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Relish In These Restaurants

Eat Your Art Out Chandler is exactly ONE week from today. Time has flown and we cannot wait to eat our “Art” out. Today we are highlighting three more restaurants. Please meet Coach & Willie’s, Nando’s Mexican Cafe, and Kona Grill Chandler.

Coach & Willie’s, located in the heart of Downtown Chandler. This upscale sports bar and restaurant serves a delicious and diverse menu for all ages. Located on the prime corner of Boston Street and Arizona Avenue, their original ambiance includes beautiful dark woods and ceiling to roof glass windows and doors. The open kitchen gives you an up close and personal view of their wood fired oven and talented kitchen staff preparing homemade pastas and original dishes all day long. Enjoy any game on one of the 30 HD televisions located in the dining room, bar, and the upscale lounge.  And don’t miss out on the extensive craft and draft beer selection and the amazing Arizona weather on one of their two outdoor patios.

Nando’s Mexican Cafe is the one stop spot for great Mexican food. Each dish is loaded with delicious traditional Mexican food. You will end up asking for a take home box the portion sizes are HUGE. Owner, Nando, has been in the food industry since he was 14 years old. With those years of experience under his belt, he has perfected the menu to delight any appetite.  After you fill yourself with amazing food, save a little room and try out their Chocolate Nachos.

Kona Grill Chandler features American favorites with an international influence and award-winning sushi in a casually elegant atmosphere. Kona Grill owns and operates 23 restaurants in 16 states, guided by a passion for quality food and personal service. When we asked Kona Grill Chandler why they feel it is important to support the Chandler Community, they responded, “It is important to help out the local community because it is the back bone to any business.”

Scope out our participating restaurant list here and select one (or two) restaurants to swing by next week on February 26. It’s going to be a tasty day!

Coach & Willie’s
1 East Boston St.
Chandler, AZ 85225 | Map
(480) 776-6240
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-1am,  Friday 11am-2am, Saturday 8am-2am, and Sunday 8am-1am

Nando’s Mexican Cafe
1890 W. Germann Road
Chandler, AZ 85286 | Map
(480) 855-4344
Hours: 11am to 10pm

Kona Grill Chandler
3111 W. Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85226 | Map
(480) 792-1711
Hours: 4pm – 10pm

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Tasteful Trio

In the not so distant future, Eat Your Art Chandler will be here (Feb 26). We are gearing up for an amazing day full of great food. Today we have the pleasure of introducing three more restaurants, The Hungry Monk, CHoP Chandler, and NYPD Pizza. All of these restaurants are drastically different, but they share the common goal to make their customers happy with amazing food.

First stop, The Hungry Monk! They describe themselves as part “neighborhood restaurant”, part “craft beer & sports pub.” Just think of them as the Hockey House of the East Valley. Named by Phoenix New Times as the Best Craft Bar in the Valley 2012, you are sure to find a beer that matches your desire. Owner, Jim Lolli, has been in the food industry since he was 15 years old. He loves entertaining,  food and craft beer. Which was a perfect combo for a delicious restaurant and menu. Their full menu includes fresh green salads, juicy burgers, gyros, wraps and oh so much more. The Hungry Monk also has incredible wings that are made from fresh chicken, not frozen nuggets. When we asked Lolli why he feels it important to support the Chandler Community he stated, “If Chandler continues to prosper….we all win.”

Next stop, CHoP Chandler! This is a brand new restaurant to the Chandler community. CHoP Chandler is Chandler’s first locally owned steakhouse and grill. The menu features burgers to bone-in steaks. Simply prepared seasonal fish and nightly specials are cooked to perfection on the seven-foot mesquite hardwood grill. Salads, fresh vegetables, desserts, vegetarian and lighter fare options also grace the menu. The intimate interior is filled with amber lighting, wood finishes and plush chocolate leather booths. ChoP’s extensive wine program with close to 200 wines by the bottle sets out to impress even the most vinocentric of palates. If you haven’t visited this new addition, now is the time.

Last stop (and just as savory), NYPD Pizza. Envision for a moment dough made from scratch every day. Hand-tossed pies baked to perfection in classic stone ovens. Sauces made from family recipes,  whole-milk mozzarella, and a few secret ingredients. All these elements combining to create a distinctive East Coast flavor. You are now in the daily restaurant setting of NYPD Pizza.

Since moving to Arizona from Long Island, NY more than 15 years ago, NYPD Pizza’s family-owned and -operated business has grown to 11 Valley locations that provide comfortable dine-in, easy carryout and convenient delivery. From calzones to pastas to hero sandwiches, their menu offers an array of dishes that make the most of simple ingredients. The dough, sauce and cheese are free of preservatives, chemicals, fillers, artificial color and flavor, modifiers, and stabilizers, which leaves all sorts of room for flavor.  NYPD is perfect for various dining occasions and especially appealing to families.

The dining options seem almost limitless for Eat Your Art Out (complete list of participating restaurants here). Be sure to stop by one of these delicious restaurant for your next meal.

The Hungry Monk
1760 W Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85224 | Map
480-963-8011
Hours: 11 am – Midnight

CHoP Chandler
2625 W. Queen Creek304952_254022788051062_543353425_n
Chandler, AZ 85248 | Map
480.821.0009
Hours: 4pm – 10pm

NYPD Pizza
2580 W. Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85224 | Map
480.722.0898
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 11am – 9:30pm and Fri. – Sat. 11am – 10:30pm


Sit down at San Tan

San Tan Brewing Company is about a block south of Chandler Center for the Arts, which makes it a great lunch or happy hour destination, and also the perfect place for theater goers to have a bit to eat. It opened in mid-2007 in what had been a bank in a previous life.

“We had the goal of bringing fresh, handcrafted beer to Chandler and the surrounding areas,” said Chip Mulala, Minister of Craft Beer.  “San Tan started out as a restaurant, but then the popularity of craft beers exploded, and we expanded our beer distribution.  Now our beers are available in over 300 stores in Arizona, from big chain stores to the independent ones.”

San Tan is also Chandler Center for the Art’s official beer sponsor, which means that at select shows, patrons will be able to purchase San Tan’s craft beers, as long as they’re over 21.*

“It means a lot to us (to be CCA’s official beer sponsor). It’s so important because Chandler Center for the Arts is an anchor for Chandler, and we can put ourselves on the map, which helps the city grow in terms of population and culture,” said Chip, adding that the partnership between San Tan and Chandler Center for the Arts enhances the guest’s experience by having local, quality handcrafted beer available.

If anyone who wants to make San Tan Brewing Company their destination before coming to Chandler Center for the Arts, Chip said patrons should show their ticket or ticket stub, and they can receive 10% off their bill.

“Reservations are suggested, however only accepted until 5:30 p.m., so we really suggest coming in early so you can relax and enjoy your meal.”

For dinner ideas, Chip suggested either the Cochinita Pork Pibil paired with the HefeWeizen Wheat beer or the Green Chili Enchiladas with the Devil’s Ale.

Here’s a slide show to give you a glimpse of San Tan. The handsome fellow holding the HefeWeizen is Owner and Brew master Anthony Canecchia, and if you can pronounce his name right on the first try I will give you a dollar (just kidding!).

(*And don’t try and sneak a fake I.D. past us. We’re too good at this.)