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Excellent link for Spring training (and year round Phoenix area) eats

learningslo Feb 13, 2013 06:45 AM

Keith Law (a writer for ESPN) writes a food blog, and just posted an excellent, in depth, and thorough list of places to eat near various ballparks. It should answer a lot of questions for visitors and locals alike. Here's the link:


And, no, I'm not related to Keith in any way (although I am married to someone that works for a major league baseball team. He moves to the area for the entirety of spring training each year, so we've been to many of the places on the list).

  1. alliegator Feb 25, 2013 01:01 PM

    Thanks for sharing! I'll be new to Phoenix very soon, and this is a good guide for me. Meals for the first 2 weeks are reimbursed for relocation, so I'm going to try to cram as much good stuff in my belly as possible. And then go buy some bigger pants :/

    1. Beach Chick Feb 24, 2013 05:37 AM

      Great list...
      I would add:
      Haji-Baba in Tempe
      Los dos Molinos Mesa
      House of Tricks Tempe
      Casey Moore's Tempe

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        learningslo Feb 14, 2013 08:16 PM

        Glad I could be of some help. Any missing spots on the list? What would you add or take away? We're looking for unique, unfussy, delicious places.

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        1. re: learningslo
          PHXeater Feb 15, 2013 06:31 AM

          What area are you staying in?

          I agree with more than I disagree so here are a few that I do NOT agree with:
          Barrio Queen
          Wildflower Bread
          True Food (unless you really want to be healthy)
          Culinary Dropout

          1. re: PHXeater
            learningslo Feb 15, 2013 04:10 PM

            We're in Tempe, but we drive to other parks to watch games. Our trip to Surprise was made more enjoyable by a humerous trip to Furr's. I didn't think places like that existed any more!
            I agree with culinary dropout. I wanted to like it so much more than I did.
            The pasty restaurant was good, although I don't have many Cornish restaurants under my belt to compare it to.
            We're eating at Citizens public house this weekend, and my husband assures me it will be great.

        2. hohokam Feb 14, 2013 11:20 AM

          Add my voice to the chorus of the impressed.

          I fully expect these kinds of lists to be chock full of the usual suspects--pedestrian sports bars and Old Town Scottsdale tourist traps.

          Like PHXeater, I don't agree with a number of the choices, but I'm definitely heartened by the inclusion of so many worthy places.

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            Sherri Feb 14, 2013 11:07 AM

            Thanks for posting this great list. I've copied it for houseguests and visitors. Some of the choices had fallen off my radar and I appreciate the nudge.

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            1. re: Sherri
              JerryMe Feb 16, 2013 03:05 PM

              Ditto - Friends come in just for that great event and I'm not always familiar w/ different areas. It's very much appreciated!

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              PHXeater Feb 13, 2013 11:51 AM

              Wow. Overall that is a really, really great list. Obviously there are a few that I disagree with but he has a ton of great options on there for anyone visiting Phoenix at any time.

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              1. re: PHXeater
                ipsedixit Feb 13, 2013 07:53 PM


                It is a very nice list.

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