Gila Bend (/ˌhiːlə ˈbɛnd/; O'odham: Hila Wi:n), founded in 1872, is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The town is named for an approximately 90-degree bend in the Gila River, which is close to but not precisely at the community's current location. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 1,922.
Things to do in Gila Bend
4.5 based on 237 reviews
Full menu, sit down, authentic Italian restaurant and pizzeria.
When there is no information about gluten free selections, i worry about trying new restaurants since my wife has Celiac Disease. Nothing on the webmenu. And, at first, our waitress seemed to think nothing on the menu was gluten free except for salads. We asked her to check with the kitchen and things turned from disappointing into we can take care of Your needs! There were several dishes they could alter to make gluten free. My wife was able to have the Chicken Marsala, despite being alerted that the sauce would be thin since they would have to leave out the flour. No problem, except for the waitress carrying it to the table. She had to balance that plate carefully to keep the ample sauce in it. Very tasty sauce. Plenty of chicken and mushrooms in a truly strong Marsala wine sauce. Came with a nice side salad that was as fresh and crisp a salad as i have ever been presented. Definitely not small town food here! Well thought out, well presented, well worth the wait for each dish to be created from scratch.
i ordered their Supreme Pizza. And supreme it was. Very large pizza, plenty of sauce, enough basil to both color and flavor the pizza well, and i am assuming home made mozzarella. Beautiful presentation of the colors of the Italian flag. Nice thin crust with good flavor, just slightly under cooked in the very middle. i am used to grilled pizza or those out of brick ovens which are charred and/or crispy, so i may be oversensitive to standard pizza oven creations. Unique flavor to their sauce. Very good pizza. One unique touch to their version of pizza is that there isn't a huge hill of crust at the edge. This had a nice rise, but no mountain of boring dough to chew through. Nice.
Our two guests had a difficult time deciding, and changed their orders a couple of times. Our waitress took it all in good humor after having to cross out orders, she told them it as a good thing that she had just come on duty, as it might have been a different story if she had been ending her shift. Friends finally decided on Shrimp Spaghetti and Risotto Tuscany. Both came with shrimp, and the risotto was amazingly flavorful with a very rich sauce. May have been the best item we were served, definitely something i would order next time there. Good flavor to the Shrimp Spaghetti also, and a true challenge to try to eat in public! No cut strands of spaghetti here. Also, a nice al dente to the noodles.
We noticed a table of 10 military personnel come in and wanted to thank them for their service by anonymously buying their dessert. They declined because they are in training but wanted to express thanks for the gesture. All this was discretely handled by both our waitress and the waitress for the military table, and despite the loss of income to the restaurant because 10 desserts were not sold, both waitresses complimented our intended generosity,
We entered as strangers, and left as family. Amazing how, over a meal, people make connections. i chose the pizza partially based on our server's answer that it as her favorite meal there. My buddy wanted pasta when he came in, and after discovering that there was a shrimp spaghetti, he was sold by her confirmation of its excellence.
Two very fine suggestions.
How she fit 3 big plates of food and that huge pizza pan balanced on a rack on our booth table was very much a work of art and engineering. Lots of smiles from all of us whenever she came to our table. Cynthia is a dream server!
And Little Italy is a dream place to eat. Loved the mural and all the pictures of Italy. This place will surprise and delight You!
4 based on 93 reviews
If you live in the Phoenix area of Arizona and travel to either Yuma, Arizona or, the San Diego, California, area you'll be using Highway 85 which takes you thru Gila Bend, Arizona. Recently we (wife and myself) went to Yuma, Arizona for a aviation meeting and after we stopped at Sofia's Mexican Food Restaurant in Gila Bend, Arizona on our way back to the Phoenix area. So, Gila Bend, Arizona is a little town with not much to see but, you may need a little food to help you make the rest of your trip back to the Phoenix area. OK, so Sofia's isn't going to wow you from the outside or, inside. It's just a small town building. But, the food is really good. If you like REAL Mexican food this is the place to stop. The amount of food will have you taking home more than most restaurants serve and it is GOOD. Lot of people eating around you will be speaking Spanish so if you don't like that then don't stop there. Personally, we find that Mexican restaurants where Mexican people actually eat serve the best Mexican food. It's a small family run restaurant and the food will take time to get to your table so don't be in a hurry. Relax, eat some chips, and dip, and wait for an excellent meal. You'll be glad you did. Ron.
4 based on 30 reviews
This box contains top Southwest Mex food. I thought the sauces are just what I expected; delicious. This place seems oriented to take out, but there is limited seating. Atmosphere; so there are no fancy decorations or a Mairachi band, just fine food. One negative; no Margaritas.
3.5 based on 229 reviews
We stopped for pie and ice cream. The service was not very good, the pie was average, and there were 3 flavors of ice cream. The glittery outside of the restaurant and the "space age" sign were big fun.
3.5 based on 38 reviews
McDonalds is a favorite stop when we travel and this is no exception. Delightful staff with a flare for getting your order with a smile and a very personal touch. Food ordered was a fish sandwich with fries and a drink. It is small enough to tide me over and they prepared it with accuracy and in a timely manner to allow us to get back on the road.
3.5 based on 15 reviews
Stopped for lunch after completing work in the area and had the El Diablo meal deal. It was served hot, fresh and spicy, just the way I like it. They even delivered the meals to the table for us so we didn't have to get back up.
Very friendly staff, great prices and excellent fast food. Recommend it to anyone passing through.
4 based on 9 reviews
This is a regular Subway with a rather large seating area. It has the usual offerings, but Gila Bend is a long way from any other place to stop. Coming from the West, traveling east on I-8, we exited on the first exit that said "Subway", but we must have driven about 3 miles before we came to it at the other end of the town, near the next exit. So perhaps the next exit is the one to take. There was a line at the counter, probably because it was Xmas eve day for lunch and there are not many places to stop on I-8 in Arizona. The restrooms were adequate.
3.5 based on 12 reviews
Gila Bend is in the middle of the Sonoran desert between Phoenix/Casa Grande and San Diego or Rocky Point, Mexico. There are not many dining options along this route other than in Gila Bend. This Subway is right off the exit 119 at Butterfield Trail. Great exit to grab some fuel and food if in a hurry.
Typical Subway shop in a stand alone building between a Shell Station and a motel. The order is made right in front of you with lots of fresh veggies and whatever type of sandwich you want.
4 based on 8 reviews
The title states it all, its a gas station. There are numerous restrooms around it and a small store with some grilled items. You'll find some nick-knacks from Mexico outside incase you haven't found anything else to spend your money on,
3.5 based on 21 reviews
It is something to eat. The hot dogs were puny. They were dried up. The drinks tasted weird maybe the water. But it was a step above nothing when you are hungry and 3 hours away from dinner in Mexico and 5 hrs since breakfast.
Might try to hold out for Ajo Pizza place next time.
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