Local Places

I’ve been living in Chandler now for almost 5 years, having moved from Ahwatukee where we lived for 20 years . They say that marriage, death and moving are three of the most stressful events you will experience in life. I’m sure there are more but I can admit, it has taken me 5 years to realize, this is where I now live and maybe it would be a good idea to get to know the place. I realized I was stuck in a rut driving down the same road, going to the same grocery store and the same restaurants which were familiar and limited in numbers. So I decided I would get out of my rut  by discovering and experiencing new places within my local community. And well, getting to know the place I now lived.

This journey began when my brother who lives in Oregon came to visit. I didn’t know where to take him because, we never went any place and where we did go, it was always the same old place. He was going to be here for a week so I needed to find some new places. We experienced a bunch of new places and it was fun. I wondered to myself why I hadn’t done this before. He’s coming back so I need to find some more new places. I have a year. So this page is more for myself to remember to refer back to. But you are welcome to discover what I have discovered any maybe you will find a new place also.

It begins with a restaurant review. I gave it five stars on Yelp.

Johnny’s Greek and Burger Bar

Located at: 4975 South Alma School Road, Chandler, Arizona 85248
Phone: (480) 534-1884
Hours: Monday thru Sunday 10:00am to 8:00pm
Website: https://johnnysgreek.com/

The food was delicious. Both my spouse and I ordered the Gyro. It was the best I have ever experienced. The Pita was soft and fresh and the meat inside was delicious as well as the sauce. My spouse ordered the Gyro platter which came with a side and a drink. He chose fries which were standard restaurant type fries. The service was excellent. The young lady behind the counter was friendly, and our food came out fast. My Gyro without the Fries and a drink was $6.95 and my spouses with the side and a drink was $11.49.  The fun atmosphere was that of an outdoor Mediterranean bar that served Greek food and burgers and hot dogs. The majority of the seating was outdoors. The inside dining area was small with a bar serving alcohol that extended the length of the indoor area and sported four big screen TV’s.  Glass doors extended the length of the restaurant that could be opened creating the outdoor bar atmosphere. Obviously due to the extreme heat, during our visit they were closed. I highly recommend Johnny’s Greek and Burger Bar. It was fun, the food  was excellent, the service was excellent and the prices were reasonable. If Johnny is reading this I have a suggestion. Install a really good outdoor mist system in your outdoor eating area. People will sit outdoors if you have one and it might even alleviate some of the problem with the heat coming through the outdoor drink bar into the kitchen.  We will be back.


Higher Grounds Roastery and Café

Location: 2556 S Val Vista Dr #101, Gilbert, AZ 85295
Phone: 480-821-7020
Website: https://www.hgroastery.com

Higher Grounds Roastery Café is a unique small mom and pop coffee house and café. They roast their own coffee and offer breakfast, lunch and bakery items that are made from scratch. All breakfast items can be made as a quesadilla, burrito, omelet or bowl. On the day that I visited, I ordered an Americano and Roasteritto Burrito. The burrito was steamy hot and huge. The ingredients consists of scrambled eggs, cheese, sausage, seasoned potatoes and green chilies and comes with a side of their house salsa. It was not too spicy hot and the salsa was fresh and not canned tasting.  I ordered it to go and had a fifteen minute drive. It was still hot when I arrived at my destination.  It was so huge, I split it in half for another meal. It was also very tasty. The Americano was made with a dark roast and I chose one shot of espresso.  I like strong coffee and this was perfect. Seating is very limited to 28 seats including the outdoor seating. They say so on their website and encourage you to order online and take away.   There was some indoor seating available when I visited which was later in the morning. I would totally recommend this place and will most certainly return.