By Breanne Krager
Nothing hits the spot after a long day of cycling or mountain biking than a pizza and a glass of wine. Or maybe it’s a plateful of fresh Teriyaki beef? Or possibly a potato pancake Reuben paired with a cold pint of beer?
Luckily, the city of Sierra Vista offers a variety of culinary delights that are sure to please any palette, especially those of the bikers that traverse the city’s trails on a daily basis.
Recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists, many of the business in Sierra Vista, restaurants included, have become a part of the city’s Bike-Friendly Business program—the first of its kind in Arizona.
This program identifies businesses who have committed to providing amenities for bicyclists, like free water refills, WiFi, bike repair or simply offering a spot to sit in order to enjoy a meal.
“Many of my customers come in after biking with a group of friends, biking gear and all,” said Chef Tony Pham, owner of Indochine Family Restaurant in Sierra Vista.
Pham’s restaurant, along with a number of others, provides places bikers can park their bikes and an atmosphere that is as welcoming to those fresh off the trail.
So how can you tell which restaurants are easy for bikers to access on their routes? For the most part, any and all restaurants in Sierra Vista welcome bikers. Here’s a sampling of restaurants along the main strip that are convenient for both mountain bikers and road cyclists to stop at:
- Landmark Café, located at 400 W. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista
- Tanuki Sushi Bar & Garden, located at 1221 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista
- The German Café, located at 1232 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista
- Indochine Family Restaurant, located at 1299 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista
- Bamboo Gardens, located at 1481 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista
If you’re ready for a more challenging and, albeit, longer ride, The Bisbee Loop, which is 60.8 miles, circles from Sierra Vista through Bisbee, a historic copper mining town, and back. Along the way, bikers are not only exposed to the breathtaking views of the Huachuca Mountains, rolling grasslands and the quaint communities of Palominas and Hereford, they can also stop at some of Sierra Vista’s most delicious and diverse culinary destinations.
Eat and Drink Your Way Through The Bisbee Loop:
Starting point – Landmark Café
This lengthy trek should not be attempted on an empty stomach. Start your day with breakfast at the Landmark Café. Offering everything from traditional egg breakfasts, to benedicts, to “Pam” cakes, the Landmark Café has been a staple comfort food destination in Sierra Vista for more than 25 years.
Lunch break – Pizzeria Mimosa, located at 4755 E. Neapolitan Way, Hereford, Ariz.
This authentic Italian restaurant, best known for its pizzas, is the perfect spot to stop and grab a slice… or a whole pie. The restaurant offers a variety of other Italian menu items and has an extensive wine and beer list. The views of the mountains from this restaurant’s location are enticing enough alone to stop here.
Snack break – The Outside Inn, located at 4907 Arizona State Route 92, Sierra Vista
Dubbed a “contemporary American” restaurant, The Outside Inn sits along AZ-92 making for a convenient pit stop for bikers on their way back to Sierra Vista. In addition to having some of the best steaks in the area, their lighter fare options are just as scrumptious. Their appetizer menu is comprised of items such as baked brie, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail and mussels.
Dinner destination – The German Café
Once you’ve made your way back to Sierra Vista, a great place to stop to enjoy a hearty meal is the one and only German Café. This Bavarian-inspired restaurant has plenty of sauerkraut, Schnitzel and bratwursts to fill the hungriest of bikers. End the meal with a slab of house-made rum cake and you’ll want to do the whole trek over, just so you can eat guilt-free at The German Café once again.
Whether you’re traveling to the next town or taking a Sunday ride through Sierra Vista’s downtown, one thing is for sure—you’ll never be at a loss for places to grab a bite!