Gi’Mees owner Holly Scott offers unique burgers with all the fixings, including bacon, green chiles, and jalapenos
Published July/August 2014

Gimme a Hamburger

The success of Gi’Mees, on Arizona’s Salsa Trail, is based on an old family recipe

BYSam Lowe
Take one retired deputy sheriff, combine with one former school bus driver, mix them on the former site of a mobile home, and what do you get? A recipe for success that the owners named Gi’Mees. It may not sound like the ideal way to establish a restaurant, but it worked wonders for Holly and Ed Scott. They have been dishing up steaks, ribs, burgers, and Mexican cuisine in the small southern Arizona community of York for more than 26 years, and their customers keep coming back for more.
    
Family A-Fare
In the 1980s, Ed left his job as a deputy to build a restaurant because he said the area needed one. He moved the family’s mobile home off the lot, had his two children circulate petitions to get approval for the project, and then started the do-it-yourself construction process. Holly quit her job to help, so she and the kids served as “go-fers.” Because they responded to frequent requests from Ed of “gimme a hammer” and “gimme the drill,” the name stuck. 
 
The restaurant opened July 1, 1987, with a menu designed around family recipes. Through the years, the Scotts worked the kitchen and added new items as their clientele increased. Ed retired from the kitchen last year; Holly still fills the orders. Many of their guests are regulars, but others drop by while traveling Arizona’s Salsa Trail, which includes roughly a dozen Mexican restaurants in the area.
 
Gi’Mees seats about 40, and the décor is simple: Ed’s oil paintings, Western art, flower arrangements, and a small billboard advertising local happenings. The food is reasonably priced, with portions ample enough to fill you up until your next stop on the trail. And the desserts are exceptional, especially the crowd favorite coconut delight, which combines coconut, whipped cream, and pudding — all layered on a cookie crust and topped with pecans. 
 
Around Town
To whet your appetite prior to visiting Gi’Mees, climb the 10,720-foot Mount Graham rising southwest of Safford and visible for miles, or take a nature hike in the Gila Box, a series of trails and riparian areas to the west of York. 
 
After lunch, head 16 miles north to the Morenci Mine, one of the world’s largest open-pit copper mines, measuring more than 1,300 feet deep and 2 miles across with a 9-mile perimeter. Take the Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Mine Tour, or park at the mine’s Coronado Overlook, which provides breathtaking vistas of nearly half a mile. 
 
SAM LOWE is a freelance writer who has been writing about Arizona for more than 35 years.
For More Information
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If You Go
Keep in mind that alcoholic beverages are not served or allowed on the premises, and only cash and checks are accepted.
 
Milepost 395, Highway 75, at the
corner of Frontage Road and Church Lane 
York, Ariz.
928-687-1517
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