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Guide to Gateway Tour like a local.

Guide to Gateway

Tour like a local.

A spring Selection of the

Best Places to Eat, Shop,

Events and Things To Do.

MAR. 2013 - May. 2013

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I hope you enjoy this curated selection

of the best local restaurants, shopping,

seasonal events and things to do.

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QUEEN CREEK


DIscover

The BEst of

Downtown Mesa and nearby

neighborhoods provide plenty

of opportunities to soak in the

sunshine. Free and low cost

events offer live music and

entertainment, great food,

boutique shopping,

and creative inspiration.

DINING

Backyard Taco

authentic street style tacos and salsa bar

1524 E. University, Mesa

480-464-8226

www.backyardtaco.com

Crackers & Company

from scratch breakfast and lunch,

and the best biscuits and gravy around

535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa

480-898-1717

- and -

1325 N. Greenfield Rd., Mesa

480-924-9977

www.crackersandcompanycafe.com

Landmark

known by the locals for its salad room

and lemon sorbet

809 W. Main St., Mesa

480-962-4652

www.landmarkrestaurant.com

Over Easy

featuring menu items shown on

Diners Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network

6451 E. Southern Ave., Mesa

480-832-3447

www.overeasyscottsdale.com

Rancho de Tia Rosa

traditional Mexican food in a upscale

casual setting

3129 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa

480-659-8787

www.ranchodetiarosa.com

SHOPPING

Antique Plaza

oldest antique mall in Mesa

150+ dealers

114 W. Main St., Mesa

480-833-4844

www.antiqueplazamesa.com

Design Lab

exceptional home decor and gifts

166 W. Main St., #102, Mesa

480-321-8081

www.designlabddg.com

Eclectic Monkey Emporium

funky vintage and thrift

220 W. Main St., Mesa

480-751-6286

@eclecticmonkeyemporium

Fiber Factory

knitters paradise

216 W. Main St., Mesa

480-969-4346

www.fiberfactory.com

Lulubell Toy Bodega

geeky awesome designer toy store

128 W. Main St., Mesa

480-733-5858

www.lulubelltoys.com

Dana Park Village Square is the Mesa

hot spot to find an upscale mix of shops,

salons and restaurants.

1744 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa

480-890-0555

www.danapark.com

Dana Park


FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Mesa Art Center (MAC)

home to a variety of community events,

art exhibitions, and live stage

performances

1 E. Main St., Mesa

480-644-6501

www.mesaartscenter.com

1st Fridays - Motorcycles on Main

Motorcycles on Main - Bike Night in

Downtown Mesa is a park and ride event.

Streets are closed to car traffic, there is

Sturgis style parking, live music, food, beer

gardens, and fun for the whole family.

This event is free and takes place every

first Friday of the month. Join over 1000

other bike enthusiasts for a fun night out in

Downtown Mesa!

Main Street, between Center and Morris

Streets in Downtown Mesa

480-890-2613

www.downtownmesa.com

2nd Friday Night Out In Downtown Mesa

Second Fridays

A mix of shopping, dining, entertainment,

ice-cream eating contests, live music and

art exhibits

100 N. Center St., Mesa

480-890-2613

www.2ndfridaynightout.com

Spring Out to Lunch Series

Through Thursday, March 11

Free afternoon concerts in the Wells Fargo

Garden performance area on the Shadow

Walk at the Mesa Arts Center. Limited

seating is available. Folding chairs,

cushions and blankets are welcome. Bring

your own lunch or purchase from the

onsite food vendor.

www.mesaartscenter.com

Mesa Rocks Block Party

Saturday, March 9

The Mesa Rocks Block Party is a

Downtown Mesa community event.

Come down for a day of great music

featuring Authority Zero, craft beer,

and activities fun for the whole family.

Downtown Mesa

Main Street from Center to Robson

Street

480-890-2613

www.downtownmesa.com

Wingstock: Where Music and Chicken

Meat

Saturday, March 30

Wingstock brings together restaurants,

live music, contests, and lots of

beer! Valley restaurants have the

opportunity to showcase their best

chicken wing recipes and compete for

the title “Wingstock King of Wings”!

Mesa Amphitheatre

263 N. Center St., Mesa

280-644-2171

www.wingstockaz.com

SPARK! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity

and Yarn Bombing

Wednesday, March 13 – Sunday,

March 17

An immersive environment to celebrate

the work of amazing, creative people

and to discover the creative thinker

inside every visitor!

www.mesaartscenter.com


SPRING TRAINING: CHICAGO CUBS

March:

1st vs. AZ Diamondbacks – 1:05PM

3rd vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 1:05PM

4th vs. Cleveland Indians – 1:05PM

7th vs. Chicago White Sox – 1:05PM

9th vs. Cleveland Indians – 1:05PM

10th vs. San Diego Padres – 1:05PM

13th vs. Colorado Rockies – 1:05PM

16th vs. Kansas City Royals – 1:05PM

19th vs. Texas Rangers – 1:05PM

23rd vs. LA Angels – 1:05PM

25th vs. San Francisco Giants – 1:05PM

26th vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:05PM

28th vs. Seattle Mariners – 12:05PM

Hohokam Park

1235 N. Center St., Mesa

480-644-2171

www.cactusleague.com/cubs.php


More To Do In

Awesome Blossoms

Each spring, wildflowers pave

Mesa’s nearby hiking trails and the

desert overflows with hues of red,

purple, orange, yellow and blue – all

accompanied by the vibrant green

shades of Arizona’s indigenous desert

flora. Wildflower season varies each

year and is dependent on fall and winter

rainfall amounts. Blooms are usually at

their peak in mid-March but can start

as early as February. From the scarlet

display of ocotillo blossoms, the yellow

sea of Mexican poppies and the prickly

pear cactus full of bright fuchsia-colored

fruit, it’s a great time to hit the trail.

Contact Visit Mesa for a complimentary

Desert Guide featuring the nearest hiking

trails, Mesa’s Nature Center, and the

regional parks and programs.

480-827-4700

www.visitmesa.com

Explore Natural Wonders

Usery Mountain Guided Hikes

and Yoga in the desert

Through April 30, 2013

Visit 3,648 breathtaking acres set at the

western end of the Goldfield Mountains,

adjacent to the Tonto National Forest.

The park contains a large variety of

plants and animals that call the lower

Sonoran Desert home. It also features

a state-of-the-art Nature Center which

offers yoga classes, a gift shop, general

park information and a meeting place

for park programs.

3939 N. Usery Pass Rd., Mesa

480-984-0032

Guided Hikes: www.visitmesa.com

Yoga: www.innervisionyoga.com


Eat, Shop and Explore

Nationally acclaimed restaurants,

robust farmers markets, outdoor

shopping, and extraordinary

parks; Gilbert offers something

for everyone!

EAT

The Gilbert House

home style breakfast and lunch

397 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert

480-507-3383

www.gilberthouserestaurant.com

Joe’s Farm Grill

featured on Diners Drive-Ins ® and

Dives

3000 E. Ray Rd.,Gilbert

480-563-4745

www.joesfarmgrill.com

Joe’s Real BBQ

featured on Food Network:

Diners Drive-Ins ® and Dives

301 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert

480-503-3805

www.joesrealbbq.com

Liberty Market

burgers, wood fired pizzas, beer,

wine, breakfast and espresso bar

230 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert

480-892-1900

www.libertymarket.com

Postino Wine Cafe

bruschetta boards, wine by the

bottle, and weekend brunch,

302 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert

480-632-6363

www.postinowinecafe.com

Groves Gilbert

comfort food and cocktails with

the best hidden patio in the city

323 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert

480-307-8477

www.thegrovesbarandgrill.com

Romeo’s Euro Café

upscale Italian

207 N. Gilbert Rd. Ste.105, Gilbert

480-962-4224

www.eurocafe.com

credit Shepley Bulfinch


More ThiNGS To TO Do DO InIN

San Tan Village is the premier east valley outdoor

shopping and dining destination.

Shops include:

Apple Store

Apricot Lane

Banana Republic

Coach

Dillard’s

Disney Store

Harkins Theaters

Lucy

San Tan Village

2795 S. Market St., Gilbert

480-821-8181

www.shopsantanvillage.com

Dining favorites:

Caketini

Cantina Laredo

Kona Grill

Yogurtopia

Cosmo Dog Park

award winning dog park

and community space

with a beach just for your

four-legged friend

2502 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert

www.gilbertaz.gov

Gilbert Farmers Market

222 N. Ash St., Gilbert

www.gilbertmarket.com

Gilbert Farmers Market

at Power Ranch

3685 E. Autumn Dr., Gilbert

www.gilbertmarket.com

Gilbert Riparian Preserve

The 110-acres of waterways, trails, and

park offering room for play, picnics,

bike rides, and hosted Audubon Walks,

Meade Telescope, Dino Digs

2757 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert

480-503-6744

www.riparianinstitute.org


Spend a Day in

Queen

Creek

And the

surrounding Area

Queen Creek Olive Mill

Arizona’s only working olive farm and

mill featuring a market full of artisan

products, wine tasting, Tuscan inspired

casual dining inside, and live music

outdoors in the orchard

25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek

480-888-9290

www.queencreekolivemill.com

San Tan Flat

cowboy style grill featuring steaks and

burgers, saloon, outdoor fire pits for

roasting marshmallows, live country

music and dancing under the stars

6185 W. Hunt Highway, Queen Creek

480-882-2995

www.santanflat.com

The QC Deli

upscale deli, restaurant and bar open

for lunch and dinner

18914 E. San Tan Blvd., Queen Creek

480-279-3546

www.thedeliqc.com

Peach Festival

at Schnepf Farms

May 11, 12, 18, 19

A weekend of peach food, activities

including peach pit spit, pie eating

contest, celebrity chef demonstrations,

peachy sampling tent, and peachy

pancake breakfast. Also featuring

train rides through the orchard, U-Pick

peaches, and a Country Store &

Bakery.

24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen

Creek

480-987-3100

www.schnepffarms.com

Lost Dutchman Hike

and Handlebar Pub & Grill

A cold beer is a worthy reward for an

afternoon spent hiking Lost Dutchman Trail.

The Handlebar Pub & Grill is favorite with

the locals and is known for an impressive

selection of craft beer and hearty bites.

Lost Dutchman State Park

6109 N. Apache Trail

Apache Junction, AZ 85119

480-982-4485

www.azstateparks.com

Handlebar Pub & Grill

650 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction

480-982-2091

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

regular events include wildflower walks,

bird watching, guided geology tours,

storytime for kids, crafts, painting and

photo classes

Superior, AZ 85173

520-689-2723

www.ag.arizona.edu/bta


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