Himalayan salt seared ahi tuna from LON’s at the Hermosa Inn. The dish won the 2018 Foodist Award for Best Signature Dish.
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LON’s at the Hermosa Inn
Things to know: LON’s is an authentic Arizona hacienda tucked within the grounds of the Hermosa Inn. The historic charm of the property is traced back to Lon Megargee, Arizona’s famous first cowboy artist, who created the property to be his private retreat in the early 1930s before opening it up to guests. Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco brings his own history to the table: His family’s Arizona roots go back nine generations and he brings the tastes he developed growing up on the family farm to LON’s. Because of his roots, the farm-to-table movement is more than a trend to Pacheco — it’s in his DNA and defines LON’s menu, where locally sourced items are an integral part of each dish. Pacheco and LON’s master gardener grow a wide selection of herbs, vegetables and fruit on the grounds.
Don’t miss: If you’re looking for romance, this is your place. Food & Wine magazine picked LON’s at the Hermosa Inn as the most romantic restaurant in Arizona. Here’s what the magazine said: “Lon’s Restaurant offers not one but many romantic settings for an intimate dinner experience: an outdoor dining space surrounded by low adobe walls and nearby mountains, an indoor dining room illuminated by candlelight and a wine cellar that offers seating for 12 people, perfect for your next double—or sextuple—date night.”
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Head over for bocce ball and a beer or take on some tough choices from the mouthwatering menus.