No trip to Jerome is complete without a stop at The Haunted Hamburger. The menu is great as is the service. The history of the location as a rooming house complete with haunting spirits. We didn't see/hear any on our trip but I can imagine any building 100+ years old has some stories to tell.
Favorite Dish: The house burger of course. It was done to perfection and tasted wonderful. The steak frys were also done extra crispy as I'd requested.
I heard the food at the Red Rooster Cafe was very good. I opted to eat at The Haunted Hamburger so I cannot give a first hand account. I did, however, meet a couple of the workers from the restaurant and they were nice guys. The Red Rooster is open 11 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday and 11AM to 4PM on weekends.
Haunted Hamburger is located in the historic Rykoff Apartments Building built in 1920. It is located far up the hillside on Clark Street and has a nice patio and a large picture window affording a spectacular view of the valley. Food was pretty good and the service was friendly. They also have a full service bar.
Favorite Dish: I had the Fish Fillets and French Fries. Very Good.
Stopping a local to ask for the best place to have lunch, we climbed up two street levels to find MILE HIGH Grill and Spirits.
The restaurant has a small dining area in which a long counter runs the length of a bar. Upon entering, we saw that only two seats were available. Timing worked in our favor and we grabbed those two spaces.
The room was filled with chatter. Time didn't seem to be much of an issue here, so we casually began conversation with a very nice couple from Ohio. Eventually, I ordered a Chicken Caesar Salad ($13.00), which was excellent.
MILE HIGH certainly was a popular choice for lunch, so if you're not in a hurry try it!
Favorite Dish: The chicken casesar salad was delicious
The Haunted Hamburger has something for everyone...My sister had a super good Burger there and I had a Grilled chicken sandwich with mushrooms and onions and OMG were we blown away! It was all awesome!
Favorite Dish: So far the Grilled chicken sandwich.
I know it looks like a hole-in-the-wall from the outside, but it was a great little brunch/cafe restaurant. I don't remember if they are open in the afternoon or evening, as we went for brunch, but I definitely recommend it. The indoor ambiance isn't particularly impressive, but who needs ambiance 10 minutes after you've woken up? If you need directions from the locals, just ask for the cyber cafe.
Favorite Dish: They have a good choice of brunch foods, and great coffee. We ended up ordering a bag of granola 'to go'. They have muffins, bagels, eggs, etc., and a few dessert foods, as well.
The Asylum is located at the historic Jerome Grand Hotel. The restaurant is fairly small, but the food was great. They have a huge wine list to choose from.
Favorite Dish: One of the specials was New York Sirloin beef tips over spinach pasta. It was sauteed with shiitake mushrooms, onoins, and a cabernet demi glazé and served with steamed vegetables and steak fries or mashed potatoes. Absolutely incredible.
The restaurants in Jerome range from the ordinary to the fancy -- we just grabbed the first one we saw because it was there -- turned out to a be a great choice! Full of local characters as well as tourists, the menu hadn't heard that cholesterol is bad -- so we gave in and chowed down.
While we didn't have time to eat at this location speaking to locals, the claim of the best hamburger in AZ is quite true. I'll save it for the next trip.