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Bill Johnson's Big Apple

Map & Directions 16810 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85023
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Phoenix New Times' Description

With only a century of history as a state, Arizona isn’t exactly home to very many legendary restaurants. When you want a taste of Phoenix’s past, one name always comes to mind: Bill Johnson’s Big Apple. The restaurant has locations in North Phoenix, Goodyear, Mesa, and on West Indian School Road – and its sauces are sold in grocery stores throughout the country – but the best of the Old West can be found just east of downtown on Van Buren Street. There lies the original restaurant, opened in 1956 by Bill Johnson and his wife Gene, still serving T-bone steak, Grandma’s meatloaf, barbeque pork ribs, and deep-dish apple pies. If you listen closely, you can still hear the echoes of Bill Johnson’s voice booming over the radio as he broadcasts his rebel show right there from the original restaurant, creating the legend not only of great cowboy-style chow but of one of the country’s original shock jocks.

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  • Greg C. on 07/18/10

    Kids eat free on Sundays. Family of four had steak. BBQ, cheeseburgers and deep dish apple pie for under $40 and everything was really good. Recommended.

  • Giselle A. on 02/10/13

    Probably will never go back there. I was hiding my Meetups in there back room but the new mgmt. won't let us do separate checks. I moved my group & so did Roy.

  • Lori G. on 11/23/12

    The pulled pork sandwich is awesome!

  • Amber P. on 06/05/12

    service sucks

  • Jason K. on 07/02/11

    service is hit or miss. food is good though, get the sirloin steak and eggs.

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