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Where else can you get cactus fries and rattlesnake? Slip into one of the big booths at Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits (241 N. Hwy. 89A, 928/282-4200, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily, $10–28) and admire the “second-largest set of Longhorn horns in the United States.” It may not be true, but they’re fun to appreciate while digging into the buffalo chili, fresh seafood, and delicious barbecue. This is definitely the place to go for cowboy-worthy steaks and ribs. Next door, the more upscale sibling, Silver Saddle Room (5–9 p.m. daily, $16–44), features a slightly more elegant menu in a less-touristy atmosphere.
Every town needs a hole-in-the-wall barbecue joint. Drop into Sally’s Mesquite BBQ & Grill (250 Jordan Rd., 928/282-6533, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. daily, $8–15) for a pulled pork sandwich, smoked beef brisket, or St. Louis-style ribs that are as good as you’ll get anywhere in Arizona. The relaxed lunch and dinner spot has been serving up tasty sides like fresh-cut fries and homemade baked beans and cole slaw for more than 20 years.
Get your hands dirty at Red Rock BBQ (150 Hwy. 179, 928/204-5975, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $9–18). Dive into the hickory-smoked pork sandwiches, spicy wings, and juicy hamburgers. Even the thick shakes and sweet berry cobbler will have you reaching for more napkins. The casual restaurant is a nice place to kick back on the patio with a beer and take in the red-rock views.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition