Oh Macy's, I love you!
Posted on 05 / 06 / 2010
I don't live in Flagstaff anymore, but when I came back to visit recently one of the first things I wanted to do was go to Macy's.
I was so excited to discover this place the first morning that I lived in Flagstaff when my Aunt and I were in our hotel room looking in the phone book for places to eat breakfast. We didn't actually eat here until our second morning in town. As a vegetarian at the time of 9 years that grew up in the Buffalo, NY area I had never been to any sort of full on vegetarian establishment. (Oh how things have changed since then - and I'm vegan now. ;))
Macy's always has a yummy selection of baked goods with lots of options for the vegans. In the mornings they usually have bagels from Biff's across the street and muffins you can munch on if you don't want a pastry with your morning coffee. The vegan waffles there aren't really that great - a bit too stiff for me - but something about the ability to go out and order vegan waffles (with syrup and earth balance - which you have to specify that you want or else they will give you butter even though the waffles themselves are vegan - and fresh fruit on request) has always been exciting.
My favorite sandwich is the avocado BLT. (Specify if you want it vegan.) It was a sad day when I couldn't eat one for lunch after a year away from Flagstaff (and at least a month of daydreaming about this sandwich) because they were out of tempeh bacon that day.
The coffee is amazing and this is coming from someone who doesn't really drink coffee that often. You can also get soy hot chocolate, choose from a variety of teas, and I think they make smoothies although I can't recall ever ordering one here... maybe just once my first year in Flagstaff.
Sometimes in the evenings they have musicians that play in the upper level corner, and you can peruse the photographs taken by owner Tim Macy while you are there. (I should really buy one of his prints the next time I am in town.)
Oh yea - the other great thing about Macy's is the cross section of the town that you will see here. (And the number of times you will run into people you know while here.) Macy's is a great meeting spot, as well as a great first date spot.
If you live in Flagstaff and you haven't been to Macy's yet you are probably living under a rock. If you are reading this because you are about to go on a vacation to Flagstaff, then you should definitely put this on your list of restaurants/cafes to check out. ;)
vegan baked goods, avocado BLAT, awesome hanging out spot