With Flagstaff, Arizona being a highly popular tourist destination, finding a spot to grab a bite to eat can be a stressful experience. Since there are restaurants surrounding the streets of downtown Flag, there are a ton of options for foodies ranging from casual “grab and go” to fine dining. However, there were a few eateries that caught my eye and did not disappoint! Here are my top 3 Flagstaff faves!
Fat Olives began in Flagstaff, Arizona as a mobile catering company over 25 years ago. Award-winning chef, John Conley, has had his Italian recipes featured in magazines, newspapers, and on television, including “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” on Food Network. The menu offers woodfired, Neapolitan pizzas, salads, and a variety of pasta dishes. The authentic tastes and decor make the restaurant a true taste of Italian favorites. Located off historic route 66, Fat Olives has a large variety of customers; in 2015 and 2016, they were even voted best Italian restaurant in Flagstaff! My Menu Favorites include the simple margarita pizza, brussels sprouts, wood fired artichoke hearts, homemade burrata, and S’Mores Pizza! If you get the chance, be sure to check out the unique oven that is the heart and soul of the restaurant and produces the famous pie’s in 90 seconds or less.
Check out the whole Fat Olives menu HERE
For breakfast we hit up MartAnnes Burrito Palace, also located off of route 66 where they serve up a variety of tasty burritos ( including breakfast and traditional style), as well as sandwiches, tacos, and combination plates that are to die for! The never-ending menu selections and fun, colorful vibe makes this restaurant the perfect place for a family meal and lets talk about the Chilaquiles. If youhaven’t had Chilaquiles before, we can’t be friends- just kidding, kind of. It’s literally one of my favorite foods and I’m constantly trying the dish anytime I find it on a new menu on a quest to find the best. MartAnnes was a hit! In fact, on the front of the menu it says “the house that Chilaquiles built!” Not only is the food amazing, the owner is fantastic and has some incredible stories to share. Be sure to say hello to Anne if you visit and order your Chilaquiles “christmas style” with a bit of red and green sauce or opt to get the Volcano…a fried egg on top!
Follow MartAnnes on Facebook HERE
For lunch we headed to Satchmo’s per a friends recomendation. The Cajun and Barbecue restaurant began in January 2009 as a 250 square foot drive through building with only 2 employees. Now, Satchmo’s is comprised of a group of individuals that are simply referred to as “The Fam.” Satchmo’s serves up Cajun, Creole, and Barbecue specials, cast-iron cornbread, soups and stocks, and cajun spice blends are all made in-house. Their barbecue is paired with hand-blended rubs and then slow-smoked over wood. Not only is the food smokin’, but the lively, modernized atmosphere is an absolute hoot and they have the BEST tater tots in town…make that the state, maybe the world. Another favorite dish was the jambalaya. They put a twist on the traditional dish that is too good to put in to words, you just gotta go and try it!
Check out the unique menu HERE