Lux is a coffee lovers' ultimate paradise. Unique, exotic, local and international blends are all available at this coffee bar located at the North Central Avenue. Although coffee is the highlight, enjoy fresh baked goods every morning as well as light bites and savory mains for lunch and dinner. On the walls, find works by local artists that change every week giving the place an art-gallery like feel. Free Wi-Fi allows you to catch up on work while on your coffee break and the friendly staff makes every customer feel at home. They also have an outdoor seating area. Open till the late, Lux is one of the best places in Phoenix for your caffeine fix.
Occupying a historic 1929 building in popular Heritage Square, Pizzeria Bianco is one of the many establishments opened by celebrated chef Chris Bianco. As its name implies, the restaurant focus is pizza; with pies made with handcrafted mozzarella and topped with the finest produce from local sources. The restaurant has the classic Margherita or the slightly adventurous Rosa, made with onion, parmigiano, rosemary and AZ pistachios. The best time to visit is for lunch, because dinner service is usually crowded. If you are put on a list, head next door to Bar Bianco for a glass of wine and some crostini while you wait for your table.
Located in the posh Kierland Commons shopping district, Press Coffee Roasters needs no introduction among Phoenicians. Here, the art of making coffee is highly valued, where every cup is handcrafted with beans roasted in small batches. You can sign up for the various tasting and coffee-related events held regularly, to get an insight into the whole process. With a variety of African, Espresso, American and decaf coffees, there is ample choice for everyone.
Vegetarians and vegans often get stuck with very few choices when they go out to eat, but at Green they are free to try the entire menu! This restaurant is entirely vegetarian and vegan, but the dishes are so tasty even carnivores won't miss the meat. On any given day diners might find items like jerk tofu salad, BBQ "chicken" sandwich (made with mock chicken), and bowls packed with protiens, veggies and delectable sauces. There's also a gluten free menu, so everyone can make the most of their dining experience. Greens also carries Tsoynami soy-based ice cream so you don't have to miss out on dessert!
With excellent seafood, gallons of craft brew on tap, and an occasional ghost story, this long-time Tempe establishment has entertained diners and drinkers for many years in an old house rumored to be haunted. Most come for their awesome happy-hour and oysters, though the menu is better-than-average. The bar is usually filled with locals and ASU students who congregate around the old house sipping on beer pints. It's located in the historic Mitchell Park neighborhood and oftentimes people say that they can still see a ghostly figure dancing on the attic floor.
Spinato's Pizza is a pizzeria where each creation is rolled out of handmade dough, covered in secret sauce and topped with farm-fresh ingredients. In addition to pizza, the restaurant serves sandwiches, salads, pasta and calzones. For a low cholesterol alternative, try Mama Spinato's Spinach Calzone with fresh spinach marinated in Mama's secret seasoning. Family-owned and operated for 25 years, one of the Spinato's or a close relative will be cooking your pizza with family pride in every pie.
At Desert Roots Kitchen, items are prepared so fresh that its guests need to check the menu online daily at 10AM if they want to know what to order upon arrival. In the kitchen, chef/owner Leslie Robin prepares wraps, sandwiches, salads and other vegetarian/vegan dishes with an emphasis on healthy sustenance. The wrap-of-the-day is her highlight dish, and with variations like Moroccan Peanut Lentil, Sriracha Pineapple Lentil, BBQ Pinto Bean and many others, eating healthy never tasted so good.
Located on bustling Mill Avenue, Rúla Búla Irish Pub offers new Irish cuisine on the menu, but you'll still find Fish 'n' Chips, Guinness Pie and Lamb Stew on there as well. The decor is definitely traditional, with rustic wooden tables, Celtic motif and a convivial atmosphere all inside a colorful yellow and blue building. The name roughly translates from Gaelic to English as 'Uproar and Commotion', and on any given night, you can see why. The menu is composed of dishes like Steamed Mussels, Pan Seared Alaskan Cod, Bistro Filet Medallions and the Hot Bollix Spicy Potato Balls made with rashers, scallions and Cheddar cheese are must-try appetizers. For entertainment, Rúla has live music throughout the week as well as other events like trivia, fundraisers, etc.
Ncounter is a hip, little eatery located right in front of the Mill Avenue/3rd Street light rail stop, a feature which makes it ultra-convenient. Ncounter is only open for breakfast and lunch, however anyone visiting during these hours will be pleasantly surprised. The heart healthy menu offers creamy smoothies, fluffy omelettes, hearty sandwiches and vitamin packed salads. Indoors, everything is served in a modern convivial space, although at times it may be difficult to find a table. Nonetheless, you can dine on the outdoor patio which actually makes for a better seating option, depending on the season.
Fat Tuesdays has been an institution on Mill Avenue for decades, known for its slushy frozen daiquiris which spin in mixers behind the bar. Many of these frozen drinks use grain alcohol which translates into strength, so if you want to maintain some semblance of sobriety, try the Fruit Cocktail, Mango or the Peach Bellini. In addition to frozen slush, the bar still has a nice selection of local beers from nearby breweries. Fat Tuesday's also serves bar food like wings, nachos, burgers, wraps and salads to soak up those strong drinks.
This Southwestern outpost from the Midwestern burger chain is the best place to grab a cheap, fast-food burger on Mill Avenue. More than just your typical fast food burger, the ones here are made from 100% Grade A beef and they come in a variety of styles. From the classic cheeseburger to the specialty Jalapeño Crunch, the patties are always grilled to perfection. In addition to top-notch burgers, SNS serves sandwiches, hot dogs, chili and delicious classic milkshakes, don't forget to order one with your meal.
This popular sandwich spot located in downtown Tempe provides some of the best sandwiches in this college town as well as the entire metro Phoenix area. Ike started in a small spot located in San Francisco's Castro District in 2007 and since then, he has branched out to other states including Arizona. The menu here in Tempe is almost the same as the original, however all menus have individual, unique options for local tastes. For instance, the Sun Devil made with American cheese, fried chicken and Sun Devil sauce can only be found here. Each sandwich is made with superb bread, quality meats and of course, Ike's signature Dirty Sauce is unlike anything else on the planet. It is no wonder why he has been so successful.