3 Restaurants to Visit on Your Next Trip to Williams

Angel GonzalezAugust 30, 2021
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Whether you are passing through Williams on your way to the Grand Canyon or just looking for a temporary escape from the Southern Arizona heat, this small historic Route 66 town offers plenty to see and do, plus a slew of notable dining destinations. Here are three popular restaurants enjoyed by visitors and locals alike for their unique food options and welcoming atmospheres.

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Pine Country
Come for the pies and stay for the food. Located in the center of the town’s main street, not too far from the famous Grand Canyon Railway train depot, this locally owned small business offers meals with considerable portion sizes and delicious slices of homemade pies that are often big enough to satisfy more than one person. With more than 40 – yes, 40 – pie flavors available on the menu, this restaurant is worth visiting for the dessert alone. Whether you are hungry for some delicious traditional American cuisine or want to try a towering slice of blueberry cream, s’mores, or double butterscotch pie, you have come to the right place! The pies may be considered Pine Country’s main attraction, but there are also plenty of options on the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus for people of all appetites. Hungry for a cheeseburger, country fried steak or a juicy 16-ounce T-bone? They’ve got you covered. Vegetarian-friendly dishes are also available, from a grilled veggie sandwich to various salad option
107 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., 928-635-9718, pinecountryrestaurant.com

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South Rims Wine and Beer Garage
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into South Rims’ dining room/bar area is a full-size, restored vintage Pontiac GTO (yes you read that right). Right there, in the exact same dining area where you will be enjoying your food, sits a pristine all-black vintage American muscle car that embodies the old Route 66 style that Williams holds true. But, enough about the car! This local wine and beer stop also has many great food options that will have you thinking twice about the stereotypes of small-town American eateries. Try the AZ Cheese Steak Sandwich with tender grilled sirloin, Peppadew sweet peppers and Portobello mushrooms, or the Puttanesca pasta dish. They also have traditional cheeseburgers if that is more your style. One of the best features that this establishment offers is its outdoor seating area, which allows visitors to watch a beautiful Arizona sunset on any given afternoon, while they enjoy a filling meal and sip on a craft cocktail, cold beer or flavorful wine. Our cocktail rec: the Cucumber Gimlet.
514 E. Route 66, 928-635-5902, southrims.com

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Grand Canyon Brewing + Distillery
As soon as you enter the front doors, you’re going to feel as if you have walked into a large wooden cabin located in the mountainous Williams wilderness. Once you cross the small bridge into the dining area (yes, there’s a mini-indoor bridge), you will see what might appear to be an old-fashioned cabin that has been converted into a well-setup dining establishment. This setting embodies the outdoor nature of Williams that its inhabitants and tourists have come to know and love. Now, onto the food and beverages! The Canyon Cheeseburger, Falls Bacon Cheeseburger and Rise & Shine Burger each have a half-pound Angus beef patty and come served on a Bavarian pretzel bun – truly a burger fit for a hungry mountain traveler. Just stopping by for the beer and appetizers? Loaded potato wedges, shoestring fries, cheese curds – all of them go well with your beer of choice.  For beer enthusiasts, there are distinct offerings such as the Sunset Amber Ale, Kachina Throwback Ale (a partnership with our very own Arizona Coyotes NHL team), Trail Hike IPA and various other drinks that celebrate the great Southwestern state that we call home.
301 N. Seventh St., 928-635-1911, grandcanyonbrewery.com


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