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OK, I guess that I am a Phoenix/Scottsdale CH "snob," but I need some help. I need a restaurant in the Chandler-Gilbert area for a Sunday lunch/brunch. We are hosting a nephew, who's just moved to that area. Though my wife is the regional president of two hospitals in that part of the Valley, I have to admit that we've only attended events, and never really dined out in that area of the city.

We have no budget, and will obviously be driving from North Phoenix. All cuisines are fair game, and we only require great food.

Can someone please help a Phoenix "tourist," coming to the Southeast Valley?

Thanks,

Hunt

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  1. I work in South Chandler. I'm pretty bored with the selection after 8 years of eating lunches around that part of town, but it's hard to get somewhere, eat and be back in an hour when there just isn't that much nearby. (Price/Queen Creek)

    I can't help you with anything that's "high end" as my budget is firmly in the "beer" category. The closest I've gotten to "fine dining" in Chandler would be a dinner we were treated to at Bernard's Restaurant at Ocotillo Golf Course. It was decent. Didn't blow my socks off. Nothing adventurous.

    Even though I've never personally been to any of the following places, everything I have heard, both on this board and from friends and family, has been excellent. If you really want to stay in the Gilbert area for lunch, I'd probably take him to one of these as they seem to be Gilbert institutions:

    Joe's Real BBQ
    Joe's Farm Grill
    Liberty Market

    Otherwise, I'd probably venture to a Mexican place somewhere else in town!

    Other places I've seen recommended on the board:
    Cork (Chandler)
    Latitude Eight (Chandler)

    Inexpensive places I enjoy going in the Chandler area:
    Sushi Eye in Motion (Downtown Chandler)
    Pho Chandler (avoid anything "Chinese-y" and you'll be good)
    Lee's Sandwiches (Dobson/Warner)
    Pita Jungle (Dobson/Ray)
    Saigon Pho (Alma School N. of Ray - can be hit or miss - been going there for years)

    Places other people seem to enjoy and always recommend that I didn't care for:
    Chino Bandido (just not my thing)
    Cyclo (I had a terrible experience and can't bring myself to try again)

    Hope that helps...I'm sure you'll get lots more feedback tomorrow.

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    Chino Bandido
    1825 W Chandler Blvd Ste 2, Chandler, AZ 85224

    Joe's Farm Grill
    3000 E Ray Rd Ste 101, Gilbert, AZ 85296

    Liberty Market
    230 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ

    Sushi Eye
    Chandler, AZ, Chandler, AZ

    Saigon Pho
    1381 N Alma School Rd Ste 3, Chandler, AZ 85224

    Pho Chandler
    4055 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85248

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    1. re: Jen76

      Joe's Farm Grill is a great recommendation for breakfast/brunch. I dream about their ham and gruyere fritters with boysenberry syrup.

      The Gilbert Farm House (is that what it's called? Right next door to Liberty Market) is well thought of for breakfast and brunch. They're famous for their cinnamon rolls, and while they are far better than most, I still prefer my own.

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      Farm House Restaurant
      228 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

      Joe's Farm Grill
      3000 E Ray Rd Ste 101, Gilbert, AZ 85296

      Liberty Market
      230 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ

      1. re: modthyrth

        Yes, that's the Farm House. Truly a wonderful place for breakfast. I'll be willing to bet that while Joe's is delighted to soak up the overflow, Farm House is still going to have the longest line. They've been in Gilbert for ages. It used to be they were in the little farmhouse where the much less impressive Gilbert House restaurant resides now. And back in the day, the Farm House was indeed surrounded by Farmland. Then developers bought the land, christened it Farmhouse Meadows, and put houses all over the place.

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        Farm House Restaurant
        228 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

        Gilbert House
        397 S Gilbert Rd Ste 170, Gilbert, AZ 85296

        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          An interesting factoid about that development. My mom thought about opening an Amish country store (not that we're Amish, she just missed having that kind of store around) and talked to the owners. All the buildings there are actually old farmhouses that they rescued and moved there when farms sold out to developers. There might not be a farm there any more, but evidently the farm houses are genuine. ;-)

    2. Mr. Hunt - I would recommend Cork.
      http://www.corkrestaurant.net/

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      1. re: azhotdish

        Sounds like a 2.5 rec. for Cork.

        Though I am a fan of T.Cooks, he's without auto, so we'd do a mini-trip there. I also agree that brunch is great and is always on our radar screen.

        I'll see about Cork and if they can accommodate a party of 3.

        Greatly appreciated,

        Hunt

      2. Both Cork and Caffe Boa (Mesa) have a Sunday brunch. The 101 and 202 make them accesible from North Phoenix and the Chandler/Gilbert area.

        Personally, I'd rather have the nephew drive to T.Cooks for a "sure thing", but that's because I have a special fondness for that spot. OR, she writes knowing this does not fit your requirement for lunch/brunch, an early seating at noca's Sunday Supper - another favorite.

        1. Gilbert certainly seems like a culinary wasteland, but there are a number of very respectable places to go. The Joe Johnston trifecta of Joe's Real BBQ, Joe's Farm Grill, and Liberty Market are all very much worth your time. I think that you would most enjoy Liberty Market, but that will depend largely on your taste for barbecue that day since Liberty and Joe's Real BBQ are across the street from each other.

          I have also heard many a good thing about Flancer's Cafe, about 1/2 mile north of downtown Gilbert. I wish I could give you first-hand experience, but every time I'm in the area I suddenly find myself at one of Joe's places. In the same shopping center as Flancer's is an unassuming taqueria, Lulu's Taco Shop. It's truly nothing fancy, but is pretty darned good and has been there for absolutely ages. There is also some excellent Middle Eastern at Flaming Kabob on Gilbert and Baseline. It's in what was formerly a 5 & Diner, and they haven't done much in the way of remodeling, so there's an amusing bit of cultural dissonance should you go there.

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          Joe's Farm Grill
          3000 E Ray Rd Ste 101, Gilbert, AZ 85296

          Lulu's Taco Shop
          610 N Gilbert Rd Ste 302, Gilbert, AZ 85234

          Flaming Kabob
          2252 E Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ 85204

          Liberty Market
          230 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ

          1. They're probably at the end of two different spectrums but for brunch I would go with either Cork for their unique a la carte brunch plus complimentary bottomless mimosas/bellinis or Phoenix Palace for awesome dim sum!

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            1. re: Da Beebz

              I think Cork may just be the winner here. And Phoenix Palace, how could I forget that place? It's noisy, it's crazy, it's terrific.

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                Weighing everything, we chose Cork. Will report. It turned out to also be close to my nephew's apartment, so all was good.

                Thank you,

                Hunt

            2. A big thank you to everyone!

              We did Cork, and it was excellent. Portions were a bit on the large side, but they promised that their "small plates" at dinner were more reasonable.

              Food was great, and the service was excellent. We hope to get back down that way for dinner, but will probably only do so, unless we have an event down there. It is well over an hour away, and then - there is the drive home, and they have a very nice wine list, that is well-worth exploring. Maybe we'll get a stay down there, at some silent auction?

              Thank you all for the contributions,

              Hunt