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Claudette Feb 14, 2011 10:24 AM

I'm taking our daughter to AZ State for a tour (as a prospective student), and need advice on where to take her for dinner so she'll get a flavor of college life, but also where I can get something interesting to eat and won't lose my hearing in the process. TIA!

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  1. azhotdish RE: Claudette Feb 14, 2011 10:40 AM

    I'm not sure if these three places will necessarily give your daughter "a flavor of college life", depending on her budget, but I would suggest House of Tricks, Caffe Boa or La Bocca. CB and LB are both located directly on Mill Ave, the hub of nightlife in Tempe, and House of Tricks is less than a two block walk off Mill. All three are more upscale for Tempe (think: college date spots), and serve alcohol, but I'm guessing that's what you're after?

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    House of Tricks
    114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

    Caffe Boa
    398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

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      Sherri RE: azhotdish Feb 14, 2011 01:05 PM

      On the (far) other side of the coin suggested by azhotdish would be Four Peaks Brewery. It most certainly will give your daughter "a flavor of college life"! Unlike most college hangouts, Four Peaks employs a chef who has some interesting daily specials in addition to the usual menu which could give you something not normally on the menu to eat.
      CON: you just might lose your hearing at Four Peaks. Inside - the closer to the bar you are, the noisier it is. It's much quieter on the (heated) patio.
      Rula Bula, on Mill Ave, is another possibility.

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        azhotdish RE: Sherri Feb 14, 2011 04:21 PM

        Good suggestion. Sit outside @ Four Peaks if you can...though it's tough to find a table when it's nice outside. Four Peaks was integral to my living in Tempe / going to ASU experience.

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        ASU
        Tempe, AZ, Tempe, AZ

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          Dapuma RE: azhotdish Feb 15, 2011 05:07 AM

          Four Peaks is def more of a place you would go when in college - and has good food, however cafe boa is going to be alot nicer, but not so much of the typical college experience as mentioned above

          If you want more refined and easier to talk and nicer go with cafe boa

          If you want typical college place go with Four Peaks

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            AnonymousWaitress RE: Dapuma Feb 15, 2011 06:58 AM

            Four peaks is also a great place to grab lunch and weekend breakfast as well and wouldn't be as loud. I went to ASU and it was one of my favorite places, so would probably be fun for her to get a little of the culture.

            If you go to Caffe Boa after dinner you can walk down Mill to get a little of that environment as well - the bars will be pretty rowdy after 10 pm on weekends but that is just a slice of ASU life, it is such a large campus that there is college life all over Tempe/South Scottsdale. Regardless, have fun, ASU has something for every type of student so hopefully she enjoys her visit, I had an amazing 4 years there!

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            Caffe Boa
            398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

            ASU
            Tempe, AZ, Tempe, AZ

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      rhirhic RE: Claudette Feb 14, 2011 01:14 PM

      I agree with azhotdish - Caffe Boa, Boa Bistro or House of Tricks are all great recommendations. However, they are a bit more upscale and thus not an accurate "taste of college life"

      Casey Moore's Oyster House also has very good food and is very popular with the college crowd. There is seating inside.

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      House of Tricks
      114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

      Caffe Boa
      398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

      Casey Moore's Oyster House
      850 S Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

      1. bortukan RE: Claudette Feb 17, 2011 11:23 AM

        The previous posts have the "great bar food" and "special dinner" categories covered very well. If you want something in between-- a non-bar she might go to for a tasty but more student-budgeted meal-- here are a few good bets:
        Phoenicia or Med Fresh Grill: both Middle Eastern. Phoenicia is next to the mosque and has a nicer atmosphere, but lately I find myself liking the food at Med Fresh a little more, and it's right on Mill Ave where various other restaurants/shops are.
        Restaurant Mexico: tasty Central Mexican on Mill Ave
        Mucho Gusto: slightly fancied-up Mexican; I haven't been here in a while and can't remember what the prices are like, but I think it's still in this in-between category
        Oregano's: a very popular local pizza/pasta chain
        America's Taco Shop is quite cheap and has no atmosphere at all, but it's delicious if you're a taco fanatic.
        For lunch (which you didn't ask for but still might need), Engrained on the top floor of the student union is actually quite good. Or any of the places above.

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        Med Fresh
        414 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

        Mucho Gusto
        603 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

        America's Taco Shop
        2041 N 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ

        Restaurant Mexico
        423 S Mill Ave # A, Tempe, AZ 85281

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          Claudette RE: Claudette Feb 18, 2011 09:06 AM

          Thank you-all great advice! I'm listing every rec so that we can take a grand tour. If she chooses a loud, casual place, I'll just head to the hotel bar afterward.

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            hohokam RE: Claudette Feb 18, 2011 10:11 AM

            During my student days, dining out largely consisted of eating at casual, inexpensive places like Pita Jungle, Restaurant Mexico, El Pollo Supremo, Casey Moore's and Haji Baba (along with a few long since defunct places). All are great for a kid on a budget, but when mom is footing the bill, one of the more upscale options already mentioned would be a nice treat. Indeed, every spring, I treated myself to a nice lunch at House of Tricks--nothing better than sitting on the patio with the sun filtering through the grapevines overhead.

            Some friends of ours who live in that part of Tempe have had good things to say about Canteen, a relatively new spot on Mill Avenue.

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            Pita Jungle
            1250 E Apache Blvd Ste 113, Tempe, AZ 85281

            Restaurant Mexico
            423 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

            Haji-Baba Middle Eastern
            1513 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

            Casey Moore's Oyster House
            850 S Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

            El Pollo Supremo
            221 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

            Restaurant Mexico
            423 S Mill Ave # A, Tempe, AZ 85281

            Canteen
            640 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

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              Claudette RE: hohokam Feb 24, 2011 01:27 PM

              I really, really, really wanted to go to Canteen: stylish, tequilas, tacos - what's not to like? But my daughter wasn't having it (we own a place in Tucson, so she's had it with Mexican/Southwest fare) and so she picked RA. The food was very fresh, delicious, and my sake sangria hit the spot, but the loud music got to me after 30 min. Thanks again for all your suggestions; we had a wonderful time and ASU was terrific!

              Canteen: http://www.canteentequilabar.com/food/

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              ASU
              Tempe, AZ, Tempe, AZ

              Canteen
              640 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

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                ziggylu RE: Claudette Feb 24, 2011 04:40 PM

                Your daughter did you a favor. In my experience, Canteen is terrible!

                I'm an old woman and can't deal with the noise at Ra but it's definitely popular with my fellow (and younger) graduate students.

                Clad you had a great visit !

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