Chandler, AZ....good food?
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.
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).
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
1825 W Chandler Blvd Ste 2, Chandler, AZ 85224
Angel Sweet Italian Gelato
24 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85225
1900 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85224
1989 W Elliot Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224
Guedo's Taco Shop
71 E Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85225
1725 E Ryan Rd, Chandler, AZ 85286
2895 S Alma School Rd Ste 4, Chandler, AZ 85286