By Gretchen Pahia
Photos courtesy of The Thumb

Embark on a desert adventure and uncover the hidden gem that is The Thumb. Though it may appear to be a mere gas station and car wash, step inside to reveal a treasure trove of scrumptious food and unique finds waiting to be explored. If you’re a barbecue enthusiast, The Thumb’s menu will have your taste buds dancing for joy.

Beyond its unassuming exterior, The Thumb houses a barbecue restaurant, retail store, and fresh bakery all under one roof. Craving a healthier option? Fear not, as their menu boasts delicious salad choices like the No-Sco salad and the brisket wedge salad. But if you prefer something heartier, their menu is packed with mouthwatering alternatives. Indulge in crispy tacos filled with chicken, pork, or brisket, or go all out with a two- or three-meat platter featuring lean brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and Andouille sausage. Sandwich lovers can also rejoice with options like the pulled pork sandwich, sliced brisket sandwich, pulled chicken sandwich, and a Cuban sandwich. Complement your meal with scrumptious sides like BBQ beans, baked mac ‘n’ cheese, fries, coleslaw, potato salad, onion rings, and more. Early birds can even enjoy breakfast items such as burritos, the two-egg breakfast, pulled pork and eggs, and pigs ‘n’ grits.

The Thumb’s in-house bakery and coffee shop will satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings with their selection of pastries and coffee options. Choose from iced coffee, latte, espresso, and more, while indulging in freshly made brownies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and house-made pop-tarts.

As you wait for your meal or after you’ve savored the flavors, peruse the charming retail store boasting a diverse range of goods. Discover unique gifts, seasonal offerings, and specialty items like tote bags, outdoor décor, and home accessories. Many of the products are exclusively designed for The Thumb, ensuring you’ll find something truly special.

Don’t miss the well-stocked convenience store, offering bottled sodas, water, snacks, and candies, as well as an impressive selection of wines. The knowledgeable staff can even help you with discounts on case purchases.

The Thumb, located at 9393 E. Bell Rd., in Scottsdale, welcomes visitors seven days a week, with hours varying by day. For more information, call 480-513-8186 or visit