A Smoky Scene

Chandler has a new place to unwind called Puro, a cigar bar offering premium cigars, craft beers and spirits. The place has a light, airy feel with its open floor plan and wall of retractable windows. Their high tables make it easier for guests to mingle and adds to the open atmosphere. Guests can also relax outside and enjoy the…

A Taste of Mexico

Look out Chandler, there’s a new Mexican restaurant in town that has created quite a buzz for serving delicious, authentic Mexican recipes. Owner Ruben Sahagun, who also has restaurants in Washington as well as two in the Tucson area, opened La Hacienda this past February.

Come for Breakfast, Stay for Dinner

If you’re looking for Ryan Watson, you should start at Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge, one of Chandler’s newest restaurants. Watson might be busing tables or whipping something up in the kitchen next to Chef Jeramie Lopo. Even though he’s the owner and general manager, he’s happy to do what needs to be done.

House Smoked, Ocean Fresh

After just two months of being open, word is out that Smokin Fins is a great place for delicious seafood, fresh sushi and amazing smoked meats. The concept started five years ago by three friends who had ties to Boise, Idaho, and took their years of restaurant experience to create a great selection of food choices at affordable prices in…

Garden Delights

If you have lived in the Valley for a while, you’ve probably heard about the legendary Singh Farms in Scottsdale. Owners Ken and Lee Singh closed their weekly farmer’s market and brought it to Tempe, where the 72-acre Rio Salado Golf Course operated for 30 years. Now, the Singh’s are slowly transforming the property into an organic farm, community market…

Tastefully Made

Nestled in the center of downtown Chandler is a new restaurant called VB Lounge. Owners Sasha and Donna Cosic opened the restaurant this past December, and the buzz hasn’t stopped since. Elegant yet casual describes the warm, sophisticated ambiance created by the restaurant’s high ceilings, wrap-around bar and tasteful European décor. It’s the perfect backdrop for the amazing cuisine served.

No Monkeying Around

When it comes to great food in a relaxing atmosphere, recently opened Ginger Monkey (GM) isn’t monkeying around. Doug Collins and Jackson Armstrong made the leap and opened GM this past October after talking about it periodically during their 15-year friendship. During that time, each of them worked in some aspect of the restaurant industry. With Jackson’s nickname being Ginger,…

Coffee Connections

Steve Kraus, owner and coffee enthusiast, has mastered the art of roasting and serving up some incredible java. He and his wife, Tram Mae, opened their first store in North Phoenix, followed by Scottsdale, Sky Harbor Terminal 4, then Tempe, and now Chandler. And to ensure the continued growth and success of future development, Steve partnered with Jason Kyle in…

From France, With Love

Chandler’s Cuisine & Wine Bistro is all about family. The restaurant’s story dates back to 1988 when Mairead and Fabrice Buschtetz were both working at a hotel outside of Paris. He was in the kitchen. She was at the front desk. Soon, they both decided to leave the hotel and work at a restaurant owned by Fabrice’s family. And they’ve…

Pooch Friendly Patios in Chandler

Chandler is known for its friendly and inviting neighborhoods, so what more could you ask for than two eateries that are great for the whole family, including furry friends?

Hometown History in a Vintage Café

Hidden inside the Merchant Square Antique Market on Arizona Ave, is American Way Market, a new lunch restaurant open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. What most people don’t realize when visiting the quaint café, is that the restaurant was built with pieces of Arizona history. The booths were from a country western bar that closed in…

Cool Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

Arizona summers normally require a surplus of refreshing drinks and foods to survive the heat. This summer, your family won’t complain when you take them out of the house for one of these icy cold Chandler treats.

The Manliest of Menus, Porkopolis

When you think of the men in your life, what are their favorite dishes? A slab of ribs, a juicy burger, hot chicken wings? Porkopolis is the metropolis of all these menu items and more in Chandler. Located in the Santan Gateway South Shopping Center, this locally-owned restaurant has not only created a reputation for its meats smoked in-house, but…

Garden Fresh Brunch at The Farm

Nestled in the Farm District at the base of South Mountain lies a 10-acre pecan grove, a secret oasis in the desert city, called The Farm at South Mountain. The Farm at South Mountain is home to three garden to table restaurants, a modern boutique and also local grower, Maya Dailey. The property that The Farm is on today was…

Chandler’s secret sandwiches

Life lessons brought GRAZ Kitchen Fresh owner and chef, Marcus Gonzales, to where he is today. The fire in him began to fuel as he grew up, while watching his Nana cook from scratch in the kitchen every day. This continued during his time in the Marine Corps and later as an intern in a Scottsdale restaurant. These experiences are…

Not your average wine bar

Vintage 95 owners Craig and Tricia Hills opened their award-wining lounge four years ago. Having grown up in Chandler, Craig wanted to bring something unique to the Downtown area. The lounge originally opened with a smaller menu, but the influence of its chefs helped to expand into food that is quite amazing. Most who have heard of Vintage 95 think…

The Earnest experience

Living in Arizona can sometimes become visually mundane. With strip malls galore and desert landscape everywhere you look, a person can find themselves yearning for color and character. Sometimes, though, beyond the sandy brown walls and cookie cutter fronts, unassuming gems can be found where ingenuity and creativity come alive. Earnest Restaurant is one of those gems.

Healthy Never Tasted So Good

Relax and relish in the fact that it’s a new year and you can make a new start. What’s more, eating healthy and light is easier than you might imagine, thanks to many of the menu offerings at Whole Foods Market Chandler. The spacious store, located off the Loop 101 and Chandler Boulevard, features a number of food bars and…

Crust Embraces Historic Chandler

Crust has teamed up with legendary NFL football quarterback Kurt Warner to give back to the community. Ten percent of every jar of marinara sauce purchased at Crust is donated to Kurt Warner’s charity The Treasure House, a non-profit organization that supports young adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more at TreasureHouse.org.

Trading Passions

Peixoto Coffee isn’t another coffee spot with just any story. Julia Peixoto Peters, co-owner, is from four generations of coffee growers with 600 acres of farmland in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Julia came to Arizona to study law at University of Arizona. She got her law degree, married, had two children and moved to Chandler five years ago. She is a…

SanTan Brewery Gives Chandler an Endless Supply of Craft Food and Beer

As breweries are popping up all over the country and American’s consumption of craft beer continues to shoot upward like a rocket, Arizona has made its own footprint in the trend, having a number of breweries in the Valley that are nationally recognized. One of those breweries that locals and tourists both frequent is SanTan Brewing Company, located in Historic…

Chopped, Fresh and Healthy

When you find a concept that works, the possibilities are endless. That’s exactly what Ryan and Caitlin Jocque discovered when they opened the Original ChopShop Co. in Old Town Scottsdale in February of 2013. Their passion was to create a place that would offer a healthy menu with different twists on ingredients. The fast, healthy cuisine was just the right…

Authentic Mediterranean-inspired Food

Take one dynamic duo -- Christodoulos Komitis and Penelope Acosta-Komitis -- add a keen business mind, the ability to create delicious food and a staff that provides wonderful service and you have their recipe for operating a successful restaurant. It has worked so well with their first two restaurants, they decided to do it again and opened The Ivy, this…

The French Quarter Awaits

For those of us not getting away to escape the summer heat, there are many fun things to do right here in town. For starters, why not consider taking a trip to New Orleans by way of Chandler? At the corner of Gilbert Road and Chandler Heights you are in for a culinary experience that will make you feel as…

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers

There’s a new kid on the block and his name is Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers.

Simple Ingredients = Big flavor

Don’t let the modest appearance keep you from stepping into this quaint cafe located on the southeast corner of Ray Road and Rural. And, don’t let the small menu fool you as the fresh ingredients are packed with wonderful flavors. Café Cornucopia is a hidden treasure with an atmosphere that is cheerful, homey and inviting with food that will bring…