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Live Like a Local in Mesa

It’s all new territory for you now. Mesa is a gorgeous sunny, desert with plenty of scenery and activities! There are so many shops and restaurants that you may have a hard time choosing. Here is the breakdown of a few restaurants, shopping spots, and even hair salons to help you start living like a local.

Restaurants you should try

Asian Café Express is one of the best-loved Chinese restaurants in town. They are Arizona’s first Hong Kong style café, preparing original Chinese, Southeast Asia, and Western-style meals. It may be small in size, but you can choose from more than 300 items including clams in black bean sauce, preserved pickle, and pork noodle soup, and preserved salted fish with chicken fried rice. This restaurant is surprisingly affordable with many dishes under $10.

If you like Latin American foods, you need to check out Republica Empanada. As the name suggests, their empanadas are incredible, served with golden, flaky fried wheat flour dough. Various reviews recommend the Boricua empanada with pernil (slow-roasted, seasoned pork) rice and pigeon peas, Cubana with ham and pernil, and the Republica Chicken. For beer lovers, there are a wide variety of cold drafts to quench your thirst.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and T.C. Eggington reinvents this meal as we know it. Every week they scramble, fry, poach, or gently fold more than 8,000 eggs into delicious, mouth-watering plates. Items on the menu include crab puff pastry eggs Benedict with artichokes, apple streusel walnut muffins, and for lunch, Waldorf Chicken salad with homemade apple cider dressing. This is one breakfast spot you don’t want to miss in Mesa.

When you need to go shopping

Mesa is filled with an overabundance of shopping. Now the question is where do you begin? If you prefer large outdoor mall areas, check out Superstition Springs Center. There is more than just shopping! You can enjoy a free outdoor concert at the outdoor amphitheater throughout the year. When your grandkids are around, check out the double-decker carousel and the indoor play area.

In Downtown Mesa, there are several unique boutiques to check out along Main Street if you enjoy shopping local versus the retail chains. These locally owned stores offer special clothing, handmade jewelry, and relaxing coffee shops.

If you are looking for a bargain, go to Mesa Marketplace & Swap Meet. With more than 55 acres and 1,600 booths, guests are guaranteed a great day of Southwest treasure hunting, better than any flea market.

Getting the right haircut

No one likes to wait for service, and at Hair-Do, you will stay on time since stylists help each other out to stay on time. They respect your time. Don’t worry about feeling pressured to buy products you don’t need. Hair-Do doesn’t pay commission. All stylists are on salary, so there is not pressure for them to make quotas.

Studio 480 the Salon is staffed with a diverse group of stylists who work with clients of all ages. You will feel like family and enjoy the quality service at affordable prices.

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