Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix’

Richardson’s, Phoenix, AZ

11 February 2015

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This place was GREAT! My friends Keith and Ben in Phoenix recommended Richardson’s, and we met there for brunch a week ago Saturday.

We all got the same thing: Huevos Rancheros, I think all three over easy. We also split an order of carne adovada. Just excellent. So good. The chili verde was a perfect spice level to complement the eggs and potatoes. The adovada was frankly the best I have had. The pork was perfectly tender and fell apart at the slightest prod, and again the heat of the roja was spot on.

This was one of the best New Mexican meals I have had, if not the best.

The iced tea was good, and service was fast and extremely friendly. One other thing: the restaurant smelled wonderful all the time we were there. That’s not something that’s common, but the cooking odors and the wood smoke drifted through the dining area, and it was a great olfactory sensation. Our check was around $50, great value.

The company was priceless.

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5 & Diner, Phoenix, AZ (Tatum)

16 February 2014

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My group of six backpackers hit this place for lunch after visiting the nearby REI. It was pretty darn good!

Everyone got a variety of things, including burgers, meatloaf, and eggs. I got a bacon cheese burger, and it was great. The bacon was thick and crunchy, and the beef was medium well just like I asked, with a nice crust on it. It had good flavor. It came with fries that were nice and crunchy.

Service was super friendly. The iced tea was good, and kept refilled. My check was $12.65. I would go back.

Jackalope Flats, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix, AZ (Terminal 3)

16 February 2014

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We got to PHX fairly close to flight time coming back from the Grand Canyon, so I took what I could, and had a quick dinner at Jackalope Flats. I got a pulled pork sandwich with fries and an iced tea. It wasn’t bad at all. There was a huge amount of pulled pork on a bun; it was pretty tasty and had a decent BBQ sauce on it. The fries were really good, and there were a lot of them, more than I could finish.

It took longer to get my meal than I would have expected, the crew seemed to have a lot of undirected movement, but they were friendly. My check was $12.17.

This place is connected to a larger bar next door. You could do worse than eat here. The choices in Terminal 3 past security are pretty limited, so it would be best to hit the food court before security if you have time.

Another Nice Drive, Phoenix to US 93 via Sedona and Prescott

3 June 2010

We went from Phoenix to Las Vegas Tuesday via the scenic route.

Note: don’t do this if you are in a hurry.

We left Phoenix after visiting the Arizona Mineral and Mining Museum, and having lunch. We hit the road around 1215.

We headed north on I-17. The drive through the mountains, with all the saguaro cactus, was beautiful.

We drove to AZ 169, the exit for Sedona. The drive to Sedona was somewhat slow, mainly due to a very low speed limit. The road seemed new, and had lots of roundabouts.

The views of the red cliffs was jaw-dropping and truly awesome.

Eventually we found AZ 89A and headed west. You almost immediately leave the red rock area and get into a large high valley.

We went to Cottonwood, a very nice town, and stopped at a Dairy Queen for ice cream.

89A continues through the mountainside community of Jerome. The road narrowly winds through town, going higher and higher. Jerome looks to be a nice little town. When I say it is built on a mountainside, I am not kidding.

Eventually the road gets up into the forest, and you get a continuous view of tall trees, with a lovely pine smell.

On the other side, you get into another high valley, occupied by Prescott Valley. Up a short slope on the other side, you get into the town of Prescott. We drove through town for a bit, and decided to come back and visit soon.

From Prescott, you get another beautiful mountain drive. Coming down on the west side, we made the turnoff for Kirkland, and headed north.

We did this because 89A continued to the SW to US 93, and I wanted to cut the corner. You have to be careful, keep going north on AZ 96, to AZ 97 just south of Baghdad.

The corner cut winds around a bit towards the town of Baghdad. You end up on US 93, with a couple hour drive to Las Vegas ahead of you.

This is a beautiful drive if you have to time. The direct route is from Phoenix directly up 93, and this adds a couple hours.

We hit 93 at 1715, and got into Las Vegas about 2100.

Quite the Drive, Albuquerque to Phoenix

2 June 2010

We spent Sunday night in Albuquerque, and Monday drove to Phoenix, mainly by backroads.

My first target was El Malpais National Monument. We drove I-40 out to Grants. Driving west out of Albuquerque, you head up onto a mesa, and then you can see a long, long way:

The windshield was pretty vile from all the bugs we experienced driving through the Texas Panhandle the evening before.

My intention was to gas up in Grants, then backtrack to NM 117, then down to El Malpais. When we got to Grants and gassed up, the big National Parks Service signs said to head down NM 53 instead, so we did. After a 20 mile or so drive, we got to the El Malpais Visitor Center. The rangers there told us a lot about the Monument. Turns out that there are hundreds of volcanoes (extinct and dormant) in the area (one of the things about driving along I-40 in the Grants area is seeing the huge piles of pumice on the side of the road; all that stuff came from the former volcanoes along I-40).

El Malpais doesn’t have much in the way of activities except for hiking, which is what we did (see my other blog post about that).

Also, NM 53 and NM 117 don’t have a hardtop road connection, except for I-40. So we ended up taking NM County Road 42 around the south side of El Malpais; it’s called the Chain of Craters road. It’s 25+ miles of mainly dirt and gravel road, taking you past a lot of cows. We had a Saturn SUV with high clearance, and had no problems making the drive. The countryside is beautiful if you like that sort of thing (we do). Eventually we got to 117, and headed SW.

Our next target was Pie Town, NM. There is a place there that sells… pies. We have driven through there a couple of times over the years, but Pie Town was shut down. As we were coming in from the El Malpais, we found ourselves driving in on a gravel road for 22 miles. From the north of town, we glimpsed this dish:

This is one of the radio telescopes of the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA). We tried to find it in Pie Town, but it’s a mile or so off US 60 and down a bit, so we didn’t find it.

We also had little luck at the Pie Town pie place. They closed at 1600, we got there right at 1600, and they had two slices of pecan pie. We got one, and R2 ate it. She said it was OK.

We headed down US 60 towards Phoenix through some truly beautiful country. There were a couple mining sites (they were mining “Ash”, which is really pumice). We drove through Springerville, AZ and had dinner, and through Show Low to gas up, where they are obsessed with speeders.

We headed south out of Show Low through some truly spectacular forest, then canyon, then… the Salt River Canyon. Stunning beyond words. We’ve been to the Grand, and it is larger, but the thing about the Salt River Canyon is that you can see all the way to the bottom, and it’s a huge amount of relief. It was dusk by the time we got there, so we had a great view with our eyes, but the camera had a bit more trouble.

It was getting dark by this time, so we finished driving into Tempe (a suburb of Phoenix) for the night. It was about 430 miles for this drive. We left Albuquerque about 0945 MT time, and got into the hotel at about 2134 AZ time.

If you like remote, rugged countryside, this drive will do it for you. If you are in a hurry, stick to the interstates, or maybe a major road like US 60.