Casa Grande has traditionally been a quick stop for travelers on Interstate10 between Tucson and Phoenix. However, due to recent population growth, there is more now than just the Cracker Barrel (great comfort food and country store) and fast food at exit 194. At the new mall there's now a Mimi's Cafe (more great comfort food, plus a small bar) and an Olive Garden. An In-n-Out burger drive-in will soon open in the mall area, as well. If you travel west a few miles on Florence Boulevard, you will encounter a Golden Corral, an IHOP, a Chili's, a Denny's, China King buffet, and Macayo Mexican restaurant (used to be a Johnny Carino's Italian). Outside of chain restaurants and fast-food, there are quite a few hit-or-miss places. Big Wa on Florence is great for Chinese (cash only), and Cafe de Manuel on Pinal is good Mexican. Long-time locals really like Mi Amigo Ricardo for Mexican, and it's OK. Cook-E-Jar (upscale comfort food in a casual setting--get the grilled jerk chicken pizza) is in the old town area. Formerly in the old town area, The Belgian Waffle House and Cynthia's are closed, but Borderline Cafe (Mexican diner) just expanded. With winter visitors between January and April, finding a table can be a challenge unless you're willing to wait. At other times of the year, you can just drop in. Local restaurants typically close between 8 and 9 at night except on weekends. For more information about restaurants and attractions in Casa Grande, visit the Chamber Web site at . There are also interesting and eclectic restaurants in the area of Florence, Coolidge, and Eloy. For a true local experience, visit the Gallopin' Goose in Coolidge, where Waylon Jennings got his start. As with all restaurants in a small town, bring a dose of patience. If service is the most important thing for you, the restaurants in town that have been consistent are Chili's and Macayo.