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Is there life in Laveen?

The wife and I will be relocating to Laveen soon. I like local food and ethnic markets, but at first glance it appears that we'll be making a drive for dinner. I haven't had much time to explore the neighborhood, so I may have missed some foodie gems. Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. I wasn't able to find much there when my friend lived there.

    There was a chinese place we enjoyed at the NWC of 51st and Baseline next to Fry's. Red Dragon, it was like Panda, but independent.

    1. The chicken pesto pizza and the goat cheese pepperdews at Amano Pizza and Wine Bar (on Baseline, near 16th St) are very, very good!! I'm hoping to treat my stepfather there in a couple of days (he loves the pepperdews!) in exchange for a ride to the airport :) OK, so it's a little self-serving, too, but everyone is happy in the end!

      Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain (www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com; 32nd St between Baseline and Southern) is open all summer (I haven't had the pleasure of eating here yet) for dinner. I have eaten at the other two restaurants here (Morning Glory Cafe-breakfast; and The Farm Kitchen-deli/bakery), and I enjoy the food served here. These two will re-open on 9/11. Try the French toast at Morning Glory, and all the sandwiches I tried at The Farm Kitchen were very tasty (I've tried about three). The soup I had here was pretty flavorful. Pecan pie, for which the farm is known for (the farm is on a peach orchard) has hints of lemon in it, which pleasantly surprised me. I'd pass on the scones, but then again, it was my first scone, and I didn't expect it to be very dry and not sweet at all. Delicious cookies.

      Summers Fruit Barn (on Baseline and 27th St) sells some organic fruits and veggies. The owner also owns The Bread Basket in Mesa, so stocks the store with breads, preserves, jellies, sauces, and pastries. I buy my jars of sweet potato pumpkin butters here! Be sure to come hungry as you will always be offered samples of juicy fruits (citrus, melons, apples) and wonderful breads (with AZ honey to top!). The shop also offers sandwiches and combos... try the meatloaf... so moist and delicious! Three bread varieties to check out: spelt, honey whole wheat, and cranberry-walnut!

      Sun-Asian Kitchen, on Baseline and 16th St (?), in the Target plaza, near IHOP, serves good Chinese. I used to enjoy the hot and sour soup (before I tested positive for mushroom allergy). Every night, after 9p, they have happy hour appetizer specials (check out the calamari, as well as the chicken egg rolls). They also serve lunch specials (haven't tried any) that change every day.

      Living in Laveen won't be as disappointing as you think... DT PHX is only 10 miles away... so many dining options!!

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      1. re: starlightjulian

        Oops! I meant that the Farm sits on a PECAN orchard. Sorry!

        1. re: starlightjulian

          Wish Chowhound staff would correct these bugs... have to add links one or two at a time now...

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          Sun Asian Kitchen
          2070 E Baseline Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042

        2. Has anyone tried dining at The Vintage Market on Baseline and 25th St.? http://www.vintagemarket.us/map.php

          Website mentions regret in having to close down the Biltmore location. Sept. 28 marks their Beer fest.

          I thought I'd edit my Sun-Asian Kitchen review- the calamari served there isn't good anymore... the meat was tough, and the batter coating too thick. I tried the orange beef, which was ok, but nothing to write home about. I also tried the hot and sour soup w/out mushroom, but didn't like it.

          Has anyone dined at Quiessence, yet? I keep meaning to try...

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          1. re: starlightjulian

            Just an FYI: all three restaurants at The Farm at South Mountain are now open (with Morning Glory Cafe and The Farm Kitchen closing for the summer). Quiessence stayed open for dinner all summer long. I still haven't dined at Q. Does anyone here have recommendations off of their current menus?

            Thought I'd put links to the establishments mentioned in this thread, as well.

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            Farm At South Mountain
            6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

            Morning Glory Cafe
            6215 S 30th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

            1. re: starlightjulian

              And more...

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              Red Dragon Express
              5130 W Baseline Rd Ste 108, Laveen, AZ 85339

              Vintage Market
              2501 E Baseline Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042

            2. re: starlightjulian

              More links...

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              Amano Pizza Bistro
              1541 E Baseline Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042

              Summers Fruit Barn
              2760 E Baseline Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042

              Bread Basket
              2820 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85213

              1. re: starlightjulian

                Yes, I had a roasted vegetable salad with goat cheese at Vintage Market this week (their Wednesday special) and it was wonderful. It's just darling inside, too, and the Russian owner/server was super nice. Decent little wine list. I am looking forward to going back next week. I had no idea it was there, and it's quite close to me. Their phone message says dinner is starting in Sept., but hasn't happened yet.

                1. re: starlightjulian

                  I have to withdraw my recommendations for Sun Asian Kitchen as well. It used to be a Friday lunch staple (I work nearby), but no longer. The last time we ordered from there it was inedible. In fact my co-worker returned it and asked for a refund. The woman that she spoke with apologized and said that the "chef had quit".

                  1. re: LisaAZ

                    Perhaps the loss of the chef is why I didn't enjoy my last visit as much. I will try to visit again in a few months to see if they've found a better replacement. In the meantime, are there other HEALTHY and GREAT Chinese/ethnic eats near Laveen that we should know about? I visited Gourmet House of Hong Kong last night for the first time. While I thoroughly enjoyed the Wunan beef (although it isn't a very healthy option as it is battered and deep-fried, but oh, is is so satisfying for a crunch-lover like me!) with steamed veggies with garlic and brown rice, I DID NOT appreciate the Orange Chicken I had ordered to go. I almost threw the styrofoam box away! What a waste of resources- I could've ordered something else. Will someone please suggest what are good and bad choices off of their menu? I'd appreciate your help very much!! <Please reply with a new heading such as "Laveen Good Eats">

                    Stay cool!

                  2. re: starlightjulian

                    Having frequented Vintage Market in the Biltmore for the three years prior to their closing, I was curious to check out their other (and now only) location at the "Secret Garden". My mom and I decided to have lunch there yesterday, and I enjoyed my roast beef french pocket (w/extra horseradish) and potato salad as much as I've ever enjoyed it ($9.00). My mom got the Vintage caesar ($9.00) w/a side of chicken ($2.50) and she seemed to enjoy it - I tried a piece of the add-on chicken and was pleased. I've always been a big fan of their iced tea, because it's usually strong w/o being bitter, and that hasn't changed at all - this is no Lipton iced tea. We also got some kind of mixed berry dessert which was a snooze and right from the frig, but besides that, we enjoyed our lunch. I'm a little concerned just based on the number of people dining at 12:30pm, so I hope they are doing okay. I will be back, and am happy to see my former lunch-spot hasn't completely disappeared.

                    1. re: azhotdish

                      (gasp) there's another location? I was so sad when the one at the Biltmore closed. It was the best place to sit and have a glass of wine and watch the world go by.

                      1. re: themis

                        I went to the Vintage Garden with a friend on Friday (28th) for a beer tasting event, that came with 3 courses and 7 beers. The first course was a cheese dish with 7 types of cheese, just normal ones you can find at a grocery store...smoked cheeses, blue cheese, jack, etc. Still, very pleasing way to start a meal. Surprisingly, the main course was a brat, sauerkraut, and roasted potatoes. I suppose this was to complement the copious amounts of beer (mainly russian) they were serving us. Again, nothing special...everything was cooked well, but we easily could have done that ourselves. However, the dessert dish was absolutely delicious. It was a white chocolate mousse, milk chocolate mousse cake topped with chocolate ganache. Mmmmm, quite yummy. Otherwise, the view (we sat outside) was amazing, due in part to another spectacular Arizona sunset. Once the natural light went our servers brought tealights and plugged in the christmas lights affixed to the palm trees.

                  3. only one place listed thus far is in Laveen and I think the reason is the area is just underdeveloped at this point. There is a decent mexican restaurant in the Fry's plaza on baseline and 51st.

                    And maybe someone can help as my brain isn't working, but there is a little hole in the wall on 51st and Dobbins next to the real estate store that serves good burgers and tacos.

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                    1. re: AZBconcierge

                      there is NOT a hole-in-wall Mex place at the corner you mentioned. El Gran Taquito (place next to Fry's) is very good for fast(ish) Mex Food. Fresh and Fattening! We have lived in Laveen for 3.5 yrs and have gotten used to driving to dine. DT Phx - historical districs (My Florist, Pei Wei, Cibo, Palate) are really easy to get to - only 20 mins. Laveen is growing VERY FAST so we are expecting lots more eateries to come! We are getting a Chipotle at baseline/19th ave! Also, we have never checked out The T-Bone, steakhouse at 19th ave/dobbins. Smells good.

                      1. re: lilikmm

                        Thanks for the heads-up on T-Bone... I've hemmed and hawed about El Gran Taquito, but "fattening" makes me want to steer clear. Perhaps you could inquire, next time you dine there, if they use lard in the making of their refried beans and if they offer freshly made flour tortillas (I'm allergic to corn). How is their guacamole, chile rellenos, and fajitas?

                        1. re: lilikmm

                          I think I drove by an interesting looking Churro and Chocolate place around Central and Baseline...does that sound familiar to you locals?