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Feb 22, 2001 04:49 PM

In Mesa, AZ for 3 days...

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Hi all! Normally I'm posting on the Northwest page, but since I'm visiting a college pal in AZ in March - I figured I'd better switch.

So, I'll be in Mesa (I have no idea where that is relative to the rest of the state or other cities). I want to treat my friend and his fiancee to a couple of nice meals. So, for a group of four - what do you recommend? We're all pretty adventurous when it comes to food...but I'm not a big red-meat eater. And (I don't want to sound cheap) I'd like to keep it in the reasonable (about $20/person) price range.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

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  1. Try Blue Adobe on Country Club in Mesa. No margaritas, only beere and wine, but very good menu, reasonably priced. There is a charge for the chips and salsa - but both are wonderful, and a little money buys a lot of chips. Some good non-red meat (poultry, fish, seafood, vegetarian) options as well. Also, there are any number of small, ethnic restaurants - your friends may have a couple of favorites. (If the four of you don't mind spicy-spicy, ask about Los Dos Molinos in Phoenix.) You can also find good casual food at Carlsbad Tavern (dinner entrees are a bit chancy, but salads and sandwiches are good). There's Richardson's in Phoenix, too. (under $20 can be a challenge here - if you don't mind a lack of atmosphere, but a lot of authentic ambience, try La Guadulupana on N. 16th, Comedor Guadalajara at Central and I-10, and San Carlos Bay on McDowell and I think also in Guadalupe. Have fun - Phoenix and this region can be terrific to visit - and yes, go to Sedona or drive the Apache Trail!

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    1. re: patricia

      Wow! You're full of suggestions. I may have to extend my visit just so I can try all the food. Thanks for taking the time to fill me in.

      If you ever journey to the Northwest, check out our board and I'll make sure you get some solid suggestions.

    2. you should for sure go to mi amigos for mexican. get their green tamales and prepare to weep. i understand they're going a bit downhill, though. the son recently took over from the original guy and is applying some strict business/efficiency practices, trying to expand the operation. i hate that! it's death to good food.

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      1. re: emily

        Hey, thanks for the tips!

        You said the magic word: tamales. I think of it this way - even declining tamales in AZ are going to be better than the bland mush-in-soggy-husk we get in Seattle. It's always tough when there's a transition...maybe the son will settle in after time. I've got my fingers crossed for you!

      2. I hate to disappoint you, but I feel obligated to let you know that THERE IS NO ACTUAL FOOD IN MESA. Your choices consist of establishments like Chili's and Arby's. Mesa, like most of Phoenix and Scottsdale, is nothing but a large strip mall. Best advice- find some horrible looking Mexican hole in the wall. One newish place with several locations around the area is Blue Burrito, lots of half way healthy Mexican style things. I'm also fond of La Pita Cafe in Scottsdale, on Shea Blvde just east of Scotttsdale Road. Middle Eastern things. If you want to splurge a little try Cafe Terra Cotta in Scottsdale, that will cost your $20 without any drinks though.

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        1. re: stephen

          Stephen, don't be such a wet blanket. Mesa LOOKS like a strip mall - but you can find some chow if you look, and since the lade asked about food, not architecture... Mango's on Main Street is good for a breakfast burrito, - and I hate to rain on your parade, but Blue Adobe is just fine. Both have real food. I haven't tried Mis Amigos (other posting), but I'm sure willing to. By the way Suzanne - it's not in Mesa, but for sheer kitsch, and not bad chow - try Los Dos Molinos at Central and Baseline. Also not in Mesa but nearby - Norman's in Papago Plaza on Scottsdale Road. Sheesh. Just because it's a CULTURAL backwater...

        2. To the previous list, I'd add Los Sombreros in South Scottsdale (McKellips & Scottsdale Rd.) Mole and other authentic dishes that are outstanding. Reasonable prices, but again, a strip mall. I'd exchange Richardson's for Carlsbad Tavern, if only because the noise level in Richardson's is deafening and the service has always been less than what I expect. The Pink Pepper in Mesa does a credible job with Thai, and there are two good Vietnamese restaurants. For a real treat, jump over to Tempe and try House of Tricks. It will cost you a little more money, but trust me, it's well spent.

          I know that Los Dos Molinos is reopening it's Mesa location, but I don't know when.