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    Ncounter: Fresh lunch and great pastries

    by blueskyjohn Written Apr 19, 2013

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    Ncounter prides itself on fresh made food daily. Its a corner restaurant with large windows that give a very open atmosphere. They also have outdoor seating. There is a small counter with a menu above. The writing is small but they have paper menus to use if you can't read the small print. After ordering they give you a small metal stand with a letter cut out on it. Someone brings the food out to you.

    For lunch, I had the Smokehouse Avocado Stack which is smoked turkey, sprouts, tomatoes, avocado and mayo on 12 grain bread. It was delicious. When I ordered their pastries caught my eye and I ordered a s'mores bar which was out of this world. Unfortunately they rotate pastries and when I went back the next day they had different pastries.

    Favorite Dish: The s'mores bar was great

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    Z' Tejas: Falls short on flavor

    by blueskyjohn Written Apr 15, 2013

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    This is a nice bar restaurant just off of Mill Avenue. They have outdoor seating as well. The wait staff were very helpful and attentive. One thing caught my eye on the menu and ordered that. It was the Chorizo stuffed Pork Tenderloin which is described as Chorizo, Jack cheese and poblano peppers stuffed into pork tenderloin, atop a bed of sweet potato sauté, served with roasted poblano cream sauce.

    First what comes out was this amazing corn bread that was delicious. Unfortunately, the good food stopped there. The main course was really not a pork tenderloin. It was a strip of pork wrapped around a huge mystery paste. Not sure how they can call it chorizo. Maybe chorizo puree? Very unappetizing. The dish came out with no sweet potato as described.

    Not a good meal.

    Favorite Dish: The corn bread was excellent

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    Villa Peru: Some of the Best Food in the East Valley

    by Basaic Written Jan 23, 2013

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    $15 as of January 2013. I wanted to try something different from the Indian Vegetarian restaurant acroos from the hotel so I went walked down Scottsdale Road a few blocks and spotted a place called the Villa Peru. Villa Peru is located in a stripmall and looked okay; but not great from the outside. Once I walked in I felt better as the decor was very nice. There was a little boy about 3 in there (the son of the owners I think). He was well behaved and added to the homey atmosphere. Villa Peru was voted the best Latin American restaurant in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area in 2012. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM Tuesday through Sunday. A must try for the East Valley!

    Favorite Dish: Great Food Seco de Carne Con Frejoles (Tender slow cooked beef, canary beans, cilantro rice). The meat almost melts in your mouth it is so tender.

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    Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill: It's a Chain But Good

    by AlbuqRay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Z'Tejas is a small chain of restaurants that started in Austin, Texas. It is what I would call "California Mexican" food. Actually the number of entrees is not that big but they are good, as is the service. There is outdoor dining (with misters when it is hot) and a large bar area. There were many ASU students eating and drinking at Z'Tejas.

    Favorite Dish: The Chicken Diablo is very tasty.

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    My Big Fat Greek Restaurant: You Cannot Stay Skinny There

    by AlbuqRay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The My Big Fat Greek Restaurant in Tempe is part of a small five-restaurant, Phoenix area chain. I have eaten there twice. Both times the food was excellent but the second time the service was slow in starting. It seemed to be a long time before anyone noticed we had been seated. However, once they found us, the service was good and the staff friendly. They enclose the patio and air condition it when the weather gets hot.

    Favorite Dish: The Mediterranean grilled vegetables for $10.95 are delicious, not overcooked, and the balsamic vinegar drizzled on top is a nice touch. However, I wish they served the vegetables with more rice than they do. Talk about good leftovers... add your leftover Mediterranean grilled vegetables to the Sahara's mixed grill leftovers and you really have something!

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    Pho Thang Long: Great Vietnamese Food

    by jumpingwithnorman Written Aug 20, 2009
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    Pho Thang Long offers awesome Vietnamese food at reasonable prices right in the heart of Mill Avenue in Tempe. They are open late and the service is great. Our party of 9 walked in for dinner at past 9pm on a Sunday night and they were still open, willing to serve and totally yummy! The decor is nice and the place is kept clean. The space was formerly occupied by a branch of San Diego-based Sam's Woodfired Pizza and you can still see the brick oven in the back when you go to the restrooms. But even if they're not original to this location, I hope that they stick around. It's a real treat to get authentic Vietnamese food late at night.

    Favorite Dish: Their fried egg rolls were amazing - crispy and tasty. The shrimp skewer appetizer was also good along with the orange peel chicken. The pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) is available in several different versions. They also offer avocado smoothies. I know... I don't like guacamole but I love avocado smoothies! Thai Iced Tea or Coffee is also available along with coconut juice.

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    Rainforest Cafe: Elephant and Gorilla Robots whiole you eat!

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 15, 2009

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    The Volcano Cake at Rainforest Cafe, Tempe, AZ

    The ambiance in this restaurant is perfect for kids! Restaurant cafe is actually a chain of restaurants and the first one I ate in was in California. tempe is lucky to have one in Arizona Mills.

    As I am writing this tip, I still have the spare ribs and paella in my tummy, hehehe...topped by the chocolatey VOLCANO CAKE! Hehehe...I really need to exercise tomorrow...

    When you first eneter this place, you will notice children gathered around the robot crocodile/alligator? which growls loudly (do these repitles growl?). And then there'es also a giant serpent greeting you --- inside, you will see amazing aquariums filled with exotic fish, specially the clownfish Nemo (real clownfish) and that blue DORI fish from the movie NEMO.

    My son always gets scared with the gorillas, elephants and cougar when they all atart to move and make this jungle sounds at the same time...but after a while he gets used to it. My daughter is braver...

    As for the food, it is okay - a bit commercialized but then the place sells itself mostly through its jungle experience. Also, you can be a Safari Member for $15 to get 10% discounts or some cah off the appetizers and they also mail you monthly $10 off certificates - not only for this restaurant but also for other affiliated Landry ? restaurants around the USA.

    Favorite Dish: VOLCANO CAKE

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    The Siamese Cat: Great Thai restaurant in Tempe, Arizona

    by alchemyiam Updated Jan 27, 2008

    This is not a super fancy place, but considering the reasonable cost, friendly and efficient service, great food and low key ambiance I have to give this place 5 stars. The lady serving us told me that this restaurant had been around for 25 years - so it seems to have done well in a very competitive market. Strange that this was my first time despite having lived in Tempe for nearly 20 years.

    What was really nice was that they had several good choices for vegetarians.

    The price was very reasonable ($21 +tip) for a shared starter and 2 x entrees. We chatted to the lady and she was kind enough to give us a discount for our next visit..
    The restaurant was fairly busy on a Friday night with a typical cosmopolitan Tempe crowd, but we were able to get a seat right away. The folks at the next table were trying the various deserts, but unfortunately I'm trying to lose weight - maybe next time....The Sangkhaya Coconut custard - a Thai custard made with coconut cream) looks good. We will definately add this to our list of great local restaurants.

    Favorite Dish: One of us had the Yellow curry in coconut milk with tofu, cabbage, water chestnuts, potato, carrots and onions vegetables in a light yellow curry sauce - boy was that very tasty.

    The sauce was very light and tasty, the vegeables were cooked perfectly - slightly crunchy and very fresh...

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  • In Season Deli: Organic Lunch

    by PandaBear77 Written May 4, 2007

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    It's really easy to miss this place, it's in a couryard off of Mill and it's only open from 10-3 on weekdays. But its worth making your way over to. It's a tiny place but they offer some really good, healthy, fresh, organic food.

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  • Three Roots Cafe: Only Worthwhile Coffee shop in Tempe

    by PandaBear77 Written May 4, 2007

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    I wish I had found this place earlier because it is amazing. It's fairly small but does a lot with it's limited area. They have very comfortable couches where you will find people reading and working on their laptops. On the walls local art which changes regularly is displayed. During the day they play some good "coffeeshop indie". Later at night I've found the music better (Massive Attack, Velvet Underground, Boards of Canada). Patrons and employess are very friendly and they also serve some vegetarian dishes. The coffeehouse has turned into somewhat of a community center and hosts live jazz every wednesday, occasional concerts and some very interesting events. The past few months they hosted an all day local music festival and an Africa Jam which included music, a bakesale, political speakers, etc. If your looking for the only coffeshop with character in this area this is it!

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  • Pita Jungle: Fresh, Healthy, Creative and Cheap

    by PandaBear77 Written May 4, 2007

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    This is not only the best restaurant in Tempe but the best thing about Tempe in general. If you like healthy, fresh food. If hummus, pita, fresh vegetables, brown rice are ingredients that appeal to you then you have to come here! If not you should still make your way over here anyways. It's located in a rather unattractive strip mall that characterizes most of Tempe but once you come inside it's whole different world. They've created a wonderful ambiance and it's always filled with very interesting, friendly people, and they play some pretty good music too. While the wait staff is mostly college aged and the prices are ridiculously cheap for the portions this definitely appeals well beyond the college crowd. Get the roasted red pepper hummus and the spicy chicken wrap!

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    Rosita's Mexican Food: Rosita's Mexican Food

    by al_mary Updated Jan 4, 2007

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    Mama Rosa took a chance, and opened the
    original Rosita's in Tempe in 1963.
    Alot of mismatched furniture was used, and
    mostly family members were the employees.
    The long work days grew into years, and today
    it is one of the best places for Mexican food in
    the greater Phoenix area with 2 locations:
    Tempe & Mesa ......
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    Favorite Dish: They have 2 locations - Tempe and Mesa:

    We ate lunch at Rosita's in Tempe ....
    Very good food, excellent price, great service

    Mary had the following:
    Rosita's Lunch Sampler Platter
    (you pick 4 items)
    and a Prickly Pear Margarita

    Al had the following:
    Rosita's Lunch Sampler Platter
    (you pick 4 items)
    and a Budweiser, well ok .... 2 Buds

    We rate it: 8 out of 10

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    Gordon Biersch Brewery: Great beer!

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 26, 2006

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    Great night life and food to go along. Located on Mill Street near ASU. Great young crowd. They also make their own beer that is very good.

    Favorite Dish: Thai Chicken pizza. It is usually a special available at dinner.

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    Rinaldi's: New York Deli in Tempe

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 27, 2006

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    Rinaldi's is a New York style deli that serves breakfast and lunch. Rudy Alanassov, originally from Bulgaria, is the new owner. Of course, the 2006 World Cup was on the TV when we were there in Jun 06.

    Favorite Dish: Excellent breakfast burritos

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    Thai Basil: Thai in Tempe

    by AlbuqRay Written Jun 25, 2006

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    Thai Basil is a nice little restaurant on University Drive that has been open less than a year. Thai Basil has red and green curry dishes, pad Thai and Isan dishes like som-tum (papaya salad) and gai yang (grilled chicken). All dishes can be ordered as spicy as the customer requests. Desserts include sticky rice served with custard or fresh mango, in season.

    Favorite Dish: The restaurant's signature dish, Thai basil, which includes sautéed Thai basil with a spicy garlic sauce, zucchini, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, bell pepper, green beans, onions and a choice of chicken, pork or beef is quite good.

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