Northeast of Phoenix about 40 miles one will find the Town of Wickenburg. During the winter months this town is alive with snowbirds seeking the warm winter sun of Arizona. Tastes Like Travel took a day trip in the area, and in the quest for a some good food, we found ourselves at the Gold Nugget Restaurant.
As soon as we walked into the Gold Nugget we were greeted by Donna and Betty, two friendly and warm women, who gladly saw after our every need. The restaurant menu contained a wide variety of food but, as always, we asked Donna and Betty their recommendations. Without hesitation they said the Prime Rib sandwich and the Ruben were among the best. We agreed to try one of each, and while we waited for our food to arrive, we chatted with Betty about the restaurant. As we talked the lights flickered and Betty said, “That is the Ghost“! It was time to explore the Restaurant.
The restaurant was very large and had several rooms. As we walked into a large dining room( I rattled the haunted light to see if the bulb was loose……… it was not) there we plaques over many of the tables. These plaques noted the table of choice of many famous people including John Wayne, Clark Gable, local boy Val Kilmer, and dozens of others who have and do frequent the restaurant. Not surprising given the history of this place. It was worth a look around. Donna appeared with our food and we focused on the feast.
I had the Prime Rib sandwich, medium rare with Au Jus, and the better half had the Ruben. My sandwich was one of the best I have ever had. Fresh, juicy and augmented by awesome steak fries. The better half was equally impressed with the Ruben but she raved about the Cole Slaw. Based on our meal the Gold Nugget Restaurant has fresh and tasty food served with a smile.
If you are ever in Wickenburg make sure you go to the Gold Nugget Restaurant. You will get a great meal, a history lesson, service you rarely get these days, and have a good time while you are there. Make sure you ask Betty and Donna how they came to Wickenburg, that is a whole blog by itself.