What does Tempe have to offer?
Hi! I am traveling with a group colleagues to Tempe for a week and am looking for some recommendations. We typically go out to eat on a regular basis and have a few foodies in the group.
We are pretty open to most types of food. In terms of price, we are interested in entrees priced between $15 and $25. Our preference is more for good food and atmosphere. Thank you in advance!
Does the location within Tempe matter to you?
I imagine you're already checking the board if you want high-end dinners on a few nights; these places are near Tempe but not in it. Here are a couple more of my favorite casual places:
Classic Italian Pizza: great food (order the bread with tomato sauce appetizer, it's much more interesting than it sounds) in a small, quiet restaurant. Make sure you get detailed directions, it's well hidden in a strip mall.
Restaurant Mexico: near ASU. Most Mexican restaurants around here are Sonoran style, this place is a little different. I love the Clare burro and the Friday special chiles rellenos.
Los Sombreros: more upscale Mexican, but within your price range. The better items are meats, in my opinion. N Tempe very near the Scottsdale border.
Essence Bakery Cafe: Near ASU. Mostly organic, healthyish sandwiches and salads, offset by some decidedly unhealthy (but worth it) desserts. I love their two grilled cheese sandwiches and LOVE their macarons. Breakfast and lunch only, and possibly closed Sundays?
I also like House of Tricks, Chuckbox, Med Fresh Grill, and Lalibela Ethiopian, all near ASU.
Classic Italian Pizza
1054 E Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283
Essence Bakery Cafe
825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
423 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
1849 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281
Ted's Hot Dogs at Broadway / McClintock made Gourmet's top 10 hot dog some years back, and I love that place. Charcoal grilled hot dogs, white hots, polish from Buffalo NY. Excellent onion rings and milkshakes. Nothing fancy, but sometimes you just want a good hot dog. They also have burgers and a chicken sandwich. Bring cash.
Ted's Charcoal Broiled Hot Dogs
1755 E Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282
News flash: Ted's now takes credit cards! I've seen it with my own eyes.
And yes, Ted's is great as hot dogs go; just be ready with your order well before you get to the front of the line.
I also agree with Beach Chick's recommendations of Chuckbox (do bring cash for their excellent burgers) and Four Peaks Brewery.
All these places are very casual, Chuckbox the most so (they don't even have chairs--only plywood boxes to sit upon).
House of Tricks..Robin and Bob are lovely and take good care of their guests..excellent food and wine.
Chuckbox for a great cheeseburger..charbroiled beauty.
Four Peaks Brewery has decent food and beer.
Carolines by the airport which is a dive but some of the best Mex.
Durant's Downtown Phoenix if you venture out of Tempe..old school classic
Love Casey Moore's in Tempe..one of my all time favs..I mostly drink there but have had some great food.
Tempe is a suburb of Phoenix. If you limit your eating strictly to Tempe, you'll have lots of good choices, but generally at price point lower than what you envision. For the most part, Tempe is about college-oriented places and strip mall ethnic. In that vein, there are dozens of good Indian, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, etc. places. It sounds, however, like you're looking for something a bit more upscale. If that's the case, there are two options I can think of within Tempe borders.
The first is Caffe Boa, which combines Italian and eastern European influences with an emphasis on pasta.
The second is House of Tricks, which combines French, Southwestern, and Mediterranean influences with a beautiful setting in an historic home and its surrounding patio.
Beyond those choices, there are dozens more options at lower price points within Tempe or in the same price range in adjacent areas of Phoenix and Scottsdale. Please post again if you have specific interests along those lines.
House of Tricks
114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281