While there isn’t really any nightlife in the Royal Palms and Sherwood communities themselves, downtown Mesa
has become more of a destination than in years past. Some of the best Mexican cuisine can be found in West Mesa, near both of these communities.
You might drive by Casa Ramos, which rests just west of Sherwood along Main Street, and not think twice about it. This unassuming structure dishes out some of the best Mexican cuisine in the east valley. The top-notch, authentic atmosphere has you feeling like you’ve been magically transported to Mexico. Fantastic margaritas always help to wash down tender pork carnitas, and will have you coming back again and again.
Millie’s Café rests just two doors down from Café Ramos and serves some delicious Caribbean cuisine. Mofongos are a traditional Puerto Rican dish that you’ve got to eat to believe. When you’ve had your fill of those, move on to the tripleta sandwich, an absolute must. Millie’s creates the perfect dining solution for an uncomplicated sit-down experience or for those on the go with carryout service readily available.
Head west towards Downtown Mesa along Main Street and stop at Haven Burger to get your fix of Americana. The word “haven” means “a place of safety or refuge,” which explains why so many people in the area stave off their hunger here. This cozy diner doles out deliciously juicy and massive burger patties. Try the pastrami burger, because more good meat can only be a good thing.
Residents of Sherwood and Royal Palms typically venture out to Scottsdale or Tempe if they are looking to get really wild. There are a few local establishments in the area, such as Hambone Sports Bar, but the true hidden gem happens to be a liquor store. Sun Devil Liquors sits just west of these communities along Country Club, south of University. Walk through the main entrance of the store towards the back and then head down the spiral staircase. Below the deck you'll find rows and rows of fine wines, fridges of amazing beer and a large back room that holds periodic tastings. Not to mention the small bar with a rotating selection of brews on tap.