July 1, 2012

Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen in Flagstaff

Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen
1300 S Milton Rd
menu: picazzos.com

This Arizona chain has several locations around the state, all owned by Rick Freedman. In 2010 he made all of his restaurants all-organic, with menus featuring pizzas pastas, salads and soups, most of which have gluten-free options.
Flavor abounds in all the selections, whether you opt for the spicy Thai peanut with chicken pizza on a gluten-free crust or the chipotle elbows pasta with free range chicken, colorful sauteed peppers and green onions tossed in a spicy chipotle alfredo sauce or the watermelon mint mojito and everything in between.
Their daily happy hour features tasty drink specials - most of which also feature organic alcohol - as well as $5 plates to nosh with friends, including baked artichoke bottoms, dolmas and hummus, wings and more. The Flagstaff location is conveniently located within walking distance to Northern Arizona University and features a relaxed but artful interior space, bar area and covered outdoor patio. They'll even bring you a blanket to wrap up in if it gets too chilly for you.

June 18, 2012

Wine tasting event this week at Flagstaff's Cottage Place

Tomorrow (Tuesday, June 19th) enjoy a wine tasting event at Flagstaff's Cottage Place.
Starting at 4:30pm, Cottage Place will host Alliance Beverage for a Wine Tasting of about ten wines. 
"We are especially excited about the wines from Sbragio Family Vineyards.  Ed Sbragio was the winemaker at Beringer from 1984 to 2008 when he left to focus his efforts at the family winery.  We will be tasting the Gamble Ranch Chardonnay, the Andolsen Cabernet Sauvignon, and their Dry Creek Merlot," Cottage Place stated in an email. "From Beringer we will be tasting the Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay.  In addition the Cottage Place has a wonderful selection of older vintage Beringer Private Reserve Cabernets. . . Frank has decided to sample our guests on one of the vintages."
Other wines will include Stags Leap Napa Valley Merlot, Duckhorn Paradux, Belle Glos "Clark and Telephone" Pinot Noir, along with Caymus Conundrum, Calera Viognier and more.
As part of the tasting, Frank and his staff will be making appetizers too, including: Tenderloin Au Poivre flambeed to order, Smoked Gouda Gratinee Potatoes, Forest Mushroom Ravioli with Marsala Sage Cream Sauce, a selection house made pates and terrines, Brie en Croute, special cheese board featuring Campo de Montalban, Bucheron, and Pecorino Toscano, Caprese with local heirloom tomatoes plus wonderful selection of desserts.
Price of the event is $45. including food, wine tasting, tax and gratuity. Wines will be available for retail purchase at special event pricing. 
Reservations are limited. Call 928-774-8431 to hold your spot.

May 3, 2012

Mother's Day Brunch 2012 at Flagstaff's 1899 Bar & Grill

1899 Bar and Grill on the campus of Northern Arizona University is celebrating Mother’s Day during a brunch at 1899 Bar & Grill.
Executive chef Randy Walker has created an enticing menu featuring items like parmesan-crusted pork loin; grilled salmon with sweet chili sauce; made-to-order omelets and crepes; a fresh seafood selection and domestic and imported cheeses. The full menu is available here.
Mother’s Day brunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13. The restaurant is located in the historic North Union building on NAU’s north campus at 307 W. DuPont. Free parking is available at the High Country Conference Center across the street.
Brunch is $29 for adults and $15 for children and space is limited. Call (928) 523-1899 for reservations or more information.

March 29, 2012

Best veggie sandwiches in Flagstaff

Going veg but veggie burgers aren’t your thing? Check out these other veggie sandwiches to enjoy around town…

Stage Left Deli
15 W Aspen (Note the address is deceiving, as the restaurant is actually on Beaver St just off Route 66)
The Paisan is the veggie lovers sammy of choice at Stage Left. It features fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, basil plus olive oil and balsamic. This one is great for caprese fans like myself who enjoy the freshness of a delish salad on bread. Stage Left also makes a Flagstaff Veggie sandwich with red pepper hummus, feta, romaine, red onion, tomato, cucumber and avocado that’s a good, refreshing choice.

Café Daily Fare
408 E. Route 66
Café Daily Fare has two delish veg sandwich must trys, both that come on Village Baker’s locally made breads. The Veggie-Batta is a ciabatta with cream cheese and chipotle Dijon mustard topped with grilled zucchini and balsamic eggplant, pickled red onions, brie and sprouts. The grilled portabella gives you that meaty substantial “steak” with the balsamic glazed portabella mushroom on a Kaiser roll topped with smoky onions, poblanos, roasted red peppers and sprouts.

503 N Humphreys
Josephine’s Eggplant Veracruz Sandwich is warm and filling. They bread and bake the eggplant then top it with a tangy dressing and queso fresco, all served on a Kaiser roll. When the summer menu has a fried green tomato sandwich, get it. It’s a wonderful change of pace and taste on veggie sandwich options in Flagstaff. 

For a look at Flagstaff's best veggie burgers read THIS article.

March 28, 2012

Best veggie burgers in Flagstaff

Whether you’re trying to eat healthier, love vegetables, are a vegetarian or just a lover of all types of burgers, veggie burgers fit the bill. Here’s a look at some of the best veggie burgers in Flagstaff…

Pita Jungle
320 South Regent Street
Pita jungle makes some of my favorite sandwiches and pitas in town. They have a veggie burger and a black bean burger on their menu. Both are tasty and fresh but my favorite is the black bean burger, which is topped with roasted red bell peppers, mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. It’s got a nice level of flavor and spiciness. Gives a kick and is really filling and comes with a side of their deliciously different garlic new potatoes.

Diablo Burger
120 n. Leroux St
Diablo’s “The Netzky” is their take on a veggie burger. It’s made with locally sourced products including farm-fresh eggs, produce, and heirloom legumes. This veggie burger is dairy- and wheat-free and super high in protein. Add jalapeno jack cheese, grilled onions and guac on top for a feast. And yes it comes with the awesome DB fries. What’s not to love!

Mountain Oasis
11 E Aspen
Mountain Oasis is another haven of yummy veg entrees. Their home-made black bean burger is served on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, onions and sprouts. Top it off with cheese, grilled mushrooms and grilled onions for a juicy, satisfying lunch.

Morning Glory Cafe

115 S San Francisco

Morning Glory has the market corned on a hemp take on the veggie burger. Their Hemp Burger Deluxe is made with a hemp-based vegan patty that is topped with organic greens, tomato, onion, avocado, and cheese or tempeh. It’s a reason to go vegan.


2420 S Woodlands Village
Taverna’s Lentil burger give a Greek twist to Flagstaff’s veggie burger market. They house-make a lentil patty and top it with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and onion plus a tomato vinaigrette sauce.

Check out some of Flagstaff's best non-burger veggie sandwiches HERE.

(This article was originally written by Angele for Flagstaff Live!)