“Good Eats” at the Village Schoolhouse Restaurant in the Village of Oak Creek
By: Lisa Peters
Well the verdict is in! The newly opened Village Schoolhouse in Sedona, AZ is a hit! You might remember a few years back I was raving about the Schoolhouse in Cottonwood, now they are settled into their new location in the Village of Oak Creek offering some of the same great items that were available at the Cottonwood location along with the addition of some new Sedona creations! And yes the wonderful Chef Christopher Dobrowolski and his wife and partner Laura Fayette-Dobrowolski are at the helm!
I had the opportunity to visit the new Village Schoolhouse this past Friday with a friend. I was not disappointed. The atmosphere was friendly with lots of windows and fun art decorating the walls. You knew by the accent colors and the smell of delicious food wafting in from the kitchen that this was the Cottonwood Schoolhouse recreated to fit the larger Sedona crowd. Although we arrived after traditional lunch hour it was very busy and even though you do not need reservations I would highly suggest them. With the kind of crowds they are attracting your wait could be a little lengthy without one.
I would like to say I tried something new for lunch, but that would not be true. I am totally addicted to the Thai Style Goodness Salad and just can’t resist it! With mango, local greens, soft soy bean noodles, avocado, sweet & spicy Thai vinaigrette and roasted peanuts it’s a home run. I also have them add roasted chicken to mine, tender and delicious! I can’t help myself, it is so goooood!
My friend had their Burger, the beef is ground fresh daily and it’s served on a jumbo english muffin with aged Wisconsin white cheddar, romaine, tomato, chef’s mayo and bread & butter pickles. It came out cooked the way she liked it and was juicy and delicious. One of her other favorites is the All Natural Dr. Pepper Braised Chicken Wings. While we were there, a gentlemen next to us got the Perfect Corned Beef & Pastrami Ruben. We saw it being served and when I asked him how it was, he said it was perfect!
Another item that deserves a mention is their “Soup of the Moment”. Always interesting and inventive a cup makes a great addition to any meal.
As for Dinner at the Village Schoolhouse I don’t think you can go wrong, no matter what you pick! With that said, I would have to say that the Pan Seared Diver Scallops, the Hemp Seed Dusted Cold Water Arctic Char and their 8oz Prime Aged Flat Iron Steak get my highest recommendations!
So the next time you’re coming up to the Sedona area make sure to stop in Oak Creek Village and try out the new Village Schoolhouse! To learn more about this top restaurant please visit the Schoolhouse website, or visit the Schoolhouse on Facebook. The Schoolhouse hours currently are: Thursday-Monday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm for Lunch, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm is Happy Hour and 5:00 pm begins Dinner service. They are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but are planning on expanding to seven days a week very soon.
I have always been a fan of the Schoolhouse, and I will miss their location in Cottonwood, but now I have a great reason to visit Sedona more often! I guess I’m a schoolgirl at heart. Seriously, go and enjoy some great food, and if you have a moment, let us know about YOUR experience!