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Jan 29, 2008 09:45 AM

AZ: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

Now I am probably no where near guy's biggest fan. Infact, I am probably closer to the other end his fan base. However, I love the places he goes. Those are the kind of places I love. Sure, the upscale places are nice, but there is more to life than steaks and gourmet. What are some of your favorite places to eat like a fat kid for cheap in the state, and what do you order? Who needs the food network?

As the resident chunk, I'll start with some of my favorites:

- Mrs. White's Golden Rule - BBQ Ribs and Neck bone, mixed greens, and yams with Sweet Tea(Saturday Special), or order from what is written on the walls.

- Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles - Chicken and Waffles!!! Catfish is good. RED KOOL-AID!

- Knock Kneed Lobster - Icelandic Cod Fish and Chips. Fried Okra. Fried anything really.

- Honey Bears - Tennessee BBQ Pulled Pork. Nothing fancy at all. Slow cooked meats that you 'don't need no teeth to eat'. The Hot Link sandwich is good too. Nice kick to it.

- Lenny's Burger Shop - Best 50's style burger in town. Fresh cut fries. Good shakes.

- Carolina's - Good, down to earth mexican food, and cheap!

- Fry Bread House - Navajo tacos. do they do anything else?

- Hamburger Works - Good DIY burgers.

- Sing High Chop Suey House - The name says it all!

- Texaz Grill - Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken. Pecan Pie.

- El Guero Canelo - SONORAN HOT DOGS!!!

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  1. There was a good long thread on local dives a few months ago -- pero lo siento, I'm too huev -- uh, lazy to pull it up right now ...

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    1. re: misohungrychewlow

      I found the old thread you are talking about from May. I don't think I was yet on here.

      From that thread, some others that I love:

      - Chicago Hamburger Company

      - Harvey's Wineburger

      - The Original Wineburger

      - Luke's Italian Beef

      - That's A Wrap (not really divey, but good)

      - Best of Philly (Listed as Taste of Philly)

      - El Napolito

      - Iri'e Jamaican

    2. Great posting and I agree - - although I rave about Binkleys, nothing beats real down-home food!

      I'll probably be admonished for it, but I'll add In-and-Out Burger (double double animal style, fries well-done and a neopolitan shake) and Freddy's Frozen Custard (I don't like their custard but love their steakburger, which is a great Steak and Shake knockoff). I know they're not exactly where Guy goes (and I can't stand that guy but you have to give him credit for being the only one to win that contest that actually stuck around), and they're also chains, but they're both "gotta have it" food for me every now and then.

      Stacy's also had great fried chicken, but not sure if it's still around. I think he was Mrs. Whites nephew or something like that.

      Sorry that I couldn't do better on my list, but ValleyFever definitely got the good ones. (Mrs. Whites, Carolina's and TexAz)

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      1. re: ejs1492

        I had a double double, animal style fries, and a neopolitan shake tonight. I am in Carlsbad, CA which a hub of chain restaurants.

        Where is Freddy's? I've never heard of it, but I love Steak N Shake and Culver's when I am working in places that have them.

        I'd also add Twister Soda Shop in Williams on Route 66. Also, the Sugar Bowl. Nothing beats a Camelback Soda when it is 115 outside.

        1. re: ValleyFever

          adding links. ;-)

          Texaz Grill
          6003 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

          Carolina's Mexican Food Restaurant
          1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

          Lo Lo's Chicken & Waffles
          10 W Yuma St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

          That's A Wrap
          800 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

          Chicago Hamburger Co
          3749 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

          Knock Kneed Lobster
          3202 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

          Fry Bread House
          4140 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

          Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor
          4005 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          Mrs White's Golden Rule Cafe
          808 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

          Harvey's Wineburger
          4812 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

          The Original Wineburger
          6027 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015

          Sing High Cafe
          27 W Madison St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

          Original Hamburger Works
          2801 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

          Honey Bears Barbeque
          5012 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ

          Lenny's Burger Shop
          13616 N 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029

          El Guero Canelo
          5201 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85706

          1602 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

          Best of Philly
          2818 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

          Irie Jamaica Restaurant
          2727 E Broadway Rd, Phoenix, AZ

          Freddy's Frozen Custard
          4929 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308

          Twister's 50's Soda Fountain
          417 E Route 66, Williams, AZ

          1. re: ValleyFever

            Freddy's Frozen Custard is @ 49th Ave/Bell Rd.

            I tried their custard a few months ago and wasn't impressed.

            Waiting for Culver's to open at Deer Valley...

            Freddy's Frozen Custard
            4929 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308

            1. re: ValleyFever

              Freddy's is a very small chain out of the midwest. I grew up in St Louis and was raised on Steak and Shake and White Castles. Freddy's is a near-perfect copy of a Steak and Shake steakburger, with the skinny fries also. But their frozen custard is mediocre at best. We still trek out there, about 30 miles from our house, for the occasional steakburger craving.

              1. re: ValleyFever

                If it not to late.... go to Jay's in Carlsbad. excellent food.

                1. re: Sunkisst

                  Yeah, I am here until Friday. I'll be sure to look it up. Thanks!

            2. my favorite of the dives... Chino Bandido! I doubt there's anywhere else on the planet that you can order a sweet and sour chicken quesadilla and a machaca burrito with Cuban black beans and jerk chicken fried rice and the counter person doesn't bat an eyelash.

              And yes, Fry Bread House does have other things. Their stews are amazing. They have red chile, green chile, beef with hominy, and beef with vegetables. And of course, chocolate-butter frybread for dessert if you somehow still have room.

              We Phoenicians do have our own Sonoran hot dog places. My favorite is the cart that materializes on the corner of 20th Street and Indian School every night from 6 PM til midnight.

              Chino Bandido
              15414 N 19th Ave Ste K, Phoenix, AZ 85023

              Nogales Hot Dogs
              1945 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                Is that cart still there? I thought it might have gone away when Guitar and Keyboard City went out of business last year.

                1. re: silverbear

                  Yup, still there and very busy. On any given night, the tables are full and hot dogs are selling like hotcakes.

                2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                  yeah, I used to eat at that hot dog stand when the Mason Jar was still the Mason Jar. I still get over there every once in a while when I am out late in that area. I've also tried out the ones on Grand and 24th st. All of them are legit. The one in Tucson is a real restaurant though. It started out as a cart like those, but progressed into a real building.

                  1. re: ValleyFever

                    Really do need to bring Seligman into this conversation. Snow Cap rules.

                    1. re: AzDumpling

                      I've never been through Seligman. I'll make a point to go off course next time I am up there.

                      Delgadillos Snow Cap
                      301 E Chino, Seligman, AZ

                      1. re: ValleyFever

                        It is a trip back in time. Well worth the few minute detour even if you do not stop, but you will.

                3. Niro's Gyros on 48th St. in Tempe is great. It's just the kind of greasy spoon gyros and hot dogs place that I miss from my days in Chicago. The fries are great too, they come in a greasy brown paper bag...

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                  1. re: jcoz23

                    You might like Franks-A-Lot on 40th St and Washington. Great hot dogs, and the best chili cheese fries around.

                    Niro's Gyros of Arizona
                    10826 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85044

                    15 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

                  2. Can't leave Rito's off the list. Amazing green chile burritos & awesome beans.

                    Rito's Mexican Food Inc/Take
                    907 N 14th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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                    1. re: ccl1111

                      A dive, and the grub is no better than you can get out of a can.

                        1. re: ccl1111

                          I've never been there, but it seems to get pretty favorable reviews other sites. No seating? No parking? That sounds like my kinda place. I will be sure to check it out now. Thanks for the tip. I won't let one bad review stop me from trying it out.

                          Besides, a dive is part of what I was looking for.