Looking for a good place to eat in Wickenburg? Why not try one of my favorite places?
I’ve been living in Wickenburg since December 1996 and by now, I’ve tried just about every restaurant in town. Here are the ones I like best.
Note: The restaurants included in this article have not paid to be listed here. These are real, honest-to-goodness recommendations, based on personal opinions.
Anita’s, on Valentine Street, offers the kind of Mexican food Americans like: easy to pronounce names, identifyable ingredients, and big portions. My favorite entrees include the tacos, enchiladas, quesadilla with the works, and machacca. You’re not likely to find better chile rellenos anywhere within 50 miles and if you stop in on a Friday, be sure to try out the fish tacos. “Half size” portions, when offered, are enough for the average eater; spring for the full-size only if you want to take leftovers home. The combination plates are sure to stuff anyone; they include an entree (or two) with rice and beans.
Anita’s is reasonably priced and has a pleasant atmosphere. They serve lunch and dinner and have a bar. The restaurant tends to get crowded during special event weekends, primarily because it’s so close to the Community Center, where so many events take place. They don’t usually take reservations, but may do so for a very large party. They offer both smoking and nonsmoking sections.
Note: Like Mexican food? Read our review of Wickenburg’s three Mexican restaurants.
Screamers, on West Wickenburg Way, is the ultimate hamburger joint. Styled like a 50s drive-in restaurant, it offers cooked-to-order burgers and all the fixin’s. Try the chili cheese fries for something a little different — it’s a messy meal in itself. You can complement your meal with a shake or malt or finish it off with a big ice cream sundae.
Screamers is not fast food. (If you’re in a hurry, go to McDonalds.) It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on most days. It has both indoor and outdoor seating. And quite often, it’s the informal gathering place for classic car owners in the Wickenburg area.
What would Wickenburg be without a German restaurant? Henry Wickenburg would have loved House Berlin, on East Wickenburg Way. It features German and continental cuisine. Dinners include a great cucumber salad, just like my grandfather used to make. There are even some German deserts.
House Berlin is open for lunch and dinner most days. It is moderately priced, with entrees in the $8 to $16 range. Alcholic beverages, including real German beer and mixed drinks, are available.
The Cowboy Cafe
The Cowboy Cafe, on North Tegner Street, is one of those places where you can get a good, hot, simple meal without spending a lot of money. My favorite meals include the chicken fried steak (made with steak) and the chicken chicken fried steak (made with chicken). Dinners come with soup or salad. The Cowboy Cafe used to have a sign on the tables that offered seconds if you didn’t get enough food, but the signs have disappeared, so I don’t know if that offer still applies. I’m a big eater and have never needed seconds.
The Cowboy Cafe does not serve alcohol. It’s open for breakfast and lunch. The atmosphere is simple, the service is friendly. There are smoking and non-smoking sections. It’s one of the few places in town with a hitching post in front — and yes, I’ve been one of the many people to arrive on horseback, much to the delight of tourists.
The Cowboy Cafe
Twin Wheels Cafe
The Twin Wheels Café, on East Wickenburg Way beside the movie theater is open for breakfast and lunch only. It has a standard cafe atmosphere, with western details. The menu is standard. Portions are generous and food is good. I’d say it meets the requirements for good value for the dollar. My only complaint is that although I sat in a no-smoking section, I smelled cigarette smoke throughout my entire meal.
The Twin Wheels Cafe
Rancho de los Caballeros
Rancho de los Caballeros, off South Vulture Mine Road, is a guest ranch that features one of the best restaurants in town. It offers a fixed price menu (alcoholic beverages are extra) of gourmet dinners you wouldn’t expect this far from Phoenix. This is one of my favorite places for special occasions. Unfortunately, it’s closed during the summer months. Alcoholic beverages are extra. Call for reservations and information about prices.
Rancho de los Caballeros
One Final Word…
Don’t be a tourist. Leave the fast food joints and chain food restaurants for the drive-thru crowd on their way to Las Vegas. Wickenburg may not be a hotbed of fine dining, but it has so much more to offer than the same old fare you can get anywhere.