The Village Grind
In early July, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Village Grind, a five-month old restaurant offering a wide selection of fine coffee, cold drinks, baked goods, soups, wraps, cheeses, salads and sandwiches. Located at The Collective in the Village of Oak Creek, it is easy to find along State Route 179 (the Red Rock Sedona Scenic Byway). This was our first time ever at this place; the inspiration to try it was — believe it or not — a post on Facebook!
Our choices turned out to be exceptionally tasty and delicious, and our experience was an unexpected delight.
The decor is modest but with a comfortable ambience. There are few tables inside, with lots more seating outdoors. On this July day it was too hot to sit outside.
The menu is up behind the counter, on the wall just like a fast food restaurant. However, their offerings are the furthest thing from fast food. As they state on one of their promotions: "The Village Grind sources a variety of all-local, organic ingredients, and is currently partnering with Espresso Italia for coffee, Wild Tonic for kombucha, and Verde Valley School for produce along with many more local farmers and purveyors."
We each ordered and sat at one of the only indoor tables available.
I chose the Roast Beef sandwich, a suggestion made by one of the helpful staff. It was much more than a simple sandwich. it was a delectible combination of local roast beef, aged cheddar cheese, red-pepper aioli (aioli is a fancy type of mayo), horseradish pickled aioli, sliced tomatoes, pickles, tomatoes, and sprouts.
My partner chose the Bruschetta, with included three separate bruchettas on challah bread. One was salami with pesto, another had brie and apples with fig balsamic, and the third had fresh tomato and basil.
How can I express our impression? Well... we absolutely loved our meals! There was not one crumb left behind. To top it off, we enjoyed craft beer that was truly exceptional: Tower Station IPA (IPA is short for India Pale Ale), and Prescott Amber Ale.
Finally, although we usually don't spring for dessert, we were inspired by our time thus far—and ordered their fresh-baked carrot cake. Again, another out-of-this-world good experience.
Overall, this was one of the best lunches either of us have had in Sedona. For such a small place, this could be dangerous! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would most definitely return.
One more nice feature I almost forgot to mention: they offer free WIFI so you can relax, have something nice to drink or eat, and work online!
Location: The Village Grind, 7000 SR 179, Ste B110, Sedona, AZ 86351