PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- You know it's an Arizona's Family favorite when half the Good Morning Arizona shows up after the newscast. They came for the food-- because they know it's good!
The Lunch Box Cafe has a long history with 3TV. Chef/Owner Isidro Chacon aka Chilo used to cater 3TV's mall tours "back in the day". He's since been a favorite of Good Morning Arizona photographers Gibby Parra and Arnold Espinoza.
Chilo is a self-employed immigrant. He started as a bus boy in the restaurant business as a teenager and worked his way up to Chef and restaurant owner.
He worked in fine dining and had Chef Alex Stratta as a mentor, along with Michael Rusconi.
Chilo says the name "The Lunch Box" is American but the menu has a little of everything. He started the business back in 1999, and has been in the I-17 and Bethany Home Road location for 13 years now.
The place is small but the food is homemade from the burger menu to the Northern Chihuahua style burritos-- a nod to Chilo's hometown. Chilo says everything is scratch made-- from the bread to the tortillas to the empanadas--Chilo and his crew makes everything in house.
The Lunch Box Cafe is a friendly neighborhood restaurant with great support from the police department, fire department and locals. Arnold says-- that's how you know it's good!
The Lunch Box Cafe offers cakes and catering as well!
The Lunch Box Café