Tortilla Flats

This is a must stop when traveling the Apache Trail; it’s touristy but it is so worth it!  By the time your arrive here if you are a bit parched or hankering for a hunk of hamburger then please stop at the Superstition Restaurant & Saloon.  Even if you aren’t hungry or thirsty just go in to see the place!  It is an eyeful and then some.  We went in just for drinks as we had had a hearty breakfast and weren’t hungry yet but I hear the food is good and there were plenty of folks in there chowing down.  Plus I’ve heard from two different local friends about the delicious fudge and gelato at the general store there.

When you walk in your eyes will widen at the decor.  Just about every inch of the wall space is covered in signed dollar bills from all of their visitors.  And the staff is very friendly and helpful.  I was told by the charming bar maid, Kari, that this money tradition started with miners coming in and to make sure they had money for the next time they would sign their money and have it nailed to the wall for when they returned.  She also told us about the patio where live music is played and invited us to stick around for it.  Too bad we couldn’t because it was a great day for it.

I was enjoying reading where everyone came from on the dollars when I noticed, directly in front of where I was sitting, one dollar bill signed by someone from Brentwood, Missouri.  I used to live just a 15 minute drive from there.  How cool was that.

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Along with money being on the walls (only the staff is allowed to put the signed money on the walls) there are all sorts of western memorabilia on them as well such as this old bathtub used in mining camps for oil and mineral baths.  Oil and mineral? I wonder what that was like!  It was made by the Universal Bathtub Company, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1872.

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When you belly up to the bar you don’t just pull up a stool – no sir!  You saddle up to the bar on these saddle stools or on the horses rear end stools.

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The decor just keeps getting better when you have to “excuse” yourself.  Now I cannot speak for the gents facilities but in the ladies room? Well…here ya go!  Makes for interesting photo ops.  Before you ask, yes! I did pose for a photo in here and no! It will not be shared.  A gal has to keep some things to herself 😉

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This was the most fun stop on the trail to me and I would happily go visit the saloon again but next time I’m having some grub and desert 🙂

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21 Responses to Tortilla Flats

  1. Timothy Price says:

    Nothing like an old sinner to put together a fine eatery such that you found in Tortilla Flats. You didn’t stick around for the live music? An invitation to live music is always a good gamble and worth changing plans for. Well, at least from my point-of-view.

  2. Nancy says:

    Love this place and this trail! I had the Prickly Pear Gelato. Delish!

  3. A very cool place that you captured well. We all had the cactus ice cream but did not leave any dollars on the wall.

  4. Brilliant images! Looks like an amazing place…

  5. Ingrid says:

    Glad you were able to take in the little tour and capture its essence. I loved my sunset view this evening 🙂

  6. That sounds a pretty cool place!! Great tip, thanks for sharingbthis Teri..

  7. Your images are really making me want to take a road trip out west…. Cactus ice cream sounds interesting..

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