Wine & Dine
Birthplace of Arizona’s Salsa Trail, The Gila Valley offers a wide variety of authentic restaurants to please Mexican food enthusiasts. Or if you prefer a hearty steak, they’ve also got some of the area’s best steakhouses and saloons.
Our Neighbors’ Farm & Pantry
This community organization works to provide quality food for everyone in Graham County. The garden at Our Neighbors’ Farm & Pantry produces vegetables year round for its food bank. Families, school classes, and community and church groups come to the garden to learn, serve others, and have fun too. Volunteers, including seniors, families, community groups, missionaries, and people on probation, make the garden work. Each year a wide variety of vegetables come from the garden – 25,000 pounds per year and increasing. Visitors are welcome to visit the garden and learn about the incredible work that Our Neighbors’ Farm & Pantry is doing for the community.
A *must stop* when driving through Safford! Cottage Bakery is a local bakery, adjacent to a bed and breakfast, making fresh baked goods from different breads to homemade cinnamon and pecan rolls. The bakery is located at the historic Olney House in the original summer kitchen located in the common courtyard.
Carter’s Custom Cuts
Thatcher’s Carter’s Custom Cuts is a family owned and operated Custom Butcher Shop that supplies high quality, fresh locally grown meat from Southern Arizona. Carter’s specialize in custom processing for domestic animals and wild game, along with a full-service retail butcher shop. After years of selling their Register Brangus seedstock, the family decided to take the plunge into building a processing facility to provide a safe, healthy, and high quality product. Delivering pasture to plate freshness.
Copper Steer Steakhouse
Serving only Certified Angus Beef grilled over an Open Pit Mesquite Grill, Copper Steer Steakhouse is the destination for a hearty meal and great company.
JD’s Corner Sports Bar & Grill
Live music, delicious food, cold brews, all at the Valley’s favorite corner bar!
Looking for the best burger in town? Then C&C’s is a must. Best known for their double bacon ghost pepper cheeseburger, C&C’s is the spot for pool, horse shoes, and picnic tables.
Ginaveve’s Marketplace and The Main Street Bean
Ginaveves Market Place is your “One-Stop-Shop” but two stores in one. From charming home decor, Gourmet Foods, Gourmet Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars. From one-of-a-kind gifts and gift baskets to gourmet foods and kitchen tools. You’ll find very unique surprises at Ginaveve’s Market Place. Ginaveve’s is family owned and operated and is located in Safford, Arizona. Our beautiful, turn-of-the-century building is filled with history and custom finishing.
Manor House & Rock N Horse Saloon
Open since 1953, the Manor House & Rock N Horse Saloon is home to the largest Salad Bar in Safford. Enjoy the warm, cozy ambiance in their dining room decorated with vintage covered wagons with stone fireplaces in the restaurant and saloon. Offering a variety of dishes for the whole family - prime rib, hand-pounded chicken-fried steak, pasta, and even classic Mexican food dishes - all food is cooked fresh and served in a comfortable, laid-back environment. The Manor House is also the only restaurant on the Arizona Salsa Trail with a full-service menu. They are known for their “Salsa de los Campeones” which has been a community favorite for over 30 years.
This landmark restaurant has been a family tradition of fine Mexican food since 1951. Gabby and Emma Gabaldon began cooking their delicious recipes in the humble kitchen of this home where Casa Mañana has been for nearly 55 years. The Hoopes family now continues the tradition of legendary food delivered with a sense of warmth and hospitality you can only find at home. Locals love Casa Manana’s Secret Salsa Verde and Famous Fish Tacos with Chipotle Mayonnaise.
El Charro Restaurant
Located in the historic Reynolds & Jeters Building, El Charro is the oldest continuously owned and operated restaurant in the Gila Valley. The interior was remodeled to be more modern, yet the history and culture still shines through. The house specialty is the Chalaca, fried masa shaped like a bowl, filled with beans and red or green Chile meat and topped with lettuce, tomato, and cheese. At El Charro, tradition is important. Chef Mary Lou Alva cooks the Mexican food dishes using Sonoran recipes and methods. Locals recommend a taste of Johnny’s Hot Jalapeno Salsa.
Their award-winning salsa was voted “Best on the AZ Salsa Trail.” This family restaurant’s name, El Coronado, or “the crowned,” implies that guests can eat like kings and won’t go hungry when they come here. Locals gather at El Coronado all times of the day: for breakfast, lunch, midday coffee, and dinner. In addition to the excellent Mexican food, you will find tasty homemade desserts and engaging conversation with locals and friends. Locals love the Mexican Steak “Fit for a King” and Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas.
La Paloma Restaurant
Tucked away in the old historic town of Solomon, 4 miles east of Safford, this little structure dates back over 100 years. Family owned and operated for over 34 years, La Paloma serves some of the best Mexican food around with original recipes prepared the “old-fashioned way” with only the best natural ingredients. Margaritas, frozen and on the rocks, are part of the bill of fare at this unpretentious restaurant. Locals recommend La Paloma’s Chile Rellenos.
Mechy's Mexican Food
Two sisters opened Mechy’s nearly 20 years ago with the recipes their mother taught them growing up in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Mechy’s has three generations of the Vasquez family cook in the kitchen, with recipes that are made fresh daily from scratch.
Taco Taste has sit-down-quality food that is handmade from scratch. Guests have the option to dine in or use the drive-through window for great food on the go. It's quick, but it's good. Taco Taste has all the Mexican staples in addition to tacos, including burros, flautas, chimichangas, and enchiladas. In true Salsa Trail fashion, Taco Taste uses no fillers, rehydrated foods, or anything not made on the premises. Try their Super Taco Burro or the Supreme Burro with "everything but the kitchen sink."
Every September, dozens of vendors set up shop for this two-day event. The festival is all about celebrating the local restaurants at the heart and soul of the Salsa Trail. The restaurants offer delicious family recipes based on generations of traditional cooking, and they use fresh, authentic ingredients. Featuring the anticipated Salsa Challenge, members of the AZ Salsa Trail go head-to-head in a competition of flavor. Guests also enjoy the annual car show, beer garden, and live entertainment.