Chandler or S. Phoenix dinner $$$
I LOVE this website and appreciate the regulars input. I am looking for a celebration dinner in S. Chandler or S. Phoenix as my son will be heading back to Tucson after the dinner. We live in E. Mesa (NO fine dining here). We prefer not to support chains which is all I remember near the Chandler Mall. I've also seen reference to Rustler's Roost but my experience there years ago wasn't very memorable. Any comments greatly appreciated.
Nothing new here (well, now I edited and added Tutti Santi to the list), but in Chandler, I'd say 98 South, Roy's, Citrus Cafe (I think that's technically Mesa?) or Roy's.
Roy's is very good, imo, but of course, it's not unique.
I like the fish plates at 98 South and the Skirt Steaks. And at happy hour I like their cheese plate. The wine list isn't that exciting for me. They do have Chimay (red) on tap.
Cyclo has excellent food and good atmosphere, despite the low prices. My favorites: green beans, egg rolls, lemongrass chicken, Saigon rice vermicelli ("Bun Sai Gon"), fresh lemonade. But it's hard to pick those out b/c everything I've had there has been very good.
Citrus Cafe is doing excellent French food. Even French people I know enjoyed it. You might want to call ahead; last time I tried to eat there, the whole place was rented out for a large group (looked like a rehearsal dinner).
Actually, as long as we venture into West Mesa, let's not forget Tutti Santi, which I think is one of the best places in the valley.
It's not really "fine dining" but if your son is a big meat eater, he might like Fogo e Brasa, a Brazilian meat buffet (but classy) in Ahwautukee, I believe on 48th st. and Chandler Blvd., next to Hong Kong Gourmet Buffet. Don't know about driving after that much meat in one's stomach, tho...
Yes definitely Kai if you aren't concerned about cost. You won't regret it at all.
Some others you might consider that are also a little less expensive:
Latitude 30 for Seafood(Pointe South Mountain)
La Stalla(Italian - downtown chandler)
El Zocalo(Mexican - downtown Chandler)
Citrus Cafe(French - Alma School near Warner)
Cyclo(Modern Vietnamese at Dobson/Chandler - less expensive and BYOB but you'll have a great meal)
Va Bene (Italian - Ahwatukee)
I personally am not a fan but both 98 South(downtown Chandler) and 56 East(I-10 and Ray) are very popular.
You said no chains but the Roy's in Chandler isn't bad and right next to I-10 for easy access home to Tucson. I haven't been to Flemings at the same location but hear they make a decent steak.
I haven't been to Bistro 1940 myself but have heard it is "good for Chandler" and more of a convenient neighborhood choice than a celebration destination. Of everything mentioned, I'd second La Stalla, Fogo e Brasa(men looove this place), Lat 30 and add The Keg near Chandler Mall. It's a chain (based in Canada though), has nice dark wood interior, good steaks and polite service.
On some restuarant reviews, they rate how expensive the restuarant is from $ - $$$$. I think the Kai is $$$$ and I did check it out. Looks great from the menu. I think they just received some award if I remember reading something about that. But we are going on Sunday and it isn't open. Thanks for the idea.