Payson Food
Dinner reservations will come in handy on Friday and Saturday at many restaurants. Cucina Paradiso (512 N. Beeline Hwy., 928/468-6500, Tues.-Sun. for lunch and dinner, $11-18) prepares popular Italian dishes along with hot sandwiches and wood-fired pizza; the wine list offers Italian and California labels. The Country Kitchen (210 E. Hwy. 260, 928/474-1332, $8-13), Tiny's Family Restaurant (600 E. Hwy. 260, 928/474-5429, $6-15), and the old-fashioned Beeline Cafe (815 S. Beeline Hwy., 928/474-9960, $5-11) feature home-style cooking daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sesame Inn (203 E. Hwy. 260 near Safeway, 928/472-6888, daily for lunch and dinner, $6-12) serves Mandarin, Hunan, Szechwan, and other styles of Chinese food. Fiesta Mexicana (911 S. Beeline Hwy., 928/468-0709, daily for lunch and dinner, $8-14.50) offers a long menu of combos, meat and seafood dishes, enchiladas, and burritos.
    The Western-style Zane Grey Steakhouse & Saloon (17 miles east of Payson at Kohl's Ranch Resort, 928/478-4211, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $11.50-25) rustles up ribs, a big hit with many visitors, as well as steaks, chicken, trout, seafood, and vegetarian dishes; there's a wine list too.
    Creekside Steakhouse (23 miles east of Payson in Christopher Creek, 928/478-4557, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $8-25) has a fine selection of steaks along with other meat dishes, trout, seafood, and some vegetarian items.
    Bashas' and Safeway supermarkets lie on opposite sides of Hwy. 260 near the junction with the Beeline Highway, and Wal-Mart Supercenter lies one block north on the Beeline Highway.

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