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Payson Arizona is not only known for its beauty, excellent weather and abundance of outdoor activities, it also features some great places to get a meal. In no particular order of favorites, here are four of the featured eateries you’ll discover on your next trip to this mountain community.

1. EL Rancho Mexican Restaurant

200 S Beeline Hwy Payson, AZ 85547

El Rancho has been making great Mexican cuisine for the past 30 years. Their authentic meals coupled with a unique ambiance have gained the attention of the Payson community, which has voted them “Best Margarita in Town” and “Best Mexican Food.”

2. Fargos Steak House

620 Arizona 260 Payson, AZ 85541

This modern steakhouse which sites next door to the Majestic Mountain Inn has a contemporary mountain-lodge atmosphere. The menu includes surf and turf dishes and appetizers such as tenderloin skewers with Cajun dipping sauce and bacon-wrapped scallops.

3. Macky’s Grill

201 W Main St , Payson, AZ 85541

Noted for having one of Payson’s best mouth-watering Rib-Eye steaks, this eatery also an award winning Cowboy Melt, BBQ ribs and fabulous desserts. Located next to the Sawmill Theater.

4. Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe

512 North Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ 85541

According to Arizona Highways’ Nikki Buchanan, Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe is one of the 25 best restaurants in Arizona who writes,  “Gerardo Moceri, who apprenticed in Venice and worked in restaurants all over Italy, brings the real deal to Rim Country, buying organic pasta, using fresh herbs from his garden and making his own mozzarella, breads and desserts each day. From the wood-burning oven come wonderful pizzas and baked pastas such as bacon-studded ziti mac & cheese. His legendary calamari, Florentine bistecca and butternut squash ravioli are all the more delicious for the cozy, family-oriented environment he and his own hardworking family have created.”

So the next time you are in Payson, be sure to visit one of these fine restaurants. Do you have a favorite that was not mentioned? Let us know about it in the comments section of this post.