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Lunch Ideas neer Deer Valley Airport - Phx

I am running out of ideas for lunch near 19th Ave and Deer Valley road. There are a ton of chains around, including Logans Steakhouse, Olive Garden (opening soon), L&Ls Hawaiian BBQ, Shane's Rib Shack, and various fast food. I would like to keep recommendations to a 10 mile radius (which would allow us to get there and back in a reasonable amount of time for lunch).

We have also eaten at the Deer Valley Airport restaurant, which was surprisingly good. Had the meatloaf platter, which was delicious, and a very hearty portion. The atmosphere was very fun, with all the aeronautical themed things (including the airplanes taking off outside the window). It wasn't a culinary experience, but a pretty good experience overall.

Anything else I might be missing in the area? I am very adventurous (and would love to find a good Asian restaurant), but some of my co-workers might be less so (more "Meat and Potatoes" type people).

There are a few deli's on Deer Valley Road ("Full Belly Deli", and something like "NY Bagel". Also a chicken place, I can't remember the name of (but it is something like "Chicken House").

Anyway, I am fishing for experiences (good or bad) in the area, so I can expand my horizons during lunch. Is there anything unique in this area that I should discover?

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  1. How far north, south, east, or west are you willing/able to go?

    1. Boog, I work at Deer Valley and 2nd ave, so I know what you're talking about. Here are some of my close-by go-to's.
      -The gyro place on 19th ave and Union Hills, SW corner.
      -Roberto's mexican at 7th ave and Union Hills. It's actually inside the Shell station on the SE corner, but it's a full sit-down place, and they make to order.
      -Krua Thai on Bell and 16th st has great lunch specials, and the curry's pretty good.
      -NY Bagel's pretty good.

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      1. re: ajs228

        I like Chicago Gyro (and my boss does too, so that would earn me bonus brown nose points).

        Krua Thai is our goto Thai place for dinner (since we live very close).

        Roberto's Mexican seems a little iffy (just the whole gas station thing), but a few other people have good things to say, so I suppose I will have to give it a go. I have never been in the place, so I certainly can't judge.

        hohokam - I would like to stay within 10 miles, in each direction.

        1. re: Booger

          Yeah, I was put off by the gas station setting too, but a bunch of co-workers order from there regularly, and there always very happy. I tried the al pastor plate last time, and it was really tasty.

      2. There's a place called Bistas Deli on 16th Ave and Happy Valley. Don't really know too much about it.

        1. I work at 19th & Pinnacle Peak, and have not found any unique places for lunch. Dagwoods (23rd ave & Pinnacle Peak) has pretty good sandwiches, I would recommend the turkey melt. There is also a good Mexican place in the complex just south of Taco Bell. Other than that, I have not found anything in the area worth recommending.

          1. Went to Manual's Mexican restaurant on 11th Ave and Bell for lunch today. It was pretty good.

            Very good chips and salsa, and my co-workers were very happy with the "Pollo Especial". I got the Taco Salad, which was nice. Very flavorful chicken.

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            Manuel's Mexican
            Phoenix, AZ, USA, Phoenix, AZ

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            1. re: Booger

              I have heard about, but not tried The Other Q Bar and Grill on 19th Ave.
              Heard they have some great Seafood specials....and to try the Walleye
              http://www.qbarandgrill.com/menus.htm

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              Other Q Bar & Grill
              20818 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027