PHX Lunch Ideas
I'll be in the Phoenix metro soon and am interested in trying local offerings. I've perused the board for dinner suggestions and there seems to be some strong consensus for places like NOCA, Binkley's and T Cooks among others.
I'm looking for interesting lunch options in S Scottsdale and Tempe. I'll be near the 101 and Mcdowell also near the airport. Any ideas are appreciated. I would especially like Greek, Middle Eastern, and Indian possibilities if available.
I need to keep lunch around $20 as I can only expense about $70/day.
Thanks for any suggestions.
By your mention of Noca, Binkley's, T. Cooks (none of which, aside from T. Cooks, are open for lunch), $20 budget, and request for ethnic restaurants that--in this area, at least--are traditionally pretty cheap, it's tough to tell if you're looking for cheap hole-in-the-wall ethnic, or a leisurely, upscale lunch. With that said:
Outside of your ethnic specifications, but WAY inside your budget: Food court at Phoenix Ranch Market...grab a horchata, a bunch of street tacos (or any of their myriad options), and youre set. People seem to like Tradiciones at the market, too, but I find it tough to make it out of the food court., so haven't tried it.
They have them in every location, but the 16th and Roosevelt is something of the flagship location in town, as it has the biggest food court, Tradiciones next door, and is also home to their regional office. You can also almost eat your way around that particular one since the pescateria in back sells ready to eat ceviche and fish tacos.
Good lunch options in that area:
Noodles Ranch -- Vietnamese pho and stir-fried
Nile Cafe -- Egyptian
Blue Nile and Cafe LaLibela -- Ethiopian
The Dhaba -- Indian; not the usual buffet
Delhi Palace & Indian Delhi Palace -- the usual northern Indian with a lunch buffet
Cafe Istanbul -- not Turkish, but Lebanese
Haji-Baba -- popular Middle Eastern place with rock-bottom prices
Phoenicia -- Middle Eastern, next to the Islamic Cultural Center in Tempe
Lalibela Cafe Ethiopian
849 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
Blue Nile Cafe
933 E University Dr Ste 112, Tempe, AZ 85281
Delhi Palace Cuisine of India
933 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
Indian Delhi Palace
5104 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Haji-Baba Middle Eastern
1513 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281
2765 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 107, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
1874 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281
Cafe Istanbul & Market
1310 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281
616 S Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
Nile Cafe (Scottsdale)
7051 E McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ
Khai Hoan is a popular Vietnamese place in that area. The extended family owns quite a few Vietnamese restaurants around the Valley.
1537 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281
Also check out The Cornish Pasty Co. in Tempe. Not ethnic, but mighty tasty and within your budget.
Cornish Pasty Co
960 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
For your lunch budget, you can't go wrong with Mucho Gusto. This is if you are ready for some new mexican/southwest kick.