We could hardly wait to check out the new Jollibee in Chandler, AZ. It was not our first experience at the “Home of the Famous ChickenJoy!”, but having one so close to home makes it even more special. There was a long wait, but it was definitely worth it in the end.
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Why is Jollibee in Chandler, AZ, and not Central Phoenix or on the West Side?
The Philippines-based fast food restaurant chain opened the doors to its first location in Arizona on December 28th, 2019. Jollibee’s 40th restaurant in the United States is located at 2800 E. Germann Road near the intersection of Gilbert and Germann roads in what is referred to as the Southeast Valley. We don’t know for sure, however, since many Filipino’s live in or near this area, it was likely a major factor in determining an ideal location.
Although there is a significant population of Asians in this area, there are also lots of Filipinos in the Greater Phoenix area. Like many others, we very close to this popular Asian fast-food restaurant. ((within a 15 minutes or less commute radius) But it’s okay – our 30-45 minute drive compared to the 4 plus hour trek to one of the next closest locations in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or San Diego vastly improves access to the deliciousness the Jollibee menu has to offer. On a side note, we have heard from reliable sources that Jollibee plans to grow to 150 stores in the U.S. by 2023, so we will keep our fingers crossed for a west side location in the not too distant future.
Our Jollibee Menu Favorites
Jollibee fans who showed up early to the grand opening were forced to wait in line for nearly four hours. Fortunately, we decided to go in the afternoon and only waited for approximately two hours. This was more than enough time to decide from the list Jollibee’s signature items that include fried chicken (Chickenjoy) paired with gravy & rice, spaghetti, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and more. Despite our best attempts to be decisive, we ended up ordering almost everything on the menu. The spaghetti, as always, was the biggest hit with the kids. This mystical magical blend of pasta, sweet sauce, and bits of hot dogs never fails to satisfy. However, the combination of Chickenjoy and spaghetti is what works best for us and outranks all others as our favorite goto items on the Jollibee menu.
Oh My Gawd, the Chicken Sandwich was Sooo Good!
This incredible sandwich caught us off guard. After a single bite, we could not help comparing it to the likes of Chick Fil A and Popeye’s. Guess what…it’s just as good if not better. It just comes down to preference and if you enjoy food with a garlicky punch, you will definitely love this sandwich. The Jollibee Chicken Sandwich Deluxe includes a brioche bun, hand-breaded chicken fillet, fresh lettuce & tomato, and a flavorful garlic aioli sauce. So yummy!
Yeah, #ItsOurTurn | Jollibee Arizona
We have already made a trip back to Jollibee in Chandler, AZ since the grand opening. It’s really great to be able to satisfy a craving while being so close to home. The lines are a bit shorter but it’s still a very busy place. Not surprisingly, as it should be given the long-awaited arrival of Jollibee to Arizona.