4 Grill Restaurants You Should Try This Year in Mesa

July 19th, 2018 by

If you’re up for a hearty serving of smoked meats and matching side dishes, Mesa, Arizona, is your go-to spot for traditional barbecue cuisine. Here are four top-rated restaurants in particular that serve up these American classics wrapped in a smoky and flavorful package.

  1. Bobby Q

Whether you’re dining in, ordering out, or looking for catering for your next special event, Bobby Q has some of the best barbecue meats available in Mesa. They’re cured to perfection and smoked on site for freshness in every bite. The menu offers classics such as pulled pork, prime rib, chicken, and customer favorites like link sausage and prime brisket.

Pair these smoked meats with signature sides like ranch beans, roasted corn, or mashed potatoes, and you’re good to go! There’s also a kids’ menu available along with weekday lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  1. Famous Dave’s

The name Famous Dave’s isn’t just for show. This Mesa restaurant packs an award-winning reputation with smoky meats in abundance. Top choices include hot link sausage, barbecue chicken, chicken wings, Texas beef brisket, pork, rib tips, and hickory-smoked salmon. What makes them taste so good? All meats at Famous Dave’s are garnished with a special spice blend and cooked in a live-wood smoker filled with hickory logs to give it that unique burst of flavor.

Decorate your meats with one of 10 barbecue sauces, such as Sweet and Zesty, Hot and Sassy, or Apricot Bourbon, and you’ll have a dish perfect for consumption. Don’t forget to finish your meal with something sweet. We suggest the homemade bread pudding topped with praline sauce and served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Yum!

  1. Waldo’s BBQ

Another top barbecue joint in Mesa, Waldo’s BBQ has just what you need to satisfy your American food cravings. Try the chicken wings tossed in tastebud-tingling hot sauce or some potato skins topped with your choice of pulled pork, beef, chicken, or turkey. Other favorites include smoked brisket and chicken, baby back ribs, smoked pit ham, and sides like okra, cornbread, and horseradish mashed potatoes.

Looking to garnish your meats with some barbecue sauce? Waldo’s offers four specialty choices: original, sweet and spicy jerk, mustard vinegar, and hot Louisiana. They also have an extensive list of wines, cocktails, beers, and regular drinks served to you in Mason jars for a good old-fashioned Southern experience.

  1. Jalapeño Buck’s

The fourth entry on this list offers a menu filled with classic Mexican dishes and American barbecue favorites. Jalapeño Buck’s is well-known for their smoked meats and barbecue sauce in particular. We recommend sampling the sandwiches stuffed with meats like pulled pork and beef brisket.

You can also order them as toppings for quesadillas or as a filling for burritos. Meats can be ordered by the pound as well, along with pint-sized barbecue flavors like Mudd, Sure Crazy, and Buck Sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?

Are you in the mood for some classic smoked dishes with plenty of traditional American flair? We hope you’ve found this guide helpful for your next barbecue pick-me-up in Mesa.


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