b.l.d. - Chandler
This is a new place in Chandler owned by the same folks as Cork. Less formal than Cork and serving three meals a day. As well as giving Cork a try last night, we decided to see what b.l.d. was all about on Friday night.
We sat one the comfortable patio and enjoyed the pleasant evening. Didn't see much of the dining room but the patio offers a few tables for dinner, some sofas and oversized chairs, and the second side of the bar(one side indoors, one on the patio).
Wine is offered by the glass at $5/$6/$8/$10 a glass as well as bottles. Wine list not as extensive as Cork but still pretty interesting and even at lower price points going beyond the usual suspects found on so many lists. The dinner menu offers apps, salads, sandwiches and a few "signature entrees" as well as "build your own entree" where you pick your protein and two sides from an abundant list of sides. I opted for the signature arctic char which came with roasted vegetable "ragout". It was very good, fish prepared perfectly and the roasted vegetables were very good...I think of something saucy when I see ragout and these were still fairly crunchy but regardless of semantics they were tasty and went well with the fish. Husband had the build your own ahi and selected sweet potato fries and green beans. His was also very good. The fish was perfectly seared and the fries were crispy and tasty and the green beans not soft and mushy but tender with just a little crunch. Both entrees were only $15 - portion sizes similar to what's served at Cork. At $15 these were among the most expensive items on the menu(nothing broke the $20 price point and I think almost everything was $15 or under with the exception of steak items) Service was efficient and friendly.
Seems like a good addition to town. Only been open two weeks and was not yet crowded but probably will be once it's discovered(it's in the same plaza as the new Oregano's and Tia Rosa so will be soon competing no doubt what is becoming sparse parking in this lot).