Angel Food

It's one, two, three bites en route to the old ball game

Baseball buddy is excited to be going to Market Café, the most obvious outside-the-park dining choice (it's in the Wyndham Buttes Resort on the mountain overlooking the stadium). He remembers it fondly from a decade ago, when it was a Valley hot spot for its wonderful Sunday brunch.

Time hasn't been kind to this grande dame, however -- the big dining room with its dramatic 30-foot waterfall splashing into a koi pond is in serious need of renovation. Tables are scuffed, fabrics have faded, and the buffet setup is low-class coffee shop. Still, we're here simply for cheap eats, and the Market fits the bill nicely. Baseball buddy is drawn to the buffet, with its serviceable array of green salad, marinated mushrooms and artichokes, pasta and potato salads, and fresh fruit. Second course finds him filling up on truly good white bean, lentil and ham soup, while third course gives him a variety of not great but good-enough-to-get-him-through-a-game entrees like grilled sirloin and shrimp in port wine sauce, baked salmon in tomato cream and shrimp pasta pomodoro.

I have less luck with my regular menu item of lobster bisque – it's horrid, greasy and clumpy, tasting of ammonia and served with entirely inelegant Keebler oyster crackers. My turkey club is fine after I quickly pluck the bizarre skewering of raw rosemary sprigs from the bread (who wants the plant oil seeping into their applewood smoked bacon)? The Market does a competent take on its cheeseburger, too, serving it large and loaded with Dijon, mayo, tomato and pickles alongside fries that would be fine if they weren't weirdly sprinkled with shredded Parmesan.

Unsung gyro: Jay Youmaran comes to the rescue of hungry baseball fans.
Jackie Mercandetti
Unsung gyro: Jay Youmaran comes to the rescue of hungry baseball fans.

Location Info


Jay's Gyros

4750 E. Broadway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Phoenix

George & Dragon English Restaurant and Pub

4240 S. 48th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Category: Restaurant > Brewery

Region: South Phoenix

Market Cafe

2000 W. Westcourt Way
Tempe, AZ 85282

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Tempe


Jay's Gyros
4750 East Broadway, Phoenix
602-426-1434. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and early dinner, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gyro: $4.75
Greek salad: $5.49/$2.75
Italian beef: $4.99

George & Dragon
4230 South 48th Street, Phoenix
602-470-0018. Hours:Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner,Monday through Friday, 2:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Roast beef platter: $5.95
Cornish pastie platter: $5.95
Shepherd's pie platter: $5.95
Spotted Dick: $4.25

Market Cafe

2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe
602-431-2367 Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Lunch buffet: $12.95
Lobster bisque: $4
Turkey club: $9.50

The Angels play through March 27. Most of the games begin at 1:05 p.m. If I start my day at 11 a.m., that gives me two hours to stuff myself silly. With just enough time to get to the stadium and not miss my nap.

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