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A November 2005 trip to Phoenix by Emily Marie

Quote: Emily Marie's son has moved to Scottsdale. Here are some observations from his new locale.

Chompie's Delicatessen

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Restaurant | "Chompie's"

I believe it’s the Daily News which used the advertisement slogan "the most New York you can get." In terms of eating in the Phoenix area, that phrase works well to describe Chompie’s delicatessen. There is a chain of three or four Chompie’s in the valley, with another possibly opening at PV Mall. I’ve heard this one fell through, though. The one I frequent is in a mall at Shea by 92nd st. Most of the time there is a crowd, especially though during the snowbird/winter season. I love Chompie’s because it is very New York. The decor features a number of wall-sized murals all NY-based; one prominently is a tribute to the heroes of 9/11, others based on sports and on New York in general. There...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2007

Chompie's Delicatessen
3202 East Greenway Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
+1 602 971 8010


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Restaurant | "Sand Bar"

The Sand Bar is a place I would love to say I love, except it seems like every time I go here I have a problem of one sort or another. The pluses: the place is aptly named, as the outside bar is like a little beach, complete with what I believe is a wading pool (I’ve never seen anyone in it though, hence "I believe"). The place always seems hopping and the term "meat market" definitely comes to mind. There are plenty of TVs showing sporting events and videos. In the summer, the waitresses seem to take a "Baywtatch" approach to dressing, wearing lifeguard swimsuits and short shorts… A plus depending on your point of view. I really enjoy a lot of the food here. The guacamole seems a little o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2007

10050 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona
(480) 998-8845

This Phoenix-area chain offers good proportions of traditional Greek food at pretty good prices. I know of three locations, but have only eaten at the two Scottsdale locations. The food was the same at both, but I find the location by Paradise Valley to be more enjoyable because of the staff and the lighter, airier environment (in the mall on the northeast corner of Shea and Tatum. The other one I've been to is in Old Town Scottsdale on Scottsdale Road). The chain's staple is the flaming cheese appetizers, either feta or saganaki. They make a small spectacle of this, calling "opa time" as they set the cheese briefly on fire. These and the non-flaming feta and olives are my favorite starter...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2007

My Big Fat Greek Restaurant
Arizona Center
Phoenix, Arizona
(602) 254-5730