Famous for their endless sides, Waldo’s BBQ calls themselves the “Best Barbecue & Most affordable Catering in Arizona”! They also claim to be the biggest barbeque caterer in the whole state of Arizona with three locations: Show Low, Lake Havasu City and Mesa.
We stopped by one evening to check out this quirky, eclectically decorated (amusing vintage signs and flying pinks on the ceiling) bbq house’s Mesa location on East Main Street, and the place was packed with hungry customers. We ordered a few items including sweet and crispy yam fries, creamy house-made potato salad, freshly baked warm cornbread, and the pièce de résistance — baby back ribs.
At twenty-five cents per piece, this moist and tasty jalapeno cornbread was a steal. Next to the cornbread were the über tender baby back ribs. Seasoned with a dry rub consisting of Waldo’s secret spices and smoked so that the meat falls right off the bone, these flavorful baby back ribs were served with the restaurant’s original sweet, smoky and tangy bbq sauce on the side.
Prices are reasonable, especially for the portion sizes, and Waldo’s offers some awesome weekly specials, including “piglets” (kids 12 and under) eat free Monday through Thursday with each paying adult meal:
Monday: All you can Eat Riblets for $13.95.
Tuesday: Senior Discount Day (55 and Older) 15% off your entire bill.
Wednesday: All you can eat Beef Back Ribs $13.95
Thursday: Government Employee Discount Day 15% off your entire bill
Friday: All you can Eat Catfish $13.95
And just like the majority of restaurants we’ve been to in Arizona, service at Waldo’s BBQ was warm and friendly. The guy who assisted us with our order noticed that our potato salad hadn’t made it into our bag, so he chased us down in the parking lot and managed to find us just before we drove off — thanks!