Depending on where you live in the valley, it can be challenging to find a locally owned neighborhood gem where you can establish yourself as a regular and enjoy good food and drinks. Fired Up Grill isn’t getting the attention it deserves. This friendly establishment should be drawing more locals because it’s got a lot to offer. Local businesses need extra support these days and while our community places an emphasis on staying local, the bar needs to be raised.
Fired Up Grill is located in Chandler in the Casa Paloma shopping center. The restaurant faces East 56th Street at the intersection of Ray Road. Those that have their thinking caps on would realize that translates to a quiet patio and less traffic as Casa Paloma is a busy shopping center. The Fired Up Grill has a large wrap around patio with misters and their bar offers seating both inside and outside. The layout is fantastic if you are considering an event. The owner, Joe Busone, has years of experience running restaurants and an interesting personal story to share about Fired Up Grill. Look for him when you stop by. He’s really hustling to keep things interesting for his customers. Joe changes up the menu, offers live music on Friday and Saturday night, gluten-free options and has happy hour daily from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fire Up Grill has a multitude of appetizers on the menu and some have different variations you can select. The Sonoran quesadilla, jalapeno crab cakes, flat bread pizzas, cheese and fruit platter and baked bruschetta are always great options. The grill offers a variety of wines by the glass and a full bar with specialty martinis and house creations. Joe has something for everyone on his menu. Burger lovers have a selection of beef, bison and salmon burgers. Pizza lovers have extensive choices and if you are in the mood for pasta, a salad, pork or comfort food, he’s got it covered. The bistro lunch menu is very appealing with various sandwich selections, soups and salads, burgers, wraps and small plates. Signature entrees are available for dinner and Joe keeps it interesting with a seasonal menu that incorporates fresh fruits, vegetables and themes depending on the time of year.
Isn’t that enough to qualify Fire Up Grill as a neighborhood gem? Actually, there is more. Fired Up Grill’s wait staff is personable and friendly. They will remember who you are and what you like. They will ensure sure your order is what you expected and are happy to make accommodations and honor special dietary requests. Genuine personable and friendly service is not easy to come by but management has created that culture at Fired Up Grill. It’s infectious and once you stop in and try it, chances are you will want to go back. Personally, I tried Fired Up Grill just a few months ago despite they have been open since 2009. Now I stop in twice a week and I regret not having tried it sooner.