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1. Love this place!
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2. Best @@chili@@ ever.
2. Best @@chili@@ ever.
"Fun place. The staff was friendly and helpful"
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3. Best bbq you'll ever eat
3. Best bbq you'll ever eat
"Everything was very delicious"
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About
Locally owned and operated, our Award-Winning BBQ Bistro and Car Wash are worth the trip. We make the ordinary - extraordinary! The common question - "Tell me how this all came to be?" It all started with the vision of Kipp - owner of The Thumb. Every day on his travels, either taking the kids to school or just doing daily tasks, Kipp passed by this vacant gas station here on Bell Road in Scottsdale. The idea - serve World Class BBQ in a gas station, and with a full-service car wash to boot...really?? Everyone thought he was crazy. You'd hear - "It'll never work," or "Great idea, but not here in Scottsdale." After some creative thinking, Kipp was up for the challenge of creating something truly
PRICE RANGE
$6 - $14
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Diner, Barbecue
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything was great! Pulled Pork Sandwich with great BBQ sauce, cole slaw, chips and a drink. I actually had enough pork piled on that I have enough for another sandwich! You won't walk away hungry. The have a great menu, ambiance, and you'll enjoy checking...out the store while you wait for your meal. Friendly staff but unfortunately I was too full for dessert,,, but everything looked tasty. May have to go back next week to check out breakfast. So they are open all day. Yum!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 16, 2021 via mobile

Excellent food. Immediately good impression. They make each meal from scratch Car wash is best in Scottsdale. Fabulous hard working staff.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 10, 2021

We have eaten across the country a several DDD's restaurants unfortunately this was our first disappointment. We when their for brisket - "out", my wife hoping the Mac-N-Cheese - "out". So we settled the St. Louis Rib they had good flavor, put they weren't baby...backs. The sides were good. Would I give this place a 2nd chance - "NO!"More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 14, 2021 via mobile

Funny to see some of the bad reviews, because we thought it was excellent food. I had the three mini sandwiches- chicken, pork, chopped brisket. Yum! The sweet potato fries were perfectlycooked – that doesn’t happen very often, usually they’re soggy. My husband had the...chopped brisket and the baked beans. We would recommend it if you like smoked foods.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 17, 2021 via mobile

By NY standards. The worst dry meat. Not even close to authentic bbq. Was a great place in 2012. You could Go to Costco and get your ribs

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 13, 2021

Great BBQ tacos, baked mac 'n cheese and service. Unique shopping area as well! Quite busy with both takeout and dining in. Will definitely revisit next time in the area!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 27, 2021

We thought it was closed at first then we drove around to see the restaurant was inside the gas station. Very cool concept and excellent service but the food was just ok. We ordered the 3 meat platter and the meat was dry and the...sides were just ok. It is not real bbq, the best thing was the bbq sauce.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed January 9, 2021

We are from Texas and this is plain old meat with maybe a tiny tinge of smoke. In Texas this meal would not be called BBQ. Poor old AZ does not know good South Texas BBQ with deep bark and smoked with oak and mesquite...like Rudy's, Kreuz Market, Blacks, Franklin's, and many more. We'll very disappointed!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed January 5, 2021 via mobile

The Food. The Atmosphere. The People. The Service. Everything from the time we walked in and walked out of this restaurant was truly AMAZING! We ended up eating here 3 times during our stay in Phoenix to attend a wedding! They are awesome!

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed November 20, 2020 via mobile

This place is beyond unique. It is a gas station, car wash, detail place, souvenir & convenient store and BBQ restaurant. The outside of the building is so plain. However, once you enter the doors it is like you are in bizarro land. The explosion...of colors and unique items that surround you are so fun and unique. The giant fish tank with changing light colors is spectacular. The highlight of this place is the BBQ. We were a little overwhelmed by all the delicious options on the menu. The staff was so friendly and helpful and recommended we try the brisket stack. What a great recommendation. We sat outside on their patio and enjoyed this scrumptious dish. The hash browns were crunchy, cheesy and the brisket was juicy and flavorful and the fried egg on top was perfection. We loved it so much we returned the next day to fill the car up with gas and our bellies up with more delicious food.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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I would suggest that you call them to ask this question.
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December 27, 2017|
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so after all that hype that they always want to make things better. still no response after givi g mike the manager my email address. this is hilarious
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Yes, The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market) offers takeout services.

The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market) is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5