Food & Drink Deals

Buy $20 Jimmy & Joe’s gift card, get extra $20 for free

BY Jess Harter Thursday, November 30, 2017

JimmyJoes051816’Tis the time of year when seemingly every restaurant in the Valley is hawking gift cards. Most come with some enticement: Buy a $20 card, get a $5 card for free. Or something along those lines.

For the next four days, though, Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria is offering a 50% off deal on gift cards. Buy a $20 gift card and the pizzeria will add an additional $20, bringing the card to $40.

The cards must be ordered through their website, and the deal only is good through Sunday. There’s a $1.99 fee per card for shipping and handling.

Jimmy & Joe’s has locations in Chandler and Mesa.

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Where to get your holiday tamales in the East Valley

BY Jess Harter Monday, November 27, 2017

Tamales112717With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn our attention to the next major holiday – Christmas. And in the Southwest, Christmas means tamales.

If you’ve ever tried to make your own tamales, you know what a labor-intensive process it can be. Fortunately, several East Valley restaurants sell uncooked tamales to go.

You sometimes can order a dozen and pick them up the same day, but in most cases you’re going to have to give the restaurant at least 24 hours’ notice.

La Ristra: $25 per dozen for red beef or green corn. Call the Gilbert restaurant at 480-545-2880.

Serrano’s: $24.99 per dozen. Call the restaurant nearest you in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, or Queen Creek.

El Palacio: $40 for a dozen tamales, pint of salsa, pint of guacamole, and bag of chips. Call the Chandler restaurant at 480-802-5770.

Carolina’s: $8.75 per half-dozen or $17.55 per dozen for red beef, green chicken, or green corn. Call the Mesa restaurant at 480-912-3420.

Los Dos Molinos: $25 per dozen for carne adovada, red chile beef, blue corn, green chile chicken or green chile (plain). Call Mesa restaurant at 480-969-7475.

Someburro’s: $24 per dozen for red beef or green corn. Call the restaurant nearest you in Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, or Queen Creek.

Espo’s: $24 per dozen for red beef or green chile with cheese. Call Chandler restaurant at 480-588-7377.

Old El Paso Tamales: $7.99 per half-dozen or $14.99 per dozen for chicken, pork, beef, corn, green chile, spinach, or dulce (sweet). Call the east Mesa restaurant at 480-844-0477.

Mother’s Tamales: $10 per half-dozen or $19.99 per dozen for green chicken, red beef, red pork, corn, or jalapeno and cheese. Call the east Mesa restaurant at 480-969-5312.

Tukee’s Tamales: $16 per half-dozen or $25 per dozen for red pork, green corn with cheese, or spiced chicken with red and green masa. Email orders to Tukeestamales@gmail.com for pickup at Dec. 22 pop-up.

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Flancer’s accepting orders for Thanksgiving feasts to go

BY Jess Harter Monday, November 6, 2017

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and award-winning Flancer’s once again is offering its made-from-scratch Thanksgiving dinners to go.

The dinners feature house-roasted Diesel turkey breasts from antibiotic-free birds raised sustainably at a family-run farm in northern California.

The rest menu of the menu:

  • Natural, old-fashioned gravy;
  • Fresh sage, apple, and pinon stuffing;
  • Bacon, chive, and cheddar mashed potato pies;
  • Roasted Brussel sprouts and butternut squash in balsamic reduction;
  • Steamed vegetables;
  • Fresh cranberry and orange relish;
  • Pumpkin-blueberry cobbler.

Cost is $29.99 person. Orders for six or more people receive one free dinner. You can add Flancer’s freshly baked baguettes for $2.50 apiece.

Meals will be picked up cold on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will include heating instructions. (Restaurants will be closed Thanksgiving Day.)

To order, call Flancer’s Gilbert location at 480-926-9077 or Mesa location at 480-396-0077.

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Get a free coffee at The Covenant this week

BY Jess Harter Monday, October 16, 2017

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If you find yourself in or around Paradise Valley this week, you can grab a free coffee at The Covenant, a new wood-fired restaurant and bar on the northwest corner of Tatum and Shea.

Get your free coffee from 7-11 a.m. through Sunday at the restaurant’s coffee nook. No purchase is necessary.

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The Perch unveils $12 lunch specials from newly expanded kitchen

BY Jess Harter Monday, October 2, 2017

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After a three-week kitchen closure for renovations, The Perch brewery and pub in downtown Chandler has introduced a new menu of $12 lunch specials, available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday:

  • Chicken Caesar Wrap: Grilled chicken, spiced croutons, romaine lettuce, shaved asiago, baby heirloom tomatoes, and chipotle Caesar dressing wrapped in a tomato basil tortilla.
  • Chandler City Wrap: Grilled chicken, arugula, cranberries, blue cheese vinaigrette, and candied walnuts wrapped in a tomato basil tortilla.
  • Turkey Pita: Turkey, basil hummus, baby heirloom tomatoes, and feta wrapped in pita bread.
  • Grilled Cheese: Cheddar cheese, spinach and artichoke dip, fried green tomato, and bacon.
  • Pepperoni Pizza: Marinara, provolone, mozzarella, and pepperoni.
  • Watermelon Salad: Watermelon, candied walnuts, pickled onions, jalapeños, and feta.
  • Chicken Caesar Salad: Grilled chicken, spiced croutons, romaine lettuce, shaved asiago, baby heirloom tomatoes, and chipotle Caesar dressing.
  • Brick Oven Four Cheese Mac: Campanelle pasta smothered in American and white cheddar cheese sauce covered with provolone, mozzarella, and ancho bread crumbs (pictured).
  • Corned Beef Sandwich: Corned beef braised with our Irish Red Ale, remoulade, provolone cheese, cabbage, pickled onions, and jalapeños on jalapeño cornbread ($17)

All are $12 apiece except for Corned Beef Sandwich, which is $17.

All sandwiches and wraps are served with mesquite BBQ chips. You can substitute tots, steak fries, house salad, house soup, or brewer’s veggies for $2.

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Nicantoni’s Pizza in Gilbert unveils new lunch & early bird specials

BY Jess Harter Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Nicantoni’s Pizza, which is approaching the first anniversary of its new Gilbert location, has unveiled a slew of new lunch and early bird specials.

Lunch specials, available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, include:

  • Fish & chips ($8.95)
  • 10-inch personal cheese pie ($5)
  • Fish sandwich & chips ($6.95)
  • Half-pound burger & chips ($6.95)
  • Traditional calamari with spicy sauce ($7.50)
  • Garlic herb grilled shrimp, chips & cole slaw ($8.75)
  • Grilled cheese & prosciutto sandwich with chips ($7.50)
  • Chef salad & two slices of cheese pizza ($9.95)
  • Two slices of cheese pizza ($6.50)
  • Slice of cheese pizza, Americano salad & soda ($7.25)
  • Soup, Americano salad & soda ($8.50)
  • Lasagna & Americano salad ($12.95)
  • Eggplant ala Pisa & Americano salad ($12.95)
  • Onion frizzles ($4.95)
  • Fries ($3.50)

Early bird specials, available from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, include:

  • Grilled chicken and penne with garlic white wine sauce ($6.95)
  • Crusted shrimp with lemon-basil risotto ($8.50)
  • Meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes ($6.95)
  • 10-inch cheese pizza & Americano salad ($9.95)
  • Veggie pizza roll & Americano salad ($11.95)
  • Lemon-rosemary chicken with garlic mashed potatoes ($7.95)

Nicantoni’s is located in the JD’s Homestead center on the east side of Gilbert Road about halfway between Elliot and Warner.

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Meridiem introduces special menu for NFL games on Mondays & Thursdays

BY Jess Harter Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge, the all-day restaurant that opened a couple months ago near the intersection of the 101 and 202 freeways in Chandler, probably isn’t one of the first places that come to mind when you think of local sports bars.

But you might be in for a surprise: Meridiem offers a special ‘‘sports menu” on Monday and Thursday nights when NFL games are televised.

The menu includes chef Jeramie Lopo’s famous chicken wings ($12), a trio of handmade meatballs ($10), a steak hoagie ($14) and more (see sports menu). You also get $3 off local craft beers.

Since the restaurant is split into two sides – Ante (a.m.) and Post (p.m.) – one side will televise games with sound while the other plays music.

Of course, the same service is offered on NFL Sundays, when Meridiem hosts its popular brunch.

The restaurant is exploring the possibility of getting the full NFL package. Until then, it is showing only games on regular cable.

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July 27-30: Arizona Breakfast Weekend at restaurants Valleywide

BY Jess Harter Monday, July 24, 2017

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Nearly three dozen restaurants across the Valley will participate in the third annual Arizona Breakfast Weekend, which runs Thursday, July 27, through Sunday, July 30.

Restaurants will offer breakfasts specials for $7, $10 or $15 per person or per couple.

For example, Chase’s Diner in Chandler will offer a Chicken & Waffle Burrito, a 14-inch flour tortilla wrapped around three fluffy eggs, crispy fried chicken, and savory waffle pieces, topped with sausage gravy and cheddar cheese.

Chase’s $10 deal includes your choice of coffee, iced tea, or juice, although not all weekend specials include beverage.

Other East Valley restaurants participating include NCounter in Tempe, TC Eggington’s in Mesa, Liberty Market in Gilbert, and multiple locations of Chompies and Wildflower Bread.

See the full list of participating restaurants and their specials here. Restaurants also will have their regular breakfast menus available all weekend.

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July 19: National Hot Dog Day at Wimpy’s Paradise in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Wimpy’s Paradise/Pittsburgh Willy’s in downtown Chandler is celebrating National Hot Dog Day with lots of specials and extended hours Wednesday, July 19.

The all-day deals will include:

  • 6-inch grilled hot dog for $2 (limit of three per person)
  • Three 6-inch Chili ’n’ Cheese dogs for $6 (pictured)

The eatery will be open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

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AZ Food Crafters launches annual summer sale: 17% off everything

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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AZ Food Crafters in Chandler has kicked off its annual summer sale. Get 17% off everything on its menu through Sept. 2.

The deal applies not just to their signature savory and sweet hand pies, but also to traditional round pies as well as house-made soups and salads.

The offer is good for dining in or take home frozen. AZ Food Crafter’s entire menu is available frozen – just heat and serve.

No coupon is necessary. Just mention ‘‘2017 Sizzling Summer Sale.’’

AZ Food Crafters, which is celebrating its sixth anniversary this summer, is located on the southeast corner of Alma School and Ray.

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