Chompie's Deli

★★★★☆
Arizona's New York Deli, Restaurant, Bagels, Bakery & Catering Since 1979.
  • 1160 East University

    Tempe, AZ 85281

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  • 480-557-0700

About Chompie's Deli

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Monday - Friday 06:00 AM - 9:00 PM Saturday - Sunday 07:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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"HOT" pastrami sandwich served cold. Sent back. Still cold. Vacuums running loudly at 8:20 pm - closes at 9 pm. Severely deteriorating from last visit.

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★★★★★

"HOT" pastrami sandwich served cold. Sent back. Still cold. Vacuums running loudly at 8:20 pm - closes at 9 pm. Severely deteriorating from last visit.

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We bought Chompies Cinnamon Raisin Bread at a local grocery, thinking oh yum! What a disappointment the whole loaf of bread had maybe a dozens raisins, many slices had no raisins at all! The most any one slice had was three raisins, the bread had no flavor where is the cinnamon, we will never buy it again.

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★☆☆☆☆

We bought Chompies Cinnamon Raisin Bread at a local grocery, thinking oh yum! What a disappointment the whole loaf of bread had maybe a dozens raisins, many slices had no raisins at all! The most any one slice had was three raisins, the bread had no flavor where is the cinnamon, we will never buy it again.

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They have the most amazing bagels. The bagels are always fresh, even if they are a couple of days old.

4
★★★★☆

They have the most amazing bagels. The bagels are always fresh, even if they are a couple of days old.

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I've tried Lou's Phoenician and Ken Witover's New Yorker--pastrami sandwich with coleslaw and 1000 island dressing on rye. Very good. However, you need to try their bagels, my favorite is zucchini. Kosher-style delicatessen. They also cater.

4
★★★★☆

I've tried Lou's Phoenician and Ken Witover's New Yorker--pastrami sandwich with coleslaw and 1000 island dressing on rye. Very good. However, you need to try their bagels, my favorite is zucchini. Kosher-style delicatessen. They also cater.

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When you want real NY Deli food - the place to go in Phoenix. Kids love the Latke's, outstanding sandwichess - piled high in the NY deli tradition. Tomato Basil soup is excellent. Pick up some bagels or "Black and White" cookies on the way out. NY City prices to go with the NY style food.

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★★★★☆

When you want real NY Deli food - the place to go in Phoenix. Kids love the Latke's, outstanding sandwichess - piled high in the NY deli tradition. Tomato Basil soup is excellent. Pick up some bagels or "Black and White" cookies on the way out. NY City prices to go with the NY style food.

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I can clearly tell that anyone calling this place NY-style or "authentic" has never truly visited New York (or at least not a good deli there). Having grown up and spent my entire life in New York prior to coming out to Arizona to attend ASU (now finishing my last year!), AND being 100% Jewish, I am quite familiar with good Jewish NY food.
Chompie's is simply a typical west coast mass-scale, imitation, chain restaurant like virtually all of the food in this state (i.e. Dilly's Deli, ANY Pizza, etc.) While I am not entirely discrediting the food as being terrible or anything, this is nothing like the food I have at home in any way. Just by looking at the menu you can tell how hard they desperately try to make you think they are traditionally New York with all their food items being named after areas is NY or overused yiddish words. I mean...is anyone who works there actually jewish? NO.
The portions are big, which I like, and they have a huge menu so there are plenty of things to choose from, but they sure know how to over-salt just about everything they make. Their bagels are usually awful, unless you simply don't know better. Any time I have friends or family visiting from NY and have taken them to Chompie's, they are seriously disappointed.
For those of you who are interested in trying REAL New York food, I strongly encourage you to make the trip to my home state and enjoy some of the best food on the planet. On almost every street is a real local deli where everything is prepared fresh. And to get the best bagel in the world, you must stop by H&H Bagels, where the bagels are freshly baked all day (not mass-produced in a warehouse and shipped to one of many locations like Chompie's).
If you are craving Jewish food and don't know how to make it yourself, then this might be your best bet in Arizona, but if authenticity is what you're looking for, leave this state.

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★★☆☆☆

I can clearly tell that anyone calling this place NY-style or "authentic" has never truly visited New York (or at least not a good deli there). Having grown up and spent my entire life in New York prior to coming out to Arizona to attend ASU (now finishing my last year!), AND being 100% Jewish, I am quite familiar with good Jewish NY food.
Chompie's is simply a typical west coast mass-scale, imitation, chain restaurant like virtually all of the food in this state (i.e. Dilly's Deli, ANY Pizza, etc.) While I am not entirely discrediting the food as being terrible or anything, this is nothing like the food I have at home in any way. Just by looking at the menu you can tell how hard they desperately try to make you think they are traditionally New York with all their food items being named after areas is NY or overused yiddish words. I mean...is anyone who works there actually jewish? NO.
The portions are big, which I like, and they have a huge menu so there are plenty of things to choose from, but they sure know how to over-salt just about everything they make. Their bagels are usually awful, unless you simply don't know better. Any time I have friends or family visiting from NY and have taken them to Chompie's, they are seriously disappointed.
For those of you who are interested in trying REAL New York food, I strongly encourage you to make the trip to my home state and enjoy some of the best food on the planet. On almost every street is a real local deli where everything is prepared fresh. And to get the best bagel in the world, you must stop by H&H Bagels, where the bagels are freshly baked all day (not mass-produced in a warehouse and shipped to one of many locations like Chompie's).
If you are craving Jewish food and don't know how to make it yourself, then this might be your best bet in Arizona, but if authenticity is what you're looking for, leave this state.

Pros: Big portions

Cons: In NO way authentic

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Chompie's will make you think you're in the "City" having classic deli/diner food. You can't miss with the sandwiches, soup and deserts. Breakfast, lunch or dinner...it won't be a disappointment.

4
★★★★☆

Chompie's will make you think you're in the "City" having classic deli/diner food. You can't miss with the sandwiches, soup and deserts. Breakfast, lunch or dinner...it won't be a disappointment.

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I won't be going there again. My brother and I ate there recently and were both shocked at how we were treated. Something is not right with management if their training of staff is no better then this. The employees are obviously stressed and are not happy.

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★☆☆☆☆

I won't be going there again. My brother and I ate there recently and were both shocked at how we were treated. Something is not right with management if their training of staff is no better then this. The employees are obviously stressed and are not happy.

Pros: Food Ok

Cons: Employees have very bad attitude

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Even the wall decor will make you think you're back in New York City. Good, standard deli-style food, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, salads, dinners, and (to remind you that you're still in Arizona) a few Mexican specialties. The real challenge is walking out the door past the scrumptious desserts on display (but you can always buy one to go!)

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★★★★☆

Even the wall decor will make you think you're back in New York City. Good, standard deli-style food, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, salads, dinners, and (to remind you that you're still in Arizona) a few Mexican specialties. The real challenge is walking out the door past the scrumptious desserts on display (but you can always buy one to go!)

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If you're missing a great reuben sandwich or a 7 layer cake, make sure you stop by Chompie's in Tempe. The sandwiches are more than a meal, and the deserts are to die for!

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★★★★★

If you're missing a great reuben sandwich or a 7 layer cake, make sure you stop by Chompie's in Tempe. The sandwiches are more than a meal, and the deserts are to die for!

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The matzo ball soup is sooo worth writing home about. They have all the Jewish favorites and the bagels are fresh and so yummy. They have a wide selection of sandwiches, and you can get them served on freshly baked Challah bread.

5
★★★★★

The matzo ball soup is sooo worth writing home about. They have all the Jewish favorites and the bagels are fresh and so yummy. They have a wide selection of sandwiches, and you can get them served on freshly baked Challah bread.

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I was visiting from out of town and found this restaurant on-line. I called the Phoenix store and inquired if they had stuffed derma. The associate informed me that they did and when I told him where I was located, he informed me that I was much closer to the Tempe restaurant. I went to the Tempe location and when I asked the associate how many pieces of stuffed derma came in an order, he looked at me and it was obvious he did not know what I was talking about. He said he would ask someone and came back and told me his manager doesn't know what "derma" is. I explained that it was offered at the Phoenix restaurant and told him it was on the on-line menu. He said that the stores carry different items. Needless to say I was VERY disappointed. In addition, I ordered a corned beef and pastrami combo sandwich and when I returned to my hotel, found out that they only gave me corned beef. I was very excited to find a "New York" style deli and couldn't wait to have the stuffed derma. I was VERY disappointed with my experience. The Coney Knish was greasy and the rye bread was terrible. The only positive remark I have is that the chicken soup was excellent. Even the black and white cookie was stale.

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★★☆☆☆

I was visiting from out of town and found this restaurant on-line. I called the Phoenix store and inquired if they had stuffed derma. The associate informed me that they did and when I told him where I was located, he informed me that I was much closer to the Tempe restaurant. I went to the Tempe location and when I asked the associate how many pieces of stuffed derma came in an order, he looked at me and it was obvious he did not know what I was talking about. He said he would ask someone and came back and told me his manager doesn't know what "derma" is. I explained that it was offered at the Phoenix restaurant and told him it was on the on-line menu. He said that the stores carry different items. Needless to say I was VERY disappointed. In addition, I ordered a corned beef and pastrami combo sandwich and when I returned to my hotel, found out that they only gave me corned beef. I was very excited to find a "New York" style deli and couldn't wait to have the stuffed derma. I was VERY disappointed with my experience. The Coney Knish was greasy and the rye bread was terrible. The only positive remark I have is that the chicken soup was excellent. Even the black and white cookie was stale.

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Good food, great soup and amazing desserts. But everything is about $2 too expensive. Pancakes and eggs should not be $8. Even if you add bacon. A SMALL CUP of matzo ball soup should not be $5. I just decided it's not worth it, and I can go somewhere else or make breakfast at home. Maybe their lunch is more reasonable.

2
★★★★☆

Good food, great soup and amazing desserts. But everything is about $2 too expensive. Pancakes and eggs should not be $8. Even if you add bacon. A SMALL CUP of matzo ball soup should not be $5. I just decided it's not worth it, and I can go somewhere else or make breakfast at home. Maybe their lunch is more reasonable.

Pros: Food like back east...

Cons: ...at New York prices

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Reminds me of the deli's back home (in NY), with great bagels and pastries as well as sandwiches and traditional deli fare.

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★★★★★

Reminds me of the deli's back home (in NY), with great bagels and pastries as well as sandwiches and traditional deli fare.

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Best bagels in Phoenix. These puppies are HUGE.
Parking is great and everyone is nice. Genuinely nice. Bagels in all flavors.

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★★★★★

Best bagels in Phoenix. These puppies are HUGE.
Parking is great and everyone is nice. Genuinely nice. Bagels in all flavors.

Pros: delicious, great parking, close to ASU

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best chicken in the pot w/ matzoh balls....and biggest corned beef sandwich in town

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★★★★☆

best chicken in the pot w/ matzoh balls....and biggest corned beef sandwich in town

 

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