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May 5, 2009 01:32 PM

Best Restaurants Close By Us? (Chandler, AZ)

Recently moved here from Denver, a friend referred me to this site. We live in Ocotillo, and last week some friends took us down to Downtown Chandler. We went into "98 South" and didn't like it much. Overpriced wine, just had a couple appetizers and left. Had some decent beer at "Santan Brewery", very nice place. Went to a wonderful little Thai restaurant called "Latitude Eight", it was excellent. One of the nicest Thai restaurants I've ever been to. Our friends told us to try "Sushi Eye" next - I guess it's just a short walk from those restaurants. We also want to try "Murphy's Law" - it was a bit too crowded for six of us that night.

What are some other small, independent restaurants in the area. Chandler Mall is FLOODED with chain restaurants, ack! Santan mall in Gilbert is much the same.

Any other suggestions?



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  1. Welcome to Chandler, Scott.

    You mgight want to add the city name to your heading on this thread.

    If you search on Chandler you'll see lots of discussions. You'll be happy to know it's not a complete wasteland here and there's actually a pretty decent mix of independent places in this area.

    Is there a particular type of food you'd like to find?

    1. I just moved out of the Ocotillo area recently after living there for 6 months. Here are some places around the area that I like:

      Tortas el Guero (Arizona Ave. & Galveston) for lots of different types of tortas
      Morenos (Arizona Ave. & Galveston next door to Tortas el Guero) mexican food
      Honmachi (Alma School & Queen Creek) for sushi and teppanyaki
      China King (Ray Rd. & Alma School) for dim sum
      Tokyo House (Alma School & Warner) for teriyaki chicken/beef bowls
      Tao Garden (Alma School & Warner) for chinese food
      Lee's Sandwich (Dobson & Warner) for vietnamese sandwiches
      AJs Fine Food (Alma School & Chandler Heights) for a quick lunch- sandwiches, pizza and salad.
      Aloha Kitchen (Alma School & a little south of Guadalupe) for hawaiian plate lunch
      Patsy Grimaldis (Alma School & Queen Creek) for pizza

      Hope that helps.

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      1. re: vibrant

        Thank You!!!

        We went to Murphy's Law last night, it was fun. 20+ beers on draft, yay! We went to Honmachi and didn't love it, but it was decent and no line. Gonna try China King for dim sum this weekend!

      2. Robo_Scott,

        The Southwest board covers about 10,000 sq. miles of territory, or maybe more. When posting here, you might want to add "[PHX]," or similar.

        BTW, welcome to the "Valley of the Sun."


        1. I'd also suggest you try La Stalla in downtown chandler. We used to live nearby and enjoyed their pizza and pasta's regularly. Also look for chino Bandito - search for it here to get a description.

          1. Perhaps you could try Shimogamo for sushi? Great experiences there several years back.

            2051 W Warner Rd # 14, Chandler, AZ

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            1. re: azhotdish

              I love Shimogamo, and we go to China King fairly often. A couple more not mentioned yet: Cyclo is great for non-pho-place Vietnamese. Swaddee Thai is a little farther away from you, but I like it a lot. Guedo's Taco Shop is also a favorite-- a little more expensive than the dive-type taco places, but I really like the pork and fish tacos. Espo's has been around forever and is good for old-fashioned greasy Sonoran-style Mexican (I like the carne asada), and El Zocalo for newfangled non-Sonoran Mexican (pretty good mole, and avocado tortas). Finally, I've heard good things about Tina's Ethiopian Cafe, but never been there.

              Swaddee Thai Cuisine
              5055 W Ray Rd Ste 8, Chandler, AZ 85226

              Tina's Ethiopian Cafe
              479 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225

              Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine
              1919 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85224

              Espos Mexican Food
              3863 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

              El Zocalo Mexican Grill
              28 S San Marcos Pl, Chandler, AZ 85225

              Guedo's Taco Shop
              71 E Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85225

              1. re: bortukan

                Pretty sure Tina's closed a couple years ago.

                No one mentioned Cork, it is S. Chandler's shining star of fine dining. I've only been to happy hour, but there are many postive reviews on this board. For special occasions we also do Roy's and Fogo E Brasa when we don't want to drive to Phx or Scottsdale.

                As you've already found, the Downtown Chandler area has a lot of good options. Do try Sushi Eye, it's my favorite local sushi. I like Mikado Sushi better than HonMachi at Alma School and QC.

                A bit to the north of Downtown Chandler has a great concentration of Mexican places, such as Tortas al Guero, as vibrant noted. And then the best part of living in Chandler IMO is the asian corridor around Lee Lee's market at Dobson and Warner, lots of pho, dim sum, you name it.

                I am also a big fan of all Joe Johnston's places, Joe's Farm Grill, Liberty Market, Agritopia, they are a little farther into Gilbert, but not too bad of a drive.

                More cheap eats/lunch places:

                Pita Jungle
                1949 W Ray Rd Ste 28, Chandler, AZ 85224

                Pitta Souvli
                1940 S Alma School Rd Ste 5, Chandler, AZ 85286

                Saigon Pho
                1381 N Alma School Rd # 3, Chandler, AZ

                Chino Bandido
                1825 W Chandler Blvd # 2, Chandler, AZ

                Venezia's New York Style Pizza
                1080 E Pecos Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225

                Sauce at Ocotillo
                2551 W Queen Creek Rd, Chandler, AZ

                1. re: yamalam

                  tina's is closed? that is a bummer! i never got to try it.

                  1. re: yamalam

                    YESSS all of these are fabulous!
                    Our favorite spot for special occasions is Salt Cellar in Scottsdale.
                    Favorite place for Italian is Rigotony's on McClintock and Warner!