12 Favorite Places to Eat Outdoors in Greater Phoenix
|Lon's at the Hermosa|
Lon's at the Hermosa
Cowboy artist Lon Megargee built a one-room adobe studio on this spot in the early 30s, expanding it over time until he had created a small but authentically Southwestern guest ranch. Now it's a boutique resort owned by Fred and Jennifer Unger (who not only restored the property but took it to another level), but Megargee's name is on the restaurant and his abiding love of the Southwest is evident in every wood beam, adobe wall, vintage photo and artifact found in this lovely old place. The patio, which has won countless awards for being the prettiest in town, captures everything we love about Arizona -- up-close mountain views, blue sky, cactus and flowers, desert trees, a massive fireplace, a burbling fountain and chimineas. If there's one place you should bring visitors to give them a taste of Old Arizona, it's Lon's.
Situated on a lush 10 acres near South Mountain, The Farm is this town's best all-purpose, utterly idyllic getaway. Cyclists, tourists and couples with kids pop into the Farm Kitchen at the front of the property for fancy salads (think turkey Waldorf with local pecans), home-made soups and hearty sandwiches, eating lunch at a picnic table on an expanse of lawn shaded by 50-year-old pecan trees. Breakfast-lovers head down the lane to Morning Glory Cafe for home-style breakfasts of chili and eggs, pulled pork omelet and challah French toast, served on a tree-shaded patio surrounded by grass, flowers and Maya Dailey's organic farm. A weather-worn gate near the cafe's entrance leads to Quiessence, a converted farmhouse so secluded and charming it belongs in a fairytale. Savvy diners get there early enough for cocktails on the front lawn or the tiny back patio, both shady retreats that slow the pulse and soothe the savage breast. A cluster of tables on the front patio provide a romantic, candlelit dinner under the stars, where diners can expect to be just as wowed by Chef Greg LaPrad's house-made charcuterie and elegant farm-to-table philosophy as they are by the setting.