Destination: Run! From wine country to New York City, we love traveling for races held in our favorite places to vacation. This month, we’re off to New Orleans (January 23-24) and Phoenix (January 17-18) for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon!
Packing, training and planning your travel itinerary for a destination race in a new city can be a bit daunting. No need to worry, runners! We did the all the leg work to come up with a list of our favorite spots for post-race chow in New Orleans and Arizona. If you’re planning on joining us in either city (or considering joining us next year) definitely print this list out and stuff it in your key pocket for when you’re ready to run down that post race meal. Dig deep and Bon Appetite!
Phoenix is a desert paradise! With stunning vistas and buzzing business districts, we love Phoenix because it has the best of both worlds.
Here’s what you need to do: First, rock the race against a stunningly colorful skyline. Then, grab your friends, fans and support crew and head to one our favorite re-fuel spots for some celebratory bites. Some of our faves:
- Ncounter – A kick-butt omelet is arguably the best way to get your post-race protein fix.
- Mellow Mushroom – Simply craving a beer and a slice of ‘za? Only a few blocks from the finish line, Mellow Mushroom is pizza nirvana.
- Culinary Dropout at The Yard – Perfect for large groups and families, you can melt into an order of pretzel fondue on the sidelines while your support crew plays backyard-style games like corn hole, ping-pong and shuffle board.
With Mardi Gras season in full effect, there’s not a better time to run (and eat!) in New Orleans.
Here’s what you need to do: Collect your medals, beads, and finisher jacket at City Park. Then, re-fuel at one of the finest, festive establishments that “The Big Easy” has to offer.
- The Ruby Slipper Cafe – Did someone say homemade sausage? Deemed one of the best breakfast spots in New Orleans, you’ll drool over the house breakfast specialties, including Eggs Cochon de Lait, Bananas Foster Pain Perdu, and BBQ Shrimp and Grits.
- Mother’s – Known for their world-famous hams, Mother’s is your go-to lunch destination for authentic and traditional New Orleans fare, including Etouffee, Po’ Boys, and (of course) Gumbo and Jambalaya.
- biscuits and buns on banks – If you just can’t go any further without coffee, you should b-line it to biscuits and buns on banks for a cup-o-joe and a delicious breakfast. We’ll take a double tall with an extra shot of fried chicken and waffles!
- Sucre – Go for the gold! And purple. And green. Celebrate marathon successes with big ol’ Kings Cake at one of New Orleans famed bakeries.
Have a favorite spot that’s not listed? Shout it out in the comments section!