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Sedona, Ariz., surprises with destination dining

Sedona, Ariz., surprises with destination dining

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(Photo: courtesy of Dahl Restaurant Group) Sedona, Ariz. is an incredibly unlikely culinary destination. A two-hour drive from the Grand Canyon’s unremarkable cafeterias and just more than a four-hour road trip from the extravagant buffets of Las Vegas, Sedona is a vacation town worth dining in. Lacking a Zagat guide, falling far from Michelin’s starry scope and nearly absent from the national — not to mention international — media buzz and accolades (though one Sedona chef, Elote Café’s Jeff Smedstad earned a 2017 James Beard Award nomination), Sedona, with its mere population of just more than 10,000 residents, may not seem like a candidate for a food getaway. Yet, the desert town offers a completely unpretentious, refined, diverse and crave-worthy culinary landscape amid its signature gargantuan red rocks.

“Literally, there wasn’t a dining scene 20 years ago,” says Lisa Dahl, the chef and proprietor of four popular Sedona, Ariz., restaurants. […]

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