Gilbert, AZ started as a prime farming community. Once fueled by the construction of the Roosevelt Dam and the Eastern and Consolidated Canals in 1911, it has remained true to its roots as an agricultural hub for many years, even once known as the “Hay Capital of the World” until the late 1920s. There are many things to love about the beloved town of Gilbert, AZ, including good public school systems, affordable healthcare, low crime rates, and sunny weather you just can’t beat. It is an old town, with many hidden gems. Amongst these pretty sparkles are a few local eateries you just can’t find anywhere else.
1. The Hidden House
Styled as a 1939 cottage, The Hidden House harkens to the memory of a much simpler and enchanting time. Effortlessly celebrating life over great food, the elegance of the restaurant offers a timeless appeal with fine dining options for a tasteful evening out, celebrating an anniversary, or a business dinner. Offering a more casual scene, it is hard not to enjoy a craft-aged beer along with the groove of tunes of a live band on stage.
A few featured menu items off of the lunch menu include:
- Maple Chili Glazed Fried Chicken
- Gochujang Glazed Noodles
- Mustard Rubbed Salmon
- Grilled Chicken Báhn Mì
Some featured menu items off of the dinner menu include:
- Grilled Sword Fish
- Vegan Sopes
- Pomegranate Glazed Quail
- Blackened Scallops
Some featured menu items off of the dessert menu include:
- Cornbread and Honey
- No Bake Cheesecake
- Banana & Cashew “S’mores”
2. Hot Bamboo
The Hot Bamboo is a fun take on Asian Island foods that specialize in steamed buns (bao), traditional rice bowls, dumplings, and more. Catering to over 100 food festivals a year, this family-run restaurant guarantees a unique eating experience, a difficult place to pass up if you have a hankering for Asian cuisine.
A few featured menu items include:
Steamed buns are traditionally stuffed with different filling variations.
- Ground Pork
Selected with an entree often served on top of a bed of steamed white rice.
- Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
- Red Curry Pork
- Teriyaki Tofu
Noodle-wrapped traditional dumplings stuffed with different filling variations.
- Pot Stickers (Chicken & Pork & Shrimp)
The Garage-East is a local Arizona Farm Winery, practices making wine in a comfortable backyard atmosphere. Featuring a wonderful food menu to compliment the voracious wine list, the restaurant is family-friendly, offering services to children under the age of 13 before 5 pm. A brunch-style cuisine is now offered on weekends with a wonderful assortment of goodies that pair beautifully with breakfast wine, cold brew, and coffee.
A few featured items off of the brunch menu include:
- Breakfast Board
- Parm and Scallion Scone
- Egg & Cheese Sandwich on a Parm & Scallion Scone
A few featured items off of the food menu include:
- Cheese & Meat Board
- Sourdough Bread with Olive Oil and Balsamic
- Hot Pressed Sandwich (Ham & Swiss, Turkey & Provolone, Tomato Basil)
4. Bourbon and Bones Chophouse and Bar
Located in the San Tan Valley of Arizona, very near Gilbert, AZ, The Bourbon and Bones Chophouse and Bar serve USDA prime-grade steaks wagyu, and wet-aged selection. For lovers of seafood, there are fresh-cut options on the menu. The restaurant offers a unique group dining experience and caters to private events of 6-125 guests. For lovers of fine bourbons, there are extensive offerings on the menu to indulge in, as well as a few signature cocktails.
A few featured items off of the dinner menu include:
- Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
- Alaskan King Crab Legs
- Tuna Tartare
- Prime Bone-in Ribeye
- Rack of Lamb
- Filet Mignon (Petite & Regular)
- Bison Ribeye
- Wagyu New York Strip
- Japanese Wagyu A5-9+ NY Strip
5. Isabel’s Amor
Gather with family and friends at Isabel’s Amor to enjoy made-from-scratch authentic Mexican dishes. Led by the matriarch of the Vasquez family whose beloved recipes that have fed three generations of the family are now key featured items on the menu. Located inside a cozy, wood-furnished interior, you can also enjoy the tastes of Mexico on an airy and intimate outdoor patio.
A few featured items off of the menu include:
- Isabel’s Refried Beans Paired with a Homemade Flour Tortilla (3) and Isabel’s Rice
Ensaladas & Sopas
- Asado Salad
- Hacienda Salad
A few separate items on the menu include:
- Carnitas (Pork & Asada & Steak)
- Chile Verde
- Pescado De La Parrilla
- Tacos (Shredded Beef & Shredded Chicken)
- Enchiladas (Chicken & Beef & Shrimp)
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