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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:00 am

C-Fu Gourmet (2051 W. Warner Road [480] 899-3888). This Chinese eatery is best known for its daily Dim Sum, a kind of snack lunch full of tasty dumplings and pastries, served between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. And with good reason — it’s the best in the East Valley, highlighted by the shumai (pork dumplings) and shrimp rice noodle roll. Their dinner service is also a winner, offering nearly 200 options and 13 “regional specialty sauces.” $$

Cyclo (1919 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler [480] 963-4490). Adventurous flavors, affordable prices and a BYOB policy make this locally owned Vietnamese hideaway a hot spot. The crispy lemongrass chicken and beef carpaccio are delicious. $$

Kona Grill (3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler [480] 792-1711). Kona Grill is the place to be for happy hour. And for good reason: The snazzy eatery’s appetizers — including Maui tacos, California rolls and calamari — are half off. While you’re there, also check out the sushi menu, which includes octopus and freshwater eel. Additional locations in Gilbert (2224 E. Williams Field Road [480] 289-4500) and Scottsdale. $$$

Latitude Eight Thai Grill (11 W. Boston St., Chandler [480] 722-0560). A sleek but unpretentious modern ambiance earn this restaurant by a mother and son from Thailand a winning first impression, but it’s the fresh, balanced food that scores highest marks. Try the $11 three-course lunch special; it kicks off with the ever-popular papaya salad — green papaya, carrot and grilled shrimp with spicy lime dressing. $-$$

Ra Sushi Bar Restaurant (4921 E. Ray Road, Ahwatukee Foothills [480] 940-1111). From spicy tuna rolls to lobster shrimp rolls, Ra offers dozens of sushi selections. Also worth a try are the Holy Shishito Chickena and RAckin’ Shrimp Tacos — along with a sake bomber or two, of course. Additional locations in Mesa (1652 S. Val Vista Drive [480] 632-9500), Tempe (411 S. Mill Ave. [480] 303-9800) and Scottsdale. $$

Shimogamo (2051 W. Warner Road, Chandler [480] 899-7191). A cozy, sleek, modern space serving some of the freshest, most authentic sushi in the East Valley. $$

sN Pacific Rim Asian Kitchen (1236 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert [480] 892-0688). A hip but cozy noodle house with a sushi bar, this restaurant, generally referred to as “Asia” to spare everyone its mouthful of a name, features noodle specialties from Japan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. Jazz bands play Friday nights. $$

Sushi Ave. (866 N. Higley Road, Gilbert [480] 218-5700). Not only is this one of the best sushi spots in the East Valley, it’s also Gilbert’s coolest space to eat. The black wood tables, chairs and sushi bar, dark aqua walls, earthy slate tiles on the floor and walls, and soft track lighting create a hip Asian ambiance. The simple menu includes nine stir-fry options for the sushi shy, including the generously portioned and spiced suicide chicken. $

Swaddee (5055 W. Ray Road, Chandler [480] 785-1640). This unassuming eatery serves what’s arguably the best Thai in town. The pad Thai, tom yum (hot and sour) soup, Massaman curry and chicken spicy noodles are all outstanding choices. Swaddee has a legit five-star heat scale, so cool down by ordering the homemade coconut ice cream, a coconut milk sherbet topped with crushed peanuts. Additional location in Scottsdale. $$

Tott’s Asian Diner (4030 W. Ray Road, Chandler [480] 897-7928). Pick up some stir fry, curry or one of the chefs specials, including grilled bourbon chicken, sweet and pungent shrimp and Asian fried sole. $

Y.C.’s Mongolian Grill (3206 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe [480] 820-8880, and 752 W. Elliot Road, Tempe [480] 777-2929). What makes Y.C.’s Mongolian Grill different from other buffet-style establishments is that after patrons finish filling their bowls, they get to watch the cooks — or, in Y.C.’s case, “grill warriors” — stir-fry the meals on a smoking hot grill. Patrons customize their entrees with an assortment of meats, vegetables, noodles and sauces. The $11.50 per person dinner price also includes a side of soup, rice and frozen yogurt for dessert. Additional locations in Chandler (2990 E. Germann [480] 857-0371), Gilbert (4770 E. Ray Road [480] 457-8681) and Scottsdale. $$

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