Salsa Brava, located along historic Route 66, is Flagstaff's most well regarded Mexican restaurant. It was even featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri. Salsa Brava was voted by the Arizona Daily Sun has having the best salsa, due to the variety of fresh selections available on the unique salsa bar.
While some aspects of the dining experience at Salsa Brava were great (the fajitas and burritos we tried were both delicious and the salsa bar was pretty cool), I was just not impressed with the service or general decor. Additionally, prices were a bit steep for a small town.
Salsa Brava offers your standard menu of Mexican favorites like burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, and quesdaillas. Most dishes are served with delicious pinto beans and Mexican Rice. They use no MGS or lard, making it a good choice for vegetarians. In addition, those dining gluten-free will be glad with the variety of options and the convenient menu markings.
You will also find a small selection of specialties and seafood based entrees. The most unique offering is the salsa bar, consisting of a range of mild-extra hot varieties. As I am not a huge fan of salsa, I wasn't that impressed (now mixing in a few flavors of guacamole would have been fantastic!). I also thought the chips would have been better if they were warmed up and crispier.
We tried a chicken burrito and a Portobello mushroom fajita dish (served with beans, rice, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, and salsa). Both were tasty and filling, although a tad overpriced ($13 for a lunch serving of fajitas is a bit crazy!).
The service here was definitely mediocre at best. Our waiter just didn't seem to care and had no enthusiasm for his job. Hopefully Salsa Brava will hire more established, friendly waiters in the future.
The ambiance is a bit of a downer, especially after visiting an incredibly designed Mexican restaurant like The Barking Frog Grille in Sedona. It is apparent after visiting many other Mexican restaurants that Salsa Brava just did not put their heart into the design and it shows with the bland, generic decor. It is a shame that the decor is so bland as the food is pretty decent.
Salsa Brava is a mediocre dining choice in Flagstaff. If you are looking for good Mexican food, you will find it here, although be prepared to pay for it, along with sacrificing the fantastic service and unique decor you typically find at your standard Mexican restaurant. On the other hand, if you are simply craving great traditional Mexican food, then Salsa Brava will probably do.