Quaint & Unique Sedona Shopping and Eateries
I have always wondered how “Uptown” Sedona got its name. Actually, nobody seems to know how this area of Sedona came to be called Uptown Sedona. The dictionary definition defines it as a residential area in a town or city. As long as I have lived here, Uptown has always been the shopping area that drives our tourist economy. These shops add to the charm of a small-town environment. Surrounded by red rocks and Oak Creek that flows north to south on the east side of the 89A. Out-of-town visitors can enjoy the magnificent scenery while shopping for souvenirs. When you walk into these stores you are probably going to be greeted by the owner of the shop. This is also the small-town allure that draws visitors to this area.
The Original Neighborhoods
Many of the original neighborhoods grew around Uptown Sedona. There are many houses with character as well as homes that are of a historical nature. At the end of Jordon Road, you will find one recent development in Jordon Park. These homes are newer, high-end homes with some view lots still available to build that perfect custom home. Many residents walk to the Uptown area to get some exercise and have their favorite beverage.
Please note: Due to COVID-19 – Some restaurants noted below may have gone out of business. The restaurants that are open may have different hours of operation.
Uptown is home to at least fourteen different restaurants… Each of these restaurants has a different theme and uniqueness. The Cowboy Club, pictured above, is a popular tourist and local destination. You can get dishes that you normally would not see at a regular restaurant, such as, cornbread and cactus fries. Have you ever tried wild rattlesnake? You can at the Cowboy Club. There is a small venue inside the Cowboy Club called the Silver Saddle. The Silver Saddle is a little more upscale with a slightly different fare. The tables have tablecloths and the atmosphere is quiet. Also with the re-engineering of the street and parking areas, the sidewalks were designed to accommodate more outside seating which is very popular at the Cowboy Club. Elote Cafe moved from SR 179 to Uptown in 2020. It is one of the most popular restaurants in Sedona, and for good reason…the food is great. But it is social media that created the meteoric rise of this restaurant when it was located in the Arrabella Hotel. The new location is great. There are no views to speak of, but the atmosphere is very charming and it is in a walkable location off the beaten path in Uptown.
Links to the Websites (Cowboy Club link is located above…)
Here are other restaurants you can check out: The Vault, 89Agave Cantina or Taos Cantina, Chipotle, Creekside American Bistro, Etch Kitchen and Bar, HP (Hitching Post) Cafe, L’Auberge Restuarant on Oak Creek, The Hideaway House, Oaxaca Restaurante & Cantina, SaltRock, Sedona Pizza Co., Sound Bites Grill, Thai Palace Uptown, Wildflower Bread Company.