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“Outstanding BBQ. Next time I'll try the carwash.”

The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market)
Ranked #42 of 1,293 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $14
Cuisines: Barbecue
Description: 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 "One-of-a-Kind." Well, he did just that, and the rest is history! Guy Fieri from Diners Drive-Ins and Dives calls us the "Funky Gas Station dishin' out da' bomb brisket!" Wayde and Brett from Tanked love our Brisket Stack and claim our BBQ is "second to none!" Established 2012.
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Description: 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 "One-of-a-Kind." Well, he did just that, and the rest is history! Guy Fieri from Diners Drive-Ins and Dives calls us the "Funky Gas Station dishin' out da' bomb brisket!" Wayde and Brett from Tanked love our Brisket Stack and claim our BBQ is "second to none!" Established 2012.
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Yes, if their car wash service even approaches their BBQ brisket & fixin's, I'll be happy. They have variety of house-made BBQ sauces, so we were each able to find the perfect taste to complement the well-above average brisket. The peach cobbler was also top-notch.

We will definitely go back, and next time, I'll try the car wash. I expect that I'll never need that sentence again in a restaurant review!

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Thank Paul M
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Yes, of course it is a novelty: decent food at a gas station/car wash? But it really is quite good.

We stopped by because we were looking for a good pulled pork sandwich. Didn't have to be amazing, just decent. Everything we ordered here was great. The pulled pork was more than decent. Really good burger. Great mac & cheese, and a tasty chili. Good sides too. Friendly table service on the weekends, and your car cleaned when you are done. Dogs allowed on the patio.

The attached market has a nice, if small, selection of wine, and they have a decent set of wines by the glass.

We left thinking that this was definitely an odd place--but not in a bad way. Lunch is a bit pricey for a gas station, but not for what you get. In fact, we left wondering whether this was just a money laundry for someone, since it's hard to imagine some of the expensive choices here being profitable. But if it is, more power to them--we will definitely be back.

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Thank ScholarGentleman
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Much better than your average Circle K. Home baked goodies, coffee drinks, wine or beer service. You can buy bottles of wine, large selection of snacks AND get your car washed at the same time.

Thank Kwanyen
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Stopped at this "gas station" for an incredibly good lunch on a visit to Scottsdale. Pulled pork sandwich was piled high with tender chunks of flavorful meat. Wide variety of sauces available to please any BBQ fan. Most unique offering of services under one roof I've ever seen:fill up your tank, get a car wash, shop for gourmet foods, or just have some great BBQ! Fresh flowers in the bathroom, too.

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Thank lfrosales
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We continued to see the great reviews on this place and even briefly stopped by one day to check out the car wash and market. However, dining here meant we had some mental roadblocks to overcome. Fast forward a bit, and we enjoyed a wonderful hike nearby on a sunny day; afterwards we were hungry. Tom Thumb was tossed about as a lunch destination with a "why not?" conclusion. We placed our orders from a broad menu, received numbers, then grabbed a table on the patio. (Indoor seating is available.) Lots of oohs over the salad, soup, and sandwich selections. So, give it a go. You will become a fan!

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Thank Twogreynomads
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