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Tom’s BBQ goes full-service in Chandler
by Joan Westlake and $3.50 well beverages, it’s happy hour all day long.
Chandler scores another fi rst when it comes to “I wanted this to be a fair-priced restaurant,” says
barbecue. Tom. “Even though this is a high-end neighborhood,
In 1988, Tom Ryan selected Chandler to open the people are still looking for good value. We work
fi rst Tom’s BBQ in the state. Now, he has selected hard to keep the prices down, the quality up and the
Chandler for the fi rst, full-service Tom’s featuring the portions good.”
Boss Hog Bar. Tucked away in the Bashas’ shopping Catering is a big business at Tom’s. Ryan says
center on the northwest corner of Gilbert and Chandler they’ve already done a number of parties for birthdays,
Heights, the new Tom’s was an immediate hit. business meetings and anniversaries. Plus, they’ve
Big windows, booths and comfortable seating invite become the “after the game place” for local teams.
patrons to a true sit-down dining experience. Seven There are some Mother’s Day specials planned
big screen TVs add to the casual atmosphere. The including complimentary roses for moms. Also on the
outdoor, smoke-free patio seats about 25 patrons. horizon is live music.
“We opened up at the end of January with no
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Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the new
fanfare, and we were absolutely overwhelmed with
GREAT BBQ: Tom’s BBQ is now open in the former Nozzlehead’s,
Tom’s is located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. For info, call
on the northwest corner of Gilbert and Chandler Heights roads.
business,” says Ryan. “People were just so happy to 480-963-2170.
see us in the neighborhood. Now that we’ve got our
steady pace in the kitchen, people are seeing what we Ryan jokes that since they added catfi sh and some
can really do.” other fruits of the sea to the menu, he feels as though Quik Bite
Ample servings of the rich Chicago-style barbecue he’s opened a fi sh restaurant. Pasta dishes are being
that made Tom’s famous are still the main attraction. added to the menu as warm weather approaches. Also
Tom’s BBQ
Pork, chicken and brisket are served in combination new to the established menu are burgers and salads.
NW corner of Gilbert and Chandler Heights
plates or in sandwiches with sides like coleslaw and Dinners average $9 for good-sized portions. A full
baked beans. The hand-cut fries are a must try. slab of ribs with a side is $18.99. The kids’ menu
Fall-off-the-bone ribs drenched in tangy and smoky features $4.99 for fries and a beverage with items like
sauce are keeping Tom’s on the map. The “four meats a Junior BBQ sandwich or hamburger, or $5.75 for a
of your choice” combo plate is great for a two-person three-rib plate.
taste sampling with some left over to take home. Save A fi rst for the barbecue king is the Boss Hog Bar,
room for the pecan or sweet potato pie. where, as Ryan points out, with $2 domestic draughts
Mother’s Day ‘Marvelous’
meals & deals
fashion show May 9
by Lynda Exley
by Collette Prather
From customized wine labels, to a special golf time to golf time to More than 60 children, teen and
contests, there are many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day other’s Day adult models with developmental
this year in the SanTan Sun area. disabilities grace the runway at the
10th annual You Look Marvelous
Hand-painted wine label fashion show Sat., May 9, a benefi t
Show Mom how much she means to you this Mother’s is Mother’s
aimed at promoting disability
Day by giving her a personalized or hand-painted wine ainted wine
awareness and building self-
label on a bottle of her favorite wine during Kokopelli g Kokopelli
Winery & Bistro’s Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 0 a.m. to 3
The models have been
p.m. on Sun., May 10.
participating in a six-week
Personalized wine labels cost $5 each with provided h provideed
workshop series provided by Helen
artwork or $10 for hand paintings plus the cost of the ost of the
Noonan of AZ Heart to Heart. The
wine, which ranges from $8 to $35 per bottle. Labels, e. Labelss,
workshops focus on teaching social
painted by Cory Hoffman, must be ordered by May 7 to May 7 to
graces, goal setting, improving self-
be created in time for the big day.
image and preparation for walking
Brunch at Kokopelli’s includes prime rib, baked baked
ham, French country chicken, Pasta Danielle,niei lle,e
the runway.
breakfast items, soup, salads and side items, plus a plus aa
Several years ago, two recreation
dessert table. Live music entertains families from 11 m 11
coordinators were thinking of ways to
a.m. to 2 p.m.
boost the self-esteem of its program
The cost is $9.95 for children younger than 10 n 10
participants while promoting a
and $24.95 for ages 11 and older. Reservations are are
healthy lifestyle, and the result
was the inaugural Marvelous show
Kokopelli Bistro is located at 35 W. Boston,ton,
presented by the John Robert Powers Submitted pSubmitted phhotootos
Chandler. To order a personalized wine label or l or
Modeling Agency. MARVELOUS:MARVELOUS: The 10th annual You Look Marvelous The 10th annual
make reservations, call 480-792-6927. For more more This year’s event runs from 10:30
fashion show promoted disability awareness and
building self-esteem. Models, from top counter
info, visit a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chandler Center
clockwise, were Alma Barba & Kevin Griffi n
for the Arts at 250 N. Arizona Ave.
showing off their formal wear; Abby Rose and
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her sister as escort; Nicole Wilkes in a beautiful
The City of Mesa and City of Tempe,
evening gown.
POP A CORK FOR MOM: Get a customized wine bottle at tle at
Kokopelli for a special Mother’s Day present. seent..
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