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High Desert Market and Cafe

203 Tombstone Canyon, Bisbee, AZ - (520) 432-6775
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/21/2014 5:55:00 AM
There is no better culinary reflection of the eclectic nature of Bisbee, Arizona, than the High Desert Market and Cafe. Owned and operated by Peyton Tamburo, an actress from New York who arrived on motorcycle at the turn of the millennium, it is a place to eat-in or buy meals to take out, a coffee-juice-smoothie bar, a grocery store, a wine shop, a crafts gallery, a cosmetics emporium, and a town gathering place.

We're especially fond of dessert: mammoth cuts of cake or pie that is fresh and expertly made. Coconut cream pie is a big, hearty western slice that is endlessly creamy atop a crust that is surprisingly fragile and with an ever-so-slight savory flavor. A thick layer of whipped cream floats atop the chocolate sour cream cake. It is quite sweet, but the cake itself, moistened by plenty of sour cream, is less sweet than most chocolate cakes: a fabulous, intriguing balance.

For dinner, you can tuck into elegant artisan pizza, such specials as manicotti stuffed with spinach and ricotta along with wonderful garlic bread, or pad Thai with shrimp, bean sprouts, and peanuts tossed with rice noodles. Sandwiches, served on organic whole wheat or grilled focaccia bread (or on gluten-free bread), are made of interesting cheeses and cold cuts, accoutered with the likes of sliced avocado, pesto, caramelized onion, etc.

Breakfast is wonderful: immense egg-loaded burros, sweet potato pancakes, and pastries that are made on premises every day. Of the muffins, biscuits, and cookies, our fave are the scones. Like the pie and cake, they come as mighty blocks of food – one scone easily feeds two – and they are jam-packed with whatever ingredient is featured, from chocolate chips to cranberries.

The juice bar will concoct just about anything you wish. Apple-lemon-ginger-beet is a house favorite. Among smoothies, the knock-out is a double espresso chocolate with banana and ice cream.

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Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Coconut Cream Pie
Key Lime Pie
Chocolate Sour Cream Cake
Manicotti
Beet Carrot Apple Ginger Juice
Pizza
Chocolate Orange Scone
Pad Thai
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Hearts of Palm Salad
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Key Lime Pie is the classic sweet-tart formula, but with thicker graham cracker crust and a big ribbon of whipped cream on top.
"Key Lime Pie is the classic sweet-tart formula, but with thicker graham cracker crust and a big ribbon of whipped cream on top."
Michael Stern





Big, dense, positively packed with chunks of chocolate, this scone is a mighty, mighty good pastry. At 7am, it was still warm from the oven.
"Big, dense, positively packed with chunks of chocolate, this scone is a mighty, mighty good pastry. At 7am, it was still warm from the oven."
Michael Stern


Juiced-to-order drinks are terrific. This one is beet, carrot, apple, and ginger.
"Juiced-to-order drinks are terrific. This one is beet, carrot, apple, and ginger."
Michael Stern


Artisan pizzas are thin-crusted and available with a changing repertoire of toppings.
"Artisan pizzas are thin-crusted and available with a changing repertoire of toppings."
Michael Stern


Coconut cream pie is a hearty slice that is endlessly creamy atop a crust that is surprisingly fragile and with an ever-so-slight savory flavor.
"Coconut cream pie is a hearty slice that is endlessly creamy atop a crust that is surprisingly fragile and with an ever-so-slight savory flavor."
Michael Stern


Hearts of palm salad includes blue cheese, pineneuts, olives, and tomatoes.
"Hearts of palm salad includes blue cheese, pineneuts, olives, and tomatoes."
Michael Stern


Crowned with a thick layer of whipped cream, chocolate sour cream cake strikes a marvelous balance of chocolate sweetness and sour cream tang.
"Crowned with a thick layer of whipped cream, chocolate sour cream cake strikes a marvelous balance of chocolate sweetness and sour cream tang."
Michael Stern


Across from the Iron Man statue, the High Desert Market and Cafe has something for everyone.
"Across from the Iron Man statue, the High Desert Market and Cafe has something for everyone."
Michael Stern


A blackboard special, manicotti comes stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese, gilded with spicy red sauce, and accompanied by salad and a hunk of chewy garlic bread.
"A blackboard special, manicotti comes stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese, gilded with spicy red sauce, and accompanied by salad and a hunk of chewy garlic bread."
Michael Stern


Moist, buttery upside-down cake with a sweet crown and pineapple ring
"Moist, buttery upside-down cake with a sweet crown and pineapple ring"
Michael Stern


Pad Thai with plenty of shrimp includes bean sprouts and peanuts and is served atop a pile of rice noodles.
"Pad Thai with plenty of shrimp includes bean sprouts and peanuts and is served atop a pile of rice noodles. "
Michael Stern



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