What is it? Started by James Beard nominee Chef Jeff Smedstad, this destination dining spot is named after a food—street corn—the chef learned about on his travels throughout Mexico.
Why go? The namesake, Elote, is a small dish of fire roasted corn cut straight off the cob with mayonnaise, lime, hot sauce and cotija cheese crumbles. It’s the must-try appetizer at this Mexican restaurant. Also worth trying: the cucumber margaritas and any entrée with molé.
Sedona’s food and wine scene varies from high-end to earthy organic, with a bit of laidback touristy thrown in for good measure. Mexican food is just as common as pizza here, but at the same time you’ll be able to find the type of fine dining venue with lengthy wine list you might be accustomed to back home. The trend here has long been a focus on fresh, healthy, local ingredients, so vegans and vegetarians will have no problem finding a good meal. If you're looking for fun things to do in the city, live music is another popular trend, so prepare for some intimate acoustic sets while you eat. Because the town is surrounded by gorgeous red rock formations, great views are almost never a problem, as most restaurants offer a patio for your leisurely meal. Here’s a our pick of the best restaurants in Sedona.