Topo

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The newest edition to downtown Gilbert is nicely squeezed in between Bergie’s Coffee and Joe’s Real BBQ. Topo is a small walk-up food stall with a huge gopher on the roof (Topo means gopher or mole in Spanish). Leave it to owner Joe Johnston to add a little something fun, unique but weird to the growing downtown Gilbert area. This place draws you in like many of the weird roadside attractions do if you were driving on the Route 66 in northern AZ. What I like most is its very simple menu – burrito, beverage and ice cream. What else do you need in life? You can order a regular burrito (chicken or pork) or have it loco style with elote corn, fritos chips, tomatillo cream and hot sauce. They offer a small bowl of elote for a side. For dessert, they have vanilla or prickly pear ice cream cones that you can dip in chocolate, lime or prickly pear. That’s it – very quick and simple. I came on opening day and it took about 15 min waiting in line to order my food (I’m sure that will decrease over time). Food came out in a few minutes. Joe Johnston greeted people in line and offered us gopher stickers. The kitchen space is small and systems-based. I noticed they weigh every burrito that is made before they serve them. There are a few tables off to the side, but most people use the larger picnic tables next to Joe’s BBQ. This place is unique and fun and opens late. They should get quite a good crowd that just want a quick bite to eat.

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Joe Johnston greets guests on opening day

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Topo Loco

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Elote

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Lime Dipped Pickly Pear Ice Cream

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Prickly Pear Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream

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Cole Slaw

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I always loved getting Chick-fil-A’s cole slaw and was bummed earlier this year when I heard they were getting rid of it. But as a parting gift, they released their recipe for it. I made some and it taste just like the one they serve in the restaurant. Enjoy!

Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw
4 teaspoons vinegar.
1/4 cup sugar.
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard.
1/4 teaspoon salt.
1 cup mayonnaise.
2 bags (10 oz bags) find shredded cabbage, chopped to 1/8 inch.
1/4 cup finely chopped carrots.

Whisk vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt together until sugar is dissolved. Add mayonnaise and whisk to mix. Add cabbage and carrots. Mix to combine. Refrigerate 2 hours and serve.

Five Guys

I usually don’t blog chain restaurants, but this was a fun family night out. I first went to a Five Guys (where they started) when I was in D.C. a few years ago -now Five Guys are all over Arizona. I went here with my dad and his family tonight. They serve a pretty good burger and free peanuts as you wait.

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