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Aug 29, 2008 04:45 PM

Moving to Glendale, AZ What's to eat?

We like just about everything, but Asian (Thai) and Mexican are particular favorites.

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  1. We're still exploring this area (we moved to the NW Valley 6 months ago) but for Thai we like Chanpen. My husband orders the usual suspects (pad thai, satay, pineapple fried rice, etc), which they do very well, but I especially enjoy the classic Thai dishes like their som tum, nua kem, or woon sen. Where they really shine too is the specials so be sure to check the handwritten dishes on the board when you come in. Friendly service, no dumbing-down of spices (when I request very very spicy, it is), and they always bring the usual Thai condiments in glass containers (ground dried chilis, fresh sliced chilis in vinegar, fish sauce, etc.) without being asked.

    Have only been a couple of times but for Cantonese/Hong Kong style, we like Hope Kee, which is located in a great Asian superstore called Lee Lee's Oriental Market one town over in Peoria. Favorites include the Chinese Roast Crispy Chicken, Fried Shrimp with Seasoned Salt & Jalapeno, and daily vegetable specials like the sauteed pea tendrils with garlic (dou miao).

    Haven't been to many Mexican places in the area, so haven't picked a favorite, but we do like the casual Roberto's (nearby but in Phoenix, located in a gas station, order at counter), especially the carnitas tacos.

    Other favorites in N Glendale are a wine bistro called Jug 'n Barrel, and an Italian restaurant called Tutti Santi.

    Chanpen Thai
    13828 N 51st Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306

    Jug 'n Barrel
    18555 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308

    Tutti Santi
    19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85308

    Roberto's Mexican
    675 W Union Hills Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85027

    Hope Kee
    7575 W Cactus Road, Peoria, AZ 85381

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    1. re: Rubee

      I've been to Chanpen and Tutti Santi, and would return to both.

      Roberto's can be seen on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives episode: "Like Mama Made" which is airing over the next 3 weeks.

      I haven't been to Mi Cocina Mi Pais for a while (long drive), but, this Ecuadorean hole-in-the-wall serves my favorite tamales.

      Mi Comida Restaurante Latino
      4221 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053

      1. re: Rubee

        FYI - Chanpen was recently sold. I believe the new restaurant is called Bangkok Grill.

        1. re: andyeats

          I hadn't heard about that. Tara and I used to love Chanpen, but the food seemed to go downhill over the past year or so and the service was never very friendly, and at times downright hostile.

          Pho Avina is a favorite of mine for Vietnamese food. If you like Thai, give them a try. Their banh mi sandwiches are my favorites for lunch.

          Pho Avina
          4920 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 85306

        2. re: Rubee

          Picked up some take-out at Roberto's this weekend - a carnitas taco and taco al pastor, carne asada torta, and chile relleno and refrito burritos. Everything was great as usual, but my favorite is still their carnitas tacos

          Torta and tacos:

        3. Al Forno.....It's located on Glendale ave, in the down town area. Right across the street from the park. The BEST pizza this side of Bianco's. Try the Italian Stallion, it's loaded with cured meats and perfectly cooked in the wood burning oven. It's not mexican or Thai, but it is the best thing in Glendale by far.

          1. We enjoy Lito's for Mexican at 47th ave and Dunlap. I little hole in the wall place
            that has the best green chile in town.

            1. Ok, so its not a foodie destination, but Bar Louie, in Westgate, is a great bar for food and watching football, etc. It also serves a full menu late, until 2pm. Ask for Mark, he's the owner/manager and will take good care of you.

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              1. re: danieli10


                Can't speak to whether it'd be a foodie hit, but it sounds like it should strike a chord with chowhounds. I assume it's late menu is until 2am, though, not pm.

              2. There are about half a dozen Indian restaurants now around the Bell-Greenway area, but our favorite is still Tandoori Village at 43rd and Bell. The service can be less than stellar, but the food is always very good. We especially like the kormas.

                Mixteca is our standard for quick and reasonably authentic Mexican food. It's a fast food setting, but more upscale than your standard Todosbertos, and more "real" than you would expect for this stretch of Bell where you will find a representative of every chain in existence. It's at 6731 W Bell Road.

                We have tried every Thai restaurant within 20 miles, and have never found anything that we really like (spoiled by our prior life in LA). However, there is one on the south side of Bell around 27th Ave. (neither of us can think of the name) that we sometimes visit, and find that we like some dishes including a tom kha kai-like soup that is called something else (but includes coconut milk, mushrooms, chicken and lemongrass) and a salad with mint, chilis and beef. The curries we've tried are too heavy and sweet for my taste, and I believe there was a gloppy noodle dish once. I give them points for having Thai iced coffee, though, which many local Thai restaurants don't serve.

                Actually there is a Thai restaurant we haven't tried yet, recommended on the board awhile back -- I don't have the name of that one either, but it's on Bell at 16th St., I think? We tried to go there last Friday evening but it was closed for the holiday weekend. A couple doors down we saw a sign for a restaurant that served Taos-style food, but that was closed too. We are thinking of going back this evening with the hope that one of them will be open.

                I agree with the recommendation for Hope Kee in the Lee Lee Market. It's the best Chinese to hit this part of the valley. If you want to drive further, we like Great Wall at 35th Ave. and Camelback.

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                1. re: kittyfood

                  Update with some names: Touch of Thai is the one I was referring to around 27th Ave and Bell -- actually the address is 16816 North 35th Avenue, which is 35th and Bell. The other one on 16th St. and Bell is Krua Thai, which we tried last weekend. Not bad, but we didn't find it worth the extra drive. The Taos-style place at 16th and Bell is only open until 5:00 or so, so we will have to check that one out at lunch on a Saturday.