Best Neighborhood Gem

Lodge on the Desert

Staff Pick

The Blenman-Elm Neighborhood may have the upscale historic Arizona Inn, but the Peter Howell Neighborhood has a discreet hideaway (now being expanded) known as the Lodge on the Desert. Motorists whizzing by on Alvernon Way may never wonder what's within the purple and red walls. Take time to venture inside, and you'll find an eclectic restaurant that never seems to be busy, but consistently serves innovative cuisine--and the best crab cakes in town in a romantic ambiance. It's one of the too-few dining spots where a quiet conversation can be had. Linger on the patio, where on a cool night, a roaring fireplace makes you feel like you're on vacation.
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