It’s easy to pick one of the big chains when you’re hungry, rushing home from work, or in the middle of helping the kids with homework. Those are the restaurants we see on every road in every city across the country. But the next time you’re after something good to eat, look around at smaller local eateries. There are some great restaurants serving up incredible food with a touch of whimsy or that special something that makes you want to go back over and over. Most are family owned and have unique stories that contribute to their passion for good food. Here are a few of the fun and funky restaurants you can discover in the East Valley.