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Mar 19, 2008 09:36 PM

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!

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  1. 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.

    Pita Jungle
    29 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225

    1. I suggest a lunch at Green, near the border of Tempe and Scottsdale.

      This might help:

      2240 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281

      1. 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):

        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

        Kabab Palace
        710 W Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ

        Dooby's Grill Cafe
        2909 S Dobson Rd # 2, Mesa, AZ

        1. A couple of years ago everyone was wild for Udupi in north Tempe (all vegetarian and lots vegan), but it seemed to go downhill a little, and had some kind of problem with health code violations last year. Anyone know how it is now?

          Udupi Cafe
          1636 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281

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          1. re: bortukan

            I still prefer Udupi over Pasand, and most other Indian restaurants in the Phoenix area. The Dosai is the best, but, I'm afraid it may contain butter. Still, Udupi is probably most vegan friendly.

          2. 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.