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Nestled between the sycamore trees in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village North lies Pump House Station and Urban Eatery. This rustic looking cabin is the perfect gathering place to meet friends, have a romantic dinner or even to dine solo. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu is diverse, and the food is delicious.
Pump House Station used to be a home filled with memories, now it's a restaurant decorated with timeless treasures. With seating both inside and out, anywhere you choose, you will experience the unique ambiance the Pump House Station offers. Outside, the front porch overlooks a courtyard with a cobblestone road, a fountain, and unique shops situated within stucco buildings. Surrounded by sycamore trees and a grassy knoll, the back patio is a perfect dining spot, especially in warmer weather. Inside, the Pump House is cozy and welcoming with eclectic seating and two community tables that are meant for sharing. A large fireplace made with river rock adds to the charm of this home-like setting. The restaurant is decorated with antiques and found objects carefully curated by owner Belynda Greene. Old lamps from a library in Jerome hang over the counter. A bumper car from the 1930s is tucked within the bar, it's headlights still illuminate. A wallboard from a deli in Greenwich Village in New York is covered with 200-year old flours sacks from Germany, and the porcelain lamps over the sign outside are from an old gas station.
Chef Cord Chatham, whose culinary approach and presentation of food are outstanding, has worked at some of the finest restaurants in Arizona. When asked about his favorite dish, Chef Cord says that he doesn't have one particular favorite, but enjoys creating meals with vegetables especially beets and mushrooms. His love of food is evident in the dishes he prepares, focusing on fresh, organic and sustainable foods whenever possible. The Pump House menu is filled with fan favorites. For breakfast, try the eggs benedict, crepes with Nutella or the urban burrito. The one dish that receives the most accolades is the avocado toast. Prepared with a sunny side up egg, tomatoes, basil, arugula, lemon, olive oil, and sea salt - it's delicious. For lunch, the salads are all good as well as the sandwiches - try the Pumphouse Club.
Dinner is where Chef Cord goes all out! Begin with the Noble Bread appetizer; a favorite is the burrata, with pesto, tomatoes, arugula, bacon and a balsamic glaze. For the main entrée, check with the daily specials first. If it sounds delicious, it will be! On top of the list, is the Crispy Skin Red Trout, Beef Filet and the Spiced Southwestern Blackened Salmon. For vegetarians, the Beet Wellington - prepared with creamy leeks, crisp filo, arugula, apples, and radish is superb.
For dessert, Chef's apple tart served in a warm iron skillet and topped with ice cream will seal the deal.
Pump House Station, 313 AZ 179, Sedona. Open Monday- Wednesday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. (928- 862-4141), or go to PumpHouseStation.com.