The Burrito Shack
5663 S. Power Rd. Mesa, 85212 (480) 988-6017 M-Sa 6 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Sunday
The Burrito Shack lives up to its name – this place makes no bones about its humble edifice, which is literally a shack on the side of the road. Park in the dusty lot, amble past a motley assortment of picnic tables and lawn chairs and up to the counter, where the Swensen family serves up Southwest-style Mexican food and American favorites, from breakfast burritos and carne asada fries to tamales and burgers. The taco burrito and California burrito are favorites, and the Swensens are happy to customize orders – they might even name a menu item after you, as they’ve done for several regulars.