Roadfood Adventures: Scottsdale to Bisbee, Arizona

7 STOPS | 234 MILES | 4 hr 19 min
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Scottsdale to Bisbee, Arizona

Roadfood Adventures are not just quests for great food wherever the road leads, but an invitation for travelers to connect that memorable food to the land, to its history and culture, and to the people who grow it, cook it, and eat it. Southern Arizona is rich with frontier history and southwestern food at its finest, as well as desert country that is a wonderland of unearthly natural beauty.

  • With its pink-upholstered booths and swift young staff who look so cheerful carrying raspberry glaciers (Sprite and sherbet), golden nuggets (Sprite, sherbet, and ice cream), and Turkish coffee sodas, the Sugar Bowl is the ultimate ice cream parlor.
  • Opened by Lo-Lo White, grandson of Mrs. White of the renowned Golden Rule Cafe, Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles, a soul-food paradise, specializes in crisp fried chicken and soulful sides accompanied by waffles you can gild with either butter and syrup or beefy onion gravy.
  • The Stand, a tiny-but-mighty burger joint at 36th Street and Indian School Road became an instant hit with the neighbors when it opened in 2013. A short menu of burgers, tacos, and shakes made with quality ingredients and executed with consistency locked in the locals’ loyalty. While the original Stand has paired down its offerings to hamburgers, fries, shakes, and their homemade lemonade, they’ve since opened the Grande Stand. In addition to the original Stand tacos (short rib, chicken and vegetarian), The Grande Stand menu features tacos al pastor plus a Sonoran hotdog.
  • The Little One is not just a place to eat. It is a significant presence in the community. A blackboard in the dining room lists the charities and good causes in Tucson and south of the border to which customers’ donations are given: An elementary school, an orphanage, a children’s breakfast program, a girl who needs an operation, and more. Love is as much an ingredient in this exquisite find as is some of the best Sonoran Mexican food to be found.
  • An empty-lot cart with a semi-attached dining area, Ruiz Hot Dogs serves one of Tucson’s best Sonoran hot dogs. It is magnificent, a beautiful cornucopia of bacon-wrapped dog and all the trimmings stuffed into a creamy-soft bolillo bun that has been toasted to crisp-edged luxury. On the side is a roasted pepper that strikes a fetching balance of sweet and heat.
  • Hip, culinarily sophisticated, all about local groceries & flavors, 5 Points Market & Restaurant balances trendy & traditional by serving food that is delicious by any measure. A few bites of sticky bun and an order of biscuits and gravy, along with powerhouse espresso and eye-opening beet-apple-ginger juice, will quickly make you a 5 Points believer… even a proselyte. This is a restaurant that defies stereotypes, that goes its own way with a sense of purpose and the skills to realize its goals.
  • The Bisbee Breakfast Club opened in the sleepy town of Lowell (a part of Bisbee, down by the border) in 2005 and has since opened four locations in Tucson and one in Mesa, Arizona. The everyday clientele at the original location reflect the curious population of a community that has gone from mining town to hippie enclave to artist colony and is now becoming coveted sunbelt real estate. Enjoy free-form wally cakes (pancakes with walnuts) at the or a chicken-fried steak topped with crazy-spiced gravy, followed by a lofty wedge of pie.

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Sugar Bowl

With its pink-upholstered booths, Scottsdale, Arizona's Sugar Bowl is a best-of-the-best ice cream parlor, serving magnificent sodas, sundaes and malts.

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Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles

Lo-Lo's specialty is crisp fried chicken and soulful sides accompanied by waffles you can gild with butter and syrup or beefy onion gravy. A Phoenix find!

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Stand

Burgers, tacos, milk shakes and French fries are all well above ordinary fast food standards at Phoenix's casual, friendly Stand.

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Ruiz Hot Dogs

An empty-lot cart with a semi-attached dining area, Ruiz serves one of Tucson's best Sonoran hot dogs.

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5 Points Market & Restaurant

Hip, culinarily sophisticated, all about local groceries & flavors, 5 Points balances trendy & traditional by serving food that is delicious by any measure.

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Bisbee Breakfast Club

After free-form wally cakes (pancakes with walnuts) at Bisbee Breakfast Club or a chicken-fried steak topped with crazy-spiced gravy, have a lofty wedge of pie.