Where to eat in the city of Gilbert.

Until a few years ago, the best thing to eat at Gilbert’s Center was the vanilla ice cream at the local Dairy Queen.

The Heritage District has come a long way since its days as a rural farming community, as described by Jessica Boehm in a piece of Arizona Republic history. And with the help of some far-sighted restaurants like Joe Johnston’s Joe Johnston and Postino’s Craig de Marco in the early 2010’s, the neighborhood has become a stir-fry. Strip with about three dozen stylish bars and restaurants.

Only a few historic farming structures remain, and now part of Gilbert Road between Elliott Road and Juniper Avenue is a magnet for popular Valley restaurants such as Clever Koi, Barrio Queen, Culinary Dropout and Postino’s satellite locations. A few miles away, Gilbert is also planning an exciting mixed-use app called Epicenter, which will soon open its doors in Egretopia, where more cowardly Phoenix restaurants and bars plan to open new outposts.

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