Living in Flagstaff for over 7 years I have tried several different places to eat. Flagstaff is full of breweries, dives, upscale, and mom-and-pop shops that are all so very tasty and noteworthy. However, to keep this blog post simple and help with finding out the best food for a cost of $15 or under I am going with these five places to eat. You will be able to enjoy a mountain town eateries without over-spending. These have been some of the tried and true places that I’ve eaten at repeatedly since being in college and after graduating.
Located on N Humphry’s and W Columbus Ave. on your way to the mountain to ski or snowboard sits one of (in my humble opinion) the best burger joints to this day. Their burgers range from $3.75 to $7.50 and you can make it a combo with their amazing fries and a drink for only $3 extra. They have indoor and outdoor seating, both at which you can view the beautiful mountain in the distance. It’s the best place to grab a quick bite before hitting the slopes or just to sit and enjoy the food and ambiance of a mom-and-pop shop restaurant.
Historic Barrel + Bottle House
Historic offers a menu ranging in price from $8 – $17 and has some tasty brews on tap. One of my favorites is the Undercover Cucumber American Lager. It’s light and crisp with a hint of cucumber and makes you feel like you’re laying poolside on a warm summer day. Paired with a burger or sandwich from their menu makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
They have a very rustic and modern vibe that makes you feel cozy and caters to a fun day or night out with friends. With outdoor seating you are able to enjoy the fresh air while still getting the same cozy feeling of sitting inside. Located on San Francisco St. you will find yourself a half a mile down the street from downtown Flagstaff.
Right across the way from Historic you will find a little hole-in-the-wall deli. This is no ordinary deli though. Primo’s is known for their amazing hot dogs. You can only catch this deli being open from 6 PM to 3 AM and closed on Sunday and Monday. This is the perfect place to grab a quick hot dog on the go before or after going to the bars.
Primo’s is a tiny store painted yellow and red and has a blue trimming. There is nowhere to sit inside or outside but it is everything you could hope for in a hot dog. Their dogs range from $3 – $5.35. You can also find other quick bites there but the main event would be one of their creatively made hot dogs. With a hot dog like the “Drunk Uncle” how could you not try it?
Macy’s European Coffeehouse and Bakery
I absolutely could not write this post without mentioning Macy’s. For anyone who has lived in Flagstaff or passed through and tried this place it would be almost a sin not to talk about it. Macy’s offers comfort in sight, smell, taste, and feel of what you would want in a coffee shop. My favorite part of the menu, other than the coffee, is the breakfast menu. I’m not a vegetarian but their vegetarian biscuit and gravy is the shining star in my eyes. When my fiancé and I go he loves to get their waffles with fresh fruit. And of course we always get their coffee. The baristas are masters at the coffee craft and are very artistic with the foam and other toppings.
While their breakfast food is my absolute favorite they also offer lunch and other entree’s to try that are worth the visit. Their menu from breakfast to their entree’s are priced from $3 – $8. They offer a variety of food that caters to people who may have a gluten allergy to vegan and vegetarian options.
With this being one of the more popular food destinations I always recommend getting there earlier to make sure you’re able to grab a seat if you would like to dine-in.
A hometown favorite of Flagstaff, NiMarco’s currently has two locations and soon there will be a third. When arriving in town from the west side there is a NiMarco’s located right before the target. However, my favorite spot is the one in downtown just right up the street from Macy’s. Both locations have indoor and outdoor seating, of course. However, the downtown location has more of a rustic pizza vibe to it that I absolutely love.
Whether you’re looking to grab a quick slice or sit down with friends and devour an entire pizza together NiMarco’s offers a variety of pizzas to choose from. If you are looking to order an entire pizza they will range from $10 – $20. If you just want a slice or two that can range from $2.50 – $5.
Flagstaff, though it may be a small town, has a lot to offer in nature and, of course, in food. There are so many more restaurants I would love to add to this list but I wanted to keep it quick and in budget. If you are in Flagstaff for more than just a day or two take some time to walk around and explore! After trying some of the amazing food that Flagstaff has to offer I expect that you will leave with your belly full and your heart warm and happy.