Restaurant Quick Pick: Oak Creek Brewery & Grill in Sedona, Arizona

If you’ve never seen the magnificent red rocks of Sedona, Arizona you need to add it to your bucket list.

Just a few hours outside the Grand Canyon, this quaint little town has more energy vortexes than anywhere else in the world. Most vortexes are created by wind or water, but the vortexes in Sedona come from spiraling spiritual energy. They promote mediation and healing, and many tourists come exclusively to experience these vortexes for themselves.

There is so much else to see in Sedona though! Aside from the hiking and shopping, there are some wonderful restaurants to try out.

On a recent visit I dined at the famous Oak Creek Brewery & Grill, located in the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.

Tlaquepague (meaning “the best of everything”) Village was built in the 1970s to be a replica of a shopping town outside of Guadalajara, Mexico. This upscale shopping center of more than 40 shops and galleries features one-of-a-kind items with a very knowledgable sales staff. Jewelry, photographs, and other craft items are made exclusively by Sedona artists. The Village is also home to some of the more well-known and posh restaurants in West Sedona.

The Oak Creek Brewery & Grill was founded in 2000 by Fred Kraus. The Kraus family moved to Sedona from Pottenstein, Germany in 1993 to start a new life and brew fresh beer! A self-appointed “brewmaster,” Fred decided to combine his brewing and food industry skills to open the first brew pub in Sedona.

These days, you can see premium beers brewed on site behind the oak bar, along with the wood fired ovens that prepare house specialties.

My companion and I tried out two of the signature house specialties: Rotisserie Lemon Chicken and Rotisserie BBQ Chicken. Each entrée came with a side of rice pilaf and fresh seasonal vegetables.

The half chickens are slowly roasted for a juicy and tender inside. The Lemon Chicken is basted with lemon herb pepper, while the BBQ Chicken is generously slathered with the house BBQ sauce.

Prices for each entrée were a reasonable $16.95, though some dishes like the Filet Mignon or New York Strip Steak were in the $30 range. You can go cheaper in price (though not in taste!) by sampling some of the delicious appetizers like Oak Creek Hot Wings, Vortex Veggie Platter or Canyon Crabcakes, all of which fall into the $10 range.

Be sure to save room for their signature beers like the Forty-Niner Gold Lager (2002 Gold Medal Winner, North American Brewers’ Association), Horseshoe Hefeweizen (2003 Gold Medal Winner, North American Brewers’ Association; 2003 Gold Medal at the 22nd Annual Great American Beer Festival), Doc’s Pale Ale (2005 Silver Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival Competition), or Village Nut Brown Ale (2004 Gold and 2002 Bronze Medal Winner, North American Brewers’ Association).

Not a fan of beer? No problem. They also have an extensive red and white wine list.

If you really want to bask in the scenery of Sedona, sit outside on the patio to view the incredible sunsets, or just enjoy the spectacular mountains tourists flock to Sedona all year long to see.

Oak Creek Brewery & Grill is open for lunch and dinner. Be sure to call for dinner reservations, as they tend to book up quickly!

Oak Creek Brewery & Grill
336 Highway 179
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-330
www.oakcreekpub.com

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