For Your Deli Dreams Visit Chompie’s Tempe


For Your Deli Dreams Visit Chompie’s Tempe

I grew up in New Jersey, where having a brunch at a delicatessen was part of our social fabric with so many fond memories. When dreaming about a traditional New York style deli, I don’t usually think of a location in the Southwestern desert. We recently had the opportunity to relive our past experiences in the Northeast by enjoying a delicious assortment of delicatessen food and bakery treats in beautiful Tempe, Arizona. Chompie’s should be a guaranteed stop for anyone traveling in on business or pleasure the Phoenix, Arizona area.

We arrived on a busy Sunday morning and were greeted by Brian Becker, the enthusiastic and friendly manager. Brian’s passion for his customers’ satisfaction, the quality and quantity of their food, and the wide variety of traditional deli offerings made this a very pleasant and memorable meal. We will proudly share our dining experience here, and are confident that the vast menu will bring back guests and create repeat customers.

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Chompie’s has a full bakery, and we had every intention of having this sweet part of their dining experience included in our meal. As a starter course, Brian suggested some typical breakfast sweets while we waited for a variety of deli and brunch plates. We drooled as soon as we saw the platter and then dove into a cinnamon bun, cheese Danish, and a honey cake. Our favorite was the honey cake, which was full of flavor and thick texture.

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Next we had the potato pancakes. Our family has tried them many times at home, delis, and at friends’ houses. Chompie’s knows how to make these to perfection – crisp on the outside and smooth on the inside – and we highly recommend giving theirs a try.

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We were on a mission to sample some of our favorite deli foods, and to encourage our kids to experience a few that they never tried before. Chompie’s homemade knishes were excellent. If anyone hasn’t had a knish, their menu describes them as follows:

“New to Knish? Here’s what you’ve missed! It’s a fluffy puffed pastry, baked golden brown and stuffed with your choice of filling: Vegetable, Meat, Potato, or Coney”

We tried the meat, and also the potato. The meat was tasty and unique, and can be a meal on its own. I’ve always preferred potato knishes, and Chompie’s knish was terrific. Try it with mustard, for a full contrast of flavors!

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Of course, the chicken with Matzo ball soup was on our bucket list. Chompie’s has a fantastic version, and it will stand on its own to draw in guests for repeat visits. The soup broth was balanced with vegetables that melt in your mouth, tender chicken, and medium-firm Matzo balls.

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One of my favorite attractions at a deli is a toasted bagel with salmon and cream cheese. Chompie’s offered it with Lox (“smoked Norwegian salmon”) and baked salmon “(Kippered) salmon wood-fire smoked over a unique blend of hardwoods”. This is typically eaten open-faced with capers, lemon juice, onion, tomato, cream cheese … and a big smile on your open face!

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Two of our family members prefer to eat gluten free foods, and Chompie’s has many options for cautious eaters. This photo shows one of their gluten free bagels with corned beef hash, home fries, and eggs. Their gluten free bagels are light and fluffy, and they matched well with the eggs, hash and salmon. We also absolutely loved the potatoes. Every potato we encountered in this meal was outstanding, and we were in awe about how many ways this restaurant could cook their potatoes so nicely.

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As a somewhat adventurous eater, I also wanted to sample the chopped liver. My grandmother used to make this side dish, and I remembered it as salty and somewhat bitter but with a mild sweetness. Chompie’s “Grandma Sadie’s homemade recipe” was different, with more sweetness to overcome the strong taste of the meat. It’s a dish for open-minded people, so feel free to be adventurous.

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To round out the breakfast/brunch options, we had Ali’s big apple pancakes. They were loaded with fresh apple flavor, while perfectly light and fluffy. The menu describes them as made with “house-scratch batter mixed with baked apple, brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon”.

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Before we could end our dining adventure, our taste buds were ready for a sweet treat. Our selection included a chocolate chip cannoli, carrot cake, custard cake, and a rainbow cookie from their famous bakery. All were delightful and balanced. The rainbow cookie had a more complex set of flavors (as one may guess, from the colors and name), and our favorites were the cannoli and carrot cake. There are so many choices that Chompie’s has a sweet treat for anyone’s palate.

For any time of day, or for any craving, Chompie’s offers a special diverse menu to satisfy your hunger. Please visit the Tempe, AZ location (at ASU) or any of the other four locations in the Phoenix area. Your deli dreams will come true.

Kids Eat and Ride For Free On The Grand Canyon Railway


Take The Grand Canyon Railway This Summer

Need some ideas for summer vacation? How about taking the kids to Grand canyon? I have never been before so this is definitely on my bucket list. One of the easiest and most scenic route to get there is  The Grand Canyon Railway and they just announced that kids ages 2-15 will eat free and ride the train for free with a special two-night package originating out of Williams, Arizona, from Memorial Day weekend, May 27, through Labor Day, September 5.

Kids get a free round-trip ticket in Pullman class with a paying adult on the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and back, and two full breakfasts and two full dinners at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel conveniently located adjacent to the historic train depot and a short walk to town located on iconic Route 66. A buffet will be served at the Railway’s Grand Depot Café. This is a limited-time offer based on bookings and availability; other restrictions may apply.

What Days Does The Train Leave?

The Grand Canyon Railway is the most hassle-free way to get to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Trains make two daily departures from May 28 through Sept. 5; one at 9:30 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. The 65-mile ride takes 2 hours and 15 minutes each way. Trains return back to Williams at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Each train lays-over at the Grand Canyon (steps from the rim itself) for 3.5 hours. The ride features cowboys and western musicians and performers.

About The Train

The Railway offers six classes of service for visitors: Pullman, Coach, First, Observation Dome, Luxury Dome, and Luxury Parlor. Families can travel in other classes of accommodation on the train and a $29 value per child will be deducted automatically. Some classes of service include snacks and beverages. Luxury Dome and Luxury Parlor are limited to guests 16 years of age and older.

While the Grand Canyon Railway is normally powered with diesel engines, the fabled train will be pulled by a vintage steam locomotive this year on June 4; June 18 (national train day); July 2; Aug. 6, 24, 25, 25 and 27; and Sept. 3.

The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

The newly refurbished Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams features 298-rooms and is adjacent to the train depot and just a block away from downtown Williams and historic Route 66. The hotel offers a variety of amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, dining options, a children’s playground, and even a dedicated pet resort!

For more information about the Grand Canyon Railway, visit or call 1-800-THE-TRAIN (843-8724).

Run Wild at Rawhide


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If you are looking for something fun and unique to do with your kids I highly recommend checking out Rawhide in Chandler Arizona. Rawhide is the perfect place to visit whether you are local, from out of town, or out of the country. The town of Rawhide promises to deliver up a true western experience with our multiple attractions and retail stores. If you like 1880’s, and a western town full of fun, good eatin’, great shopping and a true taste of the old west, you will thoroughly enjoy Rawhide. As a matter of fact, you will not find anything else like it in Arizona!

Video of Things to do in Rawhide

On a recent visit to Rawhide last month my family had a great time exploring the town. Here are a few tips I would recommend if you are going to visit!

Tips for Rawhide

  • Wear Western Clothing! It’s so much fun to dress the part! The town locals love it too! We bought a western hate for my daughter and she fit right in!
  • Bring Water. It can get extremely hot inside
  • Be prepared for random gunshots. The actors will sometimes breakout into a gun battle and if you are not expecting it , it can be startling for the little ones.
  • Don’t miss the live stunt show at 6 gun theater. It is so well done and so funny. Each show throughout the day has a different theme and your kids can  post with the actors after.
  • Don’t forget your camera and bring a back up charger! There are so many great photo ops here you do not want to miss out on.
  • Purchase the Town Pass Attraction/Show Wristband. It a much better deal than paying for individual rides. The wristband is good for unlimited rides and attractions for that day.
  • If you have children 5 and under they most likely will be too small to do most of the attractions do to the height/weight requirements

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The result of a random gunbattle (they aren’t really dead)

Mine For gold

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Want to strike it rich? Try your luck panning for (fool’s) gold just like the pioneers. Word around town is that the biggest nugget is yet to be found.

Rock Climb

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Three levels of physical challenge put your strength and stamina to the test. See if you’ve got what it takes to conquer this 30ft rock climbing wall!

*Min Weight: 50lbs. *Max Weight: 200lbs. 

*Climber must be 18 years of age or older (Parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver if under 18)

Play Chess

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Get an ice cold beverage in the general store and enjoy a lazy game of chess while you cool off!

Map of Rawhide

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Rawhide Hours

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