RESTAURANTS: Ah, food, my favorite subject ;-) Restaurants patronized during my stay were as follows:
- STAGE LEFT DELI: We actually had lunch delivered to our office. They’re located in the Historic Downtown area of Flagstaff. They are a New York style deli serving generously sized hot and cold subs, on locally-made and very yummy bread rolls. The sandwiches have names like “the Jersey Girl” (hi SJG!) and “the Guido.” Many of their sandwiches are made with Buffalo-style mozzarella, y’know, the kind that makes you want to call it “mootsarell.” Their actual restaurant is small but cozy, but they have a nice little patio. With Flagstaff having an unseasonably warm winter so far, we could have sat out there. Most of us could only eat half our sandwiches, they’re so huge.
- FAT OLIVE’S: This restaurant is new, as in brand-spankin’; they’ve only been open for two weeks. Their specialty is wood-fired artisan pizza. They strive to be as authentically Italian as possible, using very fresh ingredients including sausage and mozzarella made on the premises, and locally grown produce. Their prices are quite reasonable considering. Fat Olive’s has a lot of potential and I think someday they will be great, but right now they have a few “growing pains” to sort out. More on that in my forthcoming review.
- PITA JUNGLE: Here again, we had our lunch delivered (many restaurants in Flagstaff deliver to hotels, offices, etc.). It was delicious, more of a Greek/Mediterranean style menu. We had 3 kinds of hummus, spinach salad and huge pita sandwiches, including falafel, hummus and taboule. Being half-Armenian, this tasted like my Grandma’s cooking back in Fresno – what a treat! Apparently they do Happy Hour & Tapas in the afternoon. Their actual store is located off Butler Ave. near the Little America, which I didn’t get to see, but pictures look nice.
- SAKURA: The highlight of my visit, gastronomically speaking anyway. Here in Wyoming, sushi is better known as “fish bait,” so I was definitely looking forward to this! We sat at a teppan-yaki table. Half of our party did the hot stuff, the other half the “cool” stuff (they let you order sushi even if you’re sitting at the hot tables). Our chef, Reuben, was very good at his job and obviously enjoyed it. He put on quite the show with the fire oil, juggling his utensils and such. He was fun and very friendly. The meal was great and a wonderful finale to my visit. Sakura is located inside the Radisson Woodlands Plaza hotel.