January 31 2013 by Sam Lowe
Occasionally, there arises a need to just go out and try something different. Like eating in a dozen restaurants in a single day. Fortunately for our waistlines, such urges are easily controlled. But if the yen persists, here are a couple of eat-a-thon suggestions in Arizona.
First, the Salsa Trail in the southeastern sector of the state. It is a union of more than a dozen restaurants spread across eight towns in three counties. Each establishment is family-owned and all feature Mexican food, from tacos, tamales, chips, dips, burritos, enchiladas and specialties designed to bring customers back for more. They all make their own salsas and sauces, which range in intensity from mild to "bring on the antacids and be quick about it!"
The trail stretches across a 240-mile route through Safford, Thatcher, Pima, Solomon, Duncan, York, Clifton and Willcox so it's impossible to hit every restaurant in a day. But I can attest that, with determination and an ample supply of bicarbs, it can be done in three days. Safford is the best place to start because six of the participating eateries are located there. This not only cuts down on driving time, but also affords a chance to walk off some of the calories generated by eating six Mexican meals. Safford is also the home of the Graham County Chamber of Commerce, a good place to get information, maps and tips about the trail.
On the other side of the state, the "Savor Yuma" tour takes guests on a culinary adventure using a party bus as a key component. This is ideal for seniors because we don't have to worry about driving from place to place.
The evening-long event is composed of a progressive dinner featuring stops a three different restaurants - appetizers at the first, soup or salad at the second, and a hearty main course at the third. Specialty "adult" beverages are available at each stop and for dessert, there's a sweet treat on the bus. Twelve restaurants will be featured on the 2013 schedule. Each will offer chef's specials.
Tours are scheduled for Feb. 5 and 21, and March 5 and 28. The cost is $50 per person, which includes the bus ride, two drinks and, of course, food.