Part college town, part urban destination, Tempe is conveniently situated at the crossroads of Phoenix and Scottsdale. The city is one of the top foodie destinations in metropolitan Phoenix, home of eclectic student-centric hang outs, authentic ethnic eateries, bar and grills, and chic sidewalk cafes.
One of our top picks in Tempe is the venerable House of Tricks. Located on a quiet street on the outskirts of busy Mill Avenue, Tricks (as the locals call it) serves gourmet New American fare in beautifully restored historic home and outdoor patio.
Tempe is also home to one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in the Phoenix metro area, Cafe Lalibela. The casually elegant dining room at Cafe Lalibela is the perfect place to experience a savory and authentic communal meal.
For a power lunch that doesn't skimp on fresh ingredients and flavors, or a romantic night out, La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine delivers great hand-tossed pizzas and an eclectic wine list.
You'll find one of the best Thai restaurants in the Phoenix Metro region in Tempe: Yupha's Thai Kitchen, our top pick. The restaurant combines exotic, impeccably clean decor and design with a menu full of mouth-watering Thai classics.
Finally, fresh local flavors come alive at Desert Roots Kitchen, a vegetarian cafe that even diehard carnivores will love.