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Specializing in the American favorite of ‘crab in bag boil’, the Angry Crab Shack takes pride in creating its own Cajun-spiced boil from scratch. It gives its crab and other seafood the original flavor that keeps customers returning week after week. Aside from blue and dungeness crab, guests can also opt for shrimp, crawfish or lobster. Those eager to try something slightly more daring can also sample frog’s legs, alligator nuggets or raw oysters.
Angry Crab Shack, 2740 S Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ, USA, +1 480 730 2722
Known as the ‘Original Blue Adobe’, Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille is more upscale than Backyard Taco and specializes in New Mexican dishes. Order a selection of appetizers to share such as the fresh guacamole, green chili lobster dip, blackened shrimp lettuce wraps and the old family recipe cheese crisp. For a main course choose between the boisterous carne adovada pork roast, the triple-stacked enchiladas or tacos combo of honey smoked pork tamale. Other options include the tenderloin relleno and shrimp enchilada, or the tucamcari beef tenderloin medallion. These incredible flavors are sure to stay with you long after the meal has come to an end.
Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille, 144 N Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ, USA, +1 480 962 1000
Owned by Cornish native Dean Thomas, the Cornish Pasty Company brings a touch of the UK’s southern region to Arizona. Sticking to his family recipe, Dean’s most authentic pasty is the ‘oggie’ filled with the traditional combination of steak, potatoes, onion and swede served with a side of gravy. Over the years Dean has gotten more creative. Now, guests can even enjoy chicken alfredo, Mexican strip steak and Cajun chicken pasties alongside the more traditional lamb and mint, pork and sage, and shepherd’s pie.
Cornish Pasty Company, 1941 W Guadalupe Road, Mesa, AZ, USA, +1 480 838 3586
Rancho de Tia Rosa is arguably the most ornate Mexican joint in Mesa. Fountains, fireplaces and pretty courtyards envelop diners who feast of wonderfully flavoured authentic Mexican dishes. Try the pork stuffed quesadilla served with guacamole, sour cream and chilli strips; the beef chimichangas; the pineapple avocado salad and the chicken mole. Rancho de Tia Rosa also offers a great lunch deal where diners can enjoy a choice of tacos, enchiladas or burro with a side of rice and beans from just $5.99.
Rancho de Tia Rosa, 3129 E McKellips Road, Mesa, AZ, USA, +1 480 659 8787
Ideal for casual, family-style dining, Red, White and Brew specializes in matching each of its fantastic dishes with a choice of microbrews and affordable boutique wines. Dishes on offer include American favorites such as boneless New York strip steak with sweet potato fries, stuffed meatball pizza rolls, pan seared scallops and a gourmet burger topped with cheese and bacon. The chefs also know how to cook up a few dishes with a touch of international flair. These include the mussels vin blanc, coconut-crusted shrimp and crispy lahvosh, an Armenian bread, with figs, gorgonzola and bacon.
Red, White and Brew, 6740 E McDowell Road, Mesa, AZ, USA, +1 480 807 9393