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East Valley City Spotlight: Chandler

Places to Eat

RigaTony’s:

It’s hard to decide which is better: the food or the atmosphere. RigaTony’s is one of those places where you can taste the Italian authenticity. The decor and mood is just as authentic, and feels like a true getaway dining experience. Crossroads: McClintock & Warner

Benihana:

We recognize that Benihana is a worldwide chain…but the taste and show are so good, we’re still listing it. More importantly, Chandler is the kind of city that lands a top-tier restaurant like this. Prepare yourself for prime dining. Crossroads: Loop 101 & Chandler 

Places to Live

Autumn Park:

Safe and affordable housing, but unique homes and community layouts. The residential faux pax in the Valley is living in a cookie-cutter, all-the-homes-look-the-same neighborhood. Autumn Park offers far above the norm. Crossroads: Arizona & Riggs

The Reserve at Fulton Ranch:

Developed by a long-time Arizona entrepreneur and philanthropist Ira Fulton, The Reserve is high-quality living for large homes and families. Includes brick paver driveways, lush walking paths, and an intricate lake system. Crossroads: Arizona & Ocotillo

Places to Shop

Chandler Fashion Center:

Rivaled only by Scottsdale Fashion Square, CFC is classiness incarnate. Exquisite tile floors, wide, spacious walkways, and phenomenal store selection. People come from all over the Valley to shop here. Crossroads: Loop 101 & Chandler

Phoenix Premium Outlets:

Outlet malls are a different animal. Typically catering to a thriftier crowd, they’re often built with less taste. The Outlets in Chandler are the stark exception. Living up the ‘premium’ title, this Outlet mall is without question the best in Arizona. Crossroads: I-10 and Loop 202

Places to Play

Wild Horse Motorsports Park:

Formerly Firebird International Raceway, Wild Horse is a haven for both adrenaline junkies and family fun. Known for their quality drag racing and motorcycle circuits, it’s the place to be for a fun time. Bring earplugs…seriously. Crossroads: I-10 and Sundust

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino:

Considered one of the best casinos in the state, it’s adjoining hotel is just as well-known. Many Valley residents vacation here, despite it’s proximity to metropolitan Phoenix, because it’s an environment and experience completely of its own. Crossroads: I-10 and Sundust

Honorable Mentions:

Eat:  Floridino’s Pizza, Chino Bandido
Live:  Colonia Coronita, Acacia Crossings
Shop:  Historic Downtown Chandler
Play:  Arizona Railway Museum, Chandler Center for the Arts

East Valley City Spotlight: Mesa

Places to Eat

Tia Rosa:

This one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor restaurant is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Known for it’s tasty-yet-nutritious choices, all of the fruits and veggies used on the menu are grown in within a few hundred yards of the building itself. Crossroads: Higley & Ray

Waldo’s Barbeque:

You can’t find a more historical, eclectic feel anywhere in Gilbert (or perhaps the entire Valley). Loaded with unique sandwich, salad, and entree options, it’s an easy choice for groups with varying tastes buds. Oh, and their desserts are homemade. Crossroads: Gilbert & Elliot.

Places to Live

Trovita Estates:

Many of the housing developments in the Phoenix area look the same…straight roads, gravel yards, even identical floor plans. Not here. Each house is unique, particularly in frontal features such as covered decks and decorative doors and windows. And most of the houses have basements…Crossroads: Higley & Ray

Community of Lehi:

Developed by a long-time Gilbert farming family, Morrison Ranch features lots of green grass, lined trees, and farmhouse-style homes. There are certainly other housing developments with similar styles, but not at the more affordable price ranges. Crossroads: Higley & Elliot

Places to Shop

Mesa Riverview:

Equipped with many of the major stores and restaurant chains, the San Tan Village is one of the best one-size-fits-all malls in the Valley. Located conveniently off the Loop 202 Freeway, accessibility is at an all-time high. Crossroads: Greenfield & Williams Field

Superstition Springs Center:

Classy, modern, and high-class. If you’re looking for the Scottsdale of Gilbert, it’s here. Beautiful, white-paneled, high-rise buildings, and a lot of shopping venues of a more fancy variety. Crossroads: Val Vista & Baseline

Places to Play

Mesa Arts Center:

Get this: The Hale Center Theatre in Gilbert, Arizona is the the longest continuously running, privately owned and operated theatre company in America. The history is evident in it’s old-fashioned layout and location. Crossroads: Gilbert & Elliot

Denim & Diamonds:

The Valley of the Sun carries an unfortunate label of being a sprawling metropolis, often deprived of natural beauty. However, right in the middle of Gilbert lies a large, natural preserve, full of wide varieties of flora, fauna, and walking paths. Crossroads: Greenfield & Guadelupe

Honorable Mentions:

Eat:  Organ Stop Pizza, Nando’s
Live:  Bella Via, Mountain Bridge
Shop:  Fiesta Mall, Superstition Ranch Market
Play:  Sunsplash, Champlin Fighter Museum

East Valley City Spotlight: Gilbert

Places to Eat

Joe’s Farm Grill:

This one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor restaurant is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Known for it’s tasty-yet-nutritious choices, all of the fruits and veggies used on the menu are grown in within a few hundred yards of the building itself. Crossroads: Higley & Ray

Liberty Market:

You can’t find a more historical, eclectic feel anywhere in Gilbert (or perhaps the entire Valley). Loaded with unique sandwich, salad, and entree options, it’s an easy choice for groups with varying tastes buds. Oh, and their desserts are homemade. Crossroads: Gilbert & Elliot.

Places to Live

Agritopia:

Many of the housing developments in the Phoenix area look the same…straight roads, gravel yards, even identical floor plans. Not here. Each house is unique, particularly in frontal features such as covered decks and decorative doors and windows. And most of the houses have basements…Crossroads: Higley & Ray

Morrison Ranch:

Developed by a long-time Gilbert farming family, Morrison Ranch features lots of green grass, lined trees, and farmhouse-style homes. There are certainly other housing developments with similar styles, but not at the more affordable price ranges. Crossroads: Higley & Elliot

Places to Shop

San Tan Village:

Equipped with many of the major stores and restaurant chains, the San Tan Village is one of the best one-size-fits-all malls in the Valley. Located conveniently off the Loop 202 Freeway, accessibility is at an all-time high. Crossroads: Greenfield & Williams Field

Dana Park:

Classy, modern, and high-class. If you’re looking for the Scottsdale of Gilbert, it’s here. Beautiful, white-paneled, high-rise buildings, and a lot of shopping venues of a more fancy variety. Crossroads: Val Vista & Baseline

Places to Play

Hale Center Theatre:

Get this: The Hale Center Theatre in Gilbert, Arizona is the the longest continuously running, privately owned and operated theatre company in America. The history is evident in it’s old-fashioned layout and location. Crossroads: Gilbert & Elliot

Riparian Preserve:

The Valley of the Sun carries an unfortunate label of being a sprawling metropolis, often deprived of natural beauty. However, right in the middle of Gilbert lies a large, natural preserve, full of wide varieties of flora, fauna, and walking paths. Crossroads: Greenfield & Guadelupe

Honorable Mentions:

Eat:  Gilbert House, Farmhouse
Live:  Finley Farms, Liv Northgate
Shop:  Shoppes at Gilbert Commons
Play:  Polar Ice, Top Golf

East Valley City Spotlight: Tempe

Places to Eat

Cornish Pasty:

What’s a pasty? Picture this: a warm, flaky, buttery bread roll, slowly cooked with any combination of meats and veggies, wrapped on itself, and served with dipping sauce and a delicious wine, local brew, or cold glass of lemonade. Try it. Crossroads: Dobson & Guadalupe

Ncounter:

Ncounter is one of the premier breakfast and lunch spots on Mill Avenue in the heart of Arizona State Arizona. Modern and sleek, it offers eats and drinks that appeal to college athlets and hipsters alike. Crossroads: Mill & Rio Salado 

Places to Live

Tally Ho Farms North:

In the middle of the bustling Valley of the Sun, Tally Ho is a reminder of how Tempe began: a small farming community on the distant suburbs of Phoenix. With trees, grass, and open spaces, Tally Ho is a refuge in the city. Crossroads: Rural & Warner

The Nines:

Interwoven between fountains, streams, and a beautiful lake system, The Nines affords classy, holistic apartment home living. Also conveniently located near Chandler and Mesa, at great rates for a variety of shapes and sizes. Crossroads: Rural & Baseline

Places to Shop

Arizona Mills:

The original home of the IMAX Theatre in Arizona, this mall is one of the largest around. Known for Gameworks (arcade), Disney Store, and a massive selection of outlet stores, it’s hard to go wrong.  Crossroads: I-10 & US 60

Tempe Marketplace:

Tempe Marketplace captures the full shopping experience. It’s a great place to hang out, with outdoor fireplaces, laser shows, and fantastic water features. In addition, TM is known for wide selection in car dealerships. Crossroads: McClintock & Rio Salado

Places to Play

Mill Avenue:

‘Mill’ is the entertainment capital of the East Valley. Created as the social center for Arizona State, the combinations of clubs, bars, and restaurants simply cannot be beaten. Consider this your go-to place on Saturday night. Crossroads: Mill, between 3rd Street and University

ASU Gammage Theatre:

Long considered one of the best music and theatre showhouses in the western United States, Gammage is second-to-none when it comes to culture and the arts. Wicked, the Lion King, and the Phantom of the Opera are particularly memorable.  Crossroads: Mill & Apache

Honorable Mentions:

Eat:  Rustler’s Roost, Venezia’s
Live:  The Lakes, Escalante
Shop:  Centerpoint, Mill Avenue
Play:  Tempe Town Lake, Big Surf