Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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LOCALLY OWNED JUST TASTES BETTER

Featuring farm-fresh, from-scratch foods served in a bright, cheery and contemporary atmosphere, BLD (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) is the latest South Chandler dining destination. Open all day, every day, this casual neighborhood hangout features over-sized roll-up windows overlooking a spacious, stylish outdoor patio. Meanwhile, a convenient drive-thru window dispenses barista-made beverages, protein shakes, smoothies, and top-notch to-go foods.  –  (from their website)

I finally made my rerun to BLD in Chandler. It has been quite some time since I first visited here. They are not only a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long. They also have a drive-thru window where you can order coffee beverages, protein shakes, smoothies that are made by a barista. My son and I have been here a couple times now and enjoy the large variety of food on their menu that you can choose from. Our waiter was a friend of my son’s and he hooked us up. BLD is located in the Shops at Pecos Ranch which is home to many of Chandler’s good eats. They also have a great happy hour with discounted prices.

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Green Chili Queso Dip & Barrio Rojo

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Fried Chicken and Waffles

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BLD Steak Salad

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Mozzarella Bites

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Texas Style Wood Smoked Beef Brisket Tacos

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Community Table

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Nat’s Early Bite

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Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop and Diner is a long time favorite of mine. It’s my regular stop when I’m in the Van Nuys area. They do breakfast and lunch (but known for their breakfast) and are a local favorite. This place has a long history (three decades in the Sherman Oaks area) and has a cool story about the original owner selling the place to one of his busboys. They actually have several Eggs Benedict variations. Some of the favorites are the Corned Beef Hash Benedict, the California Benedict and Canadian Bacon Benedict. On their menu you will also find a killer chilaquiles dish and a Jewish matzoh brie. Breakfast is served all day and comes complete with either a cinnamon roll or a muffin. The line for a table is pretty long on the weekends. But Nat’s is one of those places you don’t mind the long wait because next door is a classic antique toy store that has some really cool stuff that will take you back to your childhood. Most of the people waiting in line hang out in there. Portions are huge and don’t let how the place looks outside turn you off.

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Our Own Corned Beef Hash and 2 Eggs

Nat's Early Bite Coffee Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Next Door to Nat’s is Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall & Retro Store. It’s located within the same strip mall and sells an eclectic variety of vintage collectibles, toys & ephemera in a retro space. It’s a great place to hang out while waiting for your table and to relive your childhood.

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Pomegranate Cafe

I was first introduced to this place from a vegan friend of mine. Even though I’m a meat eater, I’m enjoying some of these health-conscious restaurants that are popping up. This cute popular little place is located in Ahwatukee. Pomegranate Cafe was started by a mother and daughter (Cassie and Marlene Tolman). On their website it says they wanted to create an earth-conscious environment with great flavors. I will admit I was really surprised how good the food is here. They do a great job of coming up with some great tasting dishes made of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. This time around my friend and I ordered the POM Strawberry Salad and the Green Bandito Burrito. They were both wonderful. But of course we came here for the amazing desserts. We got the Raspberry Pineapple Cheesecake and the Vanilla Chai Cake. Seriously… who comes up with these yummy creations? My only issue is that many of these places have a tendency to be a little pricey. But we had a great time and look forward to stopping in for lunch again.

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Green Bandito Burrito

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POM Strawberry Salad

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Vanilla Chai Cake

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Raspberry Pineapple Cheesecake

Pomegranate Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sauce

My first experience at Sauce wasn’t the greatest, but this is where everyone picked to go to lunch – so I’m given it another shot. Sauce is a gourmet pizza and wine eatery owned by Fox Restaurant Concepts. They specialize in thin crust pizzas, panini sandwiches and pastas. I wasn’t a big fan of the thin crust pizza the first time I dined here, so I went for the pasta. I ordered the Caprese bruschetta and the chicken, broccoli and cheese pasta. I really liked the noodles in the pasta. It was a fun day as about 10 of us came out for lunch. I was excited that my friend Amaris was in town and that she joined us for lunch. It’s always a blessing to eat out with friends after church and enjoy being in community with each other.

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Sauce Pizza & Wine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

BLD

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BLD (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) serves made-from-scratch, farm-fresh food. It was opened by Cork’s Robert and Danielle Morris and executive chef Brian Peterson. The Shops at Pecos Ranch is a fairly new upscale retail strip in Chandler and features a variety of restaurants and local business. BLD is one their newest tenants and has a “virtually everything” concept that includes a drive-thru window. From the drive-thru you can order barista-made beverages, protein shakes, juices, smoothies and some foods. The interior is upscale casual contemporary and features an indoor/outdoor bar. Dinner includes a wide variety of choices that includes comfort foods like fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, burgers and pork chops. Lunch includes sandwiches, burgers, salads and tacos. Breakfast includes Eggs Benedict, hashes, waffles, burritos (including the BLD) and Hawaiian French Toast Captain Crunch style. I came here with my son for a wine tasting during happy hour. I sampled some wines and we ate light appetizers for our first visit here. It’s nice to have something so close to home.

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BLD Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sausalito

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Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge is the beautiful town of Sausalito. It is unique in that it combines a steep hillside with the shoreline. We enjoyed the views of San Francisco and Alcatraz from the shore and watched the boats come in. It was the perfect spot to stop and grab lunch before heading out for our fun day trip.