Tue, Jan. 28

Bites and sips to the max

Carolyn Fisher and Carol Keefer enjoy delicious luncheon salads while visiting at the  Schoolhouse Restaurant

Carolyn Fisher and Carol Keefer enjoy delicious luncheon salads while visiting at the  Schoolhouse Restaurant

There are so many new and exciting "foodie" things happening at this prime time in the VOC and surrounding area (ideal for strolling SR 179, patio dining, building up appetites by hiking, biking and gardening, pre and post festival attendance, etc.)

We thought we'd just give you heads up.

Schoolhouse Restaurant-7000 SR 179 (Tequa/The Collective) 928-284-2240 is serving lunch from 11-3 again. and new, a Sunday brunch. Happy hour begins at 4:30. Patrons can use the outside patios when they leave their credit card with the bartender.

Bike and Bean -- Bell Rock Plaza for a couple years, B&B, now at 75 BR Plaza has moved up next to Famous Pizza. Why we asked? To continue to serve bikers and elevate the "Bean" portion of their name. Open 8-5, it serves hot and cold coffee and other beverages as well as pick up breakfast, lunch and snack items.928-284-0210

The Village Grind -7000 SR 179 (Tequa/Collective) opened in the former Love Cafe and Posse Ground location. John and Nikki Ramagli offer coffee drinks using the top of the line expresso machine. Also teas and bottled healthy beverages, grab and go breakfast and lunch items as well as fresh produce, fair trade Infusion Coffee, baked goods by Beth Gold and gelato. The Ramaglis are working with Verde Valley School to allow the organic produce grown on its gardens to be certified for commercial use. Hours 6:30-3. 928-300-9712

Canyon Tree Patio/Grill (see Page 4) is the re-branding of Redstone Patio at the VOCA Clubhouse, 690 Bell Rock Blvd.

Senor Bob's -2015 W. SR 89A, across from Walgreens. A great beef hot dog with your choice of fixin's, fresh cut fries and bottled/canned beverage is always a special deal. The "Terry Frankl" sauce adds zip. Owner Craig Nimitz said hamburgers and a beignet bar are "happening soon" 928-254-8415

Lulu's Chocolate Lounge for true chocolate aficionados. Suzie recently visited the local shop, 2301 W. SR 89A Ste 106, 928-554-1189 and found "eye candy" (photo attached)-a case of shiny beautiful chocolates, made by more than one chocolatier, some local. Lulu's is known for showcasing raw, organic, vegetarian, soy-free, gluten-free items made with fair trade Ecuadorian cacao.

Café Paleo Brio -1650 SR 89A, 928-862-4202, occupies the former location of Shallot's and Dan's. We were lucky to stop by on a "soft opening" day. We enjoyed sandwiches and sides. Each was delicious. A Paleo diet refers to a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products and processed food. Hours: 8-3 (will be extended when a liquor license is obtained.)

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