Writer Barb Evans
Fans of the Food Network’s popular series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” got a taste of Arizona on a recent episode, and they may have noticed that we don’t do things the usual way around here — especially when it comes to getting gas.
One of the restaurants featured on the February 6 “Arizona All-Stars” episode was Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market, an unassuming gas station and car wash on the outside, but a bustling market, gift shop, wine bar, bakery and restaurant on the inside known for serving up a mean barbecue.
“If you got to go get your car washed, and get it filled with gas, and you’re hungry, why not do that all at the same place?” asked owner Kipp Lassetter during a recent interview.
Show host Guy Fieri and his film crew paid a visit to the Northeast Valley eatery last December, where he traded in his iconic red Camaro for a Polaris recreational vehicle and filled up on gas and grits. He joined Lassetter in the kitchen, where they...