4 Best Things We Ate/Drank This Week

Nikki BuchananSeptember 24, 2021
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The Frosé at The Oakmont
It already feels like a year ago — not three days ago — that I was sitting on the patio at The Oakmont, a restaurant owned by Wyndham Resort but parked on the grounds of Continental Country Club in Flagstaff. What fantastic views! Mountain and brilliant green fairway in every direction, the perfect setting for the launch of a short trip with a longtime friend. Our goal? To eat, drink, shop and talk for hours, the kind of getaway that begins best with something like this flower bedecked Frosé – a cold, lovely, slip-down-the-throat situation composed of frozen vodka, Rosé, peach, strawberry, lemon and lime ($8). It’s girlie, no question, but it’s also light, slushy, refreshing and delicious. Fruity but not too fruity, it makes for dangerously easy drinking on a lazy afternoon.

 


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The Nachos at The Oakmont
For a minute there, we considered eating salads, but another buddy of mine had recommended the nachos, just as he had recommended The Oakmont itself and the Frosé (clearly, he was batting a thousand), so we got them. And whoa! They were great! Nothing groundbreaking, just good old- fashioned nachos: thin, crispy corn chips, hot from the oven and generously ladled with gooey nacho cheese (lighter in color and tastier than the usual orange-y stuff in a jar), then liberally littered with black beans, black olives, jalapeños, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and the smoky hunks of carne asada we ordered as an extra. What’s not to love? We mowed our way through more than half of them, ruining the possibility of eating anything else except dessert: a half-baked chocolate chip cookie, served in a skillet with ice cream. It deserves a picture too, but we forgot.

Now here’s the bottom line. The food at The Oakmont probably won’t blow your mind. It will, however, make you full and happy. I’m so glad I found out about this easygoing place. It’s the best spot to enjoy the great outdoors in Flagstaff.
2380 N. Oakmont Dr., Flagstaff, 928-526-7990, oakmontflagstaff.com

 


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The Pork Cheeks at Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar
You’ve heard the term “meat candy”? That’s what the crisp-edged, ultra-fatty pork cheeks at Brix are like: sweet, sticky and sinfully good. So unctuous it’s hard for one person to polish this dish off and hope to eat an entrée as well. Glazed in a natural reduction sauce, the meat is nested on a bed of golden, faintly granular rutabaga cream, which brings buttery, earthy sweetness to the party. It’s the perfect foil for a tangle of locally foraged mushrooms, earthy and nutty as well. Around the meat, a quartet of pickled blackberries for tart-sweet punctuation, and on top, mustard green microgreens for a filigree of purple color and teensy pop of bitterness.
413 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, 928-213-1021, brixflagstaff.com

 


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The Tuna Sandwich at Proper Meats + Provisions
There are a dozen outstanding sandwiches at Proper — the Reuben, the Banh Mi, the PMP burger, the breakfast sandwich with mortadella, and the fried chicken po’boy, to name a few. And when I go there, I invariably order a sandwich involving meat because this popular sandwich shop is also Flagstaff’s best butcher. On this day, however, I craved something light, and the ahi tuna sandwich called my name. I fought that urge (who orders tuna out when you can throw it together at home?) for a split second and then succumbed, and lo and behold! It was fantastic. Sushi-grade tuna is poached in-house, then made into a salad composed of red onion, celery, capers and mayo. It gets a little sweetness from the onion, a little salt from the capers. Tucked between generously buttered and griddled slices of sourdough and served with thick, crunchy house-made potato chips, it’s the perfect comfort food sandwich.
110 E. Route 66, Flagstaff, 928-774-9001, propermeats.com

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