Chestnut Lane

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4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

Housed in the cute white hut that was formerly home to Kohnie's Coffee, Chestnut Lane has become a neighborhood favorite -- with lunchtime lines out the door -- seemingly overnight. There's good reason for that. Owner Polly Levine uses great ingredients: Niman Ranch corned beef, fluffy MJ Bread, juicy tomatoes and other produce from Bob McClendon. And her short menu, which offers homemade soup, fancy salads and big, beautiful sandwiches, features American classics kicked up a notch or two. All of the salads are great, but I'm especially enamored of the House (arugula, caramelized walnuts, Arcadia oranges and shaved Parmesan) and the Lobster Cobb (butter lettuce, bacon, hard-cooked egg, avocado and plenty of sweet lobster meat, all tossed in lemon vinaigrette). As for sandwiches, the turkey BLT, egg salad and corned beef on marble rye (smeared with Guinness whole-grain mustard and layered with house-made sweet pickles, Vidalia onion and melted Fontina) are all standouts. Homey desserts change daily but often include dreamy vanilla cake, chocolate toffee and lemon bars. On Saturdays, look for house-made bagels with smoked salmon, cream cheese and all the goodies. Seating is limited to a few tables outside and a community table inside, but there's always take-out. Breakfast and lunch Tu-Sa. $-$$