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“Isn't this a gas station?”

The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market)
Ranked #49 of 1,276 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 February 6, 2014

Earlier this week a client emailed me about a lunch meeting, and I asked her to pick where she wanted to eat. She said, "Tom's Thumb Fresh Market." OK... The gas station? I like to hike the Gateway Loop, and have stopped at this gas station a few times for snacks on my way to the trailhead. But I had no idea they had a restaurant. I posted about it on Facebook, and people were RAVING about their BBQ sandwich. I ordered that, with a side of several different sauces, and couldn't be happier. It was fresh, the sauces were incredible, and the fries were to die for. It was an incredible dining experience. Plus, it was packed! There was a line to order food, and after noon you couldn't find a place to sit. I can't wait to go back and order another sandwich!

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Thank Ricky P
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Even though it is located at a gas station, this place is top notch. I recommend the pulled pork sandwich or the blackened catfish. Great food, great sauces (XXX sauce is the best, definitely has a kick)

Thank aalvarez09
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

This little gem is walking distance to our house so we go there regularly for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast is hearty, tasty, and inexpensive. My wife loves the pork and egg tacos, while my daughter love the waffles with agave syrup. I usually go for the chorizo and egg tacos. After breakfast, the BBQ is some of the best in the Southwest.

Thank globaltraveler69
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Tried to make this cafe a full service with wait staff. Not impressed. Food did not live up to the hype.

1  Thank Marie D
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

The BBQ was ok. I primarily go there for race gas, b/c AZ doesn't have 93 octane and this is one of the rare stations that have 100 and 95 octane from the pump.

1  Thank keith h
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