Best of Gilbert, Arizona

EVMG presents our guide to the Best of Gilbert, AZ including best BBQ, Mexican food, Italian food, public park, splash pad, museum, party venue, and more!

Best of Gilbert

Best of Gilbert AZ

Best Urban Trail

Riperian Preserve at Water Ranch was voted ‘best urban trail’ in Gilbert, AZ.

Riperian Reserve has a path around a lake, extensive trails, an amazing aviary population, and has a park with pavilions for play and parties.

Best BBQ

If you live in the East Valley, you know this one is a no-brainer.

Joe’s Real BBQ in downtown Gilbert and Joe’s Farm Grill were voted best BBQ by East Valley Mom Guide.

(The internet fully agrees with Joe’s Real BBQ being the best!)

Best Park

Freestone was voted as the best park in Gilbert by both East Valley Mom Guide and the internet.

Freestone Park has changed a lot over the years and now includes a play area for the kids, a train, softball/baseball fields, batting cages, a skate park, and a lake.

Best Birthday Venue

East Valley Mom Guide did not have a ‘best’ in this category, but there are plenty of options if you are seeking a birthday venue!

Stratum Laser Tag, Bounce U, Amazing Jakes, Brunswick Zone, Mother Nature’s Farm, or Flipside, just to name a few!

Best Splash Pad

The splash pad at San Tan Valley Mall is by far the best splash pad in Gilbert.

It is in between shops, next to the kid play place, and is covered which makes it really nice.

While it may not be ‘the best’; another fun splash pad is the water tower in downtown Gilbert.

If you are looking for more splash pads in the East Valley, check out East Valley Mom Guide East Valley Splash Pads post.

Best Ice Cream

East Valley Mom Guide voted SubZero as having the best ice cream in Gilbert.

Another is Udder Delights – Superstition Farm’s kitchen using farm fresh ingredients. (PS: You can find more than just delicious ice cream there!)

Best Farmer’s Market

Gilbert Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings in Downtown Gilbert is the internet’s favorite Gilbert farmer’s market!

Do you have a Best of Gilbert location that we missed from our list? Be sure to leave it in the comments so we can check it out.

Be sure to come back and see the best of the rest of the East Valley too!


  1. I would just like to say we’ve thought about moving to Gilbert because of the people we’ve met there, as our son and his wife live there. Many times we’ve been down there to visit and always going out to eat and must say the barbecue place downtown is straight up amazing.

    Our so told us that they also own the Joe’s Grill and we’ve been there and truly love that place and it’s my understanding it’s been featured on the food channel and not surprising to me. The food is amazing and the menu selection is more than most can even imagine…if you looking for a place to eat check out the Barbecue Place downtown or Joe’s grill you can Google them for directions…I believe you’ll love it.

    Thanks so much,