By Amy Young
For many people, springtime means one thing: Major League Baseball spring training. People flock to Arizona to embrace as many games as possible on the Cactus League roster. Clubs and restaurants become filled with out-of-towners who are as excited to experience the local culture as much as they are to take in some fun games during the exceptional weather. “Where to dine?” is just as important a question as, “What’s the score?” this time of year. With sporting venues in different areas of town, we picked a few tasty eateries close to the action.
If you’re catching a game in Tempe and get a hankering for a pre- or post-game burger, this spot near the ASU main campus has been serving them up for more than 40 years. Half-pound and 1/3-pound sizes are available to suit different appetites. Get the basic toppings or try a signature burger like the Tijuana Torpedo with jalapeno jack cheese and green chile as a topping to keep you warm. A veggie burger, hot dogs, chicken strips and plenty of side dishes are offered, too. Draft root beer and draft adult beers are also on the menu at this family-friendly, fun hangout. thechuckbox.com
BABY KAY’S CAJUN KITCHEN
Serving traditional Cajun food, this place has been a Valley staple since 1989. Formerly in Phoenix, this hotspot is now located in Mesa, making it a perfect destination for lovers of this cuisine style, as well as those taking in games at Mesa’s Sloan Park. From po’ boy sandwiches to different types of etouffees, and jambalaya loaded with chicken and sausage, Baby Kay’s brings this Louisiana-born cuisine to the Southwest. They didn’t forget the gumbo or fried catfish, either. babykayscajunkitchen.com
A lot of Cactus League fun happens at the Peoria Sports Complex so it’s a good thing there’s no shortage of great places to dine in Peoria. Twisted Italian is a popular place where you can dine on a lighter salad, munch on a cheesy pizza or dive into a hearty pasta offering. Some of their signature dishes in the latter category include the Twisted Ravioli, which tops cheese ravioli with a Marsala and mushroom sauce, and the Gnocchi Telefono, where a plate of pillowy gnocchi is topped with a bacon and tomato cream sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil. eattwisted.com
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