Get thee to Flagstaff: 13 must visit spots to eat & drink

Flagstaff isn’t just a pit stop on the way to the Grand Canyon.

An don’t think of Flagstaff as a tourist trap either — the food scene and dedication to local ingredients has exploded over the past few years, making it worthy of a day trip, or better yet, a full-fledged food vacation.

There’s plenty to check out.

Brix

413 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(Credit: Brix)

(Credit: Brix)

If you miss Proper that recently closed in Tucson, check out its sister flagship restaurant Brix in Flagstaff. Locally farmed, sustainable, and organic food is the focus and the drinking water is purified via reverse osmosis. They also feature a seasonal cut of pork from Tucson-based E & R Pork.

For more information, visit brixflagstaff.com.

Coppa Cafe

1300 S. Milton Rd. #107, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Don’t let the inconspicuous strip mall location deceive you. Dedication to local is taken to an extreme at Coppa Cafe. Globetrotting executive chef and co-owner Brian Konefal forages mushrooms in the surrounding forests and cures meat from local farms and ranches. Pastry chef and co-owner Paola Fioravanti showcases the ingredients in her irresistible European pastries and desserts. The multi-course tasting menu is worthy of a food pilgrimage.

Seriously, we can’t say enough good things about this place.

For more information, visit coppacafe.net.

Arizona Inn – View Menu
Renee’s Organic Oven Pizza
Ghini’s French Cafe – Made With Love 300×250
Boca Tacos Taco Dog
Mama Louisa’s Caprese
Fox – North – Handmade from Scratch

Criollo

16 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Top Knot Farms Duck Breast at Criollo in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Criollo on Facebook)

Top Knot Farms Duck Breast at Criollo in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Criollo on Facebook)

Another sister restaurant of Brix, Criollo features Latin cuisine such as the Cuban braised brisket known as Ropa Vieja and the Brazilian hearty beef and black bean stew Feijoada. They also focus on working with local and regional farmers throughout Arizona and the Four Corners region.

For more information, visit criollolatinkitchen.com.

Diablo Burger

120 N. Leroux St., AZ 86001
Señor Smoke from Diablo Burger in Tucson

Señor Smoke from Diablo Burger (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Flagstaff is home to the original Diablo Burger location, which features the same dedication to quality with every single component of the burger. The Belgian-style frites in herbes de Provence manage the fine balance between a crunchy exterior and a creamy interior. The building interior is more intimate that the location in Tucson and includes a mostly-shaded patio.

For more information, visit diabloburger.com.

FLG Terroir Wine Bar & Bistro

17 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
FLG Terroir in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: FLG Terroir)

FLG Terroir in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: FLG Terroir)

While underground bars have a rugged hipness, wine lofts present an elegant hipness. Two flights up a nondescript building, FLG Terroir offers 30 wines by the glass and almost 500 bottles, but don’t miss out on the small plates, ice creams, and sorbet. The Pedro Ximenez Ice Cream is a sherry lover’s dream, especially when paired with a glass of Pedro Ximenez. The seasonal Blueberry Riesling Sorbet is also worth hunting down when available.

For more information, visit flgterroir.com.

Pizzicletta

203 W. Phoenix Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Pizzicletta pizza at Mother Road Brewing Company (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Pizzicletta pizza at Mother Road Brewing Company (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Just look at the beautiful leopard spotting on that crust made from slowly fermented dough. A play on the word “bicicletta” which means ‘bicycle’ in Italian, the pizza is out of this world. The space itself is tiny, but you can get a seat at Mother Road Brewing Company just two doors down and your pizza is delivered. It’s a simple, euphoric experience. Salute e buon appetito.

For more information, visit pizzicletta.com.

Proper Meats + Provisions

100 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Warm Aleppo Pepper Pastrami at Proper Meats + Provisions in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Warm Aleppo Pepper Pastrami at Proper Meats + Provisions in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Meats get the respect they deserve at Proper Meats + Provisions. New York strips and T-bones dry age out back, sausages are made by hand within view, and convenient containers of house-made soup are in the freezer by the entrance. All of the meat is local and easily traced back to the source. For a divine sandwich, order the Warm Aleppo Pepper Pastrami. You can even spoil your canine companion with some of Proper’s high-end dog food.

For more information, visit propermeats.com.

Root Public House

101 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Steak at Root Public House in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Steak at Root Public House in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Though fantastic eats are located throughout San Francisco Street, Root Public House captures the San Francisco city dining feel in its gorgeous dining room with large windows that bring in a bounty of natural light. The upstairs patio offers a stunning view of the city and sunset. However, don’t let that distract you from refined, comforting cuisine that supports local farmers, ranchers, vintners, and brewers.

For more information, visit rootpublichouse.com.

Ermanos 6 for 6

SoSoBa / The Commerce

12 Historic Rte 66 #104, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(Credit: SoSoBa on Facebook)

(Credit: SoSoBa on Facebook)

Unconventional noodle dishes and cocktails are proudly featured at SoSoba. Don’t forget to start with the addictive Pork Belly Ssam, which includes hoisin glazed pork belly, peanut, avocado, sunomono, radish sprout, and chicharron with butter lettuce. While they don’t intend to preserve tradition, they do preserve their dedication to local ingredients through farmers markets and CSAs.

The Commerce in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Commerce in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Next door, The Commerce offers a large chalkboard craft cocktail menu with house infusions, vintage spirits, and other tricks up their sleeve. Their fall seasonal specials incorporate hot coffee to keep you cozy yet buzzing through the night.

For more information, visit nonstopnoodleshop.com. Keep up with The Commerce on Facebook.

Tinderbox Kitchen / The Annex Cocktail Lounge / Tourist Home

34 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 / 50 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 / 52 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Tinderbox Kitchen in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tinderbox Kitchen in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Try to grab a seat by the plating area in Tinderbox Kitchenwhich features Chef Derek Christensen (@heirloombeardyface on Instagram) facing the dining area while spooning sauces, slicing meats, and garnishing plates with long tweezers. It’s a swift yet precise process that’s mesmerizing to spectate while dining on the “Progressive American Food.”  Tinderbox also proudly serves wine from their Companion Vineyard in Cortez, Colorado.

El Narco and Mezcalero cocktails at The Annex in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

El Narco and Mezcalero cocktails at The Annex in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Next door, The Annex Cocktail Lounge features creative cocktails crafted by mixologist Nick Williams. The small plates make it a lovely precursor to a full dining experience at Tinderbox.

Key Lime Tarts at Tourist Home in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Key Lime Tarts at Tourist Home in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

One more door over, the third sister establishment Tourist Home opens at 6 a.m. to offer a café experience with breakfast and lunch. It’s easy to get carried away with everything in the pastry display case, but make sure you sample other offerings such as the bread and house-smoked salmon. Gourmet goods such as high-end cheeses and local flours are available for retail sale.

For more information, visit tinderboxkitchen.com.

Where are your favorite places to eat and drink Flagstaff? Let us know in the comments.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He enjoys neon-lit dinners and long crab walks on the beach. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com
  • VeganCamera

    Ooops, how did you miss Macy’s European Coffeehouse: http://www.macyscoffee.net/ Best pastries in Flag (or almost anywhere in AZ) all baked right there and good, GOOD inhouse-roasted coffee. I never fail to stop here when I’m in Flagstaff.

  • TiroGrande

    Is Mamacitas Casita still operating in Flagstaff?