Cindy Fitch Is New Owner Of Creekside Steakhouse



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Olive Matus, original owner of Creekside, with new owner, Cindy Fitch.

Creekside Steakhouse and Tavern has a new owner, and it is one of Olive’s girls.

Any girl who worked for Olive Matus was considered one of her girls, and Olive is excited to have one of her girls take over her restaurant, Creekside Steak-house.

Cindy Fitch is the new owner, but she is not new to Christopher Creek. She has lived in this area for more than 50 years. In 2000, Cindy worked for John and Olive Matus as a waitress for three years.

Then she contracted to do the catering for Camp Tontozona for five years, and still worked on and off at Creekside.

Three of Cindy’s daughters work along with her to carry on the tradition of this wonderful restaurant. Cindy has some wonderful things up her sleeve. They hope you will enjoy your visit to Creekside as well as the beautiful Rim Country.

The restaurant has been around almost 40 years and from humble beginnings, it has grown to be listed in the book “Arizona’s 100 Best Restaurants.”

They serve family style meals, as well as special menu items. There is lots of painting and cleanup going on. They have ceiling fans in the dining room and have made it light and airy for your enjoyment.

There are new things on the menu like beef bologna sandwiches and you might ask why? It’s just because Cindy likes them. Also, avocado and cheese sandwiches, chicken wings, cheese crisps, chips and salsa, and on the lighter side, Portabella mushrooms, along with the old menu.

They have brought back some things like the way the Creekside salad used to be. Cindy said if you don’t want to run to town and need something, they would sell you anything that they have in stock.

You can even order a whole pie from Aunt Carol who makes the best pies around, along with Olive’s favorite cobblers.

They are running nightly specials — Monday is Mexican; Tuesday, Italian; Wednesday, oriental; Thursday is chef’s special; Friday, fish special, with a different fish every week; and Saturday and Sunday is prime rib, along with regular menu.

They have a wonderful menu for Thanksgiving and it will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

They start off with a special breakfast menu from 6 to 11 a.m. with your choice of eggs benedict, creamed eggs and pit ham, French toast and bacon, vegetarian quiche and pumpkin pancakes for the wee ones. Thanksgiving, they will be running only the special menu, as to serve you the best they can.

Dinner starts at 11 a.m. with a relish tray, pumpkin or squash soup, and your choice of herb butter-roasted turkey, slow-roasted prime rib, crusted pork loin, pit ham or grilled portabella mushrooms. Dinners come with all the trimmings, mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, sweet candied yams, homemade sage stuffing, choice of vegetables, warm rolls and butter, and to top off this great dinner, you get your choice of desserts. Grandma’s Banana Pudding, bread pudding with hard sauce or Carol’s apple dumplings. Mmm, Mmm.

Reservations are advised. Why cook? Stop in and enjoy this delightful menu.

Creekside is open seven days a week starting at 6 a.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner is served from 11 a.m. until the cows come home!

For reservations, call (928) 478-4389. A visit to the Creekside Steakhouse and Tavern will become a memorable event and a tradition for you and your family, just as it has become a tradition for second and third generations of families from all of Arizona and many places beyond.

Cindy Fitch is a delight, she is as caring about people as Olive was. She tells her staff if any of the elderly residents come in to eat, when they are finished make sure they have a hot bowl of soup to take home. Take a trip out to Creekside and watch as Cindy revives this wonderful restaurant.

The community of Christopher Creek wishes Cindy, her family and staff the best and hope there will be many more memories made at this special restaurant in the Rim Country.


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