Spending the day in Downtown Mesa? Don’t miss these three destination restaurants. Worth Takeaway Espiritu Que Chevere
The crispy chicken with house-made pickles and honey Sriracha is the masterpiece at this white-board-menu gourmet ’wich shop, but all 14 sandwiches are exhibit-worthy.
218 W Main St, Mesa
At this gastropub, Bacanora mastermind Rene Andrade puts a chef-y spin on whole fried red snapper that’s a mind-blowing meld of moist, sweet flesh and ultra-crispy skin. Glazed in an oily finishing sauce of salsa macha, this blissfully crunchy dish is kinda like the chicharrones of fish.
123 W. Main St., Mesa
Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Orvid Cutler and Maria Fernanda, this Venezuelan restaurant evolved from a popular food truck. Now, arepas, empanadas and unique sandwiches can be enjoyed in a plainly furnished but charming little spot in downtown Mesa.
142 W. Main St., Mesa
This article first appeared in the 2023 City Guide, published by PHOENIX magazine in November 2022.
Spending the day in Downtown Mesa? Don’t miss these three destination restaurants.