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Culinary Adventures

Check out these delicious restaurants on your next trip north.

Is there a better way to explore than through food? Surely, no distance is too far for a savory top-tier dish. There are cities I will revisit just because there is a great eatery there. I still dream about the spring rolls from a noodle house in Victoria B.C. In fact, the last time I visited I departed the ferry downtown and went on foot directly to the restaurant practically following the aroma through the city.

Not only will a great restaurant draw patrons from near and far, it has the potential to transform a city. It can put a city on the map and eventually increase property values. Beyond the literal power of food, the sensorial experience is an adventure. The proper spice blend can transport you to another region. An intoxicating aroma of a dish can take you back in time. Dazzling flavors will transform your mood and put a skip in your step.

Phoenix metro has over the years made a name for itself on the culinary scene. For myself, whose family came to Phoenix in 1986, I’ve seen the food landscape completely change. From the familiar tried-and-true chains to independent artisanal haunts with delectable addicting culinary creations in every city. It’s exciting to see and experience. My list of new spots to try is always growing.

Beyond the Valley Sedona, Prescott, and Flagstaff are drawing a foodie buzz. Pack a bag, hit the road and make a day or weekend of it! Here are some of my favorites. 

Alexandra James is a writer, designer, and local business owner. When she isn't writing, designing home interiors, or curating her lifestyle store Desert Moon Market you will find her out in nature hiking, camping, and exploring.