We decided to stop in Bisbee for two reasons: coffee we needed and beautiful location in Mule Mountains we noticed driving Arizona State Highway 80 from Tombstone as soon as we entered the area of town. Driving around looking for parking space (it was not that easy at first) we twice passed through cafe with tables put on the sun outside. As we also noticed museum (Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum) and it was late (before 5 pm, I think) we decided first to go to see the museum but they closed at 4 pm. So, we came back to the cafe called Bisbee Coffee Company which is open Sun - Thur: 7 am - 5 pm, Fri-Sat: 7 am - 9 pm.
I didn't like the massive Art Deco building of community center (Bisbee Visitor Center is there) in which cafe was placed but its interior was a nice surprise. It's a self service cofeehouse. They offer fresh coffee roasted at place daily, espresso, cakes, pastries, tea, and ice cream. Add sandwiches and soups for breakfast/lunch. They sell their specialty coffees and teas by the cup but also beans and leaves by the bag.
The choice of coffee is quite good, you may try coffee from Guatemala, Sumatra, Colombia, Kenya, Bolivia, Sulawesi, and surely Brazil (world's leader in coffee production) including decaffeinated coffee from Costa Roca and Sumatra. Apart from that they offer exquisite, fresh-roasted coffee daily of 5 blends.
One thing I noticed in the USA that each cafe, each gas station, each coffeehouse or coffee shop offers a variety of decaffeinated coffee (usually called shortly decaf). Well, my homecountry, Poland seems to be a bit backwards with decaf, that is surely available (no that widely though) but still not very popular among coffee lovers.
Favorite Dish: We surely wanted fresh-roasted coffee (daily at place) and didn't know which 2 of 5 to choose. I asked about mild coffee and we had Copper Queen Blend and Miner's Blend coffee served in huge like a bucket (as usual in the USA :-) paper cups. Both were delicious, Copper Queen a little bit sweet! My strong recommendation, if you are able to accept paper mugs. Great taste and reasonable price is an advantage.
I was at the beginning of long trip around western part of the USA and that's why I didn't buy their caffee for home.
The Alley Cafe is a tiny place located down an alley in Bisbee. It specializes in good filling food. It has things like ribs, hotdogs, hamburgers, sandwiches and meatloaf. I had what they call a meatloaf sundae which is a slab of meatloaf topped by a scoop of mashed potatoes and gravy. They also had something called a belly bomb which was a slab of meatloaf topped with chili and cheese. Thay also serve wine and beer. Open daily except Tuesday and Wednesday. You can order/eat inside or out. I opted for outside to savor the Arizona weather.
Favorite Dish: The meatloaf sundae, which is a slab of meatloaf topped by a scoop of mashed potatoes and gravy, was good. I also had a can of Barq's Rootbeer.
Dot's Diner was built in 1957 and is associated with the Shady Dell RV Park. It is tiny and can accomodate only about 10 people at a time. Food tends toward hot dogs and hamburgers. An interesting experience. Dot's Diner is now open 7 days a week, from 7 AM to 2:30 PM.
I asked a local about having lunch at Santiago's and he said "it's okay". He then recommended the Fish Tacos. I had been told before the Fish Tacos were good; but I wasn't in the mood for them. I tried the Santo Platter which consisted of two cheese enchiladas, a chile relleno, rice and beans. Portions were a little small. The rice was overcooked. I was not that pleased. They do have a full bar, maybe if I had a nice Margarita first. . .
The sandwiches, the tea pots, the people - they're all so Bisbee. And the sweet bread they serve with most meals makes my mouth water. After the first time I went in I was treated like a regular everytime thereafter!
Oh, the sandwiches are quite big as well as delicious.
-They are closed on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays!!
Favorite Dish: The veggie sandwich is my favorite with the piles of veggies and soft bread. I also loved the meatloaf and I don't really like meatloaf.
Wonderful quaint atmosphere; very intimate feeling. Make reservations and bring your own bottle of wine (due to the type of alcohol license they can serve it to you but not sell it to you).
Favorite Dish: Ravioli, ravioli, ravioli.....and the bread. And any dessert on the menu! Not that I enjoy carbs...
Sully's Old Town Cafe is the newest place to eat in Bisbee. It just opened less than a month ago (February 2009) and is located in Brewery Gulch part of the historic old town section of town. They serve breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and spagetti. The decor is very basic but in a way kinda homey. The owner reminded me a little of Rodney in Wilcox. Straight forward; but still nice and friendly. He tries to make you feel welcome. Hours are 8 AM to 6 PM Sunday through Tuesday, and Thursday; and 8 AM to 9 PM on Saturday and Sunday. They are closed on Wednesday.
Favorite Dish: I had the spagetti with vegetarian sauce and a green salad, for $6.95. The spagetti was well prepared and the serving size was good. The salad dressing on the salad was as much as I wanted to pour (I like a lot of dressing). I topped it off with a $1 can of Sprite.
El Cobre serves American food like Steak, Chicken, Liver and Onions, Fish and a variety of Shrimp. They also serve Mexican Food. The restaurant is colocated with the San Jose Lodge on the road to Naco. There is a lounge next door. Hours for the restaurant are 7 AM to 9 PM daily.
Favorite Dish: I had the Fish and Shrimp Dinner. It was good but heavily breaded. The gravy was also that sausage gravy that is very thick and full of fat. Obviously, they have never heard of heart disease.
Take it from a local, this place is the best by far. It would be a great restaurant in any city. Get reservations.
Favorite Dish: The duck, the salmon, the crab cakes, the filet, the soups, the salad, the desserts,It's all good
Old Tymer's is a saloon, but they have a dining area away from the bar area. It is a pretty big place & has a great casual atmosphere. Sometimes they have live music such as jazz. You might even see the owner playing in the band. Another good place for local character. The food is rather affordable & good. I believe there are some vegetarian selections as well. There is also patio dining.
Favorite Dish: I really liked the crawfish dip as an appetizer.
Dot's Diner at Shady Dell Trailer Park is an awesome experience. It can only accomodate about 10 people at one time, so you may have to wait if you want to sit inside. There is a patio area if you don't want to wait. Good diner food, like hamburgers & huevos rancheros. Vegetarian selections as well. Great homemade pies & you can even get pie in a cup.
Favorite Dish: The veggie burger & fries. Huevos Rancheros
CAFE ROKA IS VERY YUMMY! YOU HAVE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS BECAUSE
IT'S ALWAYS PACKED. The food is prepared very fresh. This is the type of place you want to order wine, appetizers & entree. A complete dining experience.
Favorite Dish: Risotto cakes
Average price in Arizona restaurants is quite simply the going price for anything less than $12 per person. For a tourist town like Bisbee, I was surprised to pay a regular price for food so good and service quite commendable. Santiago's is located at the corner of Howell and Brewery Avenue, quite easy to find.
The interior is colorful with charming and welcoming decor; once you go through the door, a pleasant waiter welcomes you, finding a seat immediately. What was eye catching was the manager coming by to see how we were doing. Having come from Tucson where Mexican food even by the street vendors is good, I must admit Santiago's was exciting. They offered my sister and I, something to excite our rather advanced palettes.
I ordered the rocky Point; 3 soft corn tortillas filled with crispy battered cod fish and cilantro. On the side I had diced tomatoes, onions, cheese and ancho chile sauce.My sister on the other side, ordered a sizzling Fajita of marinated chicken.
I ordered a Tecate beer with lime, but drunk only half of it. My sister ordered lemonade to drink. Our waiter checked on us every so often making sure we are okay, yet not crowding us. the manager came at the beginning and end of our meal to find out if there was anything they could have done better. All in all our meal was grand!
Located in downtown Old Bisbee on Brewery Gulch, this new brewhouse serves up 6 finely crafted beers. The IPA is one of the best I've tasted anywhere. The Copper City Ale is a classic. 3 flat screen TVs and free popcorn.
Favorite Dish: The only food they serve is brats. Basic but tasty.
omg! what a great place to eat. this had to be the best pizza I've ever tasted in my life! all imported ingredients- everything made from scratch. you have got to stop in this place in Old Bisbee!!!!
Favorite Dish: margherita rustics- pizza with garlic sauce, fresh basil, fresh tomatoes, 3 kinds of cheese!!