Blue Adobe's History Hub experience combines entertaining stories about the Southwest's history with three-course dinners and other tasty Mexican treats. The History Hub first provides patrons with a history show and lunch at Blue Adobe event center, where customers catch a live-action reenactment of western history events with a historic enchilada and taco bar serving as a backdrop. Next, guests pile into a horse-drawn wagon for a tour of 15 registered historic structures, which are described in a 30-minute audio tour that never once uses the word manticore. While en route to a wine tasting at Windmill Winery, the wagon brakes for a Quick Draw session, where guests can wring up to 20 bullets out of a Colt 45. Finally, daytrippers round off their adventure by visiting the L&B Inn for a dinner of anything from the menu, including fajitas with chicken or beef and fresh veggies, or chili con carne with unlimited tortillas.
Comfortably nestled in the shadows of the San Tan Mountains, owner Perry Rea and his family coax silken oils out of the olives they grow in their own groves. After more than 10 years of experiments, they finally settled on planting a few more than 16 distinct varietals, which thrive in the otherwise unforgiving Arizona deserts. Extending thoughtful care to each harvest, they avoid using any pesticides or genetically modified trees, employ water-conserving drip irrigation, and hand-pluck their olives at the peak of ripeness. Within 24 hours of picking, the staff then presses the crop in order to extract oils that taste as fresh as honey taken directly from a bee's pantry.
The fresh oils line the shelves of the mill's marketplace alongside imported wines and locally made goods. In addition to gourmet food items, the store stocks an extensive collection of Italian ceramics, works by local painters, and bath-and-body products infused with extra-virgin olive oil.
Queen Creek Olive Mill's oils also appear on the menu of del Piero, the facility's Tuscan-inspired bistro. Based on the Rea family's own recipes, each entree incorporates organic ingredients whenever possible, including locally sourced meats and herbs from the organic garden.
Country charm radiates from every accent in San Tan Cafe: the basket centerpieces filled with coloring books, crayons, puzzles, and card games; the wooden fireplace; the plentiful flowers and rustic decor. And, perhaps more importantly, country cooking infuses the entire menu, served only at breakfast and lunch. For an added homestyle touch, dishes of steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, burgers, and chicken clubs come portions hearty enough to fill up the whole family.
The menu at The Deli shows off eclectic dishes concocted from ingredients grown exclusively for the restaurant on a 3-acre organic farm. Melted pepper-jack cheese, caramelized onions, bell peppers, and horseradish swaddle warm roast beef on a baguette ($9) on the hefty sandwich menu. Pizzas, crafted with house-made dough, mozzarella, and marinara, provide a stage for topping tribes—such as sausage, red onion, roasted peppers, and parmesan ($14)—to perform their hunger-squashing rituals. Hydrate a dusty esophagus with a swig of Tempe-born Four Peaks ale ($3), or sip the vanilla-and-berry-toned Trivento malbec ($7), which stains tongues more easily than a French kiss from the Kool-Aid man.