Maricopans crave more sit-down restaurants — this much we know.
When City Manager Rick Horst announced a “Restaurant Row” concept near city hall last month, readers went wild over a culinary slate that’s refreshingly sans-drive-thru. Statements of interest from the restaurants were confirmed during an Oct. 3 city council meeting.
Here’s a peek at four restaurants that may call Maricopa City Center home in the coming years and where you can taste test them for now.
This local chain born in downtown Chandler serves up nearly two dozen styles of classic and playful street tacos. Get creative with the saucy Cuban Crisis, a mustard crema-topped taco inspired by the Miami-style Cubano sandwich. Or stick to the classics, like the carne asada or pollo asado tacos.
Instagram-worthy mimosa brunches are scant in Maricopa, but that could change with the addition of local chain Over Easy. Pair a plate of hand-dipped waffle dogs or — for the ravenous patron — the crispy chicken fried steak with a guava mimosa or a tangy bloody Mary.
Few things say decadence quite like spending an evening perched in a leather chair with an aged cigar in one hand and a bourbon cocktail in the other. Puro Cigar Bar in downtown Chandler offers that experience along with a selection of craft beers, your favorite game on TV and occasional live music.
West Alley BBQ
The smell of “Maricopa money” isn’t for everyone — that’s the manure, for you newcomers — but we guarantee you wouldn’t demur the enticing aroma of Tennessee-style barbecue. West Alley’s menu features hickory-smoked brisket served with a tangy, vinegar-based sauce and pulled pork sandwiches topped with heaping portions of coleslaw.