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Cheap Eats in Chandler/Mesa & Vincinity

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I'll be flying into Phoenix for the holidays for two weeks for a visit with my daughter, who lives in Chandler. I'd like to find a few interesting places serving lunch and or dinner that is inexpensive. Not interested in high end, we've got that covered (booked some dinners in Scottsdale & Sedona). My definition of inexpensive is $20.00 & under.

I'm not looking for BBQ or Southern food; I live in NC so I can get that at home. I love good Southwestern/Mexican, Indian (American & East), a good cheeseburger and prefer to go where the locals eat. Willing to go to pretty much any of the valleys if the food is good.

Couldn't I just ask my daughter? I could, but she's not a chowhound.

Also, I just found out my favorite bread bakery is closed down..The Breadsmith in Mesa used to make the best cheesy bread I ever had and I was so looking forward to going back. Is there any other place where I might be able to satisfy my fix? Any recommendations appreciated!

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  1. Right off the top of my head, I think of Chino Bandito [serving the unlikely-sounding combination of Mexican-Chinese food] and Cyclo - Vietnamese food with a twist which fits your guidelines. The Cornish Pasty Co is another possibility. These three are inexpensive and not like what you will likely find at home. The first two are in Chandler and CPC is in Mesa - all close to Chandler. Blue Adobe Grill and Los Dos Molinos are both in Mesa, serving New Mexican/Mexican food that you are unlikely to find in NC. I am a fan of a hole-in-the-wall spot called Los Favoritos for Mexican food; there are several locations including one in Chandler.

    I will think on this some more nut this will get you started.

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    1. re: Sherri

      Yes! My mouth is watering just thinking about your recs..I have heard good things about the Cornish Pasty Co. I'm from NY, I love hole in the wall and out of the way places. Thanks so much!

      1. re: Cherylptw

        +1 to everything Sherri said.

        Also, you should look at Lee Lee (Chandler) and Mekong Plaza (Mesa) for a plethora of cheap ethnic (mostly Asian) eats.

        http://www.leeleesupermarket.com/
        http://www.mekongplaza.com/

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I browsed Lee Lee and Mekong online a couple of weeks ago. Those are definitely on my list just because they have a selection of items I can't get here. I'm excited to go there; I may have to take another suitcase! Thanks for the recommendation.

          1. re: Cherylptw

            Heading to Mesa this week for a family event. Any worthy new additions to Mesa? Mexican, or local places? On the cheaper side is good.

            1. re: rcburli

              A new (for me) fave is Millie's Cafe on Main St in Mesa. Wonderful and inexpensive Puerto Rican food (plus some Cuban as well). The pernil with yellow rice and pigeon peas is heartwarming.