People usually sum up (and dismiss) Flagstaff in two ways: “college town” and “mountain town.” While these descriptors are accurate, they’re incomplete. Even given its sizable population of cash-strapped college students, this high-elevation, pine tree-swaddled town is a surprisingly sophisticated place to dine.
In the last decade or so, the restaurant scene has flourished under restaurateurs like Paul Moir and Kevin Heinonen, who presciently opened high-end restaurants geared toward people with money, in short, grownups who yearned for peace and quiet, good wine, and something more than cheap pizza and tacos.
Today, it’s easy to find great Neapolitan-style pizza, gelato, burgers made with grass-fed meat, interesting wine lists, oysters on the half shell, local produce, fancy cheeseboards, creative cocktails, and dishes so pretty it’s almost a pity to eat them. Almost. Dig in. You’ll need a week of steady restaurant-hopping to get through this delicious list.Read More