Reviews of The Thumb (Car Wash)

9393 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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REVIEWS OF The Thumb IN Arizona

Mark Glowacky

Great bake goods. Fresh. Made on site.

Robert Ewoldt

Had pulled pork sandwich and bbq pit beans. Was above average and the beans were excellent. Could have eaten more.

Tony Zarro

The food is great, the service is great and car wash and detail service one of the best in the valley.

Rebecca Anderson

This is a MUST stop place for us each week we drive through Scottsdale. I absolutely L

justin dye

My only complaint is serving sizes, they are entirely to small for how amazing the food is. Wait times are generally short and the food is fab. Eggs, grits, pork...very tasty


Every time I eat here, the servers are super cool and friendly. The food is always good and I enjoy the decor of the restaurant / store.

John Pearce

Best car wash in the valley. I put my name on it.

Scott L

Great and unique little place. Love the inside of the store. The unique products @ the pumps ;) and the unique touches on the inside. The food and staff are great!

Diann Wessel

Fun place to grab some good BBQ & do a little shopping. Outdoor patio a plus.

Kathy Landis

This was my first time there. I always ask what the servers favorite is. Michael Lawson, General Manager, was very helpful and happy to explain some of the differences. My friend had his favorite, the Cuban and I had the chopped brisket. We were both pleased. I wanted to go there after seeing it on Diners, Drive ins and Dives.

Lloyd Taylor

Nice menu options with very good food and friendly service

Steve Okabayashi

Better than advertised on Triple D!! The brisket is moist and tender, pulled pork flavorful. Great recommendation from my cousin who lives nearby. Awesome first meal to start our vacation.

Larry Bunker

The BBQ in this place is like no other. No wonder it was on DINERS, DRIVE INNS, & DIVES.. Delicious, must try..

Jami Dodds

BEST BBQ joint I've ever been too. #DDD was spot on with this place. I love the vibe there. People talk to you like you're old friends. The food was AMAZING and the staff was so helpful and fun. I can't say enough good about this place. Try it you'll love it.

Kiera Pest

The meat was tender, and easy to eat! I stopped here to eat on my way into Phoenix Arizona, and this was perfect! I found it on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. I had the sweet patoto fries and they were amazing! I definitely recommend this place!


The brisket you guys... Oh my god the brisket you guys.. You want heaven in a sandwich? Order yourself a moist brisket sandwich, plenty of homemade barbeque sauces to choose from, with some awesome shoestring fries to tag along. This restaurant was featured on diners drive-ins and dives. Guy Fieri approved! And ill tell you what, he ain"t wrong! Awesome decor and gift shop to go with such memorable food. Thank you guys!

James Jones

Great food & service!

Ramona Willis

5/6/2019: Brought some friends (visiting from California) here (May 6, 2019) to try the BBQ because of Triple D. My wife and I were disappointed. I tried the hippy dippy burger (vegan burger) but it was dry. My wife got the 3 Little Pigs (one of each meat slider) but they were all dry. The little chocolate cream tart was good. The service was good. Parking is a little weird because of the gas station. Update 5/31/2019: The owner, Mike, contacted me re above review and sent me a gift card for us to try again. Spur of the moment after my hair appointment today we drove out here from Mesa to try again. It was outstanding! Hubby got the smokehouse salad and said it was excellent but even more so when he put some of the BBQ sauce (in a little container) by the soda machine in the salad. I got the rib platter with Mac-n-cheese and potato salad with 3 slices of sausage. Yummy. The Mac-n-cheese is the bomb, especially with the browned cheese on top. We got the cinnamon roll for dessert warmed up and it was fabulous. Soft and almost raw in the middle!! So good. The staff is great. Our cashier suggested the homemade mustard sauce to go with the sausage. We’ll be coming back with some friends. *Note: I’m not giving a good review just because Mike sent me a gift card. It was really outstanding today.

Eileen Haberstroh

Interesting shop, but very pricey. Food was ok.

Heather Sarnocinski

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!! Food awesome. People awesome. Gifts awesome. Overall it’s one of my favorite places.

Acali chii

Been here about 3 times. Always come here for lunch after Ice skating next door. I enjoy their take on fries a lot, thin but flavorful. I enjoy their fish a lot it is probably the only thing I ever get as I'm a seafood junkie, seeing as I'm from Maryland, it is hard to find seafood that hits my standards but they do a great job.

Dawn McCarroll

My husband and I love this place!! We had the sliced brisket sandwich and it was to die for, their House BBQ is the best and the mustard sauce brought it to a whole new level. This place is the real deal my kinda BBQ. I had the ribs and the flavor was perfect with a hint of honey yummy. The slaw you can have it my favorite way with vinegar or you can have it with mayo. Corn bread is nice and light. Definitely going back again and again.....

Craig Hairrell

Excellent BBQ. Get there well before closing if you want to be certain that you can get exactly what you want.

Sue Jacobs

Great food. They need another chef at dinner time. Busy! Is a gas station, mini market with BBQ!

Alison Hernandez

Love this place! Always stop here when visiting Scottsdale. Great food, great happy hour specials as well! Some of the best BBQ I've had.

James Kehoe

Food in a gas station that isn't under a warming lamp. Seriously this place is very cool. Get your car detailed and eat great food.

Bruce Palmer

Was referred here by a couple coworkers. They know how to pick them. Wonderful BBQ here, oh and wait need you car detailed? They got you covered there as well.

Carlos Quezada

This gas station is awesome! It's a gas station, a store and a place to eat some killer BBQ! This place most always has a line for the food so make sure your not in a hurry but hey its sure worth the wait. Also the guys from Tank on TV built them a pretty cool salt water fish tank that you can eat around.

Daniel Pawenski

Hidden Gem!!! The coolest gas station in the world....Amazing Food. A must see

Chuck Payne

A neat little BBQ place hidden in a gas station. I was told about this place by a coworker do decided to check it out. We arrived right as they opened. The staff were very friendly and informative on what each item on the menu was. I went for the 3 meat sampler with fries and baked beans. I got pulled pulled pork, pulled chicken, and the brisket. The brisket was decent, pretty lean, but good. It could have used a little more smoke I felt. The pulled pork and chicken were fantastic, super smokey, tender, moist. It takes a lot of willpower not to drive back up there every day for a pulled pork or chicken sandwich. The fries were surprisingly great. I wasnt expecting much, most bbq places tend to treat their fries as an afterthought. These were thinner, close in size to McDonalds fries, but super crispy and I absolutely love crispy fries. So dang good. The baked beans were great too. They were nice, sweet, and savory. The sauce sort of reminds me of manwich. I loved them. The sauces. I tried a bit of all of their sauces. I really liked their super spicy sauce, cant think of its name right now. All of their sauces were decent but to be honest, the meat was great without saucing it. Price wise it is on par with other places. You should check it out if you are in the area. I'd go early though, because the line was out the door less than 30 minutes after we got there.

Dallin Jenkins

What a fun place... Not only is it one of the coolest gas stations you'll ever go to (big chess, checkers, and tic-tac-toe set, fun signs and little keep sakes) but it has some delicious BBQ as well! The pulled pork was absolutely wonderful

Christine Mulford

Great food! The nicest staff - they even remember my name.

Benjamin Myers

Amazing sauce! Would definitely go back for more food

James Stanlake

E cellent food and a full menu I can't wait to explore.

Marijane Troche

Fun, eclectic store, great food.

Charlie Taylor

Best car wash in town plus it has a great restaurant inside. This is really a unique and fun place to get your car washed.

Erick Fuentes

Good BBQ eats, a little pricey but BBQ usually is

Hayley Smith

Love this place! The pulled pork and mac n cheese were amazing. There is a bakery, gas station, cute little shop/ convenience store, & car wash. The shop had a wide variety of Papyrus cards, like the largest I've ever seen. They also had fancy candles/diffusers like you'd find at anthropologie. We will definitely be back. Hopefully next time I won't accidentally say hello to the mannequin at the entrance.


Great food. Good gift store.

Eric Goodman

Come here often. The food is great, especially the 3 sliders. The car wash is definitely one of the better ones around. They do miss a few spots once in a while but the service and team is top notch.

Bruce Wilcoxon

What more can be said than has been posted in other reviews. Unique shop/restaurant/gas station. BBQ was fantastic. Our group ordered the Brisket, Three Little Pig sliders, and Pigs and Grits. Three Little Pigs is a group of slider-size sandwiches and can be ordered with three different meats for the "tour". Pigs and Grits is a unique offering not to be missed. Healthy serving of grits with topped with pulled pork, cheese, and jalepeno maple bacon. We'll definitely be back.

James Adair

I took our company van there it was dirty, When i went to pick it up it looked brand new I was impressed and i did the cheap wash .. They hand dried it. it was awesome.. I love how you can look at the stuff there. they have great food as well.

Joe Burdzy

Wait time was 20 minutes for my food that was well worth the weight. Cant wait to return. Outstanding!!

Da Professionalz

Very good customer service food was amazing would definitely recommend also added to favorite places to go will return often

Ricky Colon

When you walk in its a little confusing, not your average gas station! The Restaurant food is pretty good, and the prices on the standard gas station array seem a bit lower than other stations in the area. Overall a good experience and Pleasing to the eyes.

Susan Davis

The food is great. Sometimes the wait is long, but today it was running pretty quickly. I love all the trinkets and the cold brew.

Robert Cobourn

Loved the pulled pork. Dad loved the sliced brisket and not so much the pulled brisket. Sides were great too.

Peter Bovaird

Amazing food, amazing service.

Chelsea Chartrand

Delicious food, and great service at this car wash!

Jonathan Pino

The ONLY thing that I do not like about The Thumb is that its so popular! But if you cone early on the weekend, you can get a excellent interior and exterior wash done inside a half hour. Expect to wait later in the day.

Adrian Erin

We visited this restaurant last year when in Scottsdale and made a point to return this year. We’ve had the tacos and bbq platter all great! The shop is very cute and the place is clean. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. Mike was particularly nice to us and was bustling around the restaurant helping whenever possible. He convinced me to try the peach cobbler and it was very tasty .

Gary Hollander

This is a nice place to stop for gas, food and even a car wash. Inside there are several different styles of food spots including BBQ. There’s also a ton of souvenirs and other knick knacks/gifts to choose from. Some of the food can be hit or miss. The sandwiches are the best option for people on the go. The staff are friendly and courteous and the prices are reasonable.

Jeremy Rogers

Great place for gas, car wash and amazing BBQ. It is a little pricey but very good.

Ken Balich

Great BBQ with great appeal and a few Food Network perks to enjoy. There is a Tanked fish tank in there and a few food items featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. Also have souvenir shopping and full car detailing.

Guy Chilelli

It was good, but pricey, but what in North Scottsdale isn't.

Richard Havartine

Excellent food and service. Great atmosphere.

Bradley LePage

Brisket is some of the best I’ve had in AZ. Also they have good and hunkiest servers. I left my wallet in the counter the next day came back and everything was still in it! They kept it in their safe For me! Definitely will eat there again.

Christin Thomas

This is truly the best place in Scottsdale

wayne hurst

Good food but small portions

Bill Streb

My wife and I are in Arizona celebrating our 30th Anniversary and looked for Triple D places to try and found The Thumb. Wow, great food. I had the 1/2 Stack with the egg, very unique and delicious. Also had the sausage, pulled pork, beans and mac and cheese. Everything was great. The store had all sorts of cool things to buy. Would definitely recommend this place.

Eric McKinley

Fun spot to stop, we came in to check out the fish tank of Tanked and eat lunch. The fish tank was awesome! The brisket was decent, but not great. However, we did enjoy the mac & cheese. The Mexican corn was good but had too much butter on it. Overall, this place is worth the stop.

Kelly Warrington

So far the best BBQ in Scottsdale, still searching but ever time I visit The Thumb it never fails to impress. Mexicorn is awesome

Tracy T

The cutest little shop inside!

andres gregorio

Amazing food! Amazing staff!

James Wu

Gas station with a great little restaurant, many excellent choose for pork and others too. Good dessert too...nice fish tank in middle lobby

Steve Hollingsworth

If you ever want a special place to go for great food & gas this station Rocks the Bar b que is amazing along with the unique trinkets inside. Makes the travel worth it

Michelle Cardini

Incredible bbq and excellent service thanks to an extremely caring and friendly staff under the leadership of Frank. There are so many delicious items on the menu and the apple crisp is an all time favorite. Not to mention the unique selection of gifts. We love The Thumb!

Jairame Dimas

This place has some good BBQ. I've been here for lunch a few times and everything was great. However, it seems like maybe they are under new management and some of this service is degrading. I had ordered a BBQ sandwich here once and the twisty tie that hold bread bags closed was in my sandwich...when I brought this to the attention of the staff I was only offered a free dessert.

Laura Garrett-Williams

My Red Hat group and I had a nice lunch at this establishment. The manager ,Sarah was quite accommodating for the size of our group (19 ). We were all able to sit near each other in the small seating area. Everyone enjoyed their food and we definitely would go again .


Love their high octane gas!

Pam Meyers

Definitely worth the trip. Got pork bbq and the brisket. Both were terrific!

John Yoder

What a unique experience this is! It's way more than just a fast-food/convenience store at a gas station. Fantastic barbecue lunch, worth driving out of the way for.

Britt Senecal

Coolest Lil gas station/rest stop area. Love their cute gifts and amazing local art. Place is always hoping but I've yet to eat there.

Emily Vebrosky

Saw The Thumb on Food Network and was super excited to try when I visited Scottsdale for work. It did not disappoint. The Texas chili and baked mac n cheese were amazing. Definitely will be back.

Chan Graves

Very good bbq here. Busy place and gift shop.

Heather Zinser

Great pull pork sandwich! Best mac n cheese I've ever had! Price is worth every bite

wyatt potteiger

There was a slight issue on a crazy busy day. (Things happen though right?) The gentlemen in charge took amazing care of us without second thought. Can’t wait to come back and eat more delicious bbq.

Donna Shiffley

Wow! A restaurant that is in the convenience store of a gas station! This isn't the run of the mill Chester's Chicken that you'd expect in a gas station convenience store! Pulled pork sandwiches, bbq shredded chicken sandwiches, brisket! Their sides consist of potato salad, mexicorn, Cole slaw, shoestring potatoes, sweet potato fries, or potato chips. Gas up your car, get it washed, shop for some kitschy souvenirs, some wine and have a nice meal, all in one stop!

J Del Rey

We had seen this place on Tanked. And we happened to be driving past on a Sunday family adventure day. You know; real estate looking, rural road running, and yay I have AC, it's August, let's take a drive day. The 95 octane race fuel at the pump for $6/gal. was something you don't find close to home, so stop here and load your race tune or timing. The smell when you walk in is amazing. And yes, that gets its' own paragraph. Check out the details of the place before you order or sit down. It's not a museum or art gallery. But it is a friendly set up to review the gift shop area, see a little bit of Americana art and watch the saltwater fish in the (guessing) 600gal. aquarium swim around. The environment ia friendly, casual, and not rushed. August is not the busiest time of year around here, so a winter stop will probably be busier. The stop we made involved taking home food, and I spent most of my time next to the aquarium while we waited. Keep your kids from touching the aquarium when they point out all the different fish, and details inside the tank like mine did. I picked up a gift for an upcoming family birthday. Since there are soaps, decorations, aprons, and a lot of other items, you will easily find simething cool too. I actually didn't adventure past the row of drink coolers towards the other end of the shop area, so go see more than I did. We took home cole slaw, mac and cheese, corn bread muffins, texas toast, fries, pork, brisket and chicken. With our to-go order, we had ketchup, house sauce, and some (really) hot sauces. Start with the house sauce. I like spicy, but the ultra hot ones aren't going to let your taste buds enjoy the smoked meats. Spill some on your shirt, so you can sniff it later. The perfect smokey fire smell is part of the experience of these meats. The meats we had were well cooked, and no better smell will be found. The cornbreads are very good, but we had them about 2 hours later, so try those when they're fresher. Same with the fries. You can tell they are well made, but they're just better when fresh. The mac and cheese has its' best part up top; a crispy but not burnt layer; very yummy. The texas toast was well received by my family, and it was a tasty accompaniment to the meats. Our order included a great cardboard carrying box, and all items packed in appropriate containers. We had a good experience here, and we'll be happy to visit for a while and pick up their smoked meats again. The stars are for a less than ideal response from staff.

Jim Barrier

I am a huge fan of The Thumb! I have been several times and the food is fantastic. The BBQ is some of the best I have ever tasted, the burgers are great, and salads are delicious! Above all is the great service! Sarah (with the cool blonde hair) is always pleasant and friendly as she orchestrates everything from taking orders to delivering the food with a beautiful smile! I will definitely be back!

Allen Allison

What a great breakfast burrito! The bacon is flavored with jalapenos! I highly recommend the breakfast. I can't wait to go back to try the brisket.

Ben Davies

Great brisket sandwhich! Good selection of sauces. Definitly the best food I've had at a gas station!!

Abbey Shohan

Food cashier was super friendly and happy to serve us our food. Sweet potato fries and Mac n cheese are so so good! Caprese sandwich is lite and delicious. Pork was a little dry but brisket was pretty good.

Terry Vincent

It's really good BBQ. I get the pulled pork and use the Habanaro sauce... delicious!

Caroline Marvets

Great food. Nice gift store.

Nicholas Vazirani

Love this place, quality fuel, quality cleaning services, and good food. However there is a clown in a blue shirt that works inside behind the counter that acts a little smarter than someone selling food at a gas station should.


This is not your typical, average gas station. It has a bakery, restaurant, gift shop, wine shop, truck/boat/RV shop, smokehouse and coffee shop. This definitely raise the bar of a fancy gas station. It was my first visit of the area and I was astonished of how it look. Definitely check the area out! It is amazing.

mike bresnahan

What a hidden gem! Fantastic BBQ brisket, Mac and cheese and collard greens. A must visit place and you can get your car washed and fill up your tank.

M Corvin

Pulled pork tacos - tasty. Drying guys - very nice chaps. Tunnel wash TOTALLY SUCKS and RUINS your finish if you really care about detailing. Can't comment about the hand wash, but the tunnel wash completely ruined my mirror-smooth, ceramic finish (CQuartz Finest) and speckled/hazed my windshield. I was able to partially restore the windshield smoothness with clay bar but it's still messed-up in clarity. I now have to clay bar and possibly have the paint correction and ceramic finish redone on the whole car. Dang, I really hoped to like this place (and tank 95 before track days) but they SUCK.

Susan G

Best car wash ever and the food is da bomb!!

James Sutterfield

Such a neat place. Good bbq and beer. A country charm.

Troy Walls

The meat is excellent! The sweet potatoes fries are great. The corn was delicious. However. The beans tasted like chili. The corn bread was a little dry and their house made Mac n Cheese was nothing but a bowl of cheese with about seven noodles. Overall the meat made up for these issues. And would come back to enjoy.

Max LaVoy

Extremely overrated. Food is good but should not be nearly this expensive. Only cool for novelty, feels like a motel lobby.

Abbe James

The entrance man was totally awesome, I believe his name is Ryan and the guys at the end really do a great job making my "homeless" mobile look almost brand new, just wish they would do a better job vacuuming,,, All in All a great place!!!!

Darci Gaulin

Food is awesome..service was great. We came more than 60 miles to come here and it was well worth it. Will come again for sure!

David Eberle

Is it a restaurant, car wash, or a gas station. Well guess what, it's all three and it works. When you first walk in the aroma of barbecue is amazing. Then I got into my car and it also looked amazing. It's my new favorite place.

Kate Morris

Who would’ve ever thought that a gas station would be able to provide not only gas, but everything else you could ever imagine. From the best food I have encountered in this part of the valley to little knickknacks that are great presents for those who are looking for a special treat. This is a one stop shop! I do need to, however, emphasize just how wonderful the food is. We live pretty close to this establishment, and have lived in the area for many years. I am so happy to of found somewhere where I know that I can get good food and a quick gift if needed, with the superior customer service.!! Thank you to all that work there and do your hardest to provide the best customer service setting around!

John B Cannizzo

The food is excellent but the car wash is where our is at.... best ever

Linda Buzo

Best fresh food. Popular within our company.

Adrian Flores

Awesome BBQ! Everything was delicious! Thank you! We will be back next time we're passing through town!

Joe Erickson

This place is great. The half stack (Eggs and brisket) is just right for me for a nice Saturday morning breakfast. Ordering your food is a little slow. Seems like they need 1 or 2 more people behind the counter to keep the line moving, but overall I am pleased with this place. I go here a few times a year when I'm in the area.

Andrew Yentzer

The brisket is worth the drive across town.

Scott Claypool

So good. A must stop for food.

Agustina Lothrop

took my car for an interior detail ($59.99) wash yesterday. We started noticing that cars that were not in front of my car when we arrived where getting washed before ours. We ate and had a few drinks. After waiting for 2:05 hours my car was still outside; and nobody was washing it. I asked what was the problem (nobody knew) and how long it was going to take to get my car washed; one of they guys told me that it was going to take another hour and a half to 2 hours. We went back inside and tried to get our money back so we could leave. we were not willing to wait any longer. The cashier went outside and showed my ticket to Terri. He asked us to please give him 20-30 mins. He personally comitted to have our car washed. He was absolutly amazing. He did not only apologized for the delay, they did an exra fantastic job washing it; I am sure we had a few upgrades on the wash. He also mentioned that we had 5 days to return if we were not happy with the work they did (we are really happy) and did not even accepted the tip. It was not a good experience after all the waiting but that became irrelevant after meeting Terri. He is exceptional and it is becasue of him that I am sure we wil be back to wash our car again

Kimberly Troksa

This place was great for our whole finicky Family. I don't usually like BBQ, but since you get to choose from many different sauces, I was able to find something I liked. I mixed the habanero and mustard sauces together and it was very good. Also my non-meat eating daughter enjoyed her mac and cheese and French fries with a fruit cup on the side. Crazy good for a little place hiding in a gas station!

Bryan Zink

Maybe I caught them on a bad day? I got Tom's Brisket Stack, which implies that there would be a stack of brisket. There were two bites hiding between the eggs and potatoes. It was okay - for an appetizer at a chain restaurant - but not even close to what I was expecting from looking at the menu. Everyone else got the ribs, which were absolutely swimming in barbecue sauce and had the standard chain restaurant taste and texture. The only reason I know this is, people started moving parts of their lunch over to my plate when they saw how small my "brisket stack" was. The busser immediately seemed to notice the lack of food on my plate, because the first of the 8 times he asked if he could take my plate was less than a minute after I got my food. A moment later he tried to take someone else's plate while they were in the restroom. Not only was the plate not empty, it was barely touched at the time. We get it, you probably needed the table - but after spending $60 (with tip) on a mediocre lunch for three, it would have been nice to have a moment or two to actually eat it. BTW. Guy Fieri has been to every restaurant in the country for his show at this point. Someone should be able to look in at least one specific direction inside the restaurant without seeing his name, likeness, or merchandise for sale. That's just sad.

Sean Foreman

Excellent bbq and high octane fuel for my hotrod

Valerie Sherman

Tasty BBQ that is strangely located in a gas station

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