Several water features line the pathways as you make your way down to the creek.
The wide, rocky creek is lined with huge cottonwood trees which allow just enough sunlight to filter through and splash onto the red flagstone patio.
The creek cools the summer air and sparkles in the afternoon sun.
And when the waiter comes to refresh your soda, he brings it in a little silver pitcher and pours it for you, right there at your table . . .
Everywhere you look, you find loving attention to detail.
This beautiful little outdoor restaurant, set right on Oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire world. No matter how hot the Arizona sun might be, when you walk down the winding paths into the trees that line the creek, it's always cool and peaceful. Last year we were here in June and ate and laughed while we watched several families of baby ducklings splash around in the water. This year, those babies were bigger and kept us entertained as they'd float past our table and down the creek for about 50 yards or so and then hurry to fly back up stream, skimming the water as they went, to start all over again.
I'm not sure who was having more fun, Greg and I or the ducks. But I'm pretty sure it was us. Listen to our order: a crisp, cool salad of field greens with candied walnuts, bleu cheese and fresh pears topped with a light balsamic dressing and grilled filet of wild salmon. Hand cut french fries tossed in truffle oil and parmesan. . . And a turkey, bacon, tomato and avocado sandwich with garlic aioli on a fresh home made ciabatta roll. Oh my.
Even the granite sink in the Men's bathroom was unique and beautiful. (Greg stood watch while I peeked.)
When we move to Arizona and you come to visit, I promise we'll come here for lunch.