Located 90 miles north of Phoenix, Payson is literally surrounded by forest. Payson boasts a mix of casual to mid-range fine dining options, and most restaurants are cozy and low-key. Traditional American fare, such as burgers and chops, is often served in Western-themed eateries. Dinner entrees here include Santa Fe grilled chicken spiced up with a zesty corn and black bean salsa. Elsewhere, family-owned cafes take pride in offering brunch with menu items like almond-encrusted French toast and succulent biscuits with thick gravy. Mexican cuisine is also present, serving up dishes like tangy ceviche tostados and sweet flan. For a special treat, order the Navajo tacos cooked and served on frybread.