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Nov 2, 2009 04:31 PM

good eats in Mesa Arizona

We are heading to Mesa for the weekend, and were looking for some suggestions of a good restaurant. No chains please!

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  1. D'Vine Bistro is very good and very local. It's at the southeast corner of Power and McDowell. Here's the menu link -

    If you like spicy, Los Dos Molinos is yummy! It's New Mexican - they have some of my favorite chips/sauce as well as very thick, fresh, delicious flour tortillas. It's at 260 S. Alma School Road in a super ugly, small strip mall with an mechanic shop. Great margs, too.

    Cornish Pasty is a good inexpensive, unique option. It has a great coal-minter theme (miners ate pasty's to avoid poisoning themselves), interesting beers and about 30 of their namesake baked meals (England's version of a calzone but crust is light, pie-like).

    Mesa is really spread out - if you let us know where you are staying you'll get places that are close to you. I kind a few faves from 3 different sections of Mesa - Dvine and Cornish Pasty are a half hour drive from each other.

    1. Being snarky here....Mesa is a town with a lot of restaurants but with no place to eat.

      1. Mesa is close to Tempe. Head there to the House of Tricks, nice local place.

        Also you are close to Scottsdale, lots of choices and different price points.

        House of Tricks
        114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

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        1. re: duck833

          Askrula- Hopefully the map on the right helps. As mentioned before, Mesa is fairly large and depending on where the hotel is, House of Tricks could be 30 mins away.

          House of Tricks
          114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

        2. Hey thanks for the info. I am a chef from NYC who lives in Santa Fe so I think I will skip the southwestern fare. I am going to a military model competition with my husband so I need something to look forward to! We are staying near the competition at the palatial Days Inn in east Mesa.

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          1. re: askrula

            Red, White and Brew is a fine, easy, inexpensive, large-portioned spot but not a place I'd imagine an NYC chef getting too excited about.

            Not sure when you will be in Mesa, but if it's after the new Cafe Boa opens at Power and McDowell, I would highly suggest a stop there. A very good local chef (formerly of Digestif in Scottsdale) created the menu for the new Mesa location and just redid the menu at the original Tempe location as well. I'm expecting great things but, technically, it's untested.

          2. I work in East Mesa, so I can only give a sandwich type place recommendations where we go for lunch.

            Crackers and Co has a huge menu with pretty good food for lunch and breakfast. I like their burgers and sandwiches. I do not like their spinach/artichoke soup (so thick its like a dip), or their salads (poor quality lettuce).

            Flancers has good sandwiches.

            Cafe Mix has okay Greek food- I didn't like th e dressing on my Greek salad, and the chicken kebab wasn't the best I've ever had, but it wasn' t bad either.

            Finally, I've heard good things about Red White and Brew but have yet to go.

            Red White & Brew
            6740 E McDowell Rd Ste 102, Mesa, AZ 85215

            Flancer's Cafe
            1902 N Higley Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205

            Crackers and Co Cafe
            1325 N Greenfield Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205

            Cafe Mix
            4405 E McKellips Rd Ste 106, Mesa, AZ 85215