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Unique and Family Owned Restaurants

Discover a variety of unique and family owned restaurants in Chandler and the East Valley area. Skip the corporate chains and support small, independently owned restaurants and franchises that make the Arizona dining scene so special. Indulge in delectable and tasty sweet treats with cookies and Mexican ice cream pops, or enjoy authentic Italian and Mexican cuisine. For a savory snack, treat yourself to a fine food and wine basket. With a vast variety of options, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

These Chandler and East Valley business owners have turned their dreams into reality and are sharing their love of food with the community. They make the area a culinary hub with innovative twists on classic dishes and cherished family recipes.

Whether you’re a Chandler local looking for a new favorite spot or just visiting the East Valley looking to experience local flavors, these locations provide delicious culinary creations sure to help anyone expand their palate and get a taste of life in Chandler.

Moreno’s Mexican Grill

Celebrate the Southwest’s Hispanic heritage with traditional and inventive Mexican dishes at Moreno’s Mexican Grill. While this family-owned spot offers traditional favorites, the house specialties, including Moreno’s Mexico City street tacos, Sonoran Style Hot Dog, and the fan favorite Durango Chile Relleno, have made this spot a local staple. In addition to lunch and dinner, it also serves breakfast, including strawberry pancakes, French toast, and more.

d’Vine Gourmet

Whether you’re looking for a snack; gourmet foods like crackers and spreads; homemade caramels; wine; beer; or a gift basket for holidays, birthdays, or just because, d’Vine Gourmet has you covered. This business features a variety of local brands like Kettle Heroes Artisan Popcorn, Desert Provisions, and more. It also has merchandise and non-edible gift items for its unique Arizona-themed gift baskets that can be enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.

Bella Gusto Urban Pizzeria

Take your tastebuds on a trip to Naples, Italy without leaving the Valley with Bella Gusto’s Pizza Napoletana. This locally owned pizzeria offers a variety of authentic Italian dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Pair traditional Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken Marsala, or Tuscana Pizza with a curated selection of fine wines for a casual dinner with friends or date night with your amore. Reservations are recommended.


Paleta Bar

Although it’s fall, the unrelenting Arizona temps mean you can always go for a frozen treat. Paleta Bar serves gourmet Mexican paleta pops. Paleta is an ice pop typically made out of fruit and topped with sweet or savory snacks like Oreos, peanuts, or seasonings like chili powder. This locally owned franchise has a variety of flavors, toppings, and other menu items like fruit cups, paleta shakes, nachos, elote, and agua frescas.


Sugar and Chip AZ

This made-to-order home bakery can satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with classic chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles or more innovative treats like the Rocky Road and Pineapple Upside Cake Cookies. The menu offers both classic and unique cookie flavors that can be ordered by the dozen and picked up curbside in Scottsdale. Enjoy some home-baked goodness without the home-baked mess with Sugar and Chip AZ gourmet cookies.