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Weekend Taste of Mesa, Arizona

Originally published on June 16, 2016

My family and I just got back from Mesa, Arizona where we celebrated my niece's 5th birthday and her brother's 18th birthday. My intention before making the six hour car ride out there was to search the Internet for possible sites to check out during our brief stay. The operative word there was "intention."

Pinterest provided me with a few leads, but once we stepped out of the car in Mesa I reconsidered every one of them. Triple digit weather? Yikes. I really had to push myself to not stay locked up in an air-conditioned haven, but we somehow mustered the energy to do some exploring. The occasions we did venture out of our hotel often revolved around food and are subsequently what I'd like to highlight in today's post. Enjoy!

Blue Adobe Grill

I sent the photo of my mom indulging in the chips and salsa to my best friend and her response read, "Everyone here wants someone to look at them the way your momma is looking at that salsa." True story.

It's rare that my parents will dine out at as they prefer to eat at home. To ease them out of their comfort zone, our first stop was at Blue Adobe Grill. The grill specializes in cuisine from New Mexico and its menu featured items my parents didn't shy away from.

Our meal started off with complimentary tri-colored tortilla chips and fire roasted salsa and we had a delicious assortment of appetizers and entrees to pick from. My dad quickly set his sights on the chimichangas and I was split between getting enchiladas or chimichangas. Porque no los dos? (Why not both?) I ordered their "Chimichilada", which is pictured above and featured a chimichanga accompanied by a mushroom enchilada smothered in Amaretto mushroom sauce. Rice and beans were also included, as was my food coma afterwards. Loved every bite of it.

Crackers & Company Cafe

After a successful meal the day before, I went back to Pinterest hoping it'd steer me in the right direction for a delicious brunch. And it certainly did.

Crackers & Company Cafe (we went to their location on Iron Avenue... apparently there are three in Mesa) had a appetizing assortment of breakfast items including skillets, omelettes, pancakes and the cafe's signature creations. I knew I wanted to break away from my usual breakfast order of eggs and hash brown and their "European Crepe Breakfast" was just the thing to help change things up. The meal included eggs, a choice of bacon or sausage and three crepes. However, I substituted my crepes for the cafe's "blintzes" which were crepes stuffed with vanilla-spiced cottage cheese and cream cheese and topped with a four berry sauce. I've never been a fan of cottage cheese, but this meal forced me to reevaluate my stance on it.

For those who want to keep it simple, my mom and sister opted for the "Breakfast 222," while my dad had a fun time with the "Spicy Baja" omlette.

Sonia Drive-In

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I had never been to a Sonic Drive-In prior to this trip to Arizona. As the night neared its end on our last full day in Mesa, Sonic somehow creeped into the conversation and I shocked relatives with my confession of a Sonic-less life. Several jaws dropped and minutes later we were packing into a car for a Sonic run.

 

It's at this time that I want to give a shout out to my sister-in-law's firstborn and newly turned 18-year-old Chris. First, thank you for remembering my blog's name and for scrolling through it from time to time. Second, thank you for recommending Sonic's "Ocean Water" because it pretty much made my night.

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I'm sure this was the first of many trips to Arizona, but I want to thank my family for making it so memorable.