Chelsea’s Kitchen: Roadhouse on the Canal

by RaeAnne Marsh

The sense of “come on in and visit” starts with the short walkway meandering through the grassy front yard past shallow ponds to the expansive front porch. Part of the LGO Hospitality family of restaurants, Chelsea’s Kitchen exudes a roadhouse ambience despite not technically meeting the definition of being beyond city limits. Dine in homey comfort inside or choose the patio that is completely shrouded beneath spreading mesquite trees — with glimpses of the canal through the foliage.

Chelsea’s Kitchen’s version of comfort food draws from numerous culinary influences. Deviled eggs are a house specialty, and a good starter. The Chicken Nachitos is also great, but be forewarned: Although the name sounds like a small plate, it can easily serve two — or more, if not intended as just a starter.

Signature entrées include the taco platters that come with mounds of fresh guacamole, cabbage and pico de gallo alongside the diner’s choice of ribeye steak, grilled swordfish, grilled ahi tuna, short ribs, surf-and-turf steak and shrimp, or the vegetarian option of grilled locally farmed vegetables — for make-your-own tacos on made-to-order corn tortillas. Side serving on all platters is Chelsea’s Kitchen’s tasty kale slaw. Moist and flavorful from the restaurant’s smoke yard is another entrée option, the roasted Jidori chicken, a meaty half chicken served with seasonal fresh vegetables.

And it would be hard to pass up one of the best Key Lime pies in the area, served with a small scoop of gelato. Make the dessert course complete with some coffee, a quality roast served freshly French-pressed at the table.

Chelsea’s Kitchen
5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix
(602) 957-2555

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