Wonderful Wanda's brings taste of small town Midwest to Chandler

Brandy Grooms (second from left) with her staff at Wonderful Wanda's. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Brandy Grooms (second from left) with her staff at Wonderful Wanda's. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Brandy Grooms (second from left) with her staff at Wonderful Wanda's. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

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French toast is one of the menu items at Wonderful Wanda's. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Wonderful Wanda's prides itself in sourcing the freshest local ingredients. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Breakfast dishes at the restaurant are often named after people important to Brandy Grooms and Wonderful Wanda's. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Brandy Grooms knew she wanted to buy a restaurant when she moved from small-town Nebraska to the Valley. She had spent her life working in restaurants and wanted to find one that was the right fit. Enter: Wonderful Wanda’s, a restaurant that has been a Chandler staple since the 1990s.

“I am the fifth Wanda,” Grooms said with a laugh. She purchased the business from the previous owner—the fourth Wanda—and by February 2019 she was the owner of Wonderful Wanda’s.

The original owner in the 1990s, when the restaurant was a bakery, was named Wanda. Grooms said the owners since the original Wanda have tried to make the restaurant their own.

“We have home cooking—everything here is like eating from grandma’s kitchen,” Grooms said. “It’s very Midwestern. Everything is made with care and attention to detail and amazing, locally-sourced ingredients. And butter, a lot of butter.”

The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch during weekdays and on the weekends serves all-day breakfast.


The restaurant has only 10 tables inside, but Grooms said people are happy to wait for a table to get a hearty meal.

The restaurant also does plenty of to-go orders and Doordash orders, Grooms said.

“We have a strong following,” Grooms said. “When you share food with people, it bonds people. That’s all I want this place to be.”

As Grooms told the story of the restaurant and the menu, which was designed by her college-aged daughter, she greeted the customers who walked in by name.

“Our regulars are our backbone,” she said. “I take the time to talk and catch up with them when they come in. I get to see the next phases of their lives, too. I just believed in this place and it’s been amazing. This place is part of our family now.”


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