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Aug 15, 2007 11:14 PM

Chandler, AZ....good food?

Looking for some lunch/early dinner type places around the Chandler Mall.
I know of Lee's Sandwhichs already and am not big on any Mexican or Chinese places.
Any diners, Jewish delis, or places like that that you can recommed?

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  1. I love Cyclo Vietnamese on Chandler Blvd and Dobson. It isn't a traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but the food is wonderful. The Green Beens are killer. I also love their Lemon Grass Chicken.

    Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine
    1919 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85224

    1. no Jewish deli's to recommend in the area but there are some decent eats in the Chandler area(along with Cyco mentioned above that is definitely worth a visit):

      Pita Jungle for Middle Eastern/Mediterranean. I love the Baba Ghanouj here and the hummous also is pretty good. Lots of veggie items but the lamb shank is fantastic as well. Dobson and Ray

      Floridino's for inexpensive pizza, calzones, and pasta. Small family place. The calzones are great and we like the pastas. This is a great place for a cheap dinner. I haven't been for lunch but the lunch specials are cheap cheap cheap. Alma School and Galveston.

      I like Wildflower for lunch. There's one at the mall and nearby in Tempe at McClintock and Guadalupe. I usually have the soup and salad but they do a lot of sandwich business as well. Not fond of the pastas. The lemon ricotta pancakes are good for breakfast.

      People love Chino Bandido at Dobson and Chandler Blvd. I'm not in love with it...find it usually to be a gut bomb but the black beans are tasty and the snickerdoodle cookies are good. Cross between Mexican and Asian that has to be experienced as it's hard to explain.

      Gyro Express at Dobson and Chandler blvd makes a good gyro(NE corner near Basha's)

      For your sweet tooth don't miss Angel Sweet next door for gelato.

      Fibber Magee's is a great Irish pub at Dobson and Elliot. Good fish and chips, great Guiness stew. I like the smoked salmon plate a lot as well. The brown bread is really good. A snakebit (harp and pear ale) hits the spot on a hot summer day/night.

      That's some recommendations for the immediate area around the mall. If you change your mind on Mexican try Espo's(Chandler Blvd east of McClintock) or Guedos
      (Chandler Blvd East of Arizona). Both are cheap but tasty taco shops.

      If you want to travel a bit farther there's more options...for the 'burbs the eats around Chandler aren't too bad.

      As for diner, not sure what to recommend. The Hangar Cafe at the Airport serves a good greasy spoon breakfast, Havnen't been there for lunch(near Germann and McQueen a bit far to travel for lunch maybe if your office is around the mall). Dilly Deli is OK down in the Ocotillo(on Alma School, not sure of the cross streets. Owned by the same folks as Floridino's).

      Pita Jungle
      29 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225

      Espos Mexican Food
      3863 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

      Floridino's Pizza & Pasta
      590 N Alma School Rd Ste 35, Chandler, AZ 85224

      Wildflower Bread Co
      3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

      Chino Bandido
      1825 W Chandler Blvd Ste 2, Chandler, AZ 85224

      Angel Sweet Italian Gelato
      24 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85225

      Gyro Express
      1900 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85224

      Fibber Magees
      1989 W Elliot Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224

      Guedo's Taco Shop
      71 E Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85225

      Hangar Cafe
      1725 E Ryan Rd, Chandler, AZ 85286

      Dilly's Deli
      2895 S Alma School Rd Ste 4, Chandler, AZ 85286

      1. Last night I tried Hot Pot, a Jamaican storefront counter/sit-down place on the NE corner of Warner Road and Arizona Ave.

        I had the Curried Goat. Yum! Bite-sized chunks of rough-chopped meat (a few bones and bits of tendon here and there - part of the fun) in a very delicately spiced yellow curry. The seasoning was perfect. And it's clear it had cooked for a long time, as it was falling-off-the-bone tender. I had a choice of white rice or rice with red beans, and got the latter, and it went excellent. It also came with a warm cabbage and carrot salad that is tasty and interesting on its own.

        Big portion and I was sad when it was all gone. $11 including a bottled water and tax.

        I'm going back for the Ox-tail stew. They were out, but said they make a bigger batch on days towards the end of the week.

        Decor? Colorful but downscale. Seating? 5 or 6 tables. Quiet on a Monday, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's a line on a busy night. This is cross-town destination-dining good food.

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        1. re: blair_houghton

          Cool, thanks for the review. I saw this place a couple months ago but forgot exactly where or what it was called. Can't wait to try!!