The Payson Maverick–Not Just a Gas Station Anymore

20161022_161655Payson has a new Maverick, and it’s not a gas station! Nestled in the Swiss Village Plaza, a couple of doors north of  La Sierra Mexican food, is a hidden gem called The Maverick,  a steak and barbeque joint that you won’t regret stopping in for.

It’s located at 806A Hwy 87, and if you blink you might miss it. As you’re driving north on Highway 87 look on the left side of the road just after you pass Forest drive. When you see the sign for “Outcast”–the cool, military themed antique shop next door, you’re just one step away from the steer-horned Maverick sign above the entrance to barbeque heaven. You’ll walk into a wood fire scented foyer wondering why every restaurant doesn’t smell this good.

The menu includes brisket, salads and hamburgers (including a green chili stuffed wonder called the Tijuana Torpedo), fried chicken and ribs, salmon and tuna steaks and smoked fish tacos. Appetizers include chicken wings and egg rolls.

On my first visit I indulged in the 1/2 rack of Maverick’s signature Smoked Barbeque Ribs ($12.95). Thought I’d died and gone to heaven! The ribs were smoky, juicy and fall off the bone tender, and the homemade barbeque sauce was amazingly tasty!

The Maverick at Cadillac Ranch in Payson opens at 11 a.m. and Happy Hour is 3-7 p.m. every day.  See you there!



Rodeo Days in Payson!

2012-08-18_13-54-16_179(1)MY BUCKET LIST

1) Go to a rodeo

1) Go to the best small town rodeo in the country

1) Go to the best small town rodeo in the country that was founded by a real cowboy in the 1800’s

1) Go to the best small town rodeo in the country,  that also happens to be the oldest continuous rodeo in the whole world, and make sure that  it was founded by a real, bona fide cowboy from the 1800’s.


   That’s it!!

Payson here we come!!!



August 15th — 18th, 2013

Payson will celebrate it’s 129th year of the August Doins Rodeo, the oldest continuous rodeo in the world!

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $10 for children 8-10 and free for children 7 and under.  If you show an active military card, you will also not be charged for admission.

Performances will be held at the Payson Events Center — just across the street from the Mazatzal Casino  on the west side of the road at the light.  Performance times are Saturday at 1 and 7 pm (gates open at 11 am and 5 pm), and Sunday at 1 pm (gates open at 11 am). On Friday night, the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performance will be at 7 pm (gates open at 5 pm).

Be prepared for a weekend of fun, beginning with Cactus WPN Barrel Racing on Thursday night at 7 (gates open at 5). Admission is 1 can of food.  On Saturday morning at 9 am is the 129th August Doins Rodeo Parade down Payson’s Historic Main Street.

For more information about this historic rodeo, go to

See you there!!!

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