Top 5 Local Restaurants in Gilbert, Arizona

Places to eat that you may not have heard of, but MUST try!

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Over the years Gilbert has developed as one of fastest growing cities in The Metro Phoenix Area. With many new housing developments that attract families, new businesses have been sprouting in the area to serve this up-and-coming community. The local dining scene has flourished allowing the East Valley to satisfy their foodie cravings without having to make the drive to Downtown Phoenix or Tempe. Let’s explore the best local restaurants in Gilbert that you need to visit.

Here are Top Five (5) Restaurants in Gilbert that you may have not heard of, but need to check out.

Not Your Typical Deli

    1166 South Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296
    (480) 794-1116


This deli stays true to its name because they provide guests with amazing customer service, matched with exceptional food and large portions. If you’ve been searching for a spot that serves up delicious sandwiches, you’ve found it! Their (juicy) pastrami sandwiches are stacked up high, while their meatball and Reuben sandwiches never disappoint. A local favorite is the White BBQ sandwich, which is filled with white bbq sauce – aka deliciousness, and often Chef W is around to meet customers and get feedback. Everything is made from scratch and fresh ingredients, and they take pride in preserving their quality and connection with the community.

Haiku Tokyo

   2224 E Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85295
   (480) 999-3299


Gilbert may be the last place you would expect to find good Ramen and Poke, but we know where to go to get your fix. Visit Haiku Tokyo, where you can get the top-notch flavor and food quality. We highly recommend ordering tonkatsu or the house special. The poke, Hawaiian style raw/marinated fish, is also worth a try if you are a fan of the raw fish, or are looking to give it a shot. The Cali Poke Bowl is a local favorite and the flavors combine for a  refreshing meal.


  384 N Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234
  (480) 699-9188


If you’re looking for a trendy place to eat for breakfast, lunch, or brunch, Grubstak is the place to be! They serve up Instagram-worthy dishes with flavors to match. They offer a make-your-own bowl style of dining where you can “stak” any of their options as you desire. Stack on top of their famous sweet potato waffle fries, or on a salad if you’re feeling the healthier option. Saturdays and Sundays they offer brunch with various bowls such as huevos rancheros and chilaquiles, which are amazing.

Arizona BBQ Company

   1534 E Ray Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296
   (480) 361-4180


If you are looking for a great barbeque place to try, definitely give Arizona BBQ Company a try. They serve up some juicy barbeque that provides customers with mesquite, smokey flavor. The sauces stand out from others, especially the habanero and green chili sauces. Locals recommend matching the amazing barbeque with their delicious green chili mac and cheese. A major advantage, besides the food, is their local beer selection and great happy hour.

Mucha Lucha Taco Shop

   1530 S Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85296
   (480) 855-0777

If you’re in search of a Mexican restaurant that serves authentic, delicious food, then you must visit Mucha Lucha Taco Shop. The street tacos here are just like the ones you’d find roaming around in Mexico. They have perfected the rolled tacos and their red carnitas recipe is also to die for. Another local favorite is their surf and turf tacos on flour tortillas. Everything you try here will not disappoint!

Even if you are not a local, Gilbert resident, these hidden gems are worth traveling for. Remember to #SupportLocalAZ by eating, playing and riding with local businesses! #RideLocalAZ #RideVIP

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