Padre’s Offers a Modern Spin on an Old Mexican Classic

Padre’s Modern Mexican Cuisine pairs traditional Mexican and Latin dishes, with layers of sensual unforgettable flavors.  Try favorites like Pollo Relleno, the house signature dish, chicken breast stuffed with poblano chiles, caramelized onion, corn, and goat cheese finished with poblano cream sauce. paired with guajillo mashed potatoes, and vegetables $16.95 or Sopa Tarsca, puree of black beans drizzled w/ crema fresca & sides of diced tomato, bacon, queso & cilantro.$7. The grilled Shrimp Spinach Salad featuring grilled shrimp, fresh coconut, red onions, toasted almonds, bacon and mango vinaigrette is $14.95, or the duck breast tacos with pico de gallo and tomatillo salsa on corn tortilla is $14.95. For Lent Padre’s offers succulent Southwestern cod, tequila shrimp, or mahi-mahi.  There are traditional quesadillas, burritos, or enchiladas. Stop by at 1044 East Camelback Rd. Phoenix AZ. 85014 (602-277-1749) for lunch 11:00AM-3:00 PM Mon.-Sat. and dinner 4:00-10:00 PM Mon-Fri. Sat. dinner is 4:30-10:00-PM. Happy Hour is 3:00-6:30PM and features special pizza, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, tostadas, great mojitos, margaritas and drink specials.  Dance to Salsa music on Fridays.  Padre’s Modern Mexican Cuisine offers catering.  Visit them at

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Fuego Bistro The Hot Trend

Located at 213 E. Palo Verde Drive Phoenix AZ 85014 (602-277-1151) Fuego Bistro represents the perfect blend between flavor, spice and heat, eclectically merging Latin/South American Fusion in a flavor explosion.   Lunch might be empanadas, stuffed with ground beef, cheddar cheese, black bean, corn, peppers, onions, and roasted Anaheim chilis served with a homemade chipotle BBQ sauce, or a pressed french roll Cubano Sandwich, brimming with roasted pork, honey ham, havarti cheese, dijon aioli, and dill pickle, all lunches come with arroz con gandules and Cuban black beans . The two course dinner might start with Ancho Dusted Wild Salmon Croquette, made with bacon, onion, chipotle mashed potato, with lemon caper beurre blanc sauce and end with Pernil Asado, slow roasted succulent pork served with an orange habanero mojo and local corn tortillas. Pick 2 signature sides, green chili cornbread casserole, maple chiliglazed carrots, jalapeno creamed corn, sauteed organic green beans, chipotle cheddar mashed potatoes to go with dinner.  Enjoy an incredible Happy Hour menu and drink specials starting at $5.00 signature Mojitos, or Sangria, all beer is $3.00.  Lunch is $7.00-$10.00 Dinner is $9.00-$26.00. Desserts are $7.00. Hours: Tue- Sat Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm Happy Hour 3-6pm Tue-Sat.

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Luci’s Offers A Delicious Dose Of Healthy Eating

Eating and drinking for your health is in vogue.  There’s no better place for you to start than Luci’s Healthy Marketplace and Coffee Bar.  Located at 1590 E. Bethany Home Rd. Px AZ 85014, (602-773-1339) the Marketplace/Coffee Bar is your chance to fill up and not fill out.  Visit “The marketplace is stocked with quality organic and natural products and gluten free items from reputable local and regional vendors, including meats, seafood, dairy, cheeses, snacks, entrees, wine and beer, supplements, cosmetics, baby care products, pet care products, cleaning products, gifts and more.”  Lucia buys her produce at local farmer’s markets.  Viking sponsors healthy cooking demonstrations daily, and freshly cooked meals are available throughout the day.  Use free WIFI and sit at the curved eating area and watch chefs prepare eat in, or take home meals. Enjoy breakfast, French toast, waffles, pancakes, lunch wraps, sammies, salads, homemade soups, quesadas, and hearty premade sandwiches from lean  roast beef to a healthy Luci burger.  There is no better way to compliment a meal than with Luci’s locally roasted organic coffee, iced coffee drinks, lattes, mochas, teas, beverages, as well as muffins, bagels, and desserts.  Kitchen Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30a-8p, Sat 6:30a-9:30p, Sun 6:30a-7p. Store Hours: Mon-Thu 6:30a-9p, Fri-Sat 6:30a-10p, Sun 6:30a-8p

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Culiver’s Delicious Travels

Step into a Culver’s, and experience a side of warm hospitality and delicious food served fresh daily.   Culiver’s Butterburgers and Frozen Custard, at 825 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix AZ 85014 is much more than burger fast food.  Take a seat and enjoy hearty meat, chicken and fish sandwiches, delicious sides, full dinner entrees, like melt in your mouth beef pot roast, or butterfly jumbo shrimp, snapping fresh garden salads, and twenty-eight hearty homemade soups.   The restaurant serves nine mouth watering Butterburgers to fill your hamburger cravings.  Lent brings a wonderful selection of hand battered fish for dinner.  If you venture towards desserts, there are unique custards, sundaes, cones, dishes, and chunky blended mixers like the scrumptious Cookie Dough Concrete Mixer.  Check out the local Butterburger website at or  Culiver’s offers business catering by request and take out.  No need to travel far because, Culivers Butterburgers and Frozen Custard on Camelback is open10:00AM-10:00PM daily, prices range from $5.00-$12.00. Enjoy a sense of community, because the owner is heavily involved in community affairs, and he welcomes local churches, charity functions, fundraisers, and sports organizations to meet and greet at his restaurant. Call 602-595-7876 and make the Camelback Rd. Culiver’s Butterburgers and Frozen Custard your local place.

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TSC Smoothies Bring the Tropics to Chandler

Tropical Smoothie Café is a great place to relax and have a mini get away. Drop in at 4015 S. Arizona Ave. Chandler, AZ 85248. You can indulge in 34 different creamy blended varieties of smoothies. That’s not all, you can enjoy toasted wraps like the Jamaican Jerk chicken, Veggie,veggie, or Cordon Bleu. Hearty Bistro style sandwiches come with chips or fruit. How does grilled flatbread with herbs, cheese, or dressing sound? They have gourmet soups and salads, as well. TSC even has the weight watcher in mind, because they offer 14 low fat mouth watering versions of the regular smoothies. There are power smoothies and even, super fruit and supplements. You can start you day with an egg breakfast wrap like Salsa Sunrise, Early Bird or Western. Please stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their hours are Mon-Thurs 6AM-8:00PM, Fri-Sat. 6:00-9:00PM and Sun. 9:00AM-7:00 PM. Please call 480-883-1234.-

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Blu Burger Puts the Gourmet in Burgers

If the mystery of the perfect mouth-watering burger and special toppings has passed through your thoughts on occasion, you need to become acquainted with the marvelous Blu Burger Restaurant. It is located at 4995 S. Alma School, Ste 1 Chandler AZ 85248 This is the place that puts the word gourmet in burger, from the usual beef varieties, to exotics like, bison, American Kobe beef, salmon and veggie burgers. Signature burgers range from the Blu to Habanero and other delicious varieties. If food construction is your game, you can build your own burger in a six step, process choosing your meat, bun, cheese, toppings, specialty ingredients, and lastly your sauce. If burgers aren’t your forte, try their wonderful sandwiches, café style salads, sinful desserts, decadent cupcakes, and thick creamy, milkshakes. Blu Burger is open daily from Sun-Thurs, 11:00AM-8:00 PM. Fri-Sat their hours are, 11:00AM-9:00 PM, their prices range from$7-$12. Please call 480-895-6308.

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Melted Cheese Kitchen Will Melt the Cheese Lover’s Heart

Here at Melted Cheese Kitchen you will find the gourmet cheese sandwich done right! Cheese in all its splendid glory is formed from a diverse group of dairy based products. Produced domestically and internationally it has a wide range of colors, textures and magnificent tastes. The monks in fifteenth century Europe brought cheese making to a fine art. At Melted Cheese Kitchen, located at 4995 S. Alma School Rd. Chandler AZ 85248, you can savor all the delectable and irresistible mysteries of cheese. The owner William Nasralla, has opened a sure fire winner. His gourmet cheese sandwiches will be addictive. Come in and try all the luscious varieties served warm and melting on a marvelous array of special breads. Melted Cheese Kitchen offers delicious soups, delectable desserts, and marvelous cookies, as well as gourmet sandwiches. Please stop in for lunch, or dinner between the hours of 11:30 AM-6:30PM. Please call 480-895-0855.

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74 Teas and Inspiration are the Perfect Pairing

Inspirations Christian Bookstore and Tea Shoppe is a unique and uplifting experience. This is a great concept. To quote the owner Theresa Belliotti: “Our goal is to create an environment where Christians can be edified, through food, tea, books, and gifts.” Inspirations will feed your soul and your hungry tummy as well. Join them for lunch 11:00AM-2:00 PM, daily and enjoy egg, or chicken salad sandwiches, chicken or roast beef sandwiches, luscious breads, pastries and desserts. Refresh with a delicious smoothie or any one of their exquisite 74 teas, sold by the cup or bulk 2 oz bags, for take home. Sip a zippy, icy blended coffee bobading for something completely different. They can accommodate up to twenty guests inside, as well as outside for a delicious 3 course tea. Bring your laptop and hook up to free WIFY. Join them at 1095 W. Queen Creek RD. Ste# 8 Chandler, AZ 85248. They are open Mon- Sat. 10:00 AM-7:00 PM. This is the perfect place to have a party and be inspired. Make your reservations and bring your family, friends, and co-workers. Please call 480-786-4521.

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NY 54 Pizza and Ristorante is Bella Fresca

“Fresca” is the Italian word for fresh and “Bella” is beautiful. Put the two together and you have a beautifully fresh idea in food. This is the concept at NY 54 Pizza and Ristorante. Niki and Darren Pascale are the owner, managers and chef Darren cooks like your Italian grand mom did. The food is fresh flavorful and exquisite fare for your taste buds. Enjoy pizza, appetizers, calzones, salads, sandwiches, entrees, pasta, sides, and desserts. Niki Pascale, shops for her restaurant, as she would for her family, choosing only the freshest, meats, cheeses, vegetables and fruits. Most of the menu items are “made to order” and prepared fresh. You haven’t tasted flavorful pizza until you try one cooked in their stone oven, or their fresh, melt in your mouth, multi layered lasagna in homemade marinara sauce. They are located at 4015 S. Arizona Ave. #1 Chandler, AZ 85248. Hours of operation are Mon-Thur.10:30 AM-9:00 PM, Fri-Sat.10:30AM-10:00PM and Sun. 11:30 AM-9:00PM. Please call 480-839-5454.  Prices $5.75-$16.00

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Poolside Café Offers a Casual Dining Experience:

Casual dining experiences can run the gamut from ordinary to extraordinary. Dining near a lovely blue pool always makes a meal that much more ambient. This is the case at Poolside Cafe located at 24211 Oakwood Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85248. Situated in the heart of Iron Oaks at Sun Lakes, it’s the ideal way to start a busy day with hearty breakfast favorites, served all day. Nosh on exceptional salads and satisfying sandwiches, enjoy hearty burgers, and check out the entree specials from Monday to Saturday 8:00 AM-2:30PM. Prices are under $20.00. The Poolside Cafe is closed on Sunday. Relax and enjoy a drink at the bar until 3:00 PM daily. The friendly wait-staff and exceptional service will make this a favorite. Poolside Cafe, also offers an outstanding Monday night buffet for $12.00, at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Please call 480-802-4306

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