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Oct 9, 2009 10:09 PM

Good Eats in Phoenix Area?

My fiance and I (from SoCal) will be visiting my cousin at ASU next weekend, and we are looking for good places to eat. No offense to my cuz, but he has no taste in food! What are your suggestions? We are open to all types of ethnic foods, as long as they are tasty and authentic!


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  1. The Phoenix Metro Area is huge, so it's probably best to think in terms of the community immediately around ASU. Assuming you mean ASU's main campus, that's Tempe. See here for recent discussions of dining in Tempe:

    1. Here are some places I've been to and enjoyed, recently. They seem authentic to me, but, what do I know?

      Khai Hoan (Vietnamese)

      Mariscos Sinaloa (Mexican seafood) 3135 S 48th St, Tempe AZ

      Udupi (Southern Indian, vegetarian, vegan)

      Udupi Cafe
      1636 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281

      Khai Hoan
      1537 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

      1. We are staying in Scottsdale, and visiting my cuz in Tempe. So, I guess restaurants in that area. Thanks!

        1. Cornish Pasty Company. That is on Hardy and University (about a half-mile from ASU campus.) Great pasties, good beer selection... beware they only have pasties (which is more like a gourmet Hot Pocket, however they are amazing and there are many many varieties). It is a small little place, but is a great spot for lunch.

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          1. re: dillonjford

            Would you knowledge of ethnic pastries extend to empanadas in the Phoenix metro area? Need a great hole in the wall make it while you wait carry them out in a brown paper bag place like I had in Santa Monica.

            1. re: choptop

              There is an empanada hole in the wall in Central Phoenix that I can't remember the name of. Might even have empanada in the name. Want to say around 7th-16th. How about pupusas?Guanaquito Pupusasaroa. 1434 E. McDowell or the well know Elianas (Salvadoran) at 1627 N. 24th St.

          2. There are several good Middle Eastern restaurants in the ASU area: Phoenicia (a longer menu with both lunch and huge dinner-sized items) and Med Fresh Grill (lunch or smaller dinner items) very close to campus, and Cafe Istanbul slightly east of campus (with a couple of interesting varieties of sausage, and lamb's tongue sandwiches if you're lucky enough to be there when they're in stock).

            I like Restaurant Mexico a lot (central Mexican rather than Sonoran like most places around here). Dhaba (pretty near Cafe Istanbul) has good Indian food (although I've had an utterly inept waiter there, it's inexpensive enough not to be a big deal). A little farther away (ca 10 minutes' drive south of campus), Kabab Palace has good Afghan food; unlike anywhere else I mentioned, it has tablecloths and attractive glassware, but is still very casual.

            Restaurant Mexico
            423 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

            Med Fresh
            414 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

            Kabab Palace
            710 W Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ

            The Dhaba
            1874 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

            Cafe Istanbul & Market
            1310 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

            Phoenicia Cafe
            616 S Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281