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The Horny Toad


World Famous Food


The Horny Toad offers world-famous signature dishes including made-from-scratch fried chicken, scrumptious barbecue and homemade secret barbecue sauce, pork and beef ribs and mesquite-grilled porterhouse, top sirloin and rib eye steaks, prime rib and strawberry shortcake. The restaurant has earned numerous awards for its food including Best Fried Chicken, Best Steakhouse, Best BBQ ribs and Best Dessert (strawberry shortcake).

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The Horny Toad is located at 6738 E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek Ariz.; the phone number is 480.488.9542 and the restaurant and bar website is thehornytoad.com. The Horny Toad is open Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Friday and Saturday, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

The Horny Toad restaurant is the oldest, original restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona and has been the location for many "Old West" movies and photo shoots. Enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran desert as you dine from the expanded patio or experience the multiple interior dining rooms and Saloon. Live entertainment and music is offered seasonally for those who want to kick their heels up.

With over 50 years of restaurant experience the Price family welcomes you to The Horny Toad with large food portions at affordable prices. The Horny Toad restaurant was purchased by the Price family in 1976 and it has stayed in the family ever since. Jeff Price is the managing partner with his son Tom working as manager. Visit the Cave Creek Live "articles" section for more on the Price family and Horny Toad history.  Chef Don Dantine has been with The Horny Toad restaurant for over 23 years overseeing an experienced kitchen staff that is dedicated to making your visit one you will not forget.

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What's a horny toad?

(Somebody always gets in a nasty chuckle). Maybe to easterners, it's a frog anxiously awaiting an answer to a mating call. Some other innocent soul might visualize a frog with s

 

pikes. Well, they are answers, however wrong, but a man named Webster put in a lot of research and when he publicized his book telling what things meant, he came up with "...any of several, small, scaly insect-eating lizards of the family Iguanidae, genus Phrynosoma, whose body somewhat resembles that of a toad or frog. The body is rough, the tail short, the head furnished with horny spikes. Several species inhabit the arid plains of the southwest U.S...."
 
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We named our restaurant after this much-maligned desert dweller after hearing -

The Truly Forgettable Saga of the Horny Toad

Sometime during the last century, an old prospector working the area a few miles northeast of the little town of Phoenix, Arizona, came upon a small watering hole. He thought to himself that this here was mighty purty scenery and he'd bet them easterners would give an arm and a leg for some of this property. They could build them some roads and put up funny names on the street signs and everybody'd be carefree, even if they had to live in caves and drink from the creek. Unpacking his burro, he ate the wrapped tortilla prepared by the Mexican cook back in Phoenix before he unloaded his donkey. As he sat stirring the campfire, he noticed the ruckus the frogs over on the other side of the pond made with their mating calls. They sure sound anxious, he thought to himself. His aching feet reminded him not to buy any more of those 2 for $5.00 boots. As he eased the boots off to soak his tired feet, he saw the many calluses they had given him and he said to himself, I sure am getting horny toed.
 
 

For the best lunch in the Cave Creek area, come to The Horny Toad, a landmark restaurant establishment for more than 39 years. In addition to our famous fried chicken and ribs, savor a fresh fish or tuna melt sandwich followed by our renowned strawberry shortcake. Join us at 6738 E. Cave Creek Road in historic Cave Creek, Arizona!

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Blue Burger at the Horny Toad Cave Creek

 

 NEW Golden ALE at the Horny Toad Cave Creek

 

 

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