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Authentic midwestern and liver & onions

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ckaseman Jun 12, 2010 06:58 PM

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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    Babyducks Jul 15, 2010 02:46 PM

    My husband had the liver and onions at Mimi's Cafe recently. He thought it was very good.

    1. azhotdish Jun 14, 2010 10:30 AM

      You might try Stockyard's Restaurant or Wally's Pub, both in E. Phoenix.

      http://www.stockyardsrestaurant.com/menu-dinner.htm
      http://www.wallyspub.com/wallyspubarc...

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        kmarg Jun 14, 2010 08:16 PM

        that Chicken Marsala at Wally"s is pretty good as well. lots of shroomage.

      2. JerryMe Jun 14, 2010 08:12 AM

        Try My Mother's Restaurant on 19th Avenue.

        http://mmrestaurant.qwestoffice.net/i...

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        My Mother's Restaurant
        4130 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015

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          ckaseman Jun 14, 2010 02:11 AM

          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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            Sherri Jun 14, 2010 08:18 AM

            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.

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              John E. Jun 14, 2010 10:47 PM

              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.

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              Midwestern Meats
              4308 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205

          2. John E. Jun 13, 2010 10:45 PM

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

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            Midwestern Meats
            4308 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205

            1. ipsedixit Jun 13, 2010 09:05 PM

              Scotts
              http://scottsgenerations.com/

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                kmarg Jun 13, 2010 02:27 PM

                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

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                  Sherri Jun 12, 2010 07:11 PM

                  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)

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                  Midwestern Meats
                  4308 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205

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                  1. re: Sherri
                    ciaogal Jun 13, 2010 08:21 AM

                    Liver and onions is a favorite...it'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 menu....it's not bad!

                    Durants has wonderful sauteed chicken livers!

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

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