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Beyond the Barn :: Arizona National

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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The Arizona National Livestock Show has been one of the largest livestock shows in the Southwest and a Phoenix tradition since 1948. This year, exhibitors from 27 different states are making their way to Arizona during their holiday between Christmas and the New Year. With more than 1,500 head of elite livestock expected in the vacation-like, sunny Southwest, it should be an event to be remembered. If you’re heading to the Arizona National, the team put together a few suggestions of places to stop.

Pomo Pizzeria Napolitano is less than three miles from the fairgrounds, so even with the stoplights, you can arrive for some Italian cuisine in about 15 minutes flat. How good is Pomo’s Phoenix, well according to the more than 700 folks who weighed in, it is one of the top three restaurants in the entire city.  Get fired up for these brick-oven baked delights!

What is a trip to the Southwest without some Southwestern spice and flare? Hit up Arizona’s original Ajo Al’s for some Mexican cuisine that the family-owned eatery has been hustling up since 1986. Their house specialties include: pollo con queso, smoked brisket tacos and shrimp and pork belly tacos. Are you hungry yet? We are!

If you’re hungry for barbecue, the head to Bobby-Q’s. This restaurant cracked the top ten best places to eat in Phoenix according to, and it’s about 15 minutes away from the fairgrounds. Their menu is mainly slow-cooked over Mesquite and Almond wood giving it a unique and memorable flavor. With plenty of sides and desserts, you won’t leave hungry.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we’re sending you to Matt’s Big Breakfast to, well, get a big breakfast. You know this place is good, when it’s touted as a local favorite. Follow the locals and head to grab some grub, first thing in the morning.

Now that you’re full, let’s find some things to do beyond the barn. If you haven’t seen enough animals during your stay, then check out the Phoenix Zoo! The zoo is home to 3,000 animals – including 30 endangered species. From Stingray Bay to Giraffe Encounter, you’re sure to see your favorite animal up close and personal.

Desert Botanical Garden is a Southwestern wonder in itself. You’ll be amazed at the variety of beautiful desert plants and flowers that Arizona showcases in this stunning exhibit. As you meander through permanent trailside exhibits and enjoy temporary art installations, you will be struck by the beauty of the desert.

Last but not least, head over to Old Town Scottsdale. This historic district is chock full of restaurants, boutiques, galleries and more. So, if you haven’t found a stop that has piqued your interest so far, it is almost guaranteed to be in Old Town Scottsdale!

We hope you enjoy your trip to the Southwest! Safe travels and a Happy New Year.

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