The main place to eat in Arivaca is probably the Red Rooster Inn. It is a small bar and grill located on Universal Ranch Road just south of the main part of town. It is also colocated with the Universal Ranch RV Park. They serve breakfast food like: omelets; pancakes; eggs; etc. Lunch tends toward sandwiches, burgers and other light foods. Hours are 8 AM to 8 PM Tuesday through Friday; 8:30 AM to 8 PM on Saturday and 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Sunday. They are closed on Mondays. They also have a full bar. Say hello to Amber.
Favorite Dish: They had just started serving a soybean burger (it had not even made it onto the menu yet). I tried it and it was good.
There is a bar located in town called La Gitana Cantina or the Female Gypsy Bar. It was listed in an Esquire Magazine article about the best bars in the United States. The article stated in part "there are bloodstains on the floor, bullet holes in the walls, and you might get some free dental care on the pool table from a drunk biker with pliers. Seriously.". It also has a sign declaring it the oldest bar in the oldest continuously occupied town in Arizona. (The Hopi, who have occupied Old Oraibi since around 1100 may disagree). I found the bar nice and interesting and the patrons and bartender very friendly, although they looked like they could get pretty rough if you did anything stupid. Hours are 10 AM to 10 PM. They have a pool table and WiFi. They also have a very nice patio.
Dress Code: The owner/bartender is a self-proclaimed hippie, the patrons are mostly bikers and cowboys. I'd just say very casual.
The Arivaca Artists Coop offers a wide range of locally inspired arts and crafts all by artists living in Arivaca. The coop is open 11 AM to 4 PM Wednesday through Sunday. The bumpy goose out front was listed in the book curiosities in Arizona. They are having an Art Festival on 8 March 2008. Check out the stuff offered by Regan Wendell of Lilac...more
In 1912, the Arivaca Mercantile Company was built. It is now a full service general store with groceries, gas, snacks, some clothing, etc. It is also the place to stop to learn about area attractions and to pick up some picnic supplies. The Arivaca Mercantile Company is open from 7 AM to 8 PM daily.more