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- Finding Water in the Sonoran Desert
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- Chilly Drinks and Cool Eats in Scottsdale
The Asylum Restaurant and Lounge (200 Hill St., 928/639–3197, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. daily, $16–28) at the Jerome Grand Hotel has earned rave reviews for its Southwestern-inspired dishes, like prickly pear barbecue pork tenderloin and the vegetarian sesame tofu and roasted butternut squash. The New American cuisine is complemented by a terrific view of Verde Valley and an extensive wine list, which has earned kudos from Wine Spectator magazine.
Though the hours may be a bit scattered, the casual Mile High Grill & Spirits (309 Main St., 928/634-5094, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.–Mon., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed.–Thurs., 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat., closed Tues., $6–12) is one of Jerome’s best bets for a good meal. Breakfasts range from cinnamon oatmeal to Mile High Eggs, an English muffin topped with crab cakes, eggs, cheese, bacon, and a red pepper aioli. At lunch and dinner, you’ll find delicious sandwiches, salads, wraps, and burgers.
Belgian Jennie’s Bordello Bistro & Pizzeria (412 Main St., 928/639-3141, www.belgianjennies.com, 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Thurs.–Mon.) fixes hearty pastas like fettuccine alfredo, lobster ravioli, and tortellini carbonara. The wickedly good thin-crust pizzas live up to the restaurant’s namesake, the infamous madam Jennie Banters. Next door, the Flat Iron Café (416 Main St., 928/634-2733, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Wed.–Mon., $4–9) serves breakfast and lunch, as well as a decent cup of joe for a quick pick-me-up.
You can’t leave Jerome without having a drink at The Spirit Room (166 Main St., 928/634-8809, 11 a.m.–1 a.m. daily). Beers and bands abound at this Jerome mainstay, which feels every bit as bad as the old saloons that used to serve up whiskey to miners after a long day underground.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition