The intersection between the famous Apache Trail and U.S. Route 60, where Apache Junction, Arizona lies, is home to breathtaking views of the Superstition Mountains and the legendary Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. Soak up the ambiance of the real West — think toe-tapping hoe-downs and the best barbecue ribs — at one of Apache Junction’s top 10 restaurants.
Serving up rustic American dishes in a no-frills, Western-style bar, Superstition Skies is the essence of Apache Junction’s rich heritage. Established in the early 1950s, the bar was the watering hole for countless cowboys and movie stars who’d come to enjoy the spirit of the American West. Today, Superstition Skies is one of the last real honky tonk bars. On the menu, you’ll find all-American classics like a range of fine quality burgers (the green chili burger is a specialty), baskets such as popcorn shrimp, baby back ribs, as well as tempting light bites including beef nachos, chicken wings and onion rings. Featuring regular live music acts, Superstition Skies has been the launch pad of many a country star!
Another cantina joint out for the title of Apache Junction’s best Mexican, Los Gringos Locos is, in their own words, ‘owned and operated by a bunch of crazy gringos’ dedicated to offering the tastiest bites and top-notch service. Tourists will find Los Gringos the ideal place for a bite whilst visiting the Superstition Mountains or biking the Apache Trail. A wide range of dishes are available, including ‘nachos especial’ and burritos for traditionalists, carnitas (grilled pork cutlets smothered in tomato sauce) and pollo con mole (marinated chicken breast covered with Chef Citlaly’s mole sauce) for meat lovers. There are also plenty of seafood options, including camarones verdes (mix of sautéed shrimp, with mixed vegetables, nestled in a creamy poblano sauce) and excellent seafood enchiladas. Los Gringos Locos was also the 2010 Winner of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.
Los Gringos Locos, 280 S. Phelps Drive Apache Junction, AZ, USA, +1 480 288 5626
Serving ‘pizza, pasta, fish and more,’ Scuttlebutts is an Apache Junction favorite. From its beginnings in 1977 in upstate New York, this family-operated pizzeria specializes in wholesome, original recipe meals. On a mission to make only the best pizzas with the finest ingredients, Scuttlebutts has plenty of customers who agree. When it comes to pizza, the menu is both varied and original. Choose from New York or Chicago-style pies with a plethora of toppings, as well as calzones and strombolis. Other highlights include the variety of fish dishes, including a deluxe lobster and crab version of a clam chowder, freshly made shrimp and crab ravioli, the ‘clam digger’ sandwich, and Scuttlebutts’ own calamari.
Scuttlebutts, 1200 W Apache Trl, Apache Junction, AZ, USA, +1 480 982 3188
A family business through and through, Barleens Arizona Opry was founded in 1987 and incorporates 22 members of the Barleens clan. This entertainment hub showcases the real talent of the region, including country, blues, rock and tribute musicians, comedians, and variety performers. During matinee or evening performances, have a bite to eat in the relaxed but vibrant setting. The menu is comprised of hearty dishes such as slow-cooked roast beef with creamy Yukon gold mashed potatoes or grilled chicken breast with savory wild rice. Finish your feast with the signature Opry Chocolate Cake. Also, don’t be surprised if a member of the band brings you your drink — the team loves to get to know their patrons.
Fans of Chinese cuisine confirm that Lotus Garden Chinese is the real deal. The exotic, flavorsome dishes and reasonable prices transform first-time customers into regular diners. Aside from your regular Chinese favorites, the Lotus Garden specials are not to be missed. Scallops with snow peas, sweet and sour combination, and sizzling black pepper steak are just some of the must-tries. The lunch menu is particularly noted for its value for money. Choose from tasty bites such as Kung Pao chicken, shrimp with lobster sauce, Mongolian beef and orange tofu, along with a soup, spring roll and rice on the side, starting from under six dollars.
Lotus Garden Chinese, 183 W. Apache Trail #104, Apache Junction, AZ, USA, +1 480 671 8668