Croque Famous Sandwiches

If you’re looking for the very best sandwich you can experience, you need to try Croque (it’s pronounced “crock” as in crocodile). This small sandwich shop makes some of the tastiest, fresh-from-the-oven baguette sandwiches you’ll ever find and I’m not being paid to say that.

croque famous sandwiches

The menu is separated by country of origin, and you can choose between French, German, Italian, and traditional American sandwiches. Croque also offers a variety of soups, salads, and breakfast selections.

The food takes about 15 minutes to prepare and when they bring it out it is served hot on a sandwich board. The sandwich is literally dripping with sauces. You can choose between white garlic and dill sauces and we found the lettuce and all ingredients to be fresh.

We suggest the Paris, or the Croque Special sandwiches and combined with any soup it’s a great deal.

How much? About $5 for a six inch (that’s plenty) or if you are really hungry, a twelve inch is only about $8.

Where? Southwest corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Thunderbird Rd. and also at Camelback Rd. and 40th St. (at the base of an office complex). If you want more info, head over to where you can see the menu.

Atmosphere? Sidewalk sandwich shop.

When? Open for breakfast and lunch, although known for its lunch menu.

Reviewer: Chris Tingom

The Other Place

Note: The Other Place on Lincoln, just west of Scottsdale Road was converted to REM, owned by Robert McGrath, but it never opened. So this review is out dated, but preserved for future reference.

If you have your eye out for a great tasting steak we suggest The Other Place. This restaurant known to Paradise Valley residents for almost 30 years cooks up some delightful evenings.

This restaurant got its name after Dale Anderson opened his second restaurant, and before a name could be chosen everybody kept referring to it as “the other place” and that’s how it got its name.

Start your evening with the famous Gazpacho soup (tomato and vegetable soup served cold) which is better than anywhere else. All courses come with the Gazpacho soup or Clam Chowder and a fantastic house salad.

While you’re eating, your main entrée is cooking. We tried the Teriyaki Steak and the Three Medallions plate. Both had excellent flavor and come with potatoes or rice.

Afterwards try the Kiwi Pie or the Pecan Pie with ice cream.

How much? Entrees start at $17 and as high as $25.

Where? 7101 East Lincoln Drive. You’ll find it

Atmosphere? Quiet evening dinner in an old converted home with a fireplace and tile floors.

When? Open for lunch and dinner (known for dinner)

Reviewer: Chris Tingom

LEO The Delicatessen

Note: Since publication, LEO The Delicatessen has closed its doors.

LEO’s is your place to get a good sandwich or bowl of soup. Named after ‘lox, eggs and onions,’ this place serves up a good New York City Jewish Deli feast.

With spacious old wood floors, roomy leather booths, and neat black and white pictures this place is a delightful find.

We suggest the Pastrami On Rye and the Hot Corned Beef with a bowl of their fine Chili.

Quiet and relaxed, this place is perfect for lunch although a little bit pricey at $9 if you choose to order a whole sandwich (which is normally huge by the way). If you want to spend about $5-6 ask for a half-sandwich and soup which is plenty by most standards.

They’ve got a great assortment of pickled vegetables they place in the center of your table while you wait for your food, they’re delicious!

How much? Moderate. Two people with drinks for lunch you can expect to get out the door for around $30.

Where? Located just north of Chaparral Rd on Scottsdale Rd. 5101 North Scottsdale Road

Atmosphere? New York Deli (we’re talking fine deli)

When? Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Reviewer: Chris Tingom

The Sugar Bowl

The Sugar Bowl brings back many memories for Scottsdale old-timers as it’s been in the same spot for at least a half-century.

You’ll remember seeing the Sugar Bowl featured in the popular comic strip ‘Family Circus.’ In fact, the menu has Bill Keens own personal touch.

The Sugar Bowl is the best place to get a malt in Scottsdale!

This place is covered in the color pink! The outside is pink, the chairs are pink, and the walls even have pink and white stripes! But it only adds to the atmosphere which brings to mind soda fountains of the 50s.

Try it for a light lunch of bite sized sandwiches or soups. Then always top it off by ordering one or two of the fantastic ice creams and malts! We suggest the Camelback Soda, or even one of the brownies.

Even if you’re a long-time resident, or simply visiting town, you’ve got to stop in and visit the folks at the Sugar Bowl.

How much? $2.00 – 10.00

Where? East side of Scottsdale Road (south of Indian School road by one block) in old town Scottsdale.

Atmosphere? Sidewalk sandwich shop.

When? Open for lunch and dinner and dessert! Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm

Reviewer: Chris Tingom

Jolta Java

Quiet and peaceful, this coffee shop with wood and earth toned circle shaped walls and coffee-brown varnished concrete is a nice place to meet a friend or just take it easy.

This isn’t just a coffee shop – they have breakfasts and sandwiches for anytime in addition to a daily soup.

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Jolta Java: A plentiful menu, good coffees, and shiney floors.

I was pleasantly surprised by their rewards program: every 10th beverage is free and they even remember my favorite drink. Plus no silly punch cards; it’s all automated with computers.

If you’ve found other coffee houses to be noisy, you’ll notice that Jolta Java doesn’t attract a huge crowd yet serves up some delicious drinks. Most notable is the Mexican Spiced Mocha. Absolutely wonderful hot or iced (they didn’t put too much ice in it) and the Cappuccino is excellent.

They even have a smaller room with couches and easy chairs which reminds me of the Cave Creek Coffee Company. You can read books or just sit back and enjoy the quiet.

How much? Prices for beverages are about what you’d expect at any coffee shop around town. A cup of soup is only $2.75 and sandwiches are about $7.00.

Where? SW Corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Acoma (just north of Thunderbird). 14418 N. Scottsdale Rd. – Suite 185, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254. If you want more info, head over to where you can see the menu.

Atmosphere? Quiet coffee shop with high ceilings and varnished floors

When? Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, coffee. Seven days a week.

Reviewer: Chris Tingom

Village Coffee Roastery

The Village Coffee Roastery has been around for about eight years sells great coffee drinks and provides a rich atmosphere, but they even roast their own coffee beans, seriously. You can also try a delicious assortment of sandwiches and salads (Monday through Friday).

The coffee house takes advantage of the natural light from outdoors which creates a nice warm effect inside. Central in the shop is a nice round bar tiled with square blue tiles. You can sit and watch the barista make drinks while you wait and if you’re interested, watch, learn, and ask questions about the coffee business. They’re pretty nice.


The Village Coffee RoasteryOne of my favorite drinks isn’t actually a coffee. It’s their Chai Tea Latte. They make it with all of the normal spices you’d find in a normal coffee house, except this one has a milk base rather than water. So it makes a world of difference. The drink is creamy and the spices just blend together with the milk to create this incredible blend of spices. We vote it BEST CHAI LATTE OF PHOENIX 2004.

Don’t worry, we tried their traditional coffee drinks and found everything to be flavorful and delicious. Especially considering the freshness of their coffee. In fact, if you are looking for fresh coffee for home use, we suggest you ask the barista when the next batch of coffee beans will be roasted.

Unlike most coffee houses that make coffee drinks the American way, Coffee Roastery makes coffees the Italian way which is a creamier and smoother taste (almost a velvety layer). When you’re sitting around the “Bar” ask them to tell you why this is important.

They’ve recently added free wireless internet, so you’ll always be able to connect. They don’t have too many power outlets though, so be sure to bring a charged battery!

Where: On the North-West corner of Hayden and Via De Ventura (DoubleTree Rd) inside the Village at Hayden complex… 8120 N Hayden Rd # E104, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

Hours: Weekdays they open at 6:30 am and close at 6:30 pm and on weekends 7:30 – 4:00 pm

Reviewer: Chris Tingom

Date reviewed: 2/23/2004

Mimi’s Cafe

This is one of my favorite places to eat, if you go for lunch try the Arthur J.’s West Coast Reuben which is absolutely amazing… best in Phoenix by my words and huge – it is made with real cole slaw, swiss cheese, 1000 island dressing, and ham and turkey. It will make your mouth melt.

The salads, soups, and muffins are all suggested. If you can substitute a salad instead of soup we suggest it as the corn chowder doesn’t live up to the hype. Try the house Caesar Salad, its tops.

Mimi’s also has a wide assortment of pastas, for starters we suggest the Penne with Chicken, Feta, and Pine Nuts, which was excellent, and it had good texture and wonderful taste. Also recommended is the Artie’s Fettuccini, which is fantastic but a bit heavy on the artichoke side.

If you want to start with an appetizer, the Thai Chicken Wrap is delicious, it comes with special sauces that you can put on it, enough for three or four people. It also comes with a small assortment of fruit.

Service can be a little slow at times, especially during lunch when it gets pretty busy. They have a small spot outside for outdoor seating, which is shaded by trees so would be nice in wintertime.

We suggest getting two meals and splitting them (ask the waiter, they give you bigger portions). By splitting the meals you feel like it is a feast and you get to try a bit of everything.

This review is based on multiple visits to the Mimi’s Café on Shea Blvd.

How much? For two people including drinks and an appetizer count on $30., average meal prices are $7 – 9., appetizers start at $5.

Where? You’ll see Mimi’s Cafe all over Phoenix. The specific restaurant we reviewed is on Shea Blvd. and 89th St. It is just east of the 101 on Shea. Get more info at

Atmosphere? French cafe with spacious seating.

When? Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week.

Reviewer: Chris Tingom