High Desert Market and Cafe

Eclectic | Sandwich Shop | Southwestern | Vegetarian
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There is no better culinary reflection of the eclectic nature of Bisbee, Arizona, than the High Desert Market and Cafe. Owned and operated by Peyton Tamburo, an actress from New York who arrived on motorcycle at the turn of the millennium, it is a place to eat-in or buy meals to take out, a coffee-juice-smoothie bar, a grocery store, a wine shop, a crafts gallery, a cosmetics emporium, and a town gathering place.

We’re especially fond of dessert: mammoth cuts of cake or pie that is fresh and expertly made. Coconut cream pie is a big, hearty western slice that is endlessly creamy atop a crust that is surprisingly fragile and with an ever-so-slight savory flavor. A thick layer of whipped cream floats atop the chocolate sour cream cake. It is quite sweet, but the cake itself, moistened by plenty of sour cream, is less sweet than most chocolate cakes: intriguing harmony.

For dinner, you can tuck into elegant artisan pizza, such specials as manicotti stuffed with spinach and ricotta along with unctuous garlic bread, or pad Thai with shrimp, bean sprouts, and peanuts tossed with rice noodles. Sandwiches, served on organic whole wheat or grilled focaccia (or on gluten-free bread), are made of interesting cheeses and cold cuts, accoutered with the likes of sliced avocado, pesto, caramelized onion, etc.

Breakfast is big: immense egg-loaded burros, sweet potato pancakes, and pastries that are made on premises every day. Of the muffins, biscuits, and cookies, our fave are the scones. Like the pie and cake, they come as mighty blocks of food – one scone easily feeds two – and they are jam-packed with whatever ingredient is featured, from chocolate chips to cranberries.

The juice bar will concoct just about anything you wish. Apple-lemon-ginger-beet is a house favorite. Among smoothies, the knock-out is a double espresso chocolate with banana and ice cream.

Note: limited hours in the summer.

What to Eat
High Desert Market and Cafe, Beet Carrot Apple Ginger Juice
Beet Carrot Apple Ginger Juice
Must-Try
Beet, carrot, apple, and ginger -- juiced to order
High Desert Market and Cafe, Chocolate Orange Scone
Chocolate Orange Scone
Must-Try
Positively packed with chunks of chocolate, the scone is a mighty pastry.
High Desert Market and Cafe, Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Pie
Must-Try
Coconut cream pie is a hearty slice that sports a surprisingly fragile crust.
High Desert Market and Cafe, Pad Thai
Pad Thai
Must-Try
Pad Thai features shrimp atop stir-fried noodles.
High Desert Market and Cafe, Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Must-Try
Moist, buttery upside-down cake with a sweet crown and pineapple ring
High Desert Market and Cafe, Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie
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Key Lime Pie features a thicker graham cracker crust and a ribbon of whipped cream on top.
High Desert Market and Cafe, Green Chile and Cheddar Quiche
Green Chile and Cheddar Quiche
Must-Try
Green chile and cheddar morning quiche
High Desert Market and Cafe, Manicotti
Manicotti
Manicotti stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese
High Desert Market and Cafe, Pizza
Pizza
Artisan pizzas are thin-crusted
High Desert Market and Cafe, Hearts of Palm Salad
Hearts of Palm Salad
Hearts of palm salad includes blue cheese, pineneuts, olives, and tomatoes.
High Desert Market and Cafe, chocolate Cream Pie
chocolate Cream Pie
Light and just-right sweet chocolate cream pie
High Desert Market and Cafe, Heath Bar Cookies
Heath Bar Cookies
Heath bar cookies
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday9am - 5pm
Monday9am - 5pm
TuesdayCLOSED
WednesdayCLOSED
Thursday9am - 5pm
Friday9am - 5pm
Saturday9am - 5pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 82 MILES | 1 hr 52 min

There are so many good places to eat in Tucson, it can be tough to leave; but if you head southwest, through Sierra Vista and on to Douglas, there are some surprising, little-known culinary gems.

Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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