Tensions rise with the temps as Valley families are smack in the middle of summer break. While it’s nice to spend more time with the littles, every parent knows the chaos that comes with a restless bunch. When it’s time to get the crew out of the house, consider one of these East Valley eateries where kids get more than just a pint-sized meal.
The Hangar Café
1725 E. Ryan Road, Chandler
Hangar Café is a classic diner located just off the landing strip at Chandler Municipal Airport. Treat your junior aviator to a front-row seat watching the planes and pilots over pancakes. Go early, and grab a patio seat for traditional fare like scrambled eggs and hash browns or a B.L.T. If you can’t take the heat, have lunch inside by big windows with kid-friendly staples like grilled cheese and chicken fingers.
Flight Deck Café at Mesa Gateway Airport
5803 S. Sossaman Road, Mesa
(480) 988-9517 or FlightDeckCafe.com
The Flight Deck Café at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is right across from the flight line and the perfect spot to watch planes and helicopters up close. Even big kids are enamored with the aircraft and like to wave to the pilots. Go during the week for a classic American diner menu, or check out the weekend breakfast buffet.
Organ Stop Pizza
1149 E. Southern Ave., Mesa
(480) 813-5700 or OrganStopPizza.com
Organ Stop Pizza isn’t your typical pizza joint, and it’s definitely not your average piano bar. This east-side favorite is home not only to some pretty tasty pies but also the largest Wurlitzer pipe organ in the world. Since Organ Stop Pizza first opened, the Mighty Wurlitzer has undergone some serious growth to reach its record-holding title. Bring your appetite, and request your favorite song. If you haven’t been, you’ve never seen anything like it.
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