Enjoy a low cost of living and the best Mexican food around in the Spanish-speaking neighborhood of Kleinman Park. Located in the far west of the widespread city of Mesa
and about 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Kleinman Park houses
about 5,000 people in half a square mile.
Get ready to explore extraordinary food from humble, hole-in-the-wall venues, and thrift your heart out at a dynamic network of funky second-hand stores. At the same time, enjoy the mild winter climate, beautiful desert environment and strong economic conditions of Mesa, the third largest city in Arizona.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Take your pick of authentic Mexican restaurants spread throughout Kleinman Park. Since housing fills the eastern half of the neighborhood, check out the dining options sprinkled on the northern border as well as in the western half of Kleinman Park.
Although great Mexican options abound, try the signature steak tacos and the chile relleno at Taquitos Jalisco, your go-to for wondrous street-style Mexican food at an incredibly low cost. Relish the perfectly seasoned meats grilled out back and the always-fresh toppings at the salsa bar.
When you're in the mood for something simpler, order local pizza from the varied menu at Redline Pizza. In addition to traditional pizzas, the family-run restaurant also serves breadsticks, flavorful pasta and popular sub sandwiches. Get the calzone for a savory concoction of fresh mozzarella, peppers and mushrooms with garlic and marinara sauce.
Nearby, check out the wings that everyone raves about at Wings Express, home to the original inventors of the honey hot flavor. Choose your hotness level, try the honey hot, and grab a fantastic meal to-go from this simple venue. Wings Express also serves tasty hamburgers, hotdogs, fried zucchini and salads. Go a few blocks south of the neighborhood for more varied dining options, such as the Japanese buffet Hibachi Grill.
At night, go a few blocks north and check out Los Dos Molinos for more authentic food in a bar setting. Don't expect a "mild" spicy option here, but prepare for some New Mexican heat, and pair your order with one of the fantastic margaritas.
To the south, shoot some pool with the well-mixed crowd at Septembers, and enjoy good drinks in a friendly, low-key atmosphere. Stand up and sing on karaoke nights, and come back for bingo.
History & Culture
The ancient Hohokam tribe populated the area for over 1000 years before they disappeared, and New World settlers displaced the Apache people. The Hohokam built hundreds of miles of extremely sophisticated canals to transform the desert into an agricultural oasis, many still in use today.
Today, a variety of distinct museums educate visitors and residents on the area's history, just two miles from Kleinman Park in downtown Mesa.
Spook yourself on the ghost tour hosted by the Mesa Historical Museum, or encourage your youngsters' self expression with the hands-on activities at the Idea Museum. Delve deeper into the past at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, and explore Southwest life and art exhibits such as dinosaur displays, a Hohokam village and a gold-panning activity.
As a unique complex of theaters, art galleries and studios, the nearby Mesa Arts Center drives the local art scene.
Save your walking shoes for downtown Mesa, but feel free to get your bike out in this neighborhood. Kleinman Park has several major roadways with designated biking lanes, including West Broadway Road, South Alma School Road and 8th Avenue.
When you need to travel a little further or faster, the Valley Metro transportation system serves the city of Mesa and its neighborhoods with a thorough network of bus and rail routes. The bus ride from Kleinman Park to downtown Mesa only takes 20 minutes. Since the ride-share Uber serves the city of Mesa, you avoid waiting for a cab in less-frequented areas of town like Kleinman Park.
For those with their own cars, Mesa also works to make parking simple and hassle-free throughout the city. With over 5,000 free parking spaces available in downtown Mesa every day, parking your car couldn't be easier. In addition to free street parking and designated parking lots, park free in all garages on the weekend and weekdays after 5 p.m.
Highway 87 borders Kleinman Park to the east. The highway connects the neighborhood to U.S. Highway 60 to the south, as well as Interstate 10, about 20 miles west.
Enjoy a cost of living 37 percent lower than Mesa's city average when you make your home in Kleinman Park. Expect to pay an average of $584 to rent a one-bedroom
apartment in this neighborhood.
Get to city center for the cost of a $2 bus ticket, or buy an all-day pass for $4. A beer at a local pub sets you back about $3, while local gas prices run 13 percent lower than the national average.
Take advantage of a variety of great-value thrift and discount stores located around Kleinman Park. Browse the jewelry at Alma School Pawn and Gold.
Trade in the old for new at Bookman's Entertainment Exchange, and sift through the huge selection of books, music, movies and video games in a cozy, welcoming environment. Explore the fine array of musical instruments, and consider registering for lessons from one of the store's teachers.
Neighborhood groceries include Food City and Fry's Food & Drug to the north. The Mesa Community Farmers Market takes place year round, barely 2 miles from Kleinman Park in downtown Mesa.
The namesake park of the neighborhood provides 25 acres of recreational activities for local residents. Swing your tennis racket or shoot basketball on lighted courts, explore bike paths and walking trails, and bring your kids to the well-maintained playground at Kleinman Park. Those with skateboards or rollerblades can take advantage of the smooth wheels court. As throughout Mesa's city parks, dogs on-leash are also welcome.
Mesa's award-winning Parks and Recreation works to bring fun events and programs to the city all year long. Make sure to keep updated with regular concerts and movie nights hosted at various parks throughout Mesa.