I can’t even explain how hangry and nostalgic I am as I write this post. I went to school at Arizona State University, located in Tempe, and there is so much amazing food I could cry thinking about how much I miss it! I did my best at narrowing my list down, so it wasn’t never-ending…but if you want more just leave a comment or head over to my contact page and shoot me an email!
Ncounter – The ultimate brunch spot in Tempe. Both breakfast and lunch are amazing, plus they’ve got a good mimosa and bloody mary. The chipotle egg burrito, house request (extra olive tapenade & egg over easy), omelets, and sandwiches (breakfast and lunch) are to die for. If you’re going big, get the grilled cheese meltdown and add an egg over easy. Also, if you’re a crispy bacon fanatic like me, make sure to ask for your bacon crispy!
Jimmy and Joe’s – This is what I go to Arizona for (sorry friends, but you already knew that). I’m actually not kidding when I say that….their pizza is to die for. They serve “serious slices” bigger than me and you can choose your toppings. Don’t forget to ask for a side of their homemade ranch dressing. This isn’t the kind of pizza you can eat with your hands. It requires a fork and pizza cutter and is worth all the effort to cut and slice. Top your pizza with garlic salt, parmesan, and dip your bites into their Joe’s spicy sauce AND ranch dressing (obviously). Don’t even THINK about eating this pizza without the Joe’s sauce and ranch. Their bacon ranch fries are also really good and have an incredible seasoning on them. The Mesa location is the closest to ASU (about a 15 min. drive).
D’lish – Drive-thru meets healthy and delicious. I could go here everyday and never get sick of it. The California club breakfast sandwich is my absolute favorite! It has cream cheese, pesto, tomato, turkey, and an egg on a ciabata. It also comes with turkey bacon, but I ask for it without. BELIEVE ME, I am the ultimate bacon lover and I promise you it’s the right decision because their bacon is actually not great and the sandwich is magical without it. The hummus plate is also really good along with the AZ burro. Their berry iced tea and breakfast buzz smoothie always make my drink decision so hard…
Oregano’s – Great place for dinner with a big group, especially if you want leftovers. The pizza is great, but their pastas are even better. Don’t even bother coming here though if you’re not going to get their famous pizookie for dessert.
Cornish Pasty – Obsessed with the Veggie Greek with a side (or five) of ranch dressing. They have a huge menu with a ton of unique choices, plus a variety of vegetarian and even dessert options. If you are REALLY hungry, their potato soup is also delicious.
Pita Jungle – Definitely on the healthier side, this is a Greek restaurant that has amazing hummus and coconut curry soup. Dinner or lunch spot. You can’t go wrong with one of their pitas either!
Four Peaks Brewing Company – Great place for happy hour and dinner. I believe you have to be 21 years old to eat here, as they offer a wide variety of beer. Their spinach artichoke dip is incredible and their burgers are all amazing.
Hungry Howie’s – This is the kind of pizza place where you order several large pizzas to go….and eat a whole one yourself. JK, maybe not a whole one, but at least half (although you’re definitely not alone if you can finish a whole one by yourself). What is so special about this place is that they have flavored crust. I’m obsessed with their ranch crust, which is too salty for most, but their garlic crust is probably the most popular. Don’t worry about ordering too much because it’s just as good leftover.