Breakfast at Flagstaff’s La Bellavia Restaurant
Upon making our trip up the mountain from Scottsdale to Flagstaff, with our bellies rumblin’ for food, we made a beeline to La Bellavia Restaurant for breakfast.
There seems to exist, somewhere deep in my DNA, a magnetic sort of pull to small town breakfast eateries. To be fair, Flagstaff probably doesn’t qualify for what most people would call a small town, but this restaurant has the look and feel of many a small town diner across our land.
As we pulled off the main street onto Beaver street, we immediately sensed a sort of bohemian feel to the area. You know, college age kids walking around with that artsy kinda look about them. Even though it was winter, and 31 degrees outside, some young guy was strumming his guitar on a picnic bench across the street, while two other picnic tables full of onlookers sipped their steaming hot drinks.
As we walked through the blanket draped over the doorway to keep the draft out, we found ourselves gazing upon a delightful diner with artwork from local artists on the walls, a mild smell that lets you know that you are in a building likely over 100 years old mixed with wondrous breakfast smells from the kitchen, and the beaming smile of Jennifer (pictured with Carol) our waitress.
Even though it was just after 12:00 I was here with one central purpose: breakfast!
After scanning the menu, I chose the Trout and Eggs completed with a made-from-scratch buttermilk pancake, while Carol chose the Eggs Beaver Street, which was a salmon and creme cheese play on Eggs Benedict.
Now, before you start lecturing me about my non-heart-healthy food choices, please understand that this is precisely why I came here. When I saw the Trout and Eggs feature listed on-line, I knew I was going to visit Connie Ghiglieri’s La Bellavia Restaurant.
The trout was delicious, and Carol’s Egg Beaver Street was out of this world.
If you, like me, enjoy small town breakfast eateries, then La Bellavia ranks with the best of them. We highly recommend it.