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Nov 16, 2011 06:30 AM

Lunch near Tempe Performing Arts Theater

Going to a children's play on a Friday at the Tempe Performing Arts Theater. Will have a five year old, 90 year old and two in between. Any ideas for lunch within walking distance? Any price range...not too exotic or unusual.

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  1. Among the "safe" options nearby:
    House of Tricks (pricey and kind of "fancy", but not too exotic)
    Restaurant Mexico (inexpensive, possibly exotic seeming to some)
    Canteen (mid-range, again, possibly exotic seeming)
    The Chuck Box (inexpensive, not at all exotic)
    Rula Bula (mid-range, might seem exotic, but isn't)

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

    Restaurant Mexico
    423 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

    Rula Bula
    401 S Mill Ave Ste 101, Tempe, AZ 85281

    Chuck Box
    202 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

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

    640 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

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    1. re: hohokam

      Thanks for the suggestions...everyone loved House of Tricks...nice setting...very good food...and excellent service. They doted on the 5 and 90 year old.

    2. Hohokam's list is good for that area. I'll add a few more:

      NCounter -- breakfast & lunch place that opened a few months ago & has become quite popular. I really like the bananas foster French toast, but there are plenty of good sandwiches & more lunch-oriented items on the menu

      Med Fresh -- Turkish place featuring doner & kababs. Order at the counter during lunch; table service at night. My 4-year-old really enjoyed the kid's chicken kabab plate she had there recently.

      Phoenicia -- Middle Eastern. Good falafel & couscous dishes.

      For dessert, I suggest Paletas Betty at Mill & 5th St. Excellent Mexican paletas with interesting flavors. My 4-year-old likes the chocolate with just a bit of spice. Also, that place is donating 30% of proceeds to Phoenix Children's Hospital on Friday.

      Med Fresh
      414 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

      Paletas Betty
      96 W Boston St, Chandler, AZ 85225

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      1. re: exit2lef

        I added an entry for Paletas Betty's Mill Avenue location to the places database.

        Paletas Betty (Tempe Mill Avenue)
        425 S Mill Ave #109, Tempe, AZ 85281