Tempe Foodie Guide

How to eat here like a local

While most people know Tempe as the home of Arizona State University, there’s a surprisingly diverse culinary scene that belies its collegiate roots. So below, a handy guide on who to eat your way through the charming city like a local.

Breakfast at Harlow’s Café

A local institution for over 40 years and located near ASU, this lively gathering spot specializes in hearty, belly-busting, and breakfasts. While there’s classic staples like eggs benedict or the huevos rancheros, don’t pass up on the original creations, like the Eggs Maximilian. A tortilla smothered with hash browns, eggs, green chile, salsa, and sour cream, it’ll keep you satisfied for hours to come.

Lunch at Chuckbox

Don’t be fooled by the no-frills, humble appearance. Because this eatery isn’t just another burger spot – it’s a local legend. Instead of a traditional flat top, the burgers are cooked over the open flames of a mesquite charcoal grill – lending the patty a beautiful charred crust. (Pro tip: try the best-selling  Tijuana Torpedo.) While the prices are refreshingly wallet-friendly, it’s cash only.

Dinner at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar

Sophisticated yet approachable, this Italian restaurant is ideal for all occasions and appetites. All of the menu offerings (think bruschetta, salads, pastas, and pizzas) feature options for vegetarians and omnivores alike, and end your meal on a sweet note with a signature cast iron cookie or brownie. And when the weather’s nice, nab a table on the spacious outdoor patio.


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