We have friends who winter in the Tucson area while we spend our winters in the Peoria, Az. We have typically gotten together for lunch somewhere in between. Although we had been meeting in Florence, AZ, a couple of years ago our friends suggested we meet at BeDillon's in Casa Grande, a few miles W of US 10.
Th drive from US 10 to Casa Grande is unremarkable, as is the location of the restaurant, surrounded, as it is, by a residential neighborhood. Originally the restaurant was a family home and office, built over 90 years ago. Once inside the compound, and it is a little "compound," a number of surprises await. First there is the outdoor dining area and cactus garden, then the restaurant, a small museum, and adobe walls surrounding the area. We chose to dine inside because of the allergy sensitivities to the outdoors of one of our party of seven.
The dining room was one of four such rooms (+ a bar area) and was quite cozy and somewhat private, while allowing a view of the outdoors. Artifacts from the last century and the closing of the frontier era abound inside and outside the restaurant.
Both of our visits were over the noon hour, hence we chose lighter fare. The drinks were generous and the food was tasty and very reasonable priced. The dinner menu is very complete, ranging from steaks to lobster, with everying thing else in between (consult their website for a fuller description).
After lunch we typically linger a bit in the museum or in the compound enjoying the collected paraphernalia and leave looking forward to reprising the experience next year.
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