Flagstaff: Pesto Bros., Macy's, Beaver St. Brewery
The newcomer here is Pesto Bros., a pleasant Italian place inside a remodelled dept. store: Heritage Square? --SE corner Birch & LaRue, historic downtown. The standout is their dinner salad with shrimp (my choice), salmon or chicken, large and delicious and all of $7 or $8. An amazing value, highly recommended. I've also had their cannelloni (above average), and the pizzas look very good. Desserts are very good, and the service is knowledgeable and friendly. Nice place. Parking would be a challenge at lunch, but for dinner, there's a bank lot across the street. No sign outside (that I recall) so here's the phone: 774-3020. A challenge to find the place the first time at night, but worth the effort.
Macy's coffeehouse, across Beaver St. from the Brewery, is a Flagstaff institution: inexpensive breakfasts and excellent coffee. Opens at 6AM weekdays, for the workingman's eyeopener (mine's the triple latte'). The only real drawback is the long line at busy times.
Beaver St. Brewery is another longtime favorite, best for burgers and beer. The house-made beer is always fresh & good, and I had two Lumberjack burgers this past week, both outstanding: huge, juicy beef patty with cheddar, bacon & all the trimmings. Heart-attack city, but worth the risk! Might be the best burger in Arizona. Note that BSB is best avoided on weekend nights, unless you don't mind the company of a few hundred loud NAU students. And here's a driving tip: if you're driving into town on Milton, turn right at Phoenix St., which is the last street before the RR underpass. This will lead directly to the Brewery, avoiding the Rt. 66 congestion and the wait for the trains.
Pete Tillman, who just spent most of a week working out of Flag.