Food Lover’s Road Trip from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon

9 STOPS | 170 MILES | 3 hr 44 min

Road Trip Overview

This potential three day Roadfood Adventure will take you around Phoenix, Arizona before heading north on Interstate 17 to the small town of Sedona. With a mere population of 10,397 Sedona has three fantastic restaurants that are a must try in our expert opinion. After Sedona, hop back into your car for a short 29 mile drive before arriving at the last two restaurant locations, both in Flagstaff, the perfect place to stay before a day trip to the Grand Canyon.

Experience Phoenix

Instead of visiting the cutting-edge, high dollar places everyone knows about, you’ll discover less pretentious eats and sleeves-up meals. These four un-fancy smoke shacks, burger joints, dog houses, don’t cost an arm and a leg, and give you a true taste of Phoenix.

  • Great breakfast at Harlow’s Cafe. We recommend the Eggs Maximilian which consists of three eggs, onions, green chilies and chorizo sausage all crammed into a large flour tortilla.
  • Fantastic Barbeque can be found at Little Miss BBQ, the menu includes a memorable smoked brisket, great beans and grits.
  • A burrito served enchilada style; smothered in melting orange cheese with your choice of red or green chile sauce found at Rito’s Mexican Food.
  • Untraditional hot dogs served without buns at Short Leash Hot Dogs. Instead of on a bun, have your dog wrapped in naan bread, a tortilla or on a pretzel roll.

Sedona Stop

Heading north out of the city to Route 66, you’ll go through Sedona before entering Flagstaff. In this small town we enjoyed two breakfast locations but two totally different meals.

  • Massive cinnamon rolls and fantastic huevos rancheros at the Red Rock Café.
  • Perfectly plated Smoked Salmon & Fry Bread that tastes as good as it looks at Casa Sedona.
  • A variety of options, from craft beers to a bread-lover’s dream sourdough bread at the Indian Gardens Oak Creek Market.

Flagstaff Breakfast and Burgers

Once in Flagstaff, we have two locations for you to fill your stomachs at before visiting the Grand Canyon.

  • From eggs to pan-fried trout to an extensive espresso list, Brandy’s Restaurant & Bakery is definitely worth the detour.
  • A good burger with a spectacular condiments bar that allows each diner to customize their burger in whatever way they please at Bun Huggers.

Harlow’s Cafe

A bustling diner serving breakfast all day ('til 2pm closing), Harlow's of Tempe offers well-crafted omelets, griddle-crisp hash browns, and blueberry pancakes.


Little Miss BBQ

One of the best BBQs of the Southwest – one of the best anywhere – Phoenix's Little Miss makes brisket, pork and beans that belong on all foodies' bucket list.


Rito’s Mexican Food

A Phoenix neighborhood Mexican food stand with patio dining, Rito's serves exemplary Sonoran dishes: burritos, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas and chimichangas.


Short Leash Hot Dogs

Creative hot dog variations are the specialty of this clever Phoenix restaurant. If Short Leash doesn't have a wiener you like, you don't like wieners.


Red Rock Cafe

Cinnamon rolls are preposterously large in this friendly Arizona town café. Red Rock also offers expertly-made southwestern breakfasts and blue-ribbon pies.


Casa Sedona

Elegant breakfast in a secluded spot by the regal red rocks of Sedona. Ricotta pancakes are great, as is Arizona bagels and lox – sopaipillas and smoked salmon.


Indian Gardens Oak Creek Market

Modern food in a vintage Arizona waystation makes Indian Gardens a best bet for healthful meals, fresh-pressed cider, lattes, and great sourdough bread.


Brandy’s Restaurant & Bakery

A bustling café in an otherwise unremarkable Flagstaff strip mall, Brandy's is a #1 breakfast destination for locals as well as travelers along Route 66.


Bun Huggers

Steak sandwiches and hamburgers are grilled over mesquite coals in Bun Huggers, a happy Arizona Route 66 restaurant with colorful frat-house decor.