From desert diners to the best chili joints, the southwest (which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) has no shortage of amazing places to eat. Are you looking for some spots to stop during your next journey? Or want to plan an entire trip around this delicious cuisine? Look no further.
In recent years, the city of Scottsdale has become a veritable hotbed of culinary activity, with excellent restaurants and bars popping up all the time. Your best bets are Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, which serves up elegant regionally-inspired small plates. Or Sel, whose upscale prix fixe menu never disappoints. Then there is FnB, where you’ll find seasonal, local ingredients expertly woven together by James Beard award-winning chef Charleen Badman.
There are several spots to enjoy the state’s famous Green Chile Cheeseburger, including Blake’s Lotaburger, Arrey Cafe, and Owl Bar & Cafe. Or, if you’re feeling more like a cheesesteak, there’s a green chile variety at Johnny B’s. It’s located in the town of Truth or Consequences (yes, that’s its real name). Have an upscale, old-fashioned romantic dinner at Antiquity Restaurant in Albuquerque or go more contemporary at The Artichoke Cafe. Then, save room and head south to hit up Caliche’s Frozen Custard in Las Cruces.
Tulsa’s the place to go to eat well and eat a lot in OK. Ike’s Chili House, one of the city’s oldest restaurants, has been praised by celebrities including Martha Stewart, and has been doling out delicious chili from a top-secret family recipe since 1908. For something completely different, head to the upscale Palace Cafe, a sleek eatery with a seafood-centric menu.
It’s West Texas that’s technically part of the Southwest. But fortunately, there are a lot of delicious restaurants to be found there. Start with 12 Gage in the town of Marathon, which specialized in southern flavors with an innovative twist. Then, head to the Fort Davis Drug Store & Hotel (in Fort Davis) for a classic diner-style experience. And if you’re ready for more chili, the Starlight Theater in the ghost town of Terlingua serves up a mean bowl.