I had a blast here on at a Yelp event a couple months back. Miracle Mile gave us a couple discounts to come back and visit again. The food here is delicious! Miracle Mile Delicatessen was started by its founder, Jack Grodzinsky after he moved to Tucson with his family in 1949 from Brooklyn, NY. Not finding work in Tucson, Jack took a bus to Phoenix and discovered and purchased a café. After a couple years, he purchased another café and named it “Miracle Mile” so customers would remember it. In the 60’s, he purchased another location and his busboy, George Garcia (who worked there for years) would eventually take over the business years later. Today, Miracle Mile has a brand new location on the southeast corner of 16th Street and Campbell. The 6,000-square-foot “retro art deco” restaurant is an entirely brand new building and opened up in 2015. They’ve added breakfast and now have beers on tap. The restaurant deli keeps to some of its old traditions and is still ran by the Garcia and Grodzinsky families. The service is cafeteria style where you choose your food as you go through the line and pay at the counter at the end. The portions are generous and the food is delicious. Soups are made from scratch daily. I personally love their huge pastrami sandwiches and I have now made a few visits here. Miracle Mile partners with Feeding Matters – an organization that serves kids with pediatric feeding disorder (PFD).
If you want anything bread, Great Harvest Bread Co. is the place to go. They cater, take online orders or you can just visit the shop itself and grab a bite. Great Harvest handcrafts bread daily using only pure and simple ingredients and never uses any chemicals, preservatives, conditioners or additives. This place is family owned (Ward and Leslie Walston) and has been serving the East Valley for some time now. I stumbled upon this place awhile back after visiting my dentist next door and ordered a pumpkin roll for a Fall party. Now I stop in regularly here and there for coffee and a pastry (they have a coffee and latte bar). The staff is very friendly and they have little store up front where you can pick up various items like jelly, bread mixes, etc.
Oma’s Place is a neighborhood sandwich shop and bakery that also offers daily German food specials (such as roladen, schnitzel, Swedish meatballs, cabbage rolls, or brats) in Mesa. This little family owned establishment makes their food from scratch. In fact, there is a kitchen stove with an oven directly behind the order counter where you can see the food cooking. I enjoyed the ‘at home’ feel to the restaurant and found the owner (Astrid Braun) very welcoming as I came in (Oma is ‘Grandma’ in German). The Knoephla soup was pretty good as was the Reuben sandwich. I hope this place does well. I think being located in a strip mall with abandoned buildings all around will make business difficult.