Mesa

Quench your thirst for fresh flavours in the desert

Go ahead, make a Mesa in Arizona

Jalapeno Bucks at B and B Citrus Farm is surrounded by greenery and mountains in the distance.
Jalapeno Bucks at B and B Citrus Farm in Mesa sells “buckin’ good” Arizona barbecue. — Photo courtesy Visit Mesa

Educational eating. Sound interesting? Considering that you’re reading this publication, you’re likely an intelligent soul that devours information like fresh local ingredients. If that sounds like you, you’ll be happy to explore agritourism in Mesa, Arizona. The city serves as a culinary gateway to Phoenix and Scottsdale. Neighbouring farms in and around Mesa provide a bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy year-round. Depending on the time of your visit, you can enjoy all kinds of seasonal goodies, such as citrus in January, peaches in May and olives in October. 

A plate full of oysters is on a table.
Osteria is Mesa’s newest family-owned rustic Italian restaurant. — Photo courtesy Visit Mesa

“Mesa has no shortage of fantastic restaurants for visitors to enjoy—and we certainly love our RVers,” said Johanna Lovett, communications co-ordinator at Visit Mesa. “In Mesa, our bountiful harvest is one that we proudly share with our visitors. Fresh experiences and a treasured heritage of family farms and long-standing festivals make for lasting memories. Mesa serves as a culinary gateway to Greater Phoenix, with the region’s neighbouring farms providing a continuous bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy at restaurants and resorts throughout Arizona.”

Joe Johnston, the owner of Joe's Farm Grill, a ranch-style family homestead restaurant, smiles in front of his business.
Joe Johnston is the owner of Joe's Farm Grill, a ranch-style family homestead restaurant. — Photo courtesy Visit Mesa

Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail offers a bounty of natural goodies from nature’s garden in the desert. Notable popular eateries along the trail include Jalapeno Bucks, serving “buckin’ good” Arizona barbecue out of a refurbished shipping container next to the oldest citrus orchard in the area. Osteria is Mesa’s newest family-owned rustic Italian restaurant. Joe’s Farm Grill at Agritopia is an urban agricultural utopia located in the neighbouring community of Gilbert. Joe’s Farm Grill owner, Joe Johnston, converted his ranch-style family homestead into a ’60s era mid-century modern diner which was featured on the first season of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

“I could go on forever about all the wonderful restaurants and eateries in Mesa,” Lovett said. “We have it all from dinner shows to pizzerias, authentic Mexican food to modern American kitchen cuisine.”

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