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Chuck E. Cheese's
6130 E. Speedway

READERS' PICK: We are no longer afraid of the terrors of Hell; WE'VE BEEN TO CHUCK E. CHEESE'S! Nothing devised by the mind of Satan can compare to the exquisite, soul-wrenching horror of a Saturday afternoon birthday party inside the rat's domain. However, having been warned that these capsules must be written in a positive fashion, we'll forego mentioning the monstrous, inescapable "happy" music, the incessant videos, the flashing strobe lights, the unspeakable animatronic puppets and their platitudinous songs, the singing teenage waitstaff, and the overwhelming Mephistophelean cacophony and sensory overload that triggers the "fight or flight" response in most adults and reduces even the most jaded children to fetal bewilderment. Instead, we'll sing the praises of Chuck E.: the pizza is good (and fairly inexpensive), and the security system is quite thorough, ensuring your child's physical safety. (Of their mental state, however, we cannot speak.)

READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP--TIE: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road; and Little Anthony's Diner, 7010 E. Broadway.

Case History

1998 Winner: Chuck E. Cheese's
1997 Winner: Chuck E. Cheese's
1995 Winner: Chuck E. Cheese's

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