An old gem continues to please hungry patrons

By Morgan Rosenberger and Amber Faigin
Staff Writers

The Palace Saloon on Whiskey Row in Prescott has been in business since 1877, and it has always been considered more than just a bar. In the Palace, mineral claims were bought and sold, area employers posted want-ads, and several elections were held. The Palace is the oldest frontier saloon in Arizona, and one of the most well-known and historic saloons in the US.

In 1900, The Palace burnt down during the Whiskey Row fire. Patrons carried The Palace’s entire circa-1880’s “Brunswick Bar,” complete with all the alcohol inside, across the street, a safe distance from the fire, and they continued to drink as Whiskey Row burnt to the ground. This original bar is still in use today.

The Palace has a great atmosphere. One walks through swinging saloon doors into a grand, historically renovated space, dotted with photographs and old artifacts. The servers, wearing 19th-century attire, are exceptionally polite and attentive.

The Palace’s atmosphere is only matched by the quality of its food. The Sagebrush salad features an excellent blend of savory and sweet, with candied walnuts offering a surprise flavor. The Montezuma Chicken Pasta has flavors of red and green peppers and onion, accentuating its light and smokey Tequila Cream sauce, which seasons the chicken just right. Cooked to order, the prime rib, made with an excellent horseradish sauce, is delicately flavored and satisfying. Though the prices are a little high for everyday dining, The Palace Saloon is a great choice for a date or special occasion.

This article appeared in the March 2011 print edition of The Raven Review.

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