There’s an In-N-Out Burger just outside of Palm Springs—–good as usual, but the longest line and worst maintained In-N-Out I’ve ever eaten at.
Not to be crass, but on the road it has to be In-N-Out Burger! Coming on I-10 into Phoenix, nice mom-n-pop mexican restaurant in Goodyear AZ called Raoul’s and Theresa’S
Harland——TexAz Grill was awesome! Wound up going there twice and if my daughter had her way we would have eaten there before we left too. I agree completely——-everyone had trouble finishing the lunch plates—–I can’t even imagine a dinner portion. The chicken fried steak definitely ranks at the top of my list. The Mexican shrimp soup was pretty good too——and their homemade mashed potatoes were great. Chicken fried chicken was also a big hit at the table. Atmoshphere too was great. Thanks!
Great suggestions all——-I’ll let you know how many I try—might be tough to squeeze them all in but I’m NOT on a diet this weekend![:D]
I almost forgot. There is a great little anomaly that can be found in Tempe. Yes, out by the airport on your way to ASU on Broadway, you can find a genuine Ted’s Hot Dogs like the ones back in Buffalo. I’ve been to the ones back in New York and this one, and it’s a pretty good substitute. Same Sahlen’s franks, same Aunt Rosie’s Loganbery. It even has a collection of up-to-date Buffalo newspapers for those out of touch with what’s going on with the Bills.
My wife and I were almost late for a flight one time because I insisted on stopping here rather than getting our rental car back early. We barely made the plane, but our hot dogs sure were a lot better than the Nathan’s that was available by the departing gates. It was definitely worth the gamble.
Try the Texaz Bar & Grill (Texaz with a ‘Z’) in central Phoenix (6003 16th St.- better call for directions – I’m an out-of-towner, 248-STAR). Best chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes in the whole country, bar none (my friend who used to manage the kitchen at the 5 star Vincents in Phoenix agrees, so you’re getting endorsements from both sides of the spectrum). This is not to be missed! I have driven from LA to Phoenix JUST to have this meal.
(Word of advice though, go for the lunch portion. The dinner portion is way too much for anyone and the doubling of the steak portion throws off the steak to mashed potatoes ratio, which is key to this dish.) Hope you seek this one out, it’s worth the effort! (P.S. – great juke box!)
You’ve got to make time in Phoenix for the Tee Pee Tap Room on E. Indian School Road.
The place has been there for about 40 years. Good bar and killer margaritas. But try their Sonoran-style Mexican food like a burro served "enchilada style," which means swimming in chile gravy and cheese.
If you are adventurous, you might try their take on a chile relleno. It’s not like I’m familiar with from Texas, but it’s something to try, nonetheless. They bake a huge egg souffle about the size of a football and the chile is buried in the middle. It’s good.
But a word of advice if you go on a weekend. Prepare for a wait. It is worth it, particularly after a couple of margaritas.
You can check out the Inland Empire thread for lunch on the way out. The only places I ever see Indian Tacos are at Pow Wows and fundraisers. The Morongo Casino off the 10 won’t have their Pow Wow until September, but check out their site…maybe they can refer you, or maybe they serve them in the casino restaurant if you’re lucky…
Still looking for a place or places in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area that have some good old roadfood. I’m game for anything that isn’t a chain. The Sugar Bowl is already on my list but any other places would be cool. Thanks!
About 13 years ago I went to a local mexican chain in Old Town Tempe called Macayo’s Depot Cantina. They were located in a converted train depot. If I recall, the food was pretty good too.
I’m going on a trip from Long Beach to Scottsdale AZ next month. Looking for some good suggestions for roadfood stops on I-10 and in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Wish they still had a Stuckey’s on the way! I’m also looking for a place that makes the Indian fry bread with chili. Thanks!
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