cheap vegetarian/vegan eats near Chandler
Will be visiting friends in Chandler for a couple of days. We are looking for good vegetarian/vegan eats. We will have a car so we can drive a bit if we need to. Can't have dairy, can't have meat- which seems to be most of all the great places! Preferred budget= $10-15 an entree. Thanks for any help!
Try Pita Jungle at Dobson/Ray. I think they've gone downhill a bit in the last couple years(maybe cuz they've been expanding in that same time) but they're still a solid choice for vegetarian. Have more than a couple vegan options on the menu as well. I still love their baba ghanouj.
Spices at McClintock and Ray makes both a mean falafel and excellent hummus.
I like the pizzas and pastas at La Stalla at San Marcos plaza as well. Veggie options, but probably not a great vegan choice.
can't get the places to work for Spices or La Stalla. Spices is on the NW corner of McClintock and Ray and La Stalla is on Buffalo just west of Arizona.
29 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225
I can't think of anything particularly appropriate in Chandler (or overtly vegan), but the following places are very tasty and at least have a number of vegetarian options without cheese:
Doobys- middle eastern, a little funky
Blue Nile or Lalibela - Ethiopian, a little farther away in downtown Tempe
Kabab Palace - Afghan - most dishes do include yogurt toppings so you'd have to ask for that to be left off
Pasand - South Indian dishes particularly
I don't know how prevalent butter is; it might be worth calling around to ask. I suspect the Ethiopian places use butter often, but they may be able to suggest a few things without it. If all else fails, the Whole Foods on Ray Rd. just E of the 101 freeway has a very large food court area that always smells good.
Also check out this old thread (it's for the whole metro area, but has more options): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/422948
Lalibela Cafe Ethiopian
849 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
Blue Nile Cafe
933 E University Dr Ste 112, Tempe, AZ 85281
1801 E Baseline Rd Ste 104, Tempe, AZ 85283
710 W Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ
Dooby's Grill Cafe
2909 S Dobson Rd # 2, Mesa, AZ
Little India (same strip mall as Pasand). Grocery with a selection of chaat dishes. Some use yoghurt, some do not. Vegans should ask if they use ghee. Very cheap.
Both Udupi and Blue Nile Cafe are very vegan friendly, explicitly labeling most of their menus as vegan (and willing to make substitutions). I am a big fan of Blue Nile particularly, as it has consistently had the best vegan/vegetarian Ethiopian I've experienced anywhere (and I have eaten at more than twenty places in the metropolitan DC area which has the largest concentration of Ethiopians in the country).
Just got back and had time to try one place. We tried pita jungle and LOVED it. We're from the Philly area and as far as we know- there's nothing like that around here! There were a ton of vegetarian options and the non-vegetarian options were excellent as well. Our service was fast, the food was great and priced very affordably. We especially loved the cilantro-jalepeno hummus. Thank you All for your suggestions!