A couple months ago, I participated in a new culinary adventure with Tourism Mesa & Phoenix called Eat The Rainbow on the Fresh Foodie Trail. On this trip, I discovered so many amazing spots to eat in Arizona’s desert, specifically in Phoenix and Mesa. Have a look below on what I uncovered.
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and also the most populated. The tour started off with dinner at the Hole-In-The-Wall Restaurant & Bar in Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Hotel. The Pointe Hilton just happened to be where I was staying for a couple of nights. The Hole-In-The-Wall Restaurant & Bar features BBQ smoked meats and comfort food in a unique western setting. Their open-air patio boasts gorgeous views of the mountains and the properties waterpark.
Next stop on this food-loving tour was The Larry. Anchored in the Phoenix Warehouse District, The Larry serves up healthy and comforting meals, speciality coffees, and freshly made cocktails. If you’re in a rush, The Larry has ready to eat meals that you can just grab and go.
After a few bites and a cocktail, we’re off to the next stop.
Lunch at The Churchill; a locally focused and community-driven gathering place in the heart of Roosevelt Row. Approximately ten small local businesses surround a 9000 square foot courtyard intended for dining, drinking, socializing, and learning.
The next activity was a guided tour on the Arizona Pedal Cab. Billy, the Pedal Cab tour guide gave a history lesson of Downtown Phoenix while pedalling us around on his six-seater cab. Luckily for me, I didn’t even have to pedal once.
Time flew by while on the Pedal Cab and soon enough, it was time for another bite and a bevvy at Barrio Cafe. Opened in 2002, this cafe has been serving elevated Mexican American fare and has been recognized as some of the best Mexican cuisines not only in Phoenix but nationally.
Just before wrapping up in Phoenix, we were treated to brunch at the newly opened Prep & Pastry in downtown Scottsdale. Prep & Pastry has been well known and considered a local favourite in the Tucson area. Prep & Pastry make their pastries in house the day of and take pride in creating unique brunch dishes.
That concluded the trip in Phoenix, and I was off to nearby Mesa, about 30 minutes away.
I started this part of our self-guided Fresh Foodie Trail in Arizona’s third-largest city. I’ve been eyeing this foodie trail for some time and was thrilled to finally experience this ultimate foodie road trip! This agritourism guided us to some of the most popular attractions on the tour. The first stop was at True Garden Urban Farm. This 5,000 sq ft vertical urban farm produces healthy and nutritious food using no soil!
The second stop of the Fresh Foodie Trail was for ice cream and a farm tour at Superstition Dairy Farm – Moo Bar & Udder Delights. This fourth-generation dairy farm run by a brother and sister team demonstrated life on a family farm. On-site, they had a petting zoo, “Milk & Ice Cream Bar” and a fully stocked boutique of candy, eggs, cheese and local treats.
The popular Agritopia, a 160-acre urban farm community was our next stop. Here, the same-day harvest is sold at the Farm Stand, as well as at The Coffee Shop. I dined for lunch at Joe’s Farm Grill that was featured on Foodnetwork’s Diners, Drives-Ins and Dives. Joe’s Farm Grill serves classic American fare with organic and farm-fresh ingredients.
A short walk from Joe’s Farm Grill lead me to wine tasting at Garage-East at Barnone. It was my first experience tasting wines from Arizona! The wines were uniquely served in test tubes.
Next stop was Steadfast Farm and dinner at Handlebar Diner. Located at Eastmark Great Park, Steadfast Farm prides itself on focusing on honest organic farming practices. This two-acre farm grows certified organic fruits, vegetables, flowers and eggs year-round.
The Handlebar Diner is a 50’s themed Valentines Diner that has mainly outdoor seating with views of the park and mountain. On some nights they even feature live music.
Where to next? Hayden Flour Mills at Sossaman Farm. Located outside of Mesa in Queen Creek, this family-owned flour mill focuses on native seeds and growing heirloom wheat with minimal processing. On this tour of Hayden Flour Mills, Jeff Zimmerman showed us how milling is done on a stone mill.
After learning all about grains, I was hungry for breakfast and headed to Liberty Market in Gilbert, AZ. Liberty Market is an urban bistro that serves a diverse menu featuring wood-fired pizza, housemade sandwiches, salads, burgers and so much more.
Wine tasting at Windmill Winery in Florence, AZ was the next stop. This quaint countryside winery is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday.
Just east of Mesa is Queen Creek Olive Mill. This is Arizona’s only family-owned and operated mill and farm. In their large market space, you can explore their huge selection of olive oils (complimentary tastings), stuffed olives, and baked goods. You can enjoy their baked goods in the mill’s Tuscan inspired eatery or in the olive grove.
The Pumpkin and Chili Party is an annual tradition that draws large crowds from neighbouring cities. This family event held every October offers rides, corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, pig races, and Schnepf Farm’s famous chili.
Jalapeno Bucks is situated between the citrus groves in Mesa. This funky roadside joint serves smoked brisket, pulled pork, quesadillas, burritos, scratch-made salsas and so much more.
The last stop on this epic food tour was for brunch at T.C. Egginton’s in Mesa. T.C. Egginton’s is known for serving all things eggs using their family recipes.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak – perched in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves, this resort is located new downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale. Pointe Hilton Squaw features all-suite accommodations and a four-acre water park, kids camp, spa and fitness room.
Thank you Tourism Pheonix and Tourism Mesa for having me as a guest.