Category Archives: Eating Out

A Lunch Date At The Grand Canyon National Park

Since DH and I moved to Central/Northern Arizona, we are now so much closer to one of the Seven Natural Wonders, The Grand Canyon.  What makes it that much better is, we purchased a Senior Pass back a-ways when they were still only $10 for a lifetime of entrance to any of

¹  “… recreation sites managed by six federal agencies: National Parks Services, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service, US Army Corp of Engineers’.”

The card holder, in a private vehicle (as we were) can even take along 3 other adults, FREE! WOW!  We were trying to think how many times we’ve used DH’s America The Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass over the years as well as how many other folks have tagged along for the ride… a lot!

As of the end of August 2017, the price changed to $80, but if you think about it, that’s still a great deal.  Here’s a good example of that value: it now costs $30 per carload of 4 to get into the Grand Canyon, which went up too.  Both of us were pretty sure that it was $20 or $25, so there you are.

Last week, DH and I were talking about a day trip somewhere, seeing as we hadn’t gone or done anything in a while.

My suggestion was to start out really early in the morning on a car trip; we could have lunch at the El Tovar Restaurant in the Grand Canyon.  YEAH, let’s go!

What a fascinating building.  Originally a Harvey House, servicing the Santa Fe Railway, the El Tovar Hotel was built in 1905 and is still in operation more than 100 years later.

We decided once we got up to the hotel that we’d walk around for a while, along the South Rim Trail.  **Hint: You’re at over 6772 feet above Sea level, take your time, it’s not going anywhere – walk slowly and take small sips of water to overcome becoming dizzy.

There are some very unusual rock formations for sure.  Everywhere you turn is a wonder.

DH and I are still trying to figure out why there are pennies embedded into the pathway every so many feet???

Okay, so are you hungry yet?  😀

The restaurant in the El Tovar Hotel is “white linen service”, but don’t let that stop you from having lunch or breakfast for that matter.  It’s much more relaxed during the daytime hours.  And that view, I mean, come on man!  Be sure to go early and ask for a table near the windows, or call ahead for a reservation.

Sylvia, our server today, took our order and promptly brought us a basket full of these heavenly rolls.  I’m not sure exactly what was in them, but do try them.  And I think that it was salted BUTTER  to schmear all over them.  We asked for a second basket.  😉

DH had the Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich and I, the Rib Eye sandwich.  Both were very good and generous.  We were stuffed.  So we walked around a bit more, exploring the gift shop and then out to the veranda to simply sit in their Rocking Chairs and stare at the beauty.  I requested a glass of wine and DH a coffee.  Aahhh!

What an afternoon!

*Hint # 2 : I suppose folks think that there’s going to be a ton of snow, ice and general crummy weather at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim (the North Rim closes from October through May) in the Winter.  Check the weather reports before you do go, but we had a spectacular, sunny, warm day (it was in the sixties).  And guess what?  There were very few people.  That was the first time that DH and I have not been elbow-to-elbow with humanity at the Grand Canyon!!!


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El Charro Norte In Chino Valley

When we first moved to this area, we were renting up North, while our new home was being built.  Our friends who live up there took us to El Charro Norte, the sister restaurant to El Charro in Downtown Prescott on Montezuma.  We haven’t been to the place in town, but if it’s anything like Norte, we should probably go there too!

Let me first say that their Sangria is fantastic!  Also try the Skinny Rita.  Oh yeah, the food’s good too.

We ordered for the table a Taco Salad, a Guacamole Salad, Shrimp Taco, Chile Rellenos with beans and rice and a Roberto Burger.  Oh man, that was good!  We’ve gone back many times and have always had a great meal, fun times with our friends and a wonderful cocktail.  We’d like to go back this winter and sit on the outdoor patio with the fireplace and enjoy the countryside.

This is a little off the beaten path, but worth it.

La Bruzza’s Italian Ristorante In Prescott Arizona


It’s delicious, plentiful, reasonably priced and best of all (IMHO anyways), it’s BYOB!

My husband and I have been to La Bruzza’s many, many, many times and it never disappoints.  That’s saying something coming from my American-Italian husband, if he likes it and we keep going back!

Each table will get a large bowl of House Salad (which is excellent!) to share and Bread with Garlic Butter as soon as you sit down.  There is always a large board with the day’s specials that the gals take around the restaurant.

Wine glasses are provided should bring your own wine; they’ll even open it for you.

We’ve tried just about everything and it’s all good!

They do not except reservations (I think if you have a party of 8 or more they will), so come early to avoid waiting, but you won’t terribly long, they turn their tables quickly.



Sweet Potato Café In Prescott Arizona

We had another early appointment and as our reward, we took each other out to breakfast.  This place has been on my “to try” list ever since we moved to the area… Sweet Potato Café.

I like to look at a menu online prior to going to a new restaurant, so I know what I’d like to eat and make a suggestion to my husband as to what I think he would enjoy.

As you can see, DH attacked his plate prior to the photo op … HA!

For my DH, it was the Got To Have It Skillet:

2 eggs (soft scrambled please) and Potatoes with Bell Peppers, Onions, Sausage, Bacon, diced Ham, hold the diced Tomato please, and Cheese; choice of one: Sweet Potato Bread, Toast, 1 Biscuit & Gravy or 2 Cakes (Pancakes that is, Buttermilk or Sweet Potato).

For myself it was the Steak Skillet:

2 eggs (once again soft scrambled), Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheese, also with choice of one: Sweet Potato Bread, Toast, 1 Biscuit & Gravy or 2 Cakes.

DH chose the grilled Sweet Potato Bread and I chose Whole Wheat Toast.  Coffee and OJ were also on the table.  It was very plentiful and delicious!  We’ll need to go back again to try out some of the other wonderful dishes.


It’s Aloha Friday Once Again!

This calls for some Hawaiian Food from Young’s Fish Market in Kalihi Hawaii.

Starting from the top/center of the tray, Opihi.

To the right of that is the Combination Plate: Laulau, Kalua Pig, Lomi Salmon, one BIG scoop Rice and Okinawan Sweet Potato.

Then you’ve got a bowl of Squid Luau, MMM!

To round it all out, the Kalua Pig Plate with Poi and Lomi Salmon.

DH and I shared this tray of ono~liciousness between us and inhaled every bit of it!

Not shown was a piece of Kulolo and Haupia for dessert.

Now, if we only had a Beer to wash this all down with, that my friends would make it perfect!

ALOHA!  Enjoy your weekend!


Another Girlies’ Lunch Date At Gabby’s Grill

Missus Dear Friend and I try to get together every so often and it’s just us, no boys!  Sometimes we do some retail therapy first and then go to lunch, on this occasion we went over to Gabby’s Grill (the four of us have breakfast over at their sister restaurant Gabby’s Kitchen).

A glass of wine was the first order of business; aren’t these glasses cute?

Mrs. DF said that we simply must try their Crispy Avocado Egg Rolls.  Howdy Doody!  I’ve got to find a recipe for this.  It seemed pretty straight forward, sliced Avo, some diced Tomatoes and a bit of Cilantro, Lime Juice and maybe chopped Jalapenos…  and that dipping sauce was outta sight!  Not sure what it was but it was really good.

On to our entrees.  My friend had the Fresh Strawberry and Spinach Salad, asking that it be Dairy-free as well as Gluten-free.   I can’t recall what all was in it but it sure looked tasty, and that dressing!

I had the Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich with my side being a Garden Salad.  WOW!  That was a lot of food!  I wound up taking the salad home.

We lingered for awhile over our lunches, chatting and sipping our wine.  What a lovely way to spend on afternoon.  Thank you Dear Friend.


Mod Pizza

We had heard about Mod Pizza and it looked like they get pretty decent reviews, so let’s go.

The premise is you can order an 11 inch, individual artisan pizza and choose any toppings that you like, as much as you like and get it super-fast.

It seemed to me that the crusts had been par baked and were stacked on screened pizza pans at the ready.

Then it was kinda like Subway, they take you down the line of prepped goodies in hotel pans, even nice thick Anchovies.

So that was DH’s choice, 1/2 Anchovy and 1/2 fresh Mushrooms.

I went for the “deluxe”… Sweet Italian Sausage, fresh Mushrooms, Green Bell Peppers, Black Olives and Onions.

Ya gotta have something to wash it all down with!  We hadn’t had a Birch Beer in years and it was very good.

Now as for the pizzas, well, not so much sadly.  We both thought that they were tasteless and bland. We also agreed that had we ordered our usual plain Cheese Pizza, we would have made a big mistake. At least the toppings helped make these at least an edible pies.

So to summarize, neither DH nor myself can recommend Mod Pizza, sorry guys.