July 30, 2008

Canyon Breeze

By Angele Sionna

300 N Hwy 89A (in the Sedona Center)
Sedona, AZ
Partial menu at: canyon-breeze.com

The Food (taste/flavor/quality of food & drinks)
>>>= good, but not great

The Atmosphere (environment, wait staff, comfortableness)
xxxx= comfortable

Price (what to generally expect to pay per person per entree)
$$ = $10

Value (what you get for your money)
** = okay - overpriced for quality/taste

Need a break after shopping in Sedona’s uptown tourist area? A good place to stop for a margarita, taco salad, and a great view is Canyon Breeze. There is nothing fancy about this restaurant. You order at a counter, are given a light-up buzzer, and seat yourself.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Canyon Breeze Taco Salad"]Canyon Breeze Taco Salad[/caption]

I head straight to the patio, which always seems to have a cool breeze passing through. It feels just like you’re hanging out at your balcony at home with the over-sized comfy chairs. It’s good for kids too because there’s no need to worry about too much noise in this casual atmosphere. When your order is ready the buzzer lights up (which thrills my two year old every time) and you pick up your food and drinks and bring it all back to the table on a tray.

On my latest trip to Canyon Breeze, I went with my mom who was visiting from out of town. She always requests to go here because she enjoys the atmosphere and sitting in the sun. Plus quite honestly, she doesn’t like when waiters come over and bother you while you’re eating. You don’t get any of that here, as there aren’t any waiters at all.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Canyon Breeze Cheeseburger"]Canyon Breeze Cheeseburger[/caption]

The menu at Canyon Breeze is varied, everything from taco salads and enchiladas to hamburgers with fries. I order the chicken taco salad whenever I’m here. It comes with mixed greens, guacamole, sour crème, salsa, and lots of grilled chicken breast all served in a tortilla bowl. Again, it’s not fancy but it tastes good. I also like to order a margarita from the separate bar inside the Sedona Center and drink that while waiting for the food to be ready. My mom ordered the cheeseburger and fries special on this visit. The fries are really good: crispy, flavorful, and fresh without being too salty. The burger was a burger. Nothing special, but juicy and satisfying.

The theme really of Canyon Breeze: simple, easy, and something for everyone… right in the middle of the big tourist shopping area. It’s worth a try if you’re around, but not worth a trip to Sedona just to eat there.

For more photos of Canyon Breeze, click HERE.


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