Best of Mesa 2020 | Dining

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Maybe you’ve slept in on a weekend or you’re just one of those folks who struggles making a decision on serious issues – like what to eat to start your day. Crackers & Co. Café, with two shops in Mesa, is the place for you. 

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The French Kiss. The Michigan Cherry. The Boysenberry Cream. It’s easy to get your mind racing about at Piefection. 

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P.F. Chang’s has known success, but that doesn’t mean it is willing to stand pat.

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Dane and Travis Boersma couldn’t possibly have seen this coming when they bought a double-head espresso machine and started experimenting in 1992. Dutch Bros is the country’s largest privately held drive-through coffee company. Mesa residents are grateful to have three shops.

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Just the mention of the name stirs visions of swaying palm trees, cool hot rods in the parking lot on a temperate California evening and the aroma of grilling burgers. 

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By now, most of us have come to grips with eating raw fish, either as nigiri or shashimi. For those still not quite onboard, raw fish can be hidden or removed altogether in rolls. 

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You don’t necessarily have to know what you want when you roll into either Mesa location of Crackers & Co. Café. Just close your eyes and point. Everything on the breakfast and lunch menu is outstanding, reflecting the European owner’s heritage and principle of from-scratch cooking. 

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You’ll never feel like you’re responding to a three-alarm grease fire while dining at the half-dozen Firehouse Subs shops in Mesa.