Whole Foods Market Chandler: 2955 W Ray Rd Chandler, AZ 85224
* I am not a food critic! I am just a hungry biker! I love to ride my bike to food and drink. I try to fairly review things like: bike parking, how welcoming they are to sweaty people with helmet hair, food/drink and price.
This location has lots of bike parking to the right, close to the busy patio where several people were having lunch. I was about to put this location’s “bike-friendly-ness” to the test. I forgot my lock. For real. After placing my bike on the rack I realize I don’t have it, and can’t lock it. Only one thing to do. Drag the bike in and ask if I can leave my bike inside while I do some shopping aka: eating. If they say no: I go home and they get a “not bike-friendly” stamp. Period.
So I drag the bike in and explain my situation. The young man working the cashier area told me it would be totally fine but that he had to ask a manager. His manager was not the friendliest ever and gave me some lip. After some complaining from the manager I asked if it would be ok for me to leave the bike or not. All I had heard was complaining but not a clear yes or not. She said yes but she was not responsible for it. The young man came up to me and told me he would watch my bike. Thanks dude!
Bye bike! I’ll be right baaaack!
I’m pretty sure we have all been inside a Whole Foods, but just in case… the prepared food section is huge! They have lots of healthy foods for the healthiest of cyclists, and they also have some not so healthy things. Not everything in Whole Foods is organic, non-gmo, clean etc. So if this is of the upmost importance to you, make sure you read your labels.
A huge salad bar, sushi, ice cream, mexican, a juice bar, pizzeria, sandwiches, plus more and more and moooooooore! It’s all ready for you at the mighty Whole Foods. I went for a very non-healthy cheese pizza. I am a true pizza addict. I cannot help myself. Pizza is what the truest of loves is made out of! I was going to get a juice or a smoothie but I failed at life and got the pizza instead.
On the line to pay. I’m so happy having scored the last slice of cheese. I was ready to sit outside so I could retrieve my bike and watch it myself when…
from the corner of my eye…. I spot the bar. I asked the girl cashing me out if I can drink a beer outside and the answer was no. Dining in it is! Whole Foods Chandler has a pretty nice bar inside with quite a few drafts available. Pizza and a cold draft beer. Yes’m.
Time to talk food! Cheese Pizza: There’s never been a cheese pizza that I didn’t like. I find them all delicious. Having said that, I have my clear favorites and this one was not one of them. But it was really good. Light-years above a Pizza Hut or Papa Johns. A little thicker than I prefer, but in all the right places. Great White Beer: I ordered an Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pills but the bartender recommended this Great White by Lost Coast Brewery in California. After a small sample I was sold. Really nice beer! Still got an Oskar Blues glass.
Cheese Pizza and Great White Beer: $9.24 (not including tip)
I thought this was a bit expensive… but not too crazy. And I’m in Whole Foods so exepensive was to be expected…
Overall I say Whole Foods Chandler is…. bicycle friendly!
- Casual vibe.
- The bathrooms are large enough to freshen up.
- Plenty of bike parking.
- They let me park my bike inside while I shopped.
- Plenty of healthy options to fuel your body for more riding!