My grandparents took us to eat here on our first full night in Mesa. My sister and I, generally having different tastes in restaurants and entertainment than our grandparents, were skeptical to say the least. The place is a popular favorite of the large retiree population which winters in the area of Mesa, but it was for a good reason. The food was excellent--great pizza, and all of their other dishes (pasta, sandwiches, salad, appetizers, etc.) looked delicious as well. They also offer beer and wine for those who are interested. While the food is great, the main attraction is the Wurlitzer theatre organ and its player, which were both great. The organ player must know dozens of songs, because he took requests from the audience. My favorite was when he played Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid, and, besides the colorful lights and rich sounds of the organ, bubbles filled the room. It was definitely a good time, and a unique place to eat in Mesa!
If you are looking for more of a sit down restaurant, and you have a hankering for spicy; try Nunthaporn's. It is also located on Main Street in the old/tourist district.
Favorite Dish: Try one of the Thai Curry Noodle dishes if you like spicy!
If you are downtown and want a light lunch, Cucina di Vita is a pretty authentic Italian deli with nice sandwiches (panini), soups, salads, pasta and pizza. Friendly people too!
Note though that VERY few places in the downtown/Main Street area seem open for dinner.
Favorite Dish: Try the Buffalo Chicken Wrap!
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The food was good, especially the chips and salsa they brought out first. The burrito I had was big and hearty, with enough for more than one meal. They have about 5 locations around Phoenix regioin
Favorite Dish: Burrito was full of pulled pork meat and good sauce on top with cheese
The pizza we had was just "okay" but not outstanding. This is a family type restaurant, and has a variety of choices, but most all are Italian flavor. Besides the pizzas, there are meatball and Italian sandwiches, and pastas. Prices ranges were $7-9 for most items. Our loaded pizza was $20, and most cost $15-20 range.
Favorite Dish: We only had the pizza-and it was medicore in taste
The food overall was good and the portions plentiful-very plentiful. You get salad, potato/fries, vegetable of the day, beans, and rolls. All the food we three ordered was fine and tasty. All you can eat beef ribs were $15, and a burger was $8, and a Salmon fish dinner was $15. The dinners was great value for all the amount served.
They have 6 locations around Phoenix. If you do not like the food, maybe the guns they carry on the hips are loaded; so look out.
Favorite Dish: I had the beef ribs, and oh boy-they were big and plentiful. I got many repeat helpings, and they even gave me some to take home for the next day.
The sandwiches in this restaurant are very tasty, like their unique meatball sandwich which my wife loved and I had the Italian BMT. It's a different tatse from your regular subway. And we initially ate there because of the free fireman hats that they give for free for the kid meals.
The place was built in 1994 to honor the tradition of great food in most firehouses, freshly sliced meat and plenty of toppings and great flavor. I was amazed by the variety of hot sauces that they had available, awesome! The guys at the ordering booth/cashier were all very nice and I was wondering whthere they were training to be firemen themselves.
There is also a nice mural of the Mesa firemen at work and the tables are with a dalmatian spotted design.
Favorite Dish: all the subs are yummy
The Cheesecake Factory is one of my favoite Chain places. The food is always excellent and the portions are huge. The kids normaly don't get to eat "junk" food so it was a treat to take them out to the Cheesecake Factory for some dinner. The wait was about 15 minutes for the table. We were seated at a booth and handed menus. We decided to each get an appetizer and share, since we wanted to save room for dessert. The kids ordered some apple cider, a strawberry fruit smoothie and their appetizers. Liz and I had tropical iced teas. The service here was very good and the food was delicious. It was a nice dinner with the kids and alowed Liz's cousin to have a night to herself.
Favorite Dish: We split a bunch of appetizers for our meals since we knew we wanted dessert later. We ordered some: Avocado Eggrolls, Factory Nachos, Fried Mac & Cheese and Spinach & Cheese dip. Toni and Mason love the Mac & Cheese and the Eggrolls and practically ate them all themselves. Liz and I enjoyed some nachos and the creamy warm spinach dip. For dessert I had the Oreo Cheesecake, Liz had the Dutch Caramel Apple Streussel Cheesecake, Toni had the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, and MAson had the Godiva Brownie Sundae. Needless to say we all left very full yet happy.
When you're really yearning for that cheesy nacho, go to this place in downtown Mesa.
Their expertise is "Comida Nortena" or food from Northern Mexico.
They serve tamales, tacos, enchiladas and of course, my all-time favorite - burritos! And the taste is authentic!
They are located right on Main Steet in downtown Mesa and have several outdoor tables so you can also see what's going on outside while you are eating.
Favorite Dish: Comida Nortena
After reading yummy stuff on VT, I decided to bring the family to this nice little deli in downtown Mesa. Their special was a $7.25 gourmet half-sandwich with a cup of soup - and we coupled this with yummy cinnamon rolls and brownies!!!
They have about four tables outside and so we just sat there, waiting for them to deliver the goods (it took about 10 minutes - so not too long a wait). However, they did run out of soup and we just got one cup, so they replaced it with Greek salad. I had the buffalo chicken which was okay, and my wife had he yummier tuna sandwich. The twins had these huge chocolate chip cookies that were fresh and fulfilling...
The twins also enjoyed feeding the one pigeon that was outside with bread crumbs. The deli does have a take out counter but located in the hallway inside the facility.
So, when you're aching for sinful cakes - go here.
I have been going to this restaurant since before I was born (literally!); it's not far from my grandmother's house. After all these years and all the traveling I've done, this is the place I go back to whenever I'm in the area, and if I've been a really good girl, my mom brings me frozen burritos when she comes to visit. Like a lot of the best Mexican food restaurants in the area, it looks like a dive from the outside: a pink concrete-block building on a street corner in a part of town that seems iffy (but isn't really). But it would be a crime against your taste buds to pass it up, and if there are lines outside (as there often are on Friday and Saturday nights), it is worth the wait.
It's family-owned, and its food is the real thing: Sonoran-style and sooo tasty. There are unlimited free chips and two kinds of salsa when you sit down: the stuff in the bottle is hotter than the stuff in the bowl, but try them both if you feel you can. Feel free to chow down as fast as you can, because the chips are thin and the food gets brought out so fast after you order that you have no chance to fill up (unless you're there on one of the nights when the line is out of the door and around the corner, in which case your food gets to you in about the time it takes for you to get your food in a regular restaurant on a not-busy night).
Even though the waitstaff is extremely speedy, they're also small-town-friendly and will give you advice on spiciness levels, ingredients, what to try, their favorite dishes, things to see in the area, etc. Kids are of course welcome here as well and there are high chairs and booster seats and a small kids' menu.
They'll do take-out for you if you're in a hurry. You can call ahead or just show up and ask for it. If you just want a drink or there's no room in the restaurant part, go sit in the bar/lounge area. They'll serve you food there too, and it's dimly lit and has a real Old West dive-type charm of a kind you can hardly find anywhere anymore. But don't worry: despite the dim lighting and the slight shabbiness of things, everything is very clean and the food is fresh.
This is NOT a touristy place; it's very popular with the locals and you'll see lots of business-suit types there at lunchtime. Don't expect a lot of cheesy cowboy-theme-based "rootin'-tootin'" kind of stuff. But if you want to experience old Mesa the way it actually was, this is one of the last places you can really do it.
Note: The whole family and the rest of the employees shut down the restaurant for all of August and take a well-deserved vacation. But what are you doing in Arizona in August anyway?!
Favorite Dish: The green chile burrito is not just my favorite -- it's also my brother's and my mother's. You can get it plain or in combination with beans and rice or tacos or whatever else you want. The chile relleno is also great, but be warned that if you order it in the late fall/winter/early spring months, it's going to be very spicy, because chili peppers are hotter in winter (true!). Also, don't pass up the Mexican cheese crisp, which is filled with the green chile burrito filling and is a wonderful appetizer. Other than that, it's one of the less-spicy Mexican places you'll find, as the Sonoran style focuses more on delicious sauces than on intense heat. The soft tacos, for example, aren't spicy at all, so everyone can find something they like.
They offer a small selection of American food too, and I've been told it's fine -- but eating American food at El Charro would be like going to Rome and only eating at McDonald's: what's the point?
The first thing that attracted me to this restaurant was the cute adobe building and neon signs. The decor is is fun with a Mexican flair. They have a few nice outdoor courtyards and nice indoor spaces too.
Good Margaritas and very good shrimp tacos. Friendly staff.
Favorite Dish: I can recommend the shrimp tacos with pinapple salsa. These are baja style and I would return to devour more of these. I also tried the Salmon tacos with mango salsa and they were also delicious.
The Mesa location is at 144 N Country Club Drive, between a bowling alley and Taco Bell. The ambience was laid back, service very good. Nachos are good, roasted salsa good although pretty hot for me. Peach sangria (not wine at all) was really peachy. Salads good.
Favorite Dish: I had the blue seafood enchiladas twice - for dinner they have three enchiladas with rice and beans. For lunch you have one enchilada with salad and either rice or beans. The iced tea is good mixed with lemonade, and in my case with sweetener as well. I found this place in Frommer's guide. There is also a location in Scottsdale. The seafood enchiladas include shrimp, crab and another seafood delight with cheese and covered with verde sauce.
This is a very casual restaurant, moderately priced. A fun place to go with the family, probably not a good place for a date. You sit at picnic-like tables and the meals are served family style [ big servings of food placed in front of you & you put a portion on your plate] You can order chicken, robs, cornbread...ect. The place looks like an old mining camp, hence the name. and there are cute places to take photos outside, like the mini-pretend jail.
Favorite Dish: You HAVE to buy the cactus jelly from their gift shop!! It is so good!