October 8, 2014, Prescott- My next few posts will focus on the places, and people, who help make this life sweet. Living alone, I get out and walk around Prescott just about every day. Here are my ten favourite places in town, to stop in for lunch or dinner, or an occasional breakfast.
10. Scout’s- This is a novel and refreshingly-themed place to get a tasty sub for lunch. Each item is named for a particular National Park, and it’s all made from scratch. Soups are good here, also. I stop here when getting my car serviced nearby, or when going for a haircut at Fantastic Sam’s.
9. Rosa’s- Arguably the best Italian restaurant, in a town filled with good pizza and pasta. I usually grab a seat at one of the long counters. It’s always homey, and sometimes raucous. The food never disappoints.
8. Sue Ann’s Apple Pan– I’ve only been here a few times, being a “breakfast at home” kind of guy. Sue Ann’s lunch items, though, are also made fresh. Here, too, I sit at the counter, feeling more at home that way.
7. Lone Spur- Being right downtown, this is one of two places to really load up on food, if the day requires a “one-meal” schedule. It’s all great stuff, and runs the gamut from heart-healthy fruits and grains to local cultural icons like chorizo, or biscuits and gravy.
6. Zeke’s Eatin’ Place- This used to be the toast, and a lot of other stuff, of Prescott Valley. Now, Zeke’s is an anchor for the resurgent Frontier Village, on the Prescott Yavapai Indian Reservation, just east of town. Like Lone Spur, Zeke’s is an old-fashioned, pack-it-in, establishment. The food is well-prepared and hearty, and one can easily take home enough for two more meals.,
5. Wildflower Bakery- This is the only chain establishment on my list, and it’s always crowded, but the counter staff and servers are as friendly as if they were working for Mom and Pop. It’s all healthy here, even the pastries. The fireplace adds to a relaxing ambiance. Wildflower is on the east side of Prescott’s Gateway Mall, three miles east of downtown.
4. Shannon’s- Here’s another small, downtown establishment, with freshly made sandwiches, and the best soups in town. Shannon and Murphy specialize in cheesecakes, which come as a treat, every now and then- and make great gifts.
3. Soldi’s- Three spunky young ladies, work out of a stationary food cart, in a garden setting. The kids, helped by their mother, put on a fabulous lunch, with modest portions. Friday nights feature custom hors d’oeuvres, to which one may bring one’s own beverage. Soldi’s is bound for nothing but success.
2. Park Avenue Deli- An unassuming strip mall place, on the southwest corner of downtown, and on the front end of a liquor store, of all places, Park Avenue is run by two mellow young folks- Jessica and Jon. The place is geared towards parties of three or more, but I’ve always been accommodated when dining alone. It’s never dull, with high-powered business people, groups of guys or ladies who seem to be friends of one of the staff, and random seniors coming in from the pharmacy across the way. I often learn more about what’s going on in town here than I do from Prescott’s Facebook page. The food is excellent and well-portioned.
1. Raven Cafe- Everything here is organic, both food and beverages. It’s another lively spot, and seems to be full with regulars, no matter what time of day or evening I happen by. Raven is also geared towards groups, but Lone Wolves are welcomed. Staff is a bit phlegmatic towards non-drinkers, but the food is fabulous and the rest of the ambiance is refreshing.
At most of these places, the staff would recognize me as the quiet, unassuming soul who takes a place at the counter, or at a small table, orders pleasantly but quickly, eats relatively quickly and takes his leave without fanfare. Nonetheless, I appreciate everything they do to make our lives here more pleasant and well-nourished.