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Best Options around Arizona Mills

Random987 Jan 29, 2008 08:06 PM

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.


  1. twodogs Jan 31, 2008 06:20 AM

    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
      AzDumpling Jan 31, 2008 06:43 AM

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

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      fledflew Jan 30, 2008 03:21 PM

      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
        fledflew Jan 30, 2008 03:23 PM

        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. tara17 Jan 30, 2008 08:07 AM

        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
          ggdinero Jan 31, 2008 07:25 AM

          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. silverbear Jan 29, 2008 08:24 PM

          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
            misohungrychewlow Jan 29, 2008 09:49 PM

            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
              silverbear Jan 29, 2008 11:34 PM

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

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