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Dec 3, 2007 05:01 AM

Mesa AZ

I'll be in Mesa AZ for a week in December. Seeking casual restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Moderate price range...interested in anything good...mexican, thai, middle eastern, pizza, breakfast, etc.

I have searched the board...any new recommendations? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Where will you be staying? Are you willing to travel? Mesa is pretty spread out - about 128 square miles so it would be helpful to have a bit more information. Also, there are bordering cities that have other options so your ability/willingness to travel will help us narrow our rec's.

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    1. re: scorpioscuba

      Sorry for the delay...I will be spending half my time on the West side and half on the East side. Bordering cities ok as well.


      1. re: Tripper

        Below are my favorites on the west side of Mesa. I almost never venture east of Downtown Mesa, so I can't help with east Mesa at all.

        Grill El Quetzal -- Guatemalan food
        Asian Cafe Express -- Cantonese -- not fast food despite the name
        Sweet Cakes Cafe -- Bakery and sandwiches in Downtown Mesa

        Some favorites in Tempe from its Downtown east to the Mesa border:

        Haji-Baba -- Middle Eastern
        Pita Jungle -- Middle Eastern / vegetarian
        Tasty Kabob -- Persian
        Khai Hoan -- Vietnamese
        Caffe Boa -- Italian-ish
        Classic Italian Pizza -- full service restaurant -- not order by the slice

        Pita Jungle
        1250 E Apache Blvd Ste 113, Tempe, AZ 85281

        Grill El Quetzal
        1933 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

        Asian Cafe Express
        1911 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

        Sweet Cakes Cafe
        21 W Main St, Mesa, AZ

        Haji-Baba Middle Eastern
        1513 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

        1. re: silverbear

          Hit reply before adding all the places:

          Classic Italian Pizza
          1054 E Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283

          Caffe Boa
          398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

          Tasty Kabob
          1250 E Apache Blvd Ste 116, Tempe, AZ 85281

          Khai Hoan
          1537 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

          1. re: silverbear

            Don't forget Dragonfly for Vietnamese, Banjarong for Thai, and if you're driving, downtown Chandler's array, including the wine bar and La Stalla.

      2. In addition to what others mentioned: Tum Nak Thai, way east at Power and Baseline, Rincon Peruano Peruvian on Alma School just south of Main St, Pho Mesa Vietnamese on Dobson south of Broadway.

        1. For Italian go here:

          Cafe Roma

          Address: 2011 N Recker Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215
          Phone: (480) 654-0558

          1. Try the Blue Adobe Grill for a great atmosphere and wonderful New Mexico cuisine

            Blue Adobe Grill
            144 N Country Club Dr
            Mesa, AZ 85201-6522
            Phone: (480) 962-1000

            Or for Mexican, try Rancho de Tia Rosa, they have a great patio, too...

            Rancho de Tia Rosa
            3129 E Mckellips Rd
            Mesa, AZ 85213-3132
            Phone: (480) 659-8787

            If you are wanting to go to Tempe the previous post mentioned some really good ones... I can second Classic Italian Pizza, Caffe Boa and Pita Jungle. Have heard great things about Haji-Baba also...

            1. Breakfast & lunch are a must at Crackers & Co. @ 1325 N Greenfield Rd
              (NE corner of Brown & Greenfield). Red, White & Brew another must for dinner (u WILL take home leftovers) @ 6740 E Mcdowell Rd (corner NW corner of McDowell & Power Rd. ) Also D'Vine Wine Bar & Bistro @ 2837 N Power Rd (NE corner of McDowell & Power). I frequent all of these often. They all have patio seating if it ever stops raining.