Top 8 Restaurants Serving Local Cuisine in Mesa for 2018

At Grand Canyon Ranch, we pride ourselves in serving one of the best local cuisine in Mesa. But, we also would want you to experience Southern hospitality and local cuisine at other Mesa restaurants.

Here’s a list of our top 8 picks (all wheelchair accessible and with available parking space):

T.C. Eggingtons

Serves brunch, breakfast, and lunch meals. The cuisine is a variety of American, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free. The restaurant offers free Wi-Fi.

Charleston’s Restaurant

Serves lunch, dinner, and late-night meals. American, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free cuisine options are available. They serve alcohol and has a full bar. Reservations should be made beforehand.

Red White & Brew

Serves lunch, dinner, brunch, and late-night meals. Customers get to choose from a variety of Italian, American, Bar Pizza, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free cuisine.  Alcohol and Full Bar is also available.

Crackers & Co. Café

Serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch meals. The cuisine is a variety of American, Café, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free. The restaurant also offers free Wi-Fi.

Joe’s Real BBQ

Serves only lunch and dinner meals. The cuisine is a variety of American, Barbecue, and Gluten Free.

Nando’s Mexican Café

Serves only lunch and dinner meals. Customers get to choose from Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free cuisines. The restaurant serves alcohol and offers a full bar and fee Wi-Fi. Table reservations are also accepted.

Cornish Pasty Co.

Serves lunch, dinner, brunch, and late-night meals. The cuisine choices are more varied – bar, pub, British, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free. The restaurant also serves alcohol and has a full bar.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Serves lunch, dinner, brunch, and late-night meals. Customers get their choice of American, bar, pub, brew pub, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals. They accept all major credit cards and digital payments. Table reservations have to be made.

Whichever restaurant you end up choosing from our list, we are sure that you’ll enjoy one of the best meals that Mesa has to offer.

Road Trips – 6 Tips to Enjoy Your Journey


You and some of your friends have decided to go on a probably once-in-your-life road trip experience. That’s awesome! Hold on to your horses though. Don’t just go off gallivanting just yet. Read on to get some tips on how you can enjoy your journey.

Vehicle Road Worthiness

Your vehicle will be your home during the trip ahead. Make sure that it is clean and well-maintained. Have a mechanic check that everything is in good working condition. The worst thing that could ruin your journey would be having your vehicle break-down in the middle of nowhere.

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Division of Labor

Talk it out with your travel companions who will be in charge of what. Having the tasks delegated among yourselves helps guarantee that all concerns are taken care of. For instance, choose the best person who is great at reading road maps and another to prepare the food you’ll be bringing with you.

In-Vehicle Entertainment

There would be times during your journey that everyone would get tired of talking and would just want to listen to some music. Have everyone bring a CD or flash drive containing their favorite music collection for entertainment during the long drive.

You can even have everything downloaded onto a single flash drive to mix up the music compilation. It beats driving to complete silence, doesn’t it?

Plan Loosely

Scheduling your approximate stops and hotel or motel check-ins should not be set in stone. Give yourself some time to enjoy the drive and stop before you feel totally drained to forge ahead.

It might be tempting to research where you’ll be stopping over but doing so only removes the fun out of the adventure. Researching also sets certain expectations that might not be met when you reach your destination.

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Take the Scenic Route

Did you know that the more scenic routes can be found along the back roads? Check your road map for possible road alternatives that you think are worth visiting while keeping your options open to get back on the main highway.

Check Out the Best That the State Has to Offer

Every state has something that they claim to be the best at. Add more spice to your adventure by checking out what this is. It might be the “best” food or the “world’s largest” version of something. Part of the fun is in the discovery.

If you’re ever in the Mesa area, you might want to drop by the Grand Canyon Ranch for a memorable experience. Have a safe and enjoyable road trip!

Top 4 Places to Visit When in Mesa, Arizona

There a lot of places to visit and things to see when visiting Mesa, Arizona but we don’t want to overwhelm you. Here’s a list of our top 4 choices to help narrow down your travel itinerary:

The Usery Mountain Regional Park

The Usery Mountain Regional Park

The park is a prime example of the beauty of the Sonoran Desert where one can get their fill of desert fauna and flora.

It is ideal for horseback riding, hiking, walking, and mountain biking with more than 29 miles of mapped trails. Visitors can choose the level of trail difficulty. The easiest and shortest hike trail is the Merkle Trail while the longest and most difficult hike would be the Pass Mountain Trail.

The Mesa Arts Center

Mesa is known for its love for anything artistic in nature, which is probably why the largest entertainment and arts park in the Southwest is located here.

The Mesa Arts Center has galleries, theaters, exhibit rooms, and classrooms that all encourage the creativity in its visitors.

The Arizona Museum of Natural History

The Arizona Museum of Natural History

Dubbed as the premier natural history museum in Arizona, it is dedicated to the natural and cultural history of Southwest Arizona.

As a kid-friendly museum, kids (and kids-at-heart) of all ages get to experience a hands-on adventure during their visit. New special exhibits are also on display to guarantee that your visit is anything but monotonous.

Fresh Foodie Trail

The residents of Mesa have always been proud of the year-round bountiful harvest from their farms which is why they decided to support the agritourism industry.

The Fresh Foodie Trail is not just one but rather a series of stops along family farms where visitors can take a road trip that promises to delight the culinary adventurer in you.

With a number of places to go and see, wouldn’t it be great if you could put your feet up and recharge at the end of the day for your next Mesa adventure? Stay at Grand Canyon Ranch and we’ll have you relaxed in no time.