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Posted: Friday, March 16, 2007 6:37 am | Updated: 6:08 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Looking for someplace to eat this weekend? Our writers have done the legwork for you. Bon appétit!

AHWATUKEE FOOTHILLS

Arrivederci Trattoria (4221 E. Chandler Blvd., [480] 759-9292). Highly recommended Italian specialties include the cannelloni de carne (beef and veal stuffed pasta tubes with melted cheese and tomato cream sauce), chocomisu and cannoli. Oh, and don’t be surprised if the staff greets you with a double-cheek kiss. Additional location in Scottsdale. $$

Havana Cafe (4232 E. Chandler Blvd., [480] 704-2600). What’s not to like about a place that serves 17 desserts? Marvelous meats (try the sweet pulled pork or lime-and-garlic-infused steak) are also stars at this feel-good Cuban cafe that oozes a relaxed, colorful coolness. The seafood soup is a sensational starter. Additional location in Scottsdale. $$

CHANDLER

Famous Dave’s (3250 W. Frye Road, [480] 782-1212). This Midwest import, which boasts more than 150 barbecuerelated awards, has the best St. Louis-style spare ribs in the East Valley as well as beef brisket, chopped pork, burgers, moist made-from-scratch corn bread muffins and pecan pie. $$

on macHi Grill (3450 W. Chandler Blvd., [480] 857-7800). From calamari, shrimp and scallops prepared on teppanyaki tables to an extensive sushi menu, this Japanese strip mall gem is sure to delight. Expect highquality cuisine without the high prices. Entrees $5.95-$29.95. $$$

Teakwoods Tavern & Grill (5965 W. Ray Road, [480] 961-0945). The menu at this throw-your-peanut-shells -onthe-floor watering hole is huge — meatloaf, pasta, pizza, burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and the crispiest tater tots around. Additional locations in Gilbert and Scottsdale. $

GILBERT

Farm House Restaurant (228 N. Gilbert Road, [480] 926-0676). Formerly housed in a converted farmhouse, the restaurant lost nothing when it moved up the road to downtown Gilbert. The food is still down-home basics that will fill you up and leave you with memories of grandma. The menu features killer omelets and giant, homemade cinnamon rolls. $

The Gilbert House Restaurant (397 S. Gilbert Road, [480] 507-3383). This white-washed, green-trimmed cottage with weathered wood flooring offers sleepyheads a cozy place to start the day. The typical country kitchen menu offers fluffy hotcakes, delicious eggs Benedict, apple and cinnamon pancakes with a rich cider syrup and delicious French toast. $

Sushi Ave. (866 N. Higley Road, [480] 218-5700). Not only is this one of the best sushi spots in the East Valley, it’s also Gilbert’s coolest space to eat in. The black wood tables, chairs and sushi bar; dark aqua walls; earthy slate tiles on the floor and walls; and soft track lighting create a hip Asian ambience. The simple menu includes nine stir-fry options for the sushi shy, including the generously portioned and spiced suicide chicken. $

MESA

Giant Hamburgers (2753 E. Broadway Road, [480] 733-6542). The Get Out crew hits this greasy spoon so often it’s become a running joke around the office. The cookedto-order, crunchy golden fries are addictive, as are the delicious, juicy burgers. Breakfast items are tasty, too — try the fluffy pancakes or biscuits and gravy. $

Rancho de Tia Rosa (3129 E. McKellips Road, [480] 659-8787). From the gorgeous architecture to the colorful ambience to the fabulous cuisine, we can’t stop singing the praises of this east Mesa gem. Specialties include shrimp quesadillas, salmon enchiladas, chicken mole and an extensive margarita menu. In our part of the country, Mexican restaurants seem to outnumber 7-Elevens. Tia Rosa, though, outshines them all. $$

Sauce (3426 E. Baseline Road, [480] 497-3500) One of the best order-at-the-counter concepts around — the thin, crisp individual pies are crowd-pleasers as are the paninis. Salads are very good and served with a sourdough roll. The tiramisu is tasty, too. Additional locations in Scottsdale. $

Vito’s Pizza & Italian Ristorante (1947 N. Lindsay Road, [480] 832-3311). This southern Italian family eatery offers something to satisfy every appetite. From veal parmigiana to homemade lasagna, every dish is hearty and baked with love. $$

Waldo’s BBQ (4500 E. Main St., [480] 807-1645). Barbecue, beer and some serious sass — that’s what you’ll find at this sawdust-covered rib joint. Sauce comes in a small skillet, frosty beverages are poured into giant mason jars and complimentary corn bread is dished up moments after diners are seated. Sides (try the veggies) are endless, and so are the memories. $

TEMPE

Cornish Pasty Co. (960 W. University Drive, [480] 894-6261). The pasty (passtee) is England’s answer to the calzone, but with a pielike crust. The carne adovada and lamb vindaloo versions rock, as does the mine shaft style and shape of the pub and the $7-and-under menu. $

House of Tricks (114 E. Seventh St., [480] 968-1114). Located in a 1920s cottage, Tricks is all the things most other Mill Avenue eateries are not — charming, cozy and delightfully unique. In addition to an eclectic menu featuring a fusion of French and American flavors, Tricks also boasts an inviting outdoor bar (complete with fireplace) and a shaded patio perfect for enjoying a bottle of wine. Or two. $$

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (740 S. Mill Ave., [480] 731-4600). P.F. Chang’s has been a hot spot in the Valley since it opened a decade ago. Offering innovative Chinese cuisine and an upscale ambience, P.F. Chang’s has since taken its famous lettuce wraps national, with locations in such corners of the country as New Jersey, Wisconsin and Alabama. Additional locations in Chandler, Scottsdale and Mesa. $$

Plaid Eatery (1044 S. Terrace Road, [480] 394-9424). Hipsters and health nuts chat about the newest indie bands between bites of pesto chicken sandwiches, lemon grass stir-fries and hummus fold-overs at the veganfriendly Plaid (nearly every item comes with choice of tofu or chicken). $

Rúla Búla (401 S. Mill Ave., [480] 929-9500). In addition to pints of Guinness and Irish coffee with a jolt of Bailey’s, this Mill Avenue bar and grill — modeled after the pubs of Ireland — serves a mean shepherd’s pie. Other specialties at this fun, colorful hot spot include corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, lamb stew, boxty and bread pudding. $$

Sacks Art of Sandwicherie (35 E. Ninth St., [480] 966-9266 and 839 W. University Drive, [480] 967-2980). Patrons will discover arty sandwiches and an equally colorful setting at this longtime ASU fave. The sandwiches, named for the greats (Picasso, van Gogh and the like), are served in a sack (get it?) with a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie. It’s just like mom used to do — only cooler. $

Sinbad (5004 S. Price Road, [480] 491-5588). All kebabs are not created equal. At Sinbad, a quaint Middle Eastern and Lebanese eatery buried (unfortunately) in a strip mall, the kebabs out-dazzle even the belly dancers who perform there every Friday night. Diners can choose from lamb, chicken and beef kebabs, all of which come with hummus, tabbouleh and rice. $$

Z’Tejas Grill (20 W. Sixth St., [480] 377-1170). Blending American regional styles, this restaurant has remained a favorite with locals and visitors alike. The food, dubbed New American cuisine, is a combination of Tex-Mex, Southwest and Cajun/Creole flavors. And the potent margaritas? Well, they’re sure to put you in your place. Additional locations in Scottsdale and Chandler. $$

SCOTTSDALE

Cantina Laredo (7361 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., [480] 951-3807). This Dallas import is the mastermind behind the most mind-blowing Mexican dish we’ve ever tried — the camaron poblano asada (sautéed plump shrimp, mushroom slices, onions and Monterey Jack stuffed into a poblano pepper wrapped in a tender 10-ounce carne asada on a small pool of chimichurri sauce). Not into gourmet Mex? The kitchen pulls off the basics as well. $$

Sassi (10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, [480] 502-9095). Prepare to be awed at this $10 million eatery, built to replicate a Tuscan villa. The views are amazing, as are the wine selection and the Southern Italian cuisine, which is surprisingly affordable, considering the setting. $$$

Bloom (8877 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 922-5666). Sandwiches, creative entrees and even more imaginative martinis are served up in this hip, oh-so-Scottsdale space. And save room for something sweet — Bloom’s Bars of Sin dessert lives up to its name. $$

The Breakfast Club (4400 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 222-2582). The menu at this trendy Scottsdale a.m. eatery is dominated by eggs, pancakes, waffles and french toast. The huevos rancheros with chili verde and black beans are delicious. Feeling naughty? Go for the Yakima Belgian waffle or Foster pancakes — both come with vanilla ice cream. $

Kona Grill (7014 E. Camelback Road, [480] 429-1100). Among the Valley’s prettiest people, Kona Grill is the place to be for happy hour. And for good reason: The snazzy eatery’s appetizers — including Maui tacos, California rolls and calamari — are half off. While you’re there, also check out the sushi menu, which includes squid, sea urchin and salmon eggs. Additional location in Chandler. $$

Los Sombreros (2534 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 994-1799). Some surprises on this compact menu include the pumpkin seed-encrusted snapper and the verduras guisadas, tomatillo-braised mushrooms and zucchini served with crispy potato cakes. The soup and classic Mexican dishes are great as well, and the prices are refreshing. $$

Roaring Fork (4800 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 947-0795). The upscale cowboy cuisine of chef/proprietor Robert McGrath is tasty stuff, especially that rotisseried salt-andpepper chicken. Try the pork and green chili stew or wrap your mitts around the Big Ass Burger offered in the bar. $$$

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