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The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market)

9393 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260-1500
+1 480-513-8186
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Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brisket” (57 reviews)
“grits” (16 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 20:00All hours
CUISINES
American, Diner, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
9393 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260-1500
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So excited to try some DDD endorsed recommendations I'm from Kansas City, so BBQ was a risky choice. But it didn't disappoint. Way to go The Thumb. The chopped beef sandwich was auhmazing!!! I'd go back!

Thank WhatWeDoWeGo
The_Thumb, General Manager at The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello WWDWG - KC knows BBQ! Chopped brisket... "Auhmazing"...Awesome! Tell a friend, there is plenty of brisket for everyone! See you soon. Mike.

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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

On a recent trip to the Phx metro area my Bff and I found Toms Thumb. We were looking for places on the DDD show with Guy Fiere... TT is Scottsdale jewel in the desert. Who would have thought in a gas station/car wash?? Upon...More

Thank bobbic200
The_Thumb, General Manager at The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market), responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Hi Bobbi - Sounds like we can add you and your BF to the long list of "raving fans" of The Thumb! "Best BBQ Ever...Holy Cow...and Wow" - you've said it all! Thanks and I know we'll see you soon. Mike.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has it all-gas and full service car wash/detailing. While you wait breakfast, baristas, BBQ and a gift shop. This is not your ordinary gift shop. You can find a gift for anyone here.

Thank savemoneyandhavefun
The_Thumb, General Manager at The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market), responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello - Thank you for the great recommendation - and keep spreading the word! Word of mouth is our best advertising. See you soon. Mike.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the barbecue and browsing through the eclectic store. Great cards, and just interesting items, many barbecue or kitchen related.

Thank EilAird
The_Thumb, General Manager at The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market), responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi EilAird - Thank you for the feedback - see you soon! Mike.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were on a road trip from Central California to Houston, Texas and stopped here on the way. We had beers, so we hung out a few hours so we could get back on the road safely. The food was amazing. We had the blackend...More

Thank newcollege2012
The_Thumb, General Manager at The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market), responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi newcollege2012 - Wow - so glad you found us! We appreciate the detailed review and great to hear your road trip was filled with fun and and great food! Hope to see you soon. Mike.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to try "The Thumb" last night after reading the trip advisor reviews and we were not disappointed. Although the corn bread was not as authentic as I prefer it, the biscuit was very good. The staff were especially helpful in helping us to...More

Thank Ace65
The_Thumb, General Manager at The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market), responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Ace65 - So happy you found us! Thank you for the kind words. Please do us a favor - tell a friend (or two) about us. We are off the beaten path a bit - so spread the word. Thanks in advance and see...More

Reviewed 27 July 2017

This is a restaurant / coffee shop / gas station / liquor store / gift shop / car wash The restaurant - great BBQ, interesting dish combos, and friendly service. The brisket is pretty good, but the pulled pork blew me away. Yum. The guy...More

Thank Lisa J
The_Thumb, General Manager at The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market), responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Hi Lisa - Sounds like we hit a "home run" with our Award-Winning BBQ! Seeing "Great BBQ" and "Excellent" about our coffee/pastry shop really let's us know we are on top of our game. On to the Car Wash - Well, I wish you'd have...More

Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

This place was close to my hotel and I saw that it had been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and decided to give it shot. This place is a gas station, general store, and restaurant all in one building. I had to try the...More

Thank Ghost251
The_Thumb, General Manager at The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market), responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Hi Ghost - We appreciate you venturing from your hotel, and walking in this heat! Thanks for the detailed review and make sure to give the Sweet Baby James BBQ sauce a try on your next visit. It is vinegar based with a Carolina flair....More

Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

This place is the best you can walk in and get some great BBQ. While doing that you can get your car washed or detailed. I love getting my car detailed there they do the best job ever.

Thank Bryan T
The_Thumb, General Manager at The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market), responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

Hi Bryan - Best car wash and great BBQ - music to our ears! See you soon. Mike.

Reviewed 15 July 2017

Hands Down Tom Thumbs has the best Car wash in North Scottsdale, they offer amazing food for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great place to get desert as well with it's own full-time desert chef and chef cooks. Tom Thumbs was also feature on Food Network...More

Thank James G
The_Thumb, General Manager at The Thumb (Tom's Thumb Fresh Market), responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Hi James - Thank you for "Rave review!" We appreciate the feedback. See you soon. Mike.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 14
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 20:00
Monday
07:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 20:00
Thursday
07:00 - 20:00
Friday
07:00 - 20:00
Saturday
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9393 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260-1500
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Scottsdale
  • Phone Number: +1 480-513-8186
  • E-mail
Description
Locally owned and operated, our Award-Winning BBQ Bistro and Car Wash are worth the trip. We make the ordinary - extraordinary!

The common question - "Tell me how this all came to be?"

It all started with the vision of Kipp - owner of The Thumb. Every day on his travels, either taking the kids to school or just doing daily tasks, Kipp passed by this vacant gas station here on Bell Road in Scottsdale.

The idea - serve World Class BBQ in a gas station, and with a full-service car wash to boot...really?? Everyone thought he was crazy. You'd hear - "It'll never work," or "Great idea, but not here in Scottsdale."

After some creative thinking, Kipp was up for the challenge of creating something truly "One-of-a-Kind."

Well, he did just that, and the rest is history! Guy Fieri from Diners Drive-Ins and Dives calls us the "Funky Gas Station dishin' out da' bomb brisket!" Wayde and Brett from Tanked love our Brisket Stack and claim our BBQ is "second to none!"

Established 2012.
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