Sometimes the heat gets to be too much and you need a break. Luckily, there’s Bisbee — the historic mining community that sits a mile high and is about 10 degrees cooler than Tucson. It’s also been voted one of the best cities for hippies.

I have a special place in my heart for Bisbee.

Many — OK, add another many — years ago I was born and raised there. The small colorful town perched in the hills has always had a warm welcoming feeling for its homegrown that extends to visitors, especially in the town’s smattering of restaurants.

I’ve come up with seven of my favorites, and none of them were open when I was growing up in Bisbee. They aren’t just my favorites; locals and tourists recommend them as well.

Screaming Banshee Pizza, 200 Tombstone Canyon, 1-520-432-1300; 4-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays. If Bisbee is having a themed event, you will be sure to encounter it here over a wood-fire pizza.

Thuy’s Noodle Shop, 9 Naco Road, 1-520-432-6169; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. So, I know what you are thinking a Vietnamese restaurant in Bisbee? No kidding, this place has the best beef noodle soup.

Jimmy’s Hot Dog Co., 938 AZ Hwy. 92., 1-520-432-5911; 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Get your Chicago food fix because sometimes you need a Vienna Beef hot dog and a great side of fries.

Tacho’s Tacos, 1335 S. Naco Hwy., 1-520-432-7811. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Every small town has that “go to” for a quick Mexican food fix. With 99-cent tacos and homemade soup, this is the place in Bisbee.