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Jun 12, 2010 06:58 PM

Authentic midwestern and liver & onions

Looking for really good, authentic midwestern food in the east valley. Specifically ND/MN food, which I guess is mostly german/scandinavian.

Also looking for a place with really good liver and onions. Any suggestions?

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  1. The first place that pops into my mind is Midwestern Meats. I'd call and ask about liver and onions.

    Mesa Marketplace
    Meat Dept, Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm
    Bakery, Mon-Sat: 6am to 6pm
    480-924-5855 (MAP)

    Our Restaurant
    Mon-Fri: 11am - 8pm
    Sat: 8am - 8pm
    Sun: 8am - 1pm
    480-924-4884 (MAP)

    Midwestern Meats
    4308 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205

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    1. re: Sherri

      Liver and onions is a's getting harder and harder to find.
      El Charro Lodge, Pink Pony(now closed) and Don and Charlies all used to be favorites for liver and onions.
      Don and Charlies still serves their chopped liver along w/ their bread basket pre-meal!

      Mimi's Cafe has Liver and Onions on their's not bad!

      Durants has wonderful sauteed chicken livers!

      If you find a plaxe...please post! I'd love to know!

    2. Ranch House Grill has Liver & Onions on their lunch menu. They are only open until 3 PM though so not an option for dinner. 56th /st and /thomas

        1. We ate at Midwestern Meats and were underwhelmed. You may have a different experience, or maybe not.

          Midwestern Meats
          4308 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205

          1. Yeah, I have tried midwestern meats once and wasn't impressed. I had pork and it was very dry and tough. They had really good honey butter for their bread though.

            Scott's looks interesting, but I was hoping to find someplace more in mesa/tempe. I'll definitely have to try mimi's though. I've had breakfast there a couple times and it wasn't half bad

            Thanks for the suggestions, everyone

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            1. re: ckaseman

              The Iowa Cafe (Highley & McKellips, Mesa) offers liver and onions on their menu. I checked their website and was put off by their claim to fame -- "Hog Sloppin - Field Plowin - Hair on Chest FOOD". Guess I'm more a noca-T.Cooks kind of girl........

              Disclosure -- I have never eaten at either of my suggested places - neither Midwestern Meats nor The Iowa Cafe. They just sounded like they might fit your requirements.
              Second Disclosure -- I can't remember the last time I ordered liver & onions in a restaurant; whoops, yes I can. It was in Florence, Italy about 30 years ago and wonderful. I'm quite picky about L&O, preferring to cook it at home. For me, the onions must slowly caramelize to a soft golden brown, the thin strips of liver very quickly sauteed so that its still pink and then tossed with torn pieces of fresh sage.

              Good luck on your hunt. Please let us know what you find.

              1. re: Sherri

                I realize I may sound like a combination of a know-it-all and a curmudgeon, but here goes. I've also eaten at the Iowa Cafe (IIRC it's not too far from Midwestern Meats) and although the food wasn't terrible, it wasn't great either. The only thing memorible about the pulled pork sandwich with fries and coleslaw that I had is that they did not serve the coleslaw on the side, they put it on the plate next to the fries. I really don't prefer to have my french fries soaked in coleslaw dressing, but that's what I got.

                Midwestern Meats
                4308 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205