Serrano’s Debuts Test Kitchen at Chandler Location

Chef Lorraine Serrano Launches November Specials, Other New Items

Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants recently launched a Test Kitchen at its downtown Chandler location next to Chandler City Hall, 141 S. Arizona Ave. The concept allows Executive Chef Lorraine Serrano and her team to debut and test new cuisine that add a twist to Serrano’s traditional Sonoran Mexican recipes. 

Test Kitchen items – which will only be offered at the Chandler restaurant (dine in or takeout) – will be priced as specials and patrons will be asked to provide feedback. If an item is successful, the plan is to roll out that offering at the other four Serrano’s locations.

“Based on our initial trial run of this concept, we believe it will be a big hit with our customers,” said President and CEO Ric Serrano. “It’s a stressful time in the restaurant industry right now, so we wanted to launch something that would bring some levity and excitement to our restaurants. As an example, our Mexican street corn lollipop was a new side item we tested in September that was very well received, so we’ll be adding it as a regular menu item.”

Customers can find Test Kitchen menu items at https://serranosaz.com/test-kitchen-menu-chandler-only/ or by asking a server. The items will be constantly changing.

Current Test Kitchen Items (Available at CHANDLER LOCATION ONLY):

Taco ‘Bout a Bloody Mary: Tajin-rimmed housemade bloody mary loaded with elote corn, a mini barbacoa taco, pepperoncini and a stuffed jalapeño. Ask your server to make it spicy. $12.99

Horchata Paleta: Creamy housemade frozen horchata, perfectly paired with an arroz con leche paleta from Chandler-based Paletas Betty and sprinkled with cinnamon. $7.99 or spiked $9.99 

Mini Taco Salads: 3 bite-sized corn cups layered with refried beans, ground beef, shredded romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, queso fresco, cilantro and a lime wedge. $8.99

Quesadilla Stack: Shredded pork slow braised in our tomatillo salsa layered with queso fresco and refried beans in your choice of flour or corn tortillas. $7.99 

Chimi Stix: Creamy cheesecake, Nutella, fresh strawberries and bananas rolled and fried to perfection then tossed in cinnamon sugar. $5.99

Beyond the Test Kitchen, Serrano’s is also committed to offering unique monthly specials at all five of its locations. November specials feature a spin on already-popular menu items like Serrano’s Queso Fundido. 

November Specials (All 5 Locations)

Drink of the MonthHarvest Sangria: Grand Marnier and cider-infused sangria mixed with fresh oranges and cranberries. $7.99

Appetizer of the Month: Loaded Fundido: A twist on our classic Queso Fundido dip! Mixed with our house ground beef, pico de gallo and spinach. Paired with flour tortilla chips and seasoned with our specialty fajita grill spice blend and finished with cilantro. $10.99

Salad of the Month: Serrano’s Chopped Achiote Chicken Salad: Fresh chopped romaine, grape tomatoes, pickled red onion, cucumbers, roasted corn, black beans, fire-roasted red pepper, shaved radish. Topped with queso fresco, sliced achiote-marinated grilled chicken breast, garnished with lime. Paired with Achiote Vinaigrette. $15.99

Entrée of the Month: Serrano’s Fish Tacos: Two corn tortillas layered with spicy fried cod, cabbage slaw, mango salsa, pickled red onions, queso fresco, cilantro and a citrus avocado drizzle. $12.99

Dessert of the Month: Apple Pie Taco: A dessert taco dusted with cinnamon sugar and pumpkin spice filled with caramel apples topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Served with a scoop of house cinnamon ice cream. $7.99

Additionally, Serrano’s is continuing to offer six popular to-go family packs available via curbside pickup or delivery. Serrano’s also added the option to purchase $5 to-go margaritas and $4 draft or bottled beer via curbside pickup (limit 2 per person, must show ID; not available for delivery) and will continue that for as long as it’s permitted by the State of Arizona. 

About Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants

Launched in 1979 by Ernie and Eva Serrano, Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants offer fresh, delicious Sonoran-style Mexican food with recipes passed down through generations. The Serranos are proud to be the oldest, continuously owned and operated family business in Chandler, Ariz., recently celebrating 100 years of business. Today, seven of Ernie and Eva’s children own and operate Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants. From cooking to catering and payroll to operations, it is truly a family affair. For more information, visit SerranosAZ.com. Locations include:

  • 141 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225   480-899-3318
  • 6440 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85283   480-345-0044  (Dining room remains closed; takeout only)
  • 1964 E. McKellips Road, Mesa, AZ 85203   480-649-3503
  • 1021 S. Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206   480-854-7455
  • 22703 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85242    480-987-0192  

Media Contact:           Stephanie Jarnagan, 480.201.7572, Stephanie@thinkcommaz.com                        

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