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Despite being a suburb of Phoenix, Chandler isn’t provincial, particularly when it comes to food. One of Arizona’s fastest-growing cities, its exciting dining scene reflects its cosmopolitan make-up, bringing together Asian cuisine and Pacific fusion with Southern cooking and Tex-Mex classics. We pick 10 great restaurants to try in Chandler.
Since 2007, SanTan Brewing Company has established its name as one of Arizona’s premier craft breweries. Under their trademark Southwestern Style Ales, SanTan has concentrated the hype surrounding their beverages around a brew pub which has fast become one of the Phoenix metropolitan area’s favorites for artisan hops and wholesome meals.
SanTan Brewing Company, 8 S San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ, USA, +1 480-917-8700
Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine is giving Latin food in the American Southwest a respectable name. From ceviche and aji spices to yucca and potatoes, Tumi offers a rare palette of savoury tastes that no culinary adventurer can afford to miss.
Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine, 2160 N Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ, USA, +1 480-821-1717
Calling itself a neighbourhood ‘scratch kitchen,’ Barrelhouse sources fresh and local ingredients to provide upscale, New American comfort food. The venue prides itself on simple and delicious food at a fair price, and a careful attention towards maintaining a community of patrons. Savoury dishes like white truffle mac and cheese, Caribbean jerk spiced sea bass and lobster baked chiles rellenos prove a happy marriage of Tex-Mex and Southern cooking.
Barrelhouse, 2050 N Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ, USA, +1 480-857-8877
Roy’s is a fusion of European techniques combined with Pacific Rim cuisine, resulting in an elegant and well-crafted approach to the exotic tastes of Hawaii and beyond. Focusing on fresh fish and mouth-watering preparations from Szechuan-style to kimchi, Roy’s brings Arizona out of the desert and into the Pacific.
Roy’s Chandler, 7151 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ, USA, +1 480-705-7697
Born out of a Victorian house in Austin Texas, Z’Tejas draws on inspiration from the American South and Southwest to craft some of Chandler’s most appealing dishes straddling Mexican and Spanish traditions.
Z’Tejas Chandler, 7221 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ, USA, +1 480-893-7550
Vintage 95 calls the building that once served as Chandler’s first post office in 1926 home, and there is no doubt that its location remains as important to this day. Serving contemporary American cuisine with a reinvigorated approach to the classics, Vintage 95’s specialties span flatbreads and bruschettas, seafood and some of the West’s finest livestock. Vintage 95 channels a variety of Mexican approaches in seasonings and spices, serving up tantalising sides alongside handsome filets and cuts.
Vintage 95, 95 W Boston St, Chandler, AZ, USA, +1 480-855-9463
Spring Roll Factory accomplishes the ever-elusive combination of speedy and healthy food, providing a welcome alternative to fast food archetypes. Rooted in the Vietnamese triumvirate of banh mi, pho and, of course, spring rolls, the Factory offers a great food for a bargain without compromising freshness.
Spring Roll Factory, 6165 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ, USA, +1 480-785-0625
Shimogano is undeniably Chandler’s main spot for all things Japanese, but the menu does not stop at sushi. With dishes ranging from udon noodles to teriyaki chicken, ribs and steak, as well as gyoza dumplings and fried oysters, Shimogamo excels in a variety of Japanese dishes.
Shimogamo, 2051 W Warner Rd #14, Chandler, AZ, USA, +1 480-899-7191
Adding yet another delectable option to Chandler’s rich scene of Asian and Asian-inspired restaurants, Thailicious specialises in crafting signature Thai dishes with a modern feel. Classic Thai treats like crab spring rolls have been made even more decadent with cream cheese filling and spicy mayo dipping sauce.
Thailicious, 5865 W Ray Rd #6, Chandler, AZ, USA, +1 480-306-6792