Here are some ratings for local restaurants by Lowell gastronomers, on a scale from 1 (horrible) to 5 (terrific). Ratings are based on food, service, and ambiance, weighted in that order.
Rough price guide: $ = under $10;
$$ = $5 - $15; $$$ = $10 - $20; $$$$ = $15 - $25
Cosmic carrots: Phil Massey and Deidre Hunter are vegetarian.
Stars: Sally Oey checks out all types of restaurants.
Satellites: John and Jane Spencer prefer mid-range restaurants.
"Downtown" is about a 20-minute walk from Lowell, down the hill and follow your nose.
Beaver St. Hamburger best in town, Tapas Salad highly recommended.
Consistent quality and good pizzas.
A few good options for vegetarians.
Interesting menu of classic American (think Julia Child), fairly reliable and consistent in quality.
Macho Nachos are super and can be ordered at Zane Grey, the best pub ambiance in town.
1/2 Consistent in food quality, and best pub. Good variety, and great guacamole.
1/2 They have a vegetarian selection, but vastly overpriced.
Tom Kai Gai recommended.
1/2 Tasty, good vegetarian selection.
1/2 Naan is pretty bad, the rest uninspiring. Lunch buffet is ok.
1/2 A classic diner on Route 66 --- quintessential Americana. Great food and great service.
Great menu, but some inconsistency in quality.
Outdoor patio or historic house indoors. Limited vegetarian fare.
1/2 Great coffee, but food disappointing.
Best place for breakfast (5), but lunch consistently mediocre (1).
1/2 I've always had excellent meals here.
Attempts to be creative, but the menu doesn't really succeed.
Great for vegetarians, always had good meals there.
1/2 A happening place, good menu variety; some inconsistency in quality.
An all-round attractive restaurant.
Larb tofu especially recommended.
1/2 Consistently fresh ingredients.
Good vegetarian options.
Sedona is a leisurely 3/4 to 1 hour drive south of Flagstaff in red rock country. "Uptown" refers to downtown Sedona, northeast of the "Y" intersection of Highways 89A and 179.
Great ambiance, food disappointing.
Winslow is about an hour's drive east of Flagstaff, not far past Meteor Crater.
1/2 Excellent overall, with regionally appropriate menu; occasional imperfections. Signature soup a must.