Phoenix -- If you're traveling around the state and looking for some good eats, where do you turn? Arizona Highways Magazine has put together its annual list of best restaurant picks.
This year magazine staffers tried something different, and sent out some of their favorite foodie photographers, to capture some cool culinary spots around our state.
Gina Maravilla met with editor-in-chief Robert Stieve on Good Morning Arizona Wednesday, to talk about some of the restaurants that made the list.
The first place is right here in town: Asi Es La Vida at 24th Street and Camelback in Phoenix. The restaurant specializes in dishes found in Central Mexico.
If you're headed up north, check out Cliff Dwellers Lodge in Marble Canyon. "It's where the rafters launch when they go down the Colorado River," says Stieve.
The views of the Vermilion Cliffs are also a trademark of the Cliff Dwellers Lodge. The restaurant is located on the road that connects the Grand Canyon's North and South Rims.
"It's not a place you'd stop," Stieve says. "But as it turns out, it has excellent, excellent food."
If you're in the Williams area, you won't want to miss the Dara Thai Café: Pranee Adachi and her daughter, Jarunee Krathinthong, serve dishes inspired by Adachi's mother's recipes. "It's a family with roots in Thailand, so they know what they're doing," says Stieve.
The restaurant also has a location in Flagstaff.
In Superior, make sure to check out Los Hermanos: It's destination for cowboys and anyone else who appreciates a no-frills meal.
"Superior is a little mining town," says Stieve. "And like this place they have some great Mexican food. It's worth the drive. And the scenic route to get there is beautiful, too." Los Hermanos has been serving up made-from-scratch Arizona-Mexican food for more than two decades.
If your travels take you to Oak Creek Canyon, you'll want to make a stop at Indian Gardens Oak Creek Market. The restaurant has become a destination for craft-beer enthusiasts and wine lovers.
Booga Red's in Springerville is another don't miss place. The taco salads and beers are both larger than life at Booga Red's, which has served up Mexican-American delicacies for more than three decades. "If you're heading tot he White Mountains, it's a great stop," says Stieve,
You'll find the complete list in the latest issue of Arizona Highways. The magazine is on newsstands now. Subscribe online or pick up a copy.
This month's issue not only features the year's best restaurant picks, but you'll also find an essay on the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a profile of Bobbie Holaday, a wilderness and Mexican gray wolf advocate, and this month's hiking and scenic drive recommendations.