Write On Rubee

An Arizona-based food, beverage and travel writer since 2008,  I launched this website in 2015 to document my culinary adventures, beverage escapades, gardening endeavors, and travel in the Phoenix area and beyond.  Also find a comprehensive calendar of Phoenix-area food and drink-related events on my Events page.

Lunch at Chompie's

Chompie's, a New York style deli, is an Arizona institution.  The Borenstein family moved from Queens and opened the first Chompie's in 1979, cooking up their family recipes.  It has since expanded into four busy Valley locations - Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe and Chandler. Last week we stopped in at the Scottsdale location for lunch. With an extensive menu and bakery cases stuffed with pastries, it's always hard for me to decide, but on this  visit our order started with  the popular chicken noodle soup with kreplach (small triangular dumplings filled with ground meat) and crunchy bagel chips:

From "Chompie's Famous Mile High Sandwiches" section, my husband's regular order of pastrami on a kaiser roll:

I ordered a comfort dish of "Jewish Chicken and Dumplings" with fluffy matzo balls covered in sliced chicken and draped in turkey gravy.  There is a choice of two sides from 12 selections and I opted for a crispy latke/potato pancake with sour cream and applesauce and sauteed spinach:

After this hearty lunch there wasn't much room for dessert, but thankfully they come in "mini" and "share" portions.  I finished with a perfect mini size cannoli. Tip: Be sure to check out the bakery cases when you enter. Desserts aren't limited to the printed menu and  you can order any of the treats on display.  

Friendly service, family recipes, comforting dishes, and a great deli and bakery.  Count us among the many fans of Chompie's. 


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