MESA FOOD

American
The Landmark Restaurant (809 W. Main St., 480/962-4652, daily for lunch and dinner, on Sun. the dinner menu is served all day, $11.50-25) draws customers for favorites such as prime rib, New York steak, pot roast, and pork chops. Its Salad Room, one of the Valley's best salad bars, has over 100 items.
    Ripe Tomato Cafe (745 W. Baseline Rd., 480/892-4340, daily for breakfast and lunch, prices average about $6) is famous for its tasty omelets, pancakes, burgers, chimichangas, and other fare served in generous quantities.
    Aloha Kitchen (2950 S. Alma School Rd., 480/897-2451, Tues.-Sun. for lunch and dinner, most about $6-7) is a casual cafe with Hawaiian flavors.
Western
    In south Mesa, Rockin' R Ranch (6136 E. Baseline Rd., 480/832-1539, http://www.rockinr.net/, check for reservations and times, $30-36 adults, $23 seniors 65 and older, and $20-26 kids 3-12) dishes up a good feed of cowboy food. After dinner the wranglers entertain with Western music and humor.
    Barleen's Arizona Opry (2275 Old West Hwy. in Apache Junction, 480/982-7991, www.azopry.com, $21 adult, $15 children 12 and under) presents dinner and a lively country music show during its Nov.-April season.
    Mining Camp (four miles northeast of Apache Junction on AZ 88, then one mile right at the sign, 480/982-3181, daily for dinner and Sun. for lunch, Oct.-June, $18-20 adults with discounts for children, seniors, and cash payments) offers great Western grub, much of it all-you-can-eat, served family style in a replica of an old mining camp's cook shanty. It's a great place for the kids. You have a choice of steak, barbecued ribs, chicken, or vegetarian entrees.

Mexican
Mata's
(932 E. Main St., 480/964-7881, daily except Mon. for lunch and dinner, $6-10) is a family restaurant known for its chimichangas, chile rellenos, tacos, flautas, and strawberry burros. Rancho de Tia Rosa (3129 E. McKellips Rd., 480/659-8787, Tues.-Sat. for lunch and dinner, $5-12) features Baja coastal cuisine, a great selection of salsas, and a beautiful garden patio.

Italian
Organ Stop Pizza
(1149 E. Southern Ave., 480/813-5700, www.organstoppizza.com, nightly for dinner, $5-16) serves pizza and pasta to the sounds of a huge Wurlitzer organ. It's a fun spot for all ages. Look for the unusual building near the southwest corner of Southern Avenue and Stapely Drive, just north of the Superstition Freeway.

German
Zur-Kate
(4815 E. Main St., 480/830-4244, Mon.-Sat. for lunch and dinner, call for summer schedule, $6-11) serves hearty schnitzels and wursts along with beers from the Old Country. Musicians play German tunes on weekends.

Chinese
Hong Kong Gourmet
(1744 W. Main St., 480/835-1966, daily for lunch and dinner, about $9) prepares a wide variety of styles for buffet or a la carte dining.

Japanese
Ichi Ban
(2015 S. Alma School Rd., 480/777-8433, Mon.-Fri. for lunch and daily for dinner, $12-35) creates elegant cuisine and offers a sushi bar.

Thai
Pink Pepper
(1941 W. Guadalupe Rd. and Dobson, 480/839-9009, Mon.-Sat. for lunch and daily for dinner, $8-13) offers an extensive menu of flavorful meat, seafood, and vegetarian items.

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