The iconic Tucson-based fast food chain, eegee’s, beloved for its signature frozen fruit-flavored drinks and ranch fries has opened its first Valley location in Gilbert. Located at 3535 E. Baseline Road, the restaurant will open for dine-in and takeout, offering drive-through service, online ordering and contactless pick-up.
Eegee’s was founded in 1971 by Edmund Irving and Robert Greenberg. The friends pooled their resources and purchased a used vending truck from which they served frozen lemon drinks at local events. They called the drinks “eegee’s,” a combination of their initials (“e” from Edmund and “g” from Greenberg) to create the name. The opened their first restaurant in 1972. Today, eegee’s has cultivated a local following of Arizonans and has 28 locations across the state: in the greater Tucson area, in Casa Grande and, now, Gilbert.
In addition to its namesake frozen beverages, eegee’s offers a full menu that includes its specialty french fries with ranch dressing and bacon; the Original Grinder served on white, wheat or rye bread, fresh-baked daily; salads such as the Southwest Chipotle Ranch Chicken; and more. All of the food is produced in Tucson.
Frozen drinks — more of a desert, as the ice-cold concoctions packed with chunks of real fruit are so thick that they need to be consumed with a spoon instead of straw — are available in Lemon, Strawberry, Pina Colada and Skinny Berry; as well as a rotating menu of monthly flavors, such as Lucky Lime, Watermelon and Orange Dream.
Tucsonans have long known that the icy drinks make great mixers for spirits. In honor of the opening of the Gilbert location, eegee’s has partnered with Valley mixologist and Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Beverage Director, Mat Snapp, to create custom cocktails, known as Teekees. Recipes will be posted on eegee’s Instagram throughout August.
Eegee’s plans to open a second location in Gilbert, with additional restaurants opening in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale by the end of 2021.
The Gilbert location at Baseline Road and Val Vista Drive is open Monday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The drive-thru remains open until 10:00 p.m. For more information, visit eegees.com.