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Cowboy eateries near Phoenix.

Cowboy eateries near Phoenix Nomadic cattle drovers worked in the saddle and slept on the ground for weeks at a stretch during roundup and market season. Out of this exhausting and demanding lifestyle, cowboy grub originated--hearty food to fill a man up, stick to his ribs, and keep him going another day on the range.

From grass-fattened yearlings came tender steak, which was dipped in flour and fried in a Dutch oven. Add subtly seasoned pinto beans cooked with chunks of salt pork, Spanish rice spiced with tomatoes and chilies, sourdough biscuits, and apple or peach cobbler covered with a flaky pie crust--and you have all the elements of old-fashioned cowboy fare.

If it's been a while since you've had a meal like camp cookie used to make, consider a handful of cowboy eateries tucked into the foothills at the north end of the Phoenix Valley. Along with the food, you'll get a dose of old-time Arizona. We list Scottsdale choices first, followed by those in Cave Creek. Full dinners cost $7 to $20. Area code is 602.

Golden Belle Steakhouse and Saloon, 23023 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 563-5111. Open 5 to 10 weekdays, noon to 10 weekends. If you don't believe that some folks really eat rattlesnake, here's your chance to try this appetizer. Choose your cut of beef (or chicken)--it comes with salad, green beans, corn on the cob, baked potato, and toast. If you still have room, hot deep-dish apple pie with cinnamon swirl ice cream will finish you off.

Pinnacle Peak Patio, 10426 Jomax Road, Scottsdale; 563-5133. Open 4 to 10 Mondays through Thursdays, 4 to 11 Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 10 Sundays. The patio is open April through October; in other months, you dine indoors under some 750,000 ties hanging from the rafters--they belonged to gentlemen who refused to take 'em off. Choices include several selections of beef and chicken, served with salad, beans, and bread.

Reata Pass Steak House, 27500 N. Extension Road, Scottsdale; 563-5220. Open 5 to 10 Mondays through Thursdays, 5 to 11 Fridays and Saturdays, 4 to 10 Sundays. A stagecoach stop in pioneer days, this restaurant serves seasoned t-bone and porterhouse steaks with pinto beans and all the trimmings. Between April and October, you can eat on the patio.

Crazy Ed's satisfied Frog, 6245 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 488-3317. Open 11 to 11 weekdays, 11 to 1 A.M. Saturdays, 9 A.M. to 10 P.M. Sundays. Mesquite-barbecued beef and pork ribs are popular choices, but don't dismiss south-of-the-border entr'ees such as fajitas, chimichangas, and taco salad. (Don't even try to order frog's legs.)

Horny Toad, 6738 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 488-9542. Open 11 to 11 Mondays through Saturdays, 11 to 10 Sundays. Heavy beams high-backed booths, and hardwood floors create a genial atmosphere. Specialties include lobster, chicken, and barbecued beef and pork. On weekends, you can dance to live western blues music.
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