Living in the middle of the desert, you try to find ways to truly escape the heat when the mercury starts to rise beyond your comfort level. My husband and I are very fortunate to have good friends that we have known forever that live up North from us, in the high, cool desert of Prescott Arizona, the states territorial capitol. Sitting at some points over 5000 feet above sea level, with oodles of beautiful pines, it’s so much cooler than my hot kitchen, plus I don’t have to cook when we go here!
The food scene in Prescott has grown with the number of tourist it sees. There are so many different, unique and familiar types of cuisines available. On this trip we went to our two favorite places, Prescott Station on Gurley street in the heart of Prescott and Bonn-Fire, over in Chino Valley only a five minute drive away.
We started our trek North early, so I knew that we’d have breakfast on the road. AHA!
I had Spam Musubi in the deep freeze outside. A few days before we left, I put the little bundles of my joy in the `fridge to defrost slowly. Then just as we were about to go out the door, I nuked `em to just barely warm and tossed them into a paper sack for the journey.
We met Mister DF at Prescott Station for lunch. Love this place! The menu hits all of the right notes. Whatever you think you might like to eat, they make it, or they’ll try their darndest to make you happy. We like to sit in the bar area, mainly so that the guys can watch the sports and news while they chat, and yes, men chit-chat just as much as women do, don’t let them fool ya’.
We had a different person serving us at the bar this time, Dave we found out is the local bee-keeper and only works at the restaurant seasonally. Shadow afforded us libations and suggests white sangria, WHAT? I’ll try that. They make theirs with their own recipe of Chardonnay, Muscat, pear brandy, triple sec, apple, peach and pear nectars, YUM-O-LICIOUS! It was so refreshing, and had to grab a hold of myself and not chug it down.
DH had the Ahi Salad Oriental with wasabi soy vinaigrette, the large size please.
Both Mister DF and I had the single shrimp taco plate, served with our choice of refried black beans and Mexican rice (which I actually ate, it was very good). The shrimp taco is grilled with Sonoran spices, topped with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and papaya-mango aioli, that I requested they swap out for the smoked jalapeño aioli, very good!
After lunch, we went to check into our hotel, but our room wasn’t ready yet, so we cruised on over to the Court House were they had a bunch of vendors selling all kinds of goodies. As the heat of the day increased, we found ourselves at Frozen Frannie’s. We had been there not so long ago with our nephews and really enjoyed it. Love this kind of frozen yogurt shop, serve yourselves, get it weighed and pay by the ounce, perfect on a hot day.
Once we got all settled in to the hotel, we moseyed on over to our friend’s home for a cocktail and then headed out for dinner.
Bonn-Fire in Chino Valley is wonderful. And HEH! Guy Fieri, we all sent the Triple D emails saying how you should check out this joint, DON’T! We don’t want the world coming in, we had a heck of a time this past weekend getting a table! It was just as delicious as ever. We topped off our meals by sharing a piece of Carrot Cake, Oh My GAWD GOOD! As Missus DF said, it has visible vegetables in it; it can’t be bad, right?
Okay! Sunday Brunch, my favorite, especially back at Prescott Station.
French Toast Benedict, Brioche bread dipped in egg batter and grilled, with a thick sausage waffle and poached eggs.
Served with vanilla hollandaise and fresh fruit
Fresh crepes filled with eggs, turkey breast, and a medley of vegetables covered with a our version of bechamel sauce.
Served with a mixed green salad
Flourless Brownie w/Sea Slat Caramel Ice cream; 24 Karat Cheesecake; Dessert Nacho Chocolate tortilla chips topped with marscapone creme and
vanilla bean ice cream covered with mixed berries, grated mango,
brownie crumbles, julienned mint, caramel, white chocolate and
Norwegian smoked salmon (lox style) served with a fresh baked bagel, capers, diced tomatoes, chopped egg,
onion and a whipped marscapone-cream cheese spread. Served with fresh fruit
Chai Tea Tiramisu, bite sized
As DH and I drove South, back towards the middle of the desert, we both commented on how odd we thought it was that we live in the “Big City” and yet inky-dinky Prescott was it ALL over us for places to eat.