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Treat Your Mom to the Perfect Mother's Day in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

It's time once again to show our moms how special they are. And there's no better way to do that than in a special city such as Flagstaff.  You'll have no problem finding the perfect way to show how much you appreciate her. And since Mother's Day falls on a Sunday, a number of restaurants in Flagstaff will be hosting special Mother's Day brunches. So get ready for a special day with mom in Flagstaff with these brunch specials.

Josephine's

From 10am to 3pm Josephine's is hosting a special Mother's Day brunch, featuring tasty items such as Brioche French Toast Bananas Foster, Southwestern Crab Cakes, Baklava Baked Brie, House Hickory Smoked Salmon, and more. $34.50 Per Person, Kids 6-12 $13.50

Little America Hotel

Come to Little America Hotel for an outstanding brunch experience.  This lavish brunch features mouth-watering meats, seafood station including Alaskan crab legs, made-to-order omelets, waffles, and crepes, plus customary brunch dishes, salads, gourmet cheeses and an extensive selection of sumptuous desserts along with a chocolate fondue fountain. 9 AM - 2 PM. Adults: $48 | Children $22 (Ages 5-10) | Children 4 and under are free.

Twin Arrows Casino

Enjoy a beautiful brunch setting overlooking the San Francisco Peaks, featuring made-to-order omelets, USDA prime rib, eggs benedict, a seafood spread and delicious desserts. Reservations recommended
928.856.7564

And if brunch isn't her thing, you can treat your dear mother to a day of pampering at Flagstaff Face & Body. And sweet treats for a sweet lady are always a great choice.  Flagstaff Chocolate Company is one of the best places in Flagstaff to get your mom that special treat.

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Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Some say that pizza is the perfect food.  If not, it's certainly the most delicious. Pretty much everyone enjoys a great pie once in a while.  The great news is that Flagstaff boasts some amazing pizza restaurants.  There's definitely a pizza for every taste and budget to be found here. Whether you like to dine in or take it home, you're sure to be in pizza heaven with these top pizzerias in Flagstaff.

Pizzicletta

Featuring wood fired oven pizza and fresh salads, along with a great selection of brews, you might want to plan on take out as the dining room is a bit on the small side. But if you can beat the crowd, then you can enjoy your pie in a unique dining area, or you can go to the brewery next door and order your pizza from there while you enjoy your brews.

Fat Olives

Using a wood fired oven actually constructed in Italy by the Refrattari Valoriani family, they cook their pizzas at 900 degrees in only 90 seconds, lending to a true Neapolitan pizza experience. To add to the authenticity they import their ingredients from Italy along with using traditional techniques to create a truly unforgettable pizza. And if you require gluten free options, they can still make you a delicious pie with their gluten free crust.

Nimarcos Pizza West

The only thing as good as the amazing pizza at Nimarco's is the fast and friendly service. A Flagstaff staple for 35 years, Nimarco's makes their dough and sauce fresh every day.  They have two convenient locations, one near the NAU campus and historic Flagstaff, and the new Westside location near the south campus of NAU on South Milton Road. People rave about the heavenly crust and breadsticks, along with the garlic butter sauce.

Fratellis Pizza

Also featuring stone oven pizzas, Fratellis has been voted best of Flagstaff by AZ Daily Sun readers every year since 2002. And if you want to enjoy something other than pizza, they have equally delicious wings. The friendly staff also adds to the great pizza night experience. They also offer gluten free options.

This just scratches the surface of all the great reasons to buy a home in Flagstaff. Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news and local attractions. And if you're in the market for a home in Flagstaff, sign up for our free listing alerts to see new homes as they hit the Flagstaff market. 

Spend the Perfect Flagstaff Valentine's Day

by Gary Nelson

Valentine's Day is just a week away.  Have you made plans with that special someone yet? If not, don;t worry.  There's plenty of romantic ways to spend the day in Flagstaff. From the traditional flowers and treats to the un-traditional, Flagstaff has what you need to spend the perfect Valentine's Day with your loved one.  Here's a few local business in Flagstaff to help you out.

Flowers

Of course, if you're going the traditional route this Valentine's Day, flowers are a must.  Flagstaff has some great local florists to chose from.  Robynn's Nest Flowers & Gifts Family owned and run, they​ feature a great selection of Valentine's arrangements on their website starting at only $40. Sutcliffe Floral is also locally owned and has a large range of floral and gift options.

Sweets

Equally sought after on Valentine's Day is the perfect confection.  And why settle for the department store boxes when you can find something special at one of Flagstaff's locally owned shops? The Flagstaff Chocolate Walk is the ideal way to find the most tempting treats made in the area. For just $8, you get a pass to explore the downtown area tasting chocolates and treats from local vendors, while collecting points toward a grand prize drawing, along with getting discounts from some of the businesses.

Dinner

You really can't go wrong treating your special someone to a fancy dinner. Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar offers contemporary American food made with local ingredients, paired with the perfect wine or mixed drinks. Josephine's Modern American Bistro is located in the historic downtown area and offers a romantic setting with two wood fireplaces to set the perfect mood.

Whatever you do to celebrate your love, have a great Valentine's Day in Flagstaff!

Find a New Way to Wake Up In Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

Are you looking for a great new way to start the day in Flagstaff? If you love coffee and are thinking about buying a home in Flagstaff, or you already live here, then you’re in luck.  Flagstaff is home to an abundance of great places to get coffee and tea. You’ll find both major chains like Starbucks, along with local shops.  And it’s these local shops that are fun to explore and discover a new flavor or treat.  It’s a chance to relax while checking out the art scene or just reading or socializing.  Here’s a few of the best coffee shops in Flagstaff to explore.

Kickstand Kafe

You’ll find this nice coffee house located on a quiet side street, creating a relaxing environment away from the tourist crowds. They not only offer great coffee, but a light breakfast and lunch menu, along with delicious pastries. Their espresso drinks are rich in flavor and never burnt, using the highly rated Italian espresso coffee and IIIy café. The friendly service and relaxing setting make this a great coffee stop to just sit and relax with your tasty brew.

Late for the Train

Also located way from the crowds is a great shop known for its unique atmosphere, previously being a gas station. Travelers and locals enjoy coming here on their way to the snowbowl , a hike, or the Grand Canyon.  They offer a full menu of drinks and a year-round pumpkin spice blend. The setting is eclectic, relaxed, and not congested.  It’s a great place to come and relax, especially during the winter months where you can look out at the snow covered pines.

White Dove Coffee Shop

This quaint little shop on the east side of Flagstaff is also a nice alternative if you’re looking for a local coffee house experience.  The pricing is fair and they offer a frequent customer reward program.  In addition to great espressos, they offer a light menu of burritos, bagels, yogurt, and smoothies. You can relax by the cozy fireplace during the winter while playing board games, or just sit and read your favorite book.

There’s a lot of things that make Flagstaff an amazing place to visit and to buy a home.  Visit our blog every week for more great reasons to buy a home in Flagstaff.

 

Awesome Food on a Budget

by Gary Nelson

We can't always dine at the fanciest restaurants in Flagstaff, but that's OK, as there's dozens of places to eat here that won't break the bank.  There's no need to sacrifice taste when you're on a budget with these top "cheap eats" in Flagstaff as listed by TripsAdvisor.com.  Here's a few from the top if the list.

NiMarcos Pizza West

A great choice for pizza in Flagstaff, NiMarco's makes their dough and sauce fresh every day, along with 100% mozzarella and freshly grated cheeses. And you can bring the dog and sit on their pet-friendly patio!

Galaxy Diner

It's the classic all-American 50's diner where you can enjoy all your classic favorites while you reminisce about the good old days. With their wide range of menu choices and 100 milkshake flavors, you can't go wrong.

Tacos Los Altos

We can't leave a great taco joint off the list. They offer delicious tacos and salsa, along with combos and burritos. With their fast and knowledgeable staff, you'll be enjoying your food in no time. 

If you want to see more outstanding places to eat in Flagstaff on a budget, view the full list here!

 

Great Food Awaits You in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

One of the great things about living in Flagstaff has to be the amazing food.  You can find just about any type of restaurant you want here - from steakhouses, Italian, Chinese, That BBQ, Asian, and Pizza - it's all here in Flagstaff.  TripAdvisor.com has rated the best places to eat in Flagstaff.  Here's a few of the top places to dine.

Delhi Palace

If it's amazing Indian food you're looking for in Flagstaff, your search has ended.  Both locals and travelers rave about their outstanding Indian fare. Some people even claim it's the best Indian food in the US! You can order from the menu or try new dishes at the buffet. The menu may look like standard Indian fare on the surface, but it's certainly above standard when it comes to your table.

Satchmo's BBQ

Mouth-watering BBQ meets unique and tasty side dishes at Satchmo's.  Where else can you get jalapeño corn bread? You'll also find Po'Boy and BBQ "sammiches", jambalaya, catfish bites, "dirty rice" and more. Satchmo's certainly put their own unique spin on Southern BBQ that's sure to please any pallet.

The Horsemen Lodge

No analysis of restaurants in Flagstaff would be complete without a great steakhouse. The Horsemen Lodge tops the list in Flagstaff for the perfect blend of amazing steaks, outstanding service, and Western atmosphere. You can also come for breakfast full of Western favorites like meat loaf and eggs, steak and eggs, and a variety of "mixers."

Find the Perfect Home in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

If you plan on buying a home in Northern Arizona, then no doubt you've already considered calling Flagstaff your home.  And with good reason! Flagstaff has so many things going for it.  It's a medium sized city with about 139,000 residents in the metro area, so it's not overcrowded.  Flagstaff is located near so many natural and man-made attractions.  Its location just south of the San Francisco Peaks adds to the stunning natural beauty of the area.  Flagstaff is an outdoor lover's dream come true.

When it comes to natural attractions in Flagstaff, you could explore them all for a lifetime. The greatest of these is, of course, the Grand Canyon.  We could just leave the list at that, but why should we? There's Wupatki National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and Barringer Crater to add to the list.  And you can also explore the 50 miles of trails in The Flagstaff Urban Trails System.  If you're into sports, don't worry, there's plenty of parks, disc golf courses, tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, and more to keep you busy.

And let's not forget about the great shopping and dining waiting for you.  At the Flagstaff mall, you'll find all your favorite retailers.  Or for local vendors, you can go downtown to the Old Town Shops to find locally made items.  

Where you have tourists, you also have great food. Flagstaff boasts impressive culinary selections, such as Delhi Palace, the Horseman Lodge, Satchmo's BBQ, Fat Olives, and much more.

Hopefully, your curiosity is peaked about this amazing city.  You can learn more about living in Flagstaff in Flagstaff Real Estate & Community Information, where you can also search for the perfect home for sale.

Here's a few of the finest homes on the market right now in Flagstaff.

Flagstaff's Top 3: Small Plate Restaurants

by Gary Nelson

My last blog on Flagstaff Top 3:  Fine Dining caused a bit of a stir, as did a blog I wrote Flagstaff Top 3:  Mexican Restaurants For Breakfast Or Lunch a couple of months ago.  So, I thought I would appease a few people by taking a few of their suggestions and write a new blog on Small Plate Restaurants.  Now, strictly speaking, at least one (if not 2) of these are not really in a "Small Plate" category, but...they are good restaurants and don't quite fit under "Fine Dining" or anything else I can think of.  So, maybe this blog should be Flagstaff Top 3:  Places You Should Try From This Blog!

So, here goes:

Tinderbox

Tinderbox is one of those places that is very good, but you don't really know where to categorize them.  Excellent food, but not quite "fine dining" as the atmosphere is much more casual.  "Flagstaff casual", as many of my friends would say.  But, as I said, it is very good.  So...that is why I am putting it in this blog.


Tinderbox

Tinderbox describes itself as American comfort food and that pretty much sums it up.  I had the duck last time I was there and it was great.  Next door is Tinderbox Annex and the burger special of the day is what you want to have there.  But, order early as they typically sell out quickly.  The locals pretty much buy up the burgers at Annex.

Tinderbox Kitchen is grouped with Tinderbox Annex and the Tourist Home and provides 3 great places on South San Francisco Street in south Downtown Flagstaff. All 3 are fun places to grab a bite to eat.  Tinderbox Kitchen for dinner, Annex for drinks or happy hour with friends and Tourist Home for deli items, lunch or to go food.  Give any of them a shot!

Here is a link to their menu:  Tinderbox Kitchen Menu

Here is a link to Yelp's Review of Tinderbox Kitchen.

And a review on Tripadvisor of Tinderbox Kitchen

 

Coppa Cafe

This is another very good (OK, it is actually great) restaurant in Flagstaff that is hard to categorize.  It is very, very good, has strong French and continental influences but is casual.  So, I am putting here in a blog on small plate restaurants in Flagstaff.

Coppa Cafe

Honestly, I think I like it better for brunch on a Sunday morning than for Dinner.  Don't get me wrong, because dinner is excellent, but there is something to be said for a nice, relaxing Sunday brunch that is done well.


Coppa Interior

Some people call it "coppa", that sounds like a Brooklyn version of copper.  Others call it "coppa" like copa cabana.  But whatever you call it, you will enjoy it.  From excellent coffee drinks to hand made pastries as this is one of Flagstaff's best restaurants, hands down.

Here is Coppa Cafe's review on Yelp. 

Here is the review on Tripadvisor.com

And here is the menu from their own website, CoppaCafe.net.

 

Shift Kitchen and Bar

Brand new to Downtown Flagstaff is Shift or...as the sign says, Sh/ft.  It is another Flagstaff restaurant located on San Francisco Street, this time at 107 North.  It occupies a space that was formerly Flag Buzz coffee shop and Late For The Train before that.

 

It is getting very popular, very quickly as it is quite good.  I went there a few weeks ago in a group of about 8 friends celebrating birthdays and it was perfect.  We pretty much fought over the pork belly which was the special that night.  It was excellent.


Now, a word of caution:  This truly is a small plate restaurant, so do what we did, and order a bunch of plates and enjoy tasting each others picks.  Otherwise, prepare for an expensive meal as you order multiple plates just for yourself.

Here is a link to Shift on Open Table.

And here is the Menu at shiftflg.com.

And a review from Yelp of Shift Kitchen.

 

You won't go wrong at any of these 3 above places to grab a bite in Flagstaff.  Each is great in it's own way, but different from each other in menu, atmosphere and presentation.  Enjoy!


Gary Nelson is a lifelong resident of Flagstaff, Arizona and is the Delegated Associate Broker at Realty Executives of Flagstaff.  Find your own part of Flagstaff at www.GaryNelsonGroup.com.

Flagstaff's Top 3: Mexican Restaurants For Breakfast Or Lunch

by Gary Nelson

Here is a link to my last blog, Flagstaff Top 3: Best Places For Lunch In Downtown Flagstaff.

OK, I will flat out say it:  Mexican food in Flagstaff is not the greatest compared to other parts of Arizona.  The best in the WORLD, in my opinion, is in Phoenix and that is Los Dos Molinos.  There are other very good places in Phoenix, Tucson and points in between, but Flagstaff...not so much.  I had a friend say to me once, "The best Mexican Restaurant in Flagstaff is...in Phoenix."  That's pretty harsh, but is very telling.

And don't ask a Flagstaff "local" either.  They will send you to an old, worn out, dirty place in east Flagstaff that has the blandest, overcooked Sonoran food you have ever had.  I don't know why people here think that's great, but maybe it's because they have never been to Phoenix or Tucson.  Or California.  Or anywhere, I guess.  I am sure that this opinion of mine will upset more than a few of the "locals", but the fact is...your favorite Mexican restaurant is terrible.

However, I am here to tell you that there are a few gems in Flagstaff and that's what we will be exploring in this blog.  I am starting off with Breakfast and Lunch places and saving Dinner recommendations for a later blog.  Here it is:

Tacos Los Altos

There are 2 Tacos Los Altos in Flagstaff, and the strange thing is...I believe they are owned by different people.  I would say, pick one.  For me, I chose the East Flagstaff location (3650 E. Route 66), as it is the original.  It has been several years since I have gone to the South Flagstaff location, but it was equally good.  My friends tell me it still is!  

Tacos Los Altos is a very "Mexican" Mexican Restaurant.  What I mean by that is that it is not Americanized in the least.  This place could be in any Mexican city and draw a big crowd.  It is that good and that authentic.  The shrimp cocktails are as good as anything you would get in Rocky Point.  I don't think I have a favorite item on the menu, so just pick what you like and you won't be disappointed.

Tacos Los AltosI can't seem to find much of a website for these guys other than just a menu page, but here are some reviews on Yelp:  Tacos Los Altos On Yelp.

 

Martanne's

​Martanne's has a reputation in Flagstaff for being THE breakfast place for Mexican food in Flagstaff and it is for good reason.  It really is quite good.

The place started out as Martan's Burrito Palace and was located in the first block of north San Francisco Street.  It started way back in the early 1980's and I was going there when I was a student at NAU in the late 80's.  It was located in a very small spot that was the Franciscan way back in the day. I remember going as a small child with my family and stepping out on to the street right as the All Indian Pow Wow Parade went by.

Martan's became extremely popular with anyone that went there and the main thing they went for was the Chilaquiles.  If you have never had Chilaquiles, traditionally it is tortilla chips scrambled with pico de gallo, cheese and sometimes eggs.  Martan's became known as "The House That Chilaquiles Built" and never looked back.  Their Chilaquiles are a bit different, with an enchilada sauce blended in, but...they are very good.  The cook for years and years was a little old lady named Alice and if you ever ate any of Alice's food, you can call yourself a true Flagstaff local.


Martanne's

Martan's has been through a couple of intra-family ownership changes over the years, a location change and a name change.  It is now Martanne's and it is still THE place to go for a Mexican Breakfast in Flagstaff.

Here is an Arizona Highways Article on Martanne's.

Here is what Trip Advior has to say about Martanne's

Honestly, I do not know a single person who does not love the place, and you will see it again in my next blog on Flagstaff Mexican food as well.  By the way, it is a great place for dinner as well.

 

El Capitan Mexican Grill

El Capitan started out several years ago as a west Flagstaff location for Salsa Brava which is another very popular Flagstaff restaurant.  After a sale to a local Flagstaff family, it was rebranded as El Capitan and has never looked back.  El Capitan went its first few years as basically another Salsa Brava, it seems because the recipes were almost identical. But over the years, El Capitan has created its own identity and now holds its own.  I believe that it holds up as one of the better places in Flagstaff for Mexican and let me tell you why.


El Capitan Mural

El Capitan is known for a great salsa bar, a killer margarita called Lily's and some pretty darn good food. For me, I will order the Shrimp Enchiladas with a chipotle sauce or the chili verde with an egg on top. Combine that with a great salsa from the salsa bar and a Lily's and you are set, my friend.


El Capitan Plate

Hey, look!  They actually have a website! 

Hey Look!  Trip Advisor likes them too!

 

El Capitan Dining


Gary Nelson is a lifelong resident of Flagstaff, Arizona and is the Delegated Associate Broker at Realty Executives of Flagstaff.  Find your own part of Flagstaff at www.GaryNelsonGroup.com.

Flagstaff's Top 3: Places To Have Lunch In Downtown Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

I am often asked where is a great place to sit down and grab lunch with a friend or business prospect?  Since I work downtown and grew up here in Flagstaff, I will give you a couple of great ideas in no particular order.  Here we go:

Cafe Daily Fare

This is a great spot to go!  It started off as a catering company and they have expanded over the years to become a Flagstaff favorite.  One friend of mine almost always picks Cafe Daily Fare whenever we meet for lunch, and I think I know why.  Very high end feel to the food and the menu changes a bit here and there.  Although not cheap, they won't break your budget either.  This place is not really within walking distance of Downtown for most people, but a short drive away on the shoulder of Downtown behind and east of Babbitt Ford on Route 66.  Very much worth the drive or long walk.

Cafe Daily Fare

 Many locals swear by the duck tacos.  I find them to be a bit too sweet for me, but they are delicious. For me, I will usually opt for a special of the day.  The enchiladas I had last time I was there were very good, as was the muffeletta I had there once.  Of course, the best place on the planet for a muffeletta is Central Grocer in New Orleans, but...we are talking about Flagstaff, Arizona!


Muffeletta

Cafe Daily Fare is a place you can't go wrong.  A bit crowded since it is somewhat small and popular, but a great place to meet a friend or 3 for lunch.

Here is their website:  Simply Delicous Cafe Daily Fare

Charly's

A few of my friends would probably disagree with me on this one, since Charly's isn't the same since Matt left, but I think it is a good, solid choice for a friend lunch or business lunch downtown.  I think they will get it dialed in as this year goes on.  Plus, if I take a client there, it is a big slice of Flagstaff life served along with the lunch.  What I mean, is it is probably one of the most "local" restaurants in Flagstaff, much less downtown.  It is also a good choice for a larger group, as Charly's has a pretty wide menu and everyone can find something to like.


For me, it's the Navajo Taco, hands down.  Chicken with black beans, please.  Extra salsa on the side.  If you don't know what a Navajo or Native Taco is, you are missing out.  It is a serving of fry bread (kind of like a cross between a funnel cake and a sopapilla) with taco toppings loaded on top.  So your meat of choice, beans, lettuce, tomato, and other typically Mexican or southwestern toppings.

 

Probably the best place to get one in Arizona is at Cameron Trading Post in Cameron about an hour north of Flagstaff on Highway 89.  But Charly's Navajo Taco fills the bill as well.  There are quite a few southwestern options on the menu, as well as sandwiches, salads and more.

Here is their website:  Charly's Pub and Grill 


Swadee Thai

Why Swadee over the much more popular Pa To Thai?  Atmosphere.  Much less crowded and just around the corner.  Honestly I would give a nod to Pa To for their food, but Swadee is quiet and is just a better place to meet people, in my opinion.  I do love Pa To, which will be highlighted in an upcoming food blog on Thai in Flagstaff!

At Swadee, it is Yellow Curry during winter, Mixed Vegetables during summer.  The Yellow Curry features a thick coconut and chili based sauce of your choice of meat plus potatoes, carrots and a few other yummy thing.  Set the heat where you want it, but on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, 3 through 5 will take away that winter chill!  During the summer months, I think the the Mixed Vegetables are perfect because it is a quick stir fry packed with vegetables and once again, you get to tell them how spicy you want it.  Perfect for my version of a quick, light lunch.

Here is their website:  Swadee Thai

 

That's it for now!  My next blog will be Flagstaff's Top 3: Mexican Restaurants for Breakfast Or Lunch.  

Here is a link to my first blog on food in Flagstaff:  New Restaurants in Flagstaff!


Gary Nelson is a lifelong resident of Flagstaff, Arizona and is the Delegated Associate Broker at Realty Executives of Flagstaff.  Find your own part of Flagstaff at www.GaryNelsonGroup.com.

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