Nothing is more soothing to the soul than a heaping dish of your favorite comfort food. Whether it’s the ooiest-and-gooiest mac ’n cheese or a hearty slab of oven-baked lasagna just like Grandma used to make, all your troubles will seem to melt away with each and every bite. For some of the best comfort foods in Chandler, stop by these restaurants for warm, cozy menu options.
One of the pillars of the Southern breakfast table, buttery biscuits smothered in gravy makes a satisfying meal any time of the day. To get your fill of this classic, stop by Chase’s Diner, where their version is made with a homemade buttermilk biscuit smothered in a sausage cream gravy (the restaurant’s own secret recipe). While the half-order made with one biscuit will do the trick, the whole-order featuring two hearty biscuits will make your morning meal into a morning feast.
Map: 2040 S. Alma School Road, Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 855-3663
West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse
While everything on the menu at West Alley BBQ can soothe anyone’s appetite, the loaded smoked potato is true comfort on a plate. Imagine a whopping potato—fluffy on the inside and crispy-skinned on the outside—loaded with your choice of pork, chicken or brisket, and topped with cheese, chives, bacon bits, sour cream and a drizzle of barbecue sauce. Or, for a different spin on the potato, order the loaded smoked fries with all the same toppings.
Map: 111 W. Boston St., Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 248-8819
Hop Social Tavern
As we all know, no one makes meatloaf better than your mom. But Hop Social Tavern may give her a run for her money. That’s because the restaurant’s scratch made meatloaf is made with a combination of veal, pork, ground chuck and bacon, and served with a rich coffee stout gravy, creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes, and tender glazed carrots.
Map: 3405 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler AZ 85226 or (480) 485-4677
Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta
A Chandler landmark, Floridino’s has been serving Italian comfort food at its finest since 1996. Think stuffed calzones, oven-baked sandwiches, and heaping plates of pasta. But for the ultimate feast, have the baked lasagna made with layers of lasagna noodles, marinara sauce, fresh Italian sausage, seasoned ground beef and the restaurant’s special three-cheese ricotta blend. And if you’ve managed to save room for dessert, indulge in the decadent Sicilian Sundae, featuring a warm chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and fresh whipped cream.
Map: 590 N. Alma School Road, Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 812-8433
Pedal Haus Brewery
Known for its award-winning beers (they won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2018 and were named Best Brewery in The United States at the 2019 Copa Cerveza de Americas), it stands to reason this popular brewery would whip up fare that goes best with a good brew. And while the thought of a juicy burger may come to mind, try their take on buttermilk fried chicken instead. Made with lightly battered and fried boneless chicken tenders, it’s served with seasoned fries, coleslaw and honey hot sauce.
Map: 95 W. Boston St., Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 656-1639
A humble and hearty dish, hash is made up of all the things you love: potatoes and chopped meat. The possibilities are endless with hash—it can be made with chicken, short rib, carnitas, and even shrimp. But for the ultimate classic hash dish, have it with corned beef. The folks at Hash Kitchen have perfected the dish, making theirs simply with corned beef, caramelized onions and Swiss cheese, tossed with crispy potatoes and topped with two eggs.
Map: 2855 W. Ray Road, Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 909-4270
Cuisine & Wine Bistro
There’s comfort food and then there’s French comfort food, from quiches and croquettes, to escargots and cheese boards piled high with brie, breads and raspberry jam. For the quintessential French dish, head to Cuisine & Wine Bistro and order a bowl of rich French onion soup—or soupe a l’oignon as it’s called at this south Chandler eatery owned by Chef Fabrice Buschtetz. Served with gruyere toast, this dish is guaranteed to warm your heart and soul.
Map: 4991 S. Alma School Road, Chandler AZ 85248 or (480) 275-6700
As one of Downtown Chandler’s most iconic spots, Hidden House does not disappoint with its extensive menu filled with steak and chicken dishes, and seafood specials. But while these dishes may be the main attraction, the restaurant’s appetizers are often the real stars of the show. Case in point, the lobster mac ‘n cheese. Made with campanelle pasta, bottarga (salted, cured fish roe), breadcrumbs, baby celery leaf and Calabrian chilis, this dish alone is worth a visit.
Map: 159 W. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 275-5525