First Place: Chick-fil-A
2533 S. Market Street, Gilbert
Beyond its offerings for breakfast, entrées, salads, sides, kid’s meals, treats and especially dipping sauces and dressings, there is one thing that sets Chick-fil-A apart from the other chain restaurants in the Southeast Valley: The attention is fast and courteous.
This seems to be a common theme at this chain’s establishments, but it is especially true at its Gilbert location. Customers are greeting by fresh, smiling faces. You’re likely to be addressed as “sir” or “ma’am.” There seems to be a genuine interest in what you want or need.
Just don’t expect it on Sundays. The chain’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946, when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24-hours, Cathy saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose.
Second Place: Nelson Estate Jewelers
2051 S. Dobson Road, Mesa
Third Place: Singing Pandas Asian Restaurant & Bar