Walking distance from Chandler & Arizona ave?
I'll be at the crown plaza san Marcos in Chandler march 7-9, and I'm wondering if there's anyplace worth eating at that I can walk to. Or in a pinch, take a short cab ride (or bus?) to.
I like authentic food. Don't give a rip about atmosphere. Anything cooked with heart or technique. Bonus if it's something I've never eaten before, but that's tough to find.
Thanks for all suggestions!
That's quite far from me, but, I am considering making the drive to Latitude 8 Thai Grill, based on the reviews I've seen. I tried to visit Guedo’s Taco Shop once, but, it was closed that day. Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara and Tortas El Guero look interesting. Hopefully, somebody from the neighborhood will chime in.
Guedo's Taco Shop
71 E Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85225
Latitude 8 Thai Grill
11 W Boston St, Chandler, AZ 85225
Tortas El Guero
611 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara
518 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
Within steps from your hotel is an eclectic mix of restaurants. There is La Stella (great happy hour for pizza), Sushi Eye (sushi served on a conveyor belt), San Tan Brewery (great bar food), Murphy's Law (irish bar food), Fat Cat (new american/wine bar), Siracha Lounge (pan asian) and Latitude 8 (thai) are all within 100 yards. Johnseberg mentioned Guedo which I like for their tacos but unfortunately Tortas El Guero is no longer open. Another option is Chodang Tofu and BBQ (Korean) located about a mile down the road on Arizona Ave.
De Beebz has given you a good rundown of what's there in the plaza. I live in Chandler and out of the list I"d recommend Latitude 8 as being the "best" option(best being so subjective of course). We stop by La Stella occasionally. They make a decent wood fired pizza and thier pastas aren't bad. While we've been to Murphy's Law and Santan I wouldn't send a visitor there unless they were looking for a burger and a beer, in which case they'd fit the bill. Sushi Eye has good sushi. Not our first choice in the area but given the proximity to where you are if you're craving sushi it will serve you well.
As of last weekend, Fat Cat hadn't opened yet. NOt sure what the opening date is. Avoid the pizza place located in hte plaza(Piza Pizza I think is the name) at all costs.
You can also jump on the #56 bus headed west down CHandler Blvd two miles to Dobson Road and hit Cyclo(maybe your hotel would offer you shuttle service since it's so close). I guess you'd describe it as modern vietnamese. In any case, good stuff and I would go out of my way to eat there just for the green beans(Fortunately I live up the street and don't have to go out of my way!) Located in the plaza across the street is good gelato at Angel Sweet. Bus runs infrequently but if you plan around the schedule shouldn't be too much of an issue.
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Downtown Chandler has emerged in the last decade or so as a nice walkable cluster of restaurants and shops. I wish I could give you a detailed run-down of the options there, but it's 30 miles from my house and 20 miles from my office, so I don't get down there too often. Neverthless, circumstances took me there for lunch today and I had a nice meal at Latitude 8, a stylish Thai restaurant. I'd suggest giving it a try. I've also had good meals at Guedo's in the past, but it's been a long time since my last trip there.
Also, I should mention that Jess Harter, who makes a cameo appearance in this thread, is the dining critic for the East Valley Tribune, a suburban newspaper that covers Chandler. He's one of the best sources of information on Chandler restaurants. This link will take you to all of his blog posts tagged "Chandler":
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