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Good and healthy near Chandler and Kyrene in Chandler

missvenuz Aug 7, 2010 04:35 PM

Hi Phoenix Chowhounds!

A Tucson CH here, visiting in Phoenix unexpectedly for the night. Are there any restaurants around Chandler and Kyrene that are worth checking out? I'm looking for relatively healthy, but tasty food that can take a party of 4 easily on a Saturday night. Willing to drive 5 miles in any direction.

Thank you in advance!!!!

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  1. johnseberg RE: missvenuz Aug 7, 2010 05:16 PM

    Off the top of my head, I immediately think of Pita Jungle on the SE corner of Ray and Dobson. It's inexpensive, healthy, mediterranean / creative. No doubt crowded, but, you can probably get in with a short wait.

    I also like Sushi Ken which is on Chandler, just a bit west of I-10. I heard they used to have a place in Tucson, maybe Sushi Ten?

    In the same strip mall is Mr. Chao's which I've never been to, but, heard nice things. I want to go and try their eggplant. I believe I heard they offer brown rice.

    Cyclo is probably a little harder to get in to, on Chandler, just east of Dobson on the south side of the street. It's Vietnamese, although maybe a somewhat American-friendly.

    I marked the place for India Gate. It's okay, but, I'm really just marking it as a place very close to Chandler and Kyrene.
    Good Luck.

    Pita Jungle
    29 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225

    Sushi Ken
    4206 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048

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

    India Gate Restaurant
    6245 W Chandler Blvd # 1, Chandler, AZ

    Mr Chao's Asia Bistro
    4232 E Chandler Blvd Ste 4, Phoenix, AZ 85048

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    1. re: johnseberg
      Sherri RE: johnseberg Aug 7, 2010 05:53 PM

      IIRC Cyclo doesn't have a liquor license but you can BYOB.

      1. re: Sherri
        missvenuz RE: Sherri Aug 7, 2010 06:02 PM

        Thanks for the info, but we don't drink.

      2. re: johnseberg
        missvenuz RE: johnseberg Aug 7, 2010 06:03 PM

        Great, I'll see if these work. Thank you so much!!

        1. re: johnseberg
          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: johnseberg Aug 10, 2010 03:28 AM

          You are correct; the owners of Sushi Ken were the people who owned Sushi Ten down in Tucson. It's a gem, some of the best Japanese food in town. It's authentically Japanese to the point that it's easier to flag down a waitress with "sumimasen" than "pardon me".

          Also for Japanese in that area is TeHaru Sushi, one of two kaitenzushi, conveyor belt sushi restaurants, in the Phoenix area. You have a seat at the sushi bar, and along the length of it is an endless parade of small plates of sushi. If something looks good, you snag it. TeHaru is nothing fancy or creative (if you want that go to Sushi Eye In Motion in downtown Chandler, where they will blow your mind and your budget in one fell swoop), but the sushi is competently prepared and the prices are staggeringly low. Two pieces of nigiri for a buck, half of a specialty roll for $2 or less. The size of the pieces is smaller than at many other places, but I don't mind this. A lot of trendy sushi places make big ones because we Americans love everything as gargantuan as possible; never mind that a piece of sushi is something that you should be able to eat in one bite.

          Regarding Mr. Chao's: It is run by the same folks who opened China Chili.

          Sushi Ken
          4206 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048

          Sushi Eye In Motion
          58 W Buffalo St Ste 110, Chandler, AZ 85225

          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
            missvenuz RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 11, 2010 02:14 PM

            Wow, kaitenzushi! I will definitely keep that in mind the next time I'm up. I've been to kaitenzushiya in Seattle and home in LA, didn't know there was any out here. Thank you!

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              JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: missvenuz Aug 11, 2010 06:34 PM

              As far as I know, TeHaru and Sushi Eye In Motion are the only two in the state. TeHaru is more of the casual one that I'd expect to see in Japan: cheap eats, cheap Japanese beer, fairly no-nonsense surroundings, great to just hang out, you have to be absolutely famished to hit $20 per person. Sushi Eye In Motion is the fancy special occasion place, with a sleek trendy atmosphere and some very creative rolls. SEIM competes on the same level as other "scene" sushi places such as Ra and Stingray, and SEIM beats both of them hands down. All the lush trappings do come at a price, and said price can hit $40 per person without batting an eyelash if you aren't careful. While I absolutely adore Sushi Eye In Motion, I invariably end up going to TeHaru instead.

              Sushi Eye In Motion
              58 W Buffalo St Ste 110, Chandler, AZ 85225

        2. missvenuz RE: missvenuz Aug 8, 2010 07:17 PM

          Well, we ended up going to Villalpando's on Chandler Blvd and I-10 and it was not very good - not my choice, not very healthy, and generally mediocre. I'll keep these recs for the next time I'm in town. Thank you all very much!!

          1. bortukan RE: missvenuz Aug 10, 2010 12:47 PM

            Another very nearby option for next time around might be Cafe Krishna on the SE corner of Rural and Ray. It's nothing fancy, but the one item I keep ordering there (the spicy Special Rava Masala Dosai) is consistently good, and my friends seem to like the other dosa also. I don't know how healthy it is (the portions are enormous!), but the restaurant is vegetarian. I think they have a lunch buffet during the week, but I've only been there for dinner.

            If your group prefers Mexican food, I'd try Los Taquitos on Elliott next time (it's just west of I-10). It's mostly meat, but cooked in a relatively lowfat way I'd guess, and the tacos are really good.

            Cafe Krishna
            4929 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

            Los Taquitos
            4747 E Elliot Rd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85044

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            1. re: bortukan
              missvenuz RE: bortukan Aug 11, 2010 02:16 PM

              Thanks for the rec of Los Taquitos. 2 out of the 4 of us are fairly adventurous eaters - my 66 year old aunt (who lives in Chandler) has chain restaurant tastes, which is a shame. She's diabetic, which is why we look for healthy, but she never seems to want to eat healthy (sad, I know). Anyway, much appreciated!

              Los Taquitos
              4747 E Elliot Rd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85044

              1. re: missvenuz
                bortukan RE: missvenuz Aug 13, 2010 03:12 PM

                In that case, Cyclo would work well also. I'd lure her with the promise of spring rolls, and then add pork short ribs and spicy garlic green beans, all pretty accessible once you get people to try them. Depending on how bad her diabetes is the sauces may be a little sweet, but otherwise those dishes are relatively low in carbohydrates and fat compared to most things you'd find in chains. If you go early it's not hard to get in, but it does fill up fast during prime hours.

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