Fruit Lover's Paradise at Frutilandia

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

We spin the globe and search for otherworldly spots to expand our eating horizons around the Valley.

The Place: Frutilandia

See also: 5 Things to Order at Tortas Paquime That Aren't Tortas

The Setting: Fruit is supposed to make you feel bright and cheery, and that's exactly what this Mesa spot does the moment you walk in. The walls are bright, the music is fun and there's a mural of dancing fruit on the wall. Frutilandia's menu is displayed on TV screens at back of the restaurant where all orders are placed. Just underneath that is a case of ice cream, paletas, fruit mixes and a whole display of Takis chips.

The Food: Frutilandia is there to feed you when you're really craving a meal, like a shrimp cocktail or sandwich, or when that sweet craving kicks in. We recommend coming in for the off-the-beaten-path fruit bowls and raspados and exotic drinks we've all come to love. The Meluna de Miel is one fruit creation to not pass up. Half a cantaloupe is filled with fruit, a scoop of ice cream of your choice and topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and a cherry. It's every bit sugary and sweet, but carries only half the guilt thanks to the fruit. The exotic fruit drinks are similar to raspados, but come with a scoop of ice cream on top and chunks of fruit mixed into the shaved ice. It's every bit refreshing. The escamochas are the ultimate fruit cocktail. It comes with fruit, sweet cream, granola, shaved coconut and honey. The portion is hefty, but so smooth with the added crunch from the granola to mix up the texture a bit.

The Reason We Love It: Essentially dubbing itself the land of fruit, Frutilandia lives up to its name. There is an endless way to get your favorite fruits served up, with the added sweetness of ice cream to top it off. And in case the sweetness becomes too much, the menu is balanced with snacks like nachos, Tostilocos or duro con cueritos.

Follow Chow Bella on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.