May 2007

An Important Part Of RVing: Eating!
Gourmet Magazine’s Road Food Columnists Tout Two Bisbee Businesses

COCHISE County, Ariz. — Once again, Bisbee, Ariz., is on the national map. In the April issue of Gourmet magazine, Road Food columnists, Jane and Michael Stern, wrote “Grazing Arizona,” a glowing review of the Bisbee Breakfast Club and Old Bisbee Roasters.

RVers and other visitors who want to round out their culinary journey can find other hidden gems; they just have to know where to look. Here’s a sampling of Cochise County’s unique food finds.

Gourmet Meals To Go

Across from Bisbee’s miner statue is the High Desert Market, where owner Peyton Charnick sells specialty cheeses, wines and fresh herbs inside. She employs a chef who makes ready-to-eat meals.

Visitors can take them along for their RVs or picnic on the patio. Salmon wrapped in grape leaves, mushroom artichoke pizza and handmade desserts are just some of the delicious finds.

Contact: Bisbee Visitor Center, (520) 432-3554, 1-866-224-7233 or

Diverse Ethnicity In Sierra Vista

One of the benefits of having Fort Huachuca as part of Sierra Vista’s community is ethnic cuisine is second nature. The Peacock is a family owned Vietnamese restaurant in Sierra Vista that wows guests. Other first-rate ethnic choices include Japanese, sushi, Korean, Chinese, Thai, German, Italian and, of course, Mexican.

Contact: Sierra Vista Convention & Visitor Bureau, 1-800-288-3861 or

Indian Food In The Old West?

Not exactly, it’s more of a blend of Indian, Southwest and California nouveau cuisine at Ranch 22 in Tombstone’s Best Western Lookout Lodge. Owner Inder Sandhu, a former marketing VP from San Francisco, visited and fell in love with the region. His restaurant offers these fine dining dishes where most people expect only steaks and beans.

Contact: Tombstone Chamber of Commerce, 1-888-457-3929 or

Authentic Mexican Food — Because You’re In Mexico!

La Reforma, an institution in Agua Prieta just across the border from Douglas, Ariz., serves made-to-order salsa tableside and exquisite dishes in a hacienda-style setting. On Saturdays, the Douglas Visitor Center leads tours through Douglas and across the border for its own cultural exchange and a delicious meal.

Contact: Douglas Visitor Center, (520) 364-2478

House Of Blue

New on the scene is Blue House Music & Café, serving gourmet coffee and espressos, specialty tea, real fruit smoothies, pastries and more plus live entertainment. Owned by Mark Breen, Willcox’s high school band teacher and his wife, Blue House is an official Fender dealer and has music and instruments for sale and live entertainment on the weekends. Blue House, 145 Railway Ave., Willcox.

Contact: Willcox Visitor Center, (520) 384-2272 or 1-800-200-2272 or

Reb’s Café This colorful old-fashioned diner in Benson, sports reasonably priced food and nostalgic memorabilia. At lunchtime, you can get a burger, fries and drink for just $4.09. Waitresses personalize their checks with their own stickers. 1020 W. 4th St., Benson, Ariz., (520) 586-3856.

Contact: Benson Visitor Center, (520) 586-4293 or

ToMAYto, ToMAHto

You say “to-may-to.” I say “to-mah-to.” No matter how you say it, if you eat vine-ripened tomatoes in winter, they were probably grown in the city known as “Arizona’s Heartland.” Eurofresh grows hydroponic tomatoes at its Willcox operations.

Contact: Willcox Visitor Center, 520-384-2272 or 1-800-200-2272 or