Spring Training Eats: Southeast Valley

Take me out to the ball game? Ehh. I say, take me out to dinner.

No matter how much you're into baseball, you still gotta eat, right? And maybe you just don't feel like filling up on ball park junk food. With Cactus League games in full swing, out-of-town visitors and locals alike are wondering where to head for a decent meal before or after they get their fill of spring training action.

I've already shared ideas on where to dine in Downtown Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, and the West Valley. Today, I'm bringing Southeast Valley restaurants into the mix. 


In the vicinity of Mesa's Hohokam Park, Blue Adobe Grill is a reliable stop for homey Mexican food in a charming atmosphere. Meanwhile, Mangos Mexican Cafe is a more casual stop for South-of-the-Border fare. Nearby Il Vinaio is a favorite with ball players (the restaurant has catered events for the pros), with Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Another upscale spot is De La Cruz Bistro, serving contemporary American food. For a Thai fix, try Nunthaporn Thai Cuisine.

Over at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the best options are over on (or near) Mill Avenue: Canteen Modern Tequila Bar for excellent carne asada tacos and a hip, young vibe; Rula Bula for beer and fish 'n chips; Caffe Boa or House of Tricks for a more upscale dining experience and contemporary American cuisine. 

There's good breakfast food, too, off the beaten path, including ASU fave Harlow's, and Crackers & Co. Have a breakfast of champions and maybe you'll send your team some winning vibes.