visit.
Thai Spices Natural Restaurant
On to the rest of our dinner that night! Now we had been told to check out a restaurant called Elote! Um, yes! We were all for checking it out but when we got to their location, we found out that they closed for a few weeks for vacation. Darn the luck right, so we quickly looked up some other restaurants to find a place to eat and we needed to hurry up because this small town was closing up shop soon. We finally stumbled upon a Thai restaurant and said why not?! Both of us love Thai, what did we have to lose?!
We had our dinner at Thai Spices Natural Restaurant and it was a quaint place that was pretty quiet that evening. My husband saw that they had a Pineapple Curry and that was it for him. I had my eyes on the Pad Thai, oh yeah! The food was really delicious and there were plenty for leftovers. So much food! Here is their website to check out their menu!
Indian Gardens Cafe and Market
The next morning, we needed some good fuel because we were going to go on quite a hike! My husband had planned for us to drive in to Oak Creek Canyon to a little Café/ Marketplace called Indian Gardens Café and Market. WHAT A GEM! This place was nestled right in the middle of the canyon. The food was superb and the outdoor seating was phenomenal. Apples are coming into season so they had fresh pressed cider for sale. Man oh man! Go right now up to Oak Creek Canyon and get this cider! For breakfast, I had my heart settled on the Huevos Rancheros with freshly made guacamole. This was fantastic! My husband had the smoked salmon toast with an avocado spread and alfalfa sprouts! This is exactly what we needed for our hike later in the morning. Check these guys out here.
After our monsterous hike of Devils’ Bridge, we were definitely in the mood for this acai bowl place we saw on the main street in Sedona. Berry Divine; they were amazing and it was so hard to just pick ONE. I finally settled on the Cleanse: strawberry, pineapple, banana, lemon zest and coconut oil. The granola was two thumbs up and I loved the shell the coconut oil created because of the soft serve underneath. My husband got the Brazilian: mango, strawberry, kiwi, and honey. They both were phenomenal bowls and when we go back to Sedona (oh yeah we’re definitely going back), it’ll be hard to decide what other bowl to get! Give their menu a look over.
Another fantastic site to mention that we explored briefly during our short stay was Tlaquepaque. This little outdoor plaza of art and craft shops, along with restaurants was fun to window shop through. Definitely need to explore this place more on our next trip to Sedona. There was a small chocolate shop mixed in with all of these art studios that had amazing fudge and definitely worth a gander!
That was our trip and I am so glad that the hubs and I got to escape even for just a day out of the blazing Phoenix heat before his next round of classes started. I can now say that I have been to Sedona and have seen a small selection of the food they have to offer!
What are some of your favorite places in Sedona to eat at that I definitely need to try during our next visit?