Kitsch Perfect: One and Two Diamond Eateries Impress

Phoenix, Feb.11, 2013. Why not dine at an eatery that stands out from the sea of humdrum restaurants? AAA understands that the money remains tight in today’s economy, so the club would like to showcase AAA One and Two Diamond restaurants known for their quirkiness as well as their food.

“One and Two Diamond restaurants offer a unique or budget-conscious way to enjoy a delicious meal,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Our travel experts believe many original Arizona eateries are worthy of a mini road trip themselves.”

Here’s the lowdown on AAA’s picks for unique and unusual One- and Two Diamond eateries:

  • Beaver St. Brewery & Whistle Stop Café (Flagstaff): Located just a block away from Flagstaff’s historic train station, this brewery features great fondue, pizza, and tasty beer amid a seasonal outdoor beer garden that offers stunning views of the San Francisco Peaks. Sample a variety of the brewery’s house beers for 75 cents each. If beer’s not your thing, an expansive menu with a cornucopia of tasty choices is sure to please any palate.
  • Haunted Hamburger (Jerome): Perched on the side of Mingus Mountain, this eatery is known for offering patrons a taste of the supernatural. Even if you don’t see spirits inside this quaint restaurant, go for the giant burgers, tasty fries and friendly service. When the weather’s nice, sit outside and enjoy the views of Jerome.
  • Rustler’s Rooste (Phoenix): Established in 1971, the legend goes that this was once a hideout for cattle rustlers. Today, it’s a cowboy steakhouse with unforgettable views that serves unique fare including rattlesnake and features live country music nightly while offering sensational views of Phoenix. Start your visit by checking out the indoor waterfall and taking the slide into the dining room.
  • Space Age Restaurant (Gila Bend): Touristy, yes. But it’s a decent place on a long stretch of road to stop in and grab a bite – or take some pics of the flying saucer on the roof. Diners especially rave about the breakfasts, from the flying saucer pancakes to the huevos con chorizo.
  • Screaming Banshee Pizza (Bisbee): In a town already full of character, the Screaming Banshee adds its own personality to the mix. Its brick oven pizzas produce a variety of unusual and fresh ingredients, and efficient, friendly service keeps the regulars happy.

AAA has been inspecting and approving lodgings for 75 years. The Diamond Rating system is the only system that covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Annually, AAA evaluates more than 58,000 lodging establishments and restaurants, and rates them on a scale of One to Five Diamonds.

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