The Coffee Pot Restaurant, located in Sedona, Arizona, is a family-owned restaurant with a 30 year history of serving its community. This institution of Sedona, and local favorite, is today not only popular with locals but with tourists looking for a delicious yet inexpensive breakfast or lunch option. This is especially true in a city as expensive as Sedona.
Thanks to its extensive menu, including its absurd selection of 101 different omelettes, the Coffee Pot Restaurant has been written about and featured in newspapers and television shows including the New York Times, LA Times, the Food Network, and the Travel Channel. Due to its popularity and notoriety, it’s not uncommon for there to be an hour wait for a table and nowhere to park, on weekends.
If you are wondering, the Coffee Pot Restaurant is named after the nearby Coffee Pot Rock which resembles a percolator style pot. If you have the time, I highly recommend hiking the trail to Coffee Pot Rock. This 3-mile trail is the perfect trail to tackle before a hearty breakfast or lunch at the Coffee Pot Restaurant.
The moment I stepped into the open and cozy dining room, I knew I was in Sedona. The colorful Southwestern décor was interesting and funky to say the least. Some might find the décor to be kitschy but it kept me looking around, discovering new items and paintings on the walls. I felt as if I was in another era, back when the restaurant first opened. While the décor could use an upgrade to bring it back into the 21st century, the design was perfectly suited for a diner in Arizona.
If the weather is cooperating, I recommend grabbing a table out back on the shaded redwood patio. Sitting on the patio at the Coffee Pot Restaurant was relaxing and less crowded than inside, especially important during these uncertain times. The patio also featured a peaceful water fountain visited by playful birds.
Coffee Pot Restaurant Menu
This is the section where I usually post photos of the menu at the Coffee Pot Restaurant. With such an extensive menu, eight pages to be exact, I felt this would be too difficult and confusing to read here.
So, instead of trying to post all eight pages of the menu here, I will try to explain it as best I can. The highlight of the menu had to be the choice of 101 different omelettes. There was one for everyone. Other breakfast options included eggs with a choice of meat, Belgian waffles, pancakes, eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, and a breakfast burrito. For lunch, you had sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups including options for the health conscious. If that wasn’t enough, there was an assortment of Mexican dishes. Oh, and I can’t forget the kids menu.
You can view the entire Coffee Pot Restaurant menu at https://www.coffeepotsedona.com/menu/.
After getting back from Cabo San Lucas only a week prior to my visit to Sedona, the last thing you would think I would want to order would Huevos Rancheros ($9.25). This dish was made with two eggs served over tortillas topped with cheese and green chile sauce. Simple rice and beans, the kind you would find at most Mexican restaurants, was served on the side.
There were a few things that caught my attention before I took a bite. First, the dish looked hearty and filling. Sedona can be an expensive city to visit, so I was pleasantry surprised by the amount of food for the price. Second, the dish was colorful from the bright orange and white cheese to the green lettuce and red tomatoes. I was hoping it would taste as wonderful as it looked.
The most important component of any Huevos Rancheros would have to be how the eggs are cooked. While you can have your eggs any style, I prefer eggs to be cooked over easy where the golden yolk of the egg mixes with the chile, creating a delicious, rich sauce. Unfortunately, the first egg I cut into was overcooked with no runny yolk. I was worried. Luckily, the second egg was cooked to perfection with just enough rich, golden yolk to save the dish.
If you like cheese, and I mean a lot of cheese, then this is your dish. As mentioned before, two types of cheeses, one white and one yellow, were almost overflowing off the plate. I wouldn’t say the dish was greasy but there was a lot of cheese. Offsetting the richness of the cheese was simple sliced lettuce and diced tomatoes.
With so much cheese, I felt it drowned out much of the flavor of the green chile sauce. I could only taste a hint of green chile, which was disappointing. I could have used less cheese and more spicy, smoky green chile sauce.
My favorite part of these Huevos Rancheros was without a doubt the added chorizo ($2.25). The large chunks of delicious chorizo were spicy, smoky, and salty. The chorizo had a wonderful texture after being charred until crispy and crunchy. With one egg being overcooked, the rich, slightly greasy chorizo saved the dish from being too plain and dry.
Finally, hidden under the massive pile of cheese, chorizo, eggs, and vegetables were two basic, lightly grilled corn tortillas. While I would have preferred these tortillas to be homemade, and fried until crispy, they still held up to all the ingredients without being soggy or falling apart.
While the Huevos Rancheros served at the Coffee Pot Restaurant had some issues, I still enjoyed it, especially for the price. It was filling and hearty. If you give me eggs, cheese, meat, and tortillas, it would be tough for me not to enjoy. With a few modifications, this dish could be something special.
Being a busy Sunday morning, and sitting on the less crowded patio, I was expecting the service to be on the slow side. This wasn’t the case at all. The moment I took a seat, I was handed a menu. A few minutes later, a friendly server came by to take my order and recommended a few dishes and drinks.
Each worker and server at the Coffee Pot Restaurant seemed to be hustling the whole time, taking orders, cleaning tables, and doing whatever they could to keep the well oiled machine running smoothly. This was especially important with the line of people waiting outside for a table.
Whenever I travel, I enjoy dining at places such as the Coffee Pot Restaurant. You can never go wrong with small diners with a long history. There is a reason why this restaurant has survived for all these years. In a city as expensive as Sedona, the Coffee Pot Restaurant stands out. With a huge menu featuring inexpensive dishes including 101 omelettes, I can highly recommend a visit to this local favorite.
- Local institution of Sedona for over 30 years
- Huge menu with 101 omlettes and an assortment of Mexican dishes
- Hearty and inexpensive dishes
- Beautiful outdoor patio
- Small parking lot with limited parking
- Up to an hour wait on weekends
- No local beers
2050 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
GPS Coordinates: 34.864319,-111.796669