Named after actual southeastern Arizona amphibians that make a barking noise, the restaurant—owned by the same folks who run the Cowboy Club—is divided into the more casual Grille and the more formal Reserve room. Both are nicely decorated with regional flair, with brightly colored walls, chunky fireplaces, and archways. The walled garden patio with a fire pit and stringed lights is a wonderful option during warm evenings. The fireside room in the Grille is best for casual dining and meals with kids on cool nights, while the Reserve is ideal for romantic dinners or special affairs around the chef's table. Standard Mexican fare is available in the Grille, but you'll do better with the more Southwestern dishes, such as the white shrimp tamales with a side order of cactus fries. The Reserve offers a prix-fixe menu, in addition to the main menu, that features elegant dishes with a Sedona twist—venison medallions, chayote, juniper berries, and locally produced goat cheese highlight the ever-changing tasting menu. The fully stocked wine cellar is visible from the dining room.
- Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee