Tempe Restaurants

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    Oregano's: Always busy

    by EllenH Updated Jul 1, 2005

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    There must be 100 restaurants in downtown Tempe yet this one has to be the most popular. Day or night there would be 10 or 20 people waiting for a table at a restaurant that probably sat 100 people. The food is simple, pizza, salads, sandwiches, pasta. Delicious. The atmosphere is great, the extremely busy waitstaff always maintained a very friendly attitude.

    Favorite Dish: From the menu: A tomato cream sauce covers this baby, topped with spiced feta cheese, bacon, diced roma tomatoes and cheddar cheese. (it was a thin crust pizza)
    But honestly, we ate here twice and loved everything we had. The portions are HUGE.

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    P.F. Changs China bistro: Delicious

    by EllenH Written Jul 5, 2005

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    cozy China bistro

    I did not at the time realize this restaurant is a chain. (there are none in Montana) It was busy all the time and everyone looked to be enjoying themselves. We sat outside and watched life on Tempes Mill streeet go by.

    Favorite Dish: The appetizer of lettuce leaf wraps was outstanding and the pork lo mein was just as good. My son and I shared each of these and our bill was around $20.

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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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    Sahara: Delicious Middle East Food in the Arizona Desert

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 24, 2006

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    Labni, Mixed Grill and Chicken Curry
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    There are many ethnic restaurants in Tempe. One of my favorites is the Sahara. Ali Aziz's family has owned and operated this small restaurant for 15 years. You cannot go wrong on their menu and the prices are reasonable. There are also many vegetarian entrees. Because it is small and such a good restaurant, the Sahara can be full at the prime lunch and dinner hours. There is plenty of off-street parking though.

    Favorite Dish: The mixed grill plate ($12.95) has kafta kebab, shawirma and chicken tikka served with rice, pickled cabbage and fresh pita bread. A delicious red lentil soup comes with it or you may have a salad (don't miss the house salad dressing). Their pickled cabbage is wonderful.

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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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    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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    My Big Fat Greek Restaurant: You Cannot Stay Skinny There

    by AlbuqRay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Mill Avenue Entrance
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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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    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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    Waffle House: Homesick for the South?

    by Karnubawax Written Jan 14, 2006

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    Waffle House is a chain of restaurants existing primarily in the Southern USA. How this one got here I don't know. It's sort of like an IHOP, but I'm sure Waffle House fans will cringe at the comparison (though not as much as IHOP fans!). Waffle House is simple, basic, cheap American grub - waffles, bacon, sausage, hash browns (with a huge choice of toppings). Niiiiice!

    Favorite Dish: The hash browns - scattered, smothered and covered (that's with grilled onions and a slice of American cheese on top). The waffles are great, of course, and their lunch menu's good, too.

    I'm pretty sure it's open 24 hours.

    WARNING! Like most Waffle House's they take CASH ONLY!

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    Minder Binder's: Low Price good quality

    by viny32 Written Apr 29, 2005

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    Well, if you want to enjoy a cool meal with friends, in a good atmosphere, you can go there. The Minder Binder's restaurant is not in the downtown of tempe, but really close (it's better to go by car anyway).
    The food is good and the prices are low and the admosphere is really ... interesting : look out the menu, you can find a pic of the chief (really funny)

    Favorite Dish: Well ... Minder Binder Hamburger... I only tast this one ;)

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    Rula Bula: Get Your Irish Food Fix

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 25, 2006

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    Mill Street Entrance
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    Rula Bula is not just a fun pub; it is also an excellent Irish restaurant. In the winter when the weather is cool, the outside dining is nice; otherwise, stick to the air conditioning indoors.

    Favorite Dish: The corn beef and cabbage was delicious.

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