PRESCOTT FOOD

American and Continental (Downtown)
Murphy's
(201 N. Cortez St., 928/445-4044, daily for lunch and dinner, $11-30) serves steak, prime rib, chicken, seafood, sandwiches, and other dishes, many mesquite grilled, in an old mercantile building dating from 1890. Dim lighting, antiques, and greenery add to the romantic setting. On Sunday, you can order Eggs Benedict and other brunch specialties. The daily sunset menu features reduced prices 4-5:30 p.m.
    129 An American Jazz Grille (129 N. Cortez St., 928/443-9292, www.fourcornersrestaurants.com, Tues.-Sat. for dinner, $10-23) offers fine dining of steak, seafood, and pasta to the sounds of live jazz; reservations recommended.
    The Office (128 N. Cortez St., 928/445-1211, daily lunch and dinner, $7-15) features tasty Southwestern cuisine such as stacked enchiladas, fish tacos, and fajita salads. The sports bar interior has been held over from the previous business! The non-smoking Board Room dining area is in back.
    The Rose Restaurant (234 S. Cortez St., 928/777-8308, www.theroserestaurant.com, Wed.-Sun. for dinner, $16-31) presents northern Italian fare and other cuisines. Veal is a specialty. Diners have both indoor and outdoor seating at the early 20th-century Victorian cottage.
    Zuma's Woodfire Cafe (124 N. Montezuma St., 928/541-1400, daily for lunch and dinner, $9-22) has attractive Southwestern decor and a patio for gourmet pizza, pasta, meat, seafood, sandwiches, and salads.
    The Palace (120 S. Montezuma St., 928/541-1996, www.historicpalace.com, daily for lunch and dinner, $11-27) serves up steak, prime rib, seafood, and pasta dinners in a magnificent old building in the heart of Whiskey Row. The separate bar area has an 1880's Brunswick bar that patrons carried across to safety in the plaza during the fire of 1900. A honky-tonk pianist hits the ivories on Sundays, country and cowboy bands play Fri.-Sat. nights, and dinner theaters are offered every other Monday.
    Caffe St. Michael (100 S. Montezuma St. at Gurley, 928/778-2500, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $10-16) on Whiskey Row offers a variety of meat, seafood, and pasta dishes along with espresso in an attractive historic setting.
    The Hassayampa Inn's Peacock Room (122 E. Gurley St., 928/778-9434, ext. 104, www.hassayampainn.com, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $14-28) offers a luxurious old-fashioned atmosphere for a varied menu of American and continental specialties. Crab cakes feature on all of the menus, and the Eggs Sardou (poached with spinach and artichoke topped by a Hollandaise sauce) is a popular breakfast option. Salads are so huge that diners often share one. The Hometown Dinner Hour runs 5-6 p.m. and costs $14.
    Plaza Cafe (106 W. Gurley St., 928/445-3234, daily for breakfast and lunch, $5.50-8.50) offers breakfasts, sandwiches, and salads across from the plaza.
Prescott Brewing Company (130 W. Gurley St., 928/771-2795, daily for lunch and dinner, $7-18) crafts its own beers and serves up a varied menu of tasty snacks, pizza, steak, fajitas, fish, salads, and vegetarian items across from the plaza.
    Acme Fish Co. (220 W. Gurley St., 928/541-0221, Tues.-Sat. for lunch and dinner, $7-19) prepares "food to cheer the sole" in cheerful dining rooms. Patrons often go for the fish and chips, but you can also order the daily catch, steak, pasta, or sandwiches.
    Gurley Street Grille (230 W. Gurley St., 928/445-3388, daily for lunch and dinner, $6.50-18) serves upscale grilled specialties, burgers, pasta, pizza, and sandwiches in a 1901 commercial building.
    Prescott Natural Foods Market (330 W. Gurley St., 928/778-5875, daily) offers a deli cafe and grocery.

American and Continental (Other Areas)
On the hill at the Prescott Resort, Thumb Butte Dining Room (1500 Hwy. 69, 928/776-1666, ext. 693, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus a Sunday brunch buffet, $15-35) offers views and fine dining; the dinner menu includes steak, chicken, veal, seafood, and pasta.
    Red Lobster (1821 E. Hwy. 69 in Frontier Village Center, 928/778-2717, daily for lunch and dinner, $10-30) specializes in seafood, with some steak and chicken items.
    La Bruzza's Italian Ristorante (1480 Iron Springs Rd., 928/778-1757, Tues.-Sat. for dinner, $6-15) serves great food in a family restaurant northwest of downtown. Choices include tortellini, gnocchi, eggplant parmesan, and chicken Milanese; no beer or wine is served but you can bring your own.
    Papa's Italian Restaurant (1124 White Spar Rd., 928/776-4880, Tues.-Fri. for lunch and dinner, Sat. for dinner, $7-14) prepares Sicilian and some northern Italian cuisine.
    Pine Cone Inn Supper Club (1245 White Spar Rd., 928/445-2970, Wed.-Sun. for dinner, $10-23) serves steak, seafood, and other American favorites; musicians play old-fashioned music.

Mexican
El Charro
(120 N. Montezuma St., 928/445-7130, daily for lunch and dinner, $6.50-13.50) is a simple cafe.

Asian
Thai House Cafe
(230 N. Cortez St., 928/777-0041, Tues.-Fri. for lunch and Tues.-Sat. for dinner, $7.50-13) cooks flavorful meat and tofu dishes.
    Chi's Cuisine (114 N. Cortez St., 928/778-5390, Tues.-Fri. for lunch and Tues.-Sat. for dinner, $8-20) is a little downtown cafe with Chinese and Thai food.
    Canton Dragon (377 N. Montezuma St. in Depot Marketplace, 928/771-8118, daily for lunch and dinner, $6.25-16.50) has over 100 choices in Cantonese, Szechuan, or Mandarin styles.
    Fujiyama (1781 E. Hwy. 69 in Frontier Village Center, 928/776-8659, lunch and dinner daily except Mon. and the last Sun. of the month, $10-14) offers Japanese food with a sushi bar.
    Taj Mahal Restaurant (1781 E. Hwy. 69 in Frontier Village Center, 928/445-5752, daily for lunch and dinner, $7-15) features north Indian dining. There's a buffet option daily for lunch and a vegetarian buffet for Wednesday dinner.

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