Must-See Places in Chandler, Arizona

Every year, my daughter and I go to the annual Lost Dutchman Invitational swim meet in Chandler, a suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona area. I look forward to this trip as it takes place in old town Chandler, a quaint little town with lots of charm and yummy food. We never need a car as this historic location is filled with little shops and restaurants all within a few blocks. When in Chandler, here are our favorite places.

Original Chop Shop
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This is a favorite stop for all the swim teams. You’ll find the cafe most crowded during the break between morning races and afternoon finals. Take a menu, order at the counter, and delicious food is brought to your table. It’s a clean place with lots of natural lighting as well as indoor and patio seating.
What to order: Grilled Protein Bowls (such as Chicken Teriyaki and Cilantro Lime Shrimp), Superfruit Bowls like Pitaya or Acai (popular with swimmers and coaches)

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Original Chop Shop
35 W. Boston St.
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 426-0216
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Peixoto
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Hands down, this is my favorite place to get a good latte. Super-friendly staff and cool downtown vibe makes it a daily double stop for me.
What to order: Any coffee drink but I always get a latte

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Peixoto
11 West Boston St.
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 275-2843
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DC Steak House
dc-steak-house-chandlerTraditional steak house atmosphere, perfect if you’re looking for a ribeye fix.
What to order: Ribeye, New York strip, Thin French Fries

DC Steak House
98 S. San Marcos
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 899-4400
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SanTan Brewing Company
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Go here for craft beer, good burgers and a super-fun vibe in the evening. Lots of large screens to watch your favorite sports.
What to order: Burger at the outdoor/indoor bar, craft beer sampler served in miniature drinking glasses

SanTan Brewing Company
8 S. San Marcos Pl.
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 917-8700
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For the pizza and pasta crowd, this is the place to be. Big booths for big parties as well as high tops for smaller groups. Gluten-free ravioli is delicious.
What to order: Brick oven individual pizzas are big enough for two, just add a large salad to share and you’ve got dinner

Crust
10 N San Marcos Pl.
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 917-4903
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Daily homemade ice cream and cookies are the foundation for this popular local shop. My daughter and her friends think they have the best ice cream sandwiches. All sandwiches start with warm cookies from the warmer (yes they are warm!), and a choice of one of their 16 flavors.
What to order: Most popular combination is chocolate chip cookie with cookie butter ice cream, my daughter loved the snickerdoodle with cookie butter (with sprinkles!)

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Ice Cream Sammies
135 W Boston St.
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 739-9221
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Where to stay: Crowne Plaza Resort
Centrally located and near everything.

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