First Place: Not Your Typical Deli
1166 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert
When they created Not Your Typical Deli in 2016, Chef W, his wife Vanessa Luna and their investment partners and employees – most of whom are young autistic adults – didn’t quite realize what a beast they were unleashing.
Gilbert residents, heartened by the sandwich shop’s mission, flocked to the place in droves, prompting a move to a sleek new space in Gilbert Town Square near the Regal Cinemas Gilbert 14 more than a year ago. The café and patio also include a One More Bite Bakery outlet and a small Bergies operation that custom roasts the NYT Deli Blend.
Although none of it would have happened without the delicious, Italian-style sandwiches, Chef W said it’s all on the very special employees. “They’re running the show now. This is their restaurant. It’s amazing what these kids have done.”
Second Place: Firehouse Subs
Six Mesa locations
Third Place: Café Zupas
3305 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler