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Jan 29, 2008 08:06 PM

Best Options around Arizona Mills

I am going to head down to the IMAX at AZ Mills for the U2 3D show. I am relatively new in town, so I don't really know what options are available down there for decent ('good') food. Any insight would be most appreciated.


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    1. Classic Italian Pizza at Baseline & Rural is a great choice nearby. The restaurant features artisanal pizzas, salads, and interesting desserts and beverages, some of which reflect the owner's Bosnian heritage. It's a full service restaurant along the lines of Cibo or Pizzeria Bianco rather than an order-a-slice-at-the-counter type of place. It's a little hard to find. Look for it in the corner of a long strip mall just east of the Bova furniture store.

      For Mexican food, you've got two good options nearby in Guadalulpe: El Yaqui and San Diego Bay. The two blur in my mind sometimes, but I have stronger memories of San Diego Bay, which serves Mexican seafood.

      Those are the best choices I can think of within a mile or two. Expand your radius to five miles, and you have dozens of good restaurants throughout Tempe available to you.

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

      El Yaqui Restaurant
      9201 S Avenida, Del Yaqui Guadalupe, AZ

      San Diego Bay Restaurant
      9201 S Avenida Del Yaqui, Guadalupe, AZ 85283

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      1. re: silverbear

        Just curious, Oso -- is Halim Nefic back??? I thought he sold the place several years ago; or, did he sell to another Bosnian?

        1. re: misohungrychewlow

          I believe the latter occurred, but don't quote me. Maybe I just assumed the new owner is Bosnian. His last name is Began.

      2. If you like Thai food, Yupha's is off Elliot and Hardy (I think it's Hardy?) Great Thai food - try the Little Mermaids: bacon-wrapped shrimp tempura. Delicious.

        Yupha's Thai Kitchen
        1020 W Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284

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        1. re: tara17

          Another great option for Thai is Lemongrass Thai. It's only about 1.5 miles north of AZ Mills on the corner of Broadway/Hardy.

          Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
          818 W Broadway Rd Ste 108, Tempe, AZ 85282

        2. Here are a few casual places to grab a bite to eat -

          Tom's BBQ on Baseline just east of mill on the south side of the street. It's billed as chicago bbq. Excellent ribs and chicken - I get them both as a combo meal.

          Rustler's Rooste on the top of the hill at the Pointe South Mountain (the resort has been renamed, but I don't recall what it is right now). Kid-friendly, western themed, sawdust on the floor type of place. Nothing spectacular and even a little bit gimicky, but the food is decent and the view is spectacular.

          Depending on what time it is, Capistrano's Italian Deli in a strip mall on the SW corner of Mill and Southern. They close for the day in the late afternoon, so the IMAX show would have to be a matinee. It's kind of a dive, but the staff is really friendly and the sandwiches are fantastic.

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          1. re: fledflew

            Oops. Forgot the place links. Here they are...

            Rustler's Rooste
            7777 S Pointe Pkwy W, Phoenix, AZ

            Tom's BBQ Chicago Style
            115 E Baseline Rd # B5, Tempe, AZ

            Capistrano's Italian Deli
            31 W Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ

          2. Ted's is pretty close to Az Mills.Great place for real hotdogs,burgers and great onion rings.All cooked over a mesquite grill.Ted's is located at 1755 E. Broadway in Tempe.

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            1. re: twodogs

              Kick me to the curb but I have enjoyed more than one meal at Claim Jumper.