People from all over the state flock to Tortilla Flat, a historic town nestled in the Superstition Mountains, for a quirky retreat bursting with Old West charm. What they might not expect, though? Just how delicious they’ll find the comforting eats at Superstition Restaurant & Saloon to be.
Tortilla Flat dates back to 1904. Once upon a time, it served as a stagecoach stop along the Apache Trail and as well as a camping ground for prospectors searching for the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. Though fire and floods have tried to ravage the historic town, visitors can still visit this gem of a spot in the Superstition Mountain. Today, it houses a tiny museum (housed in an old one-room school–you can still ring the bell!), a recently added jail, a mercantile and the Superstition Restaurant & Saloon.
Though the drive to Tortilla Flat can be a bit windy, the on-site, family-friendly Superstition Restaurant & Saloon has plenty of fun and fab food in store to make the trip worth your while. First, there are the infamous saddle bar stools that beg for a spot on your Instagram feed, and then there are the walls covered in retro signage and dollar bills. If you want to leave your own mark, ask for markers to decorate your own Washington, and the staff will staple it to the wall. The saloon patio is bursting with just as much personality, alongside live music.
Superstition Restaurant & Saloon boasts a few can’t-miss menu items that have become beloved fixtures at Tortilla Flat. Its prickly pear lemonade and from-scratch root beer are drinks of choice for diners of all ages; it is no wonder they are served in a massive, forearm-length cup. Its World Famous Killer Chili is another household name. It is whipped up daily (fair warning, it packs a spicy punch), and Tortilla Flat even sells spice packets that are available for purchase.
Other crowd-pleasers include The Flat Tortilla (the restaurant’s very first dish), with locally made tortilla, chorizo, cheese, diced veggies and enchilada sauce; the Colossal Pretzel, which will easily feed a family of four; and its variety of delicious tacos.
Superstition Restaurant & Saloon is open for on weekends, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit www.tortillaflataz.com.
1 Main St.
Tortilla Flat, AZ 85190