Posted on: January 29, 2014
Though it seems like the rest of the country is either covered in snow or reaching high temperatures of 30 degrees, Tempe, Arizona has been unseasonably warm the last couple of weeks. With highs in the low 70s, it’s the perfect weather to be outside, embracing the sunshine and fresh air.
There are many things I love about Arizona. To me, Arizona is all about being outside. We have hiking, biking (did you know that Tempe has 175 miles of dedicated bike paths?), boating, golf courses and outdoor patios in a vast majority of our restaurants. Tempe is no exception, boasting some of the best patios around, offering patrons everything from great views, vibes and of course, food. Here are a couple of the best Tempe outdoor patios.
Whenever I think of cool patio restaurants in town, the first one place that usually comes to my mind is Postino Annex. Located on the southeast corner of College Ave. and 6th St., in the heart of Downtown Tempe, Postino Annex has wonderful patio views of College Ave. and “A” Mountain. This location was once a red brick schoolhouse, turned art studio, and eventually turned into Postino. Known for their extensive wine list, this is the perfect spot to relax with a glass of vino while you nosh on some bruschetta. If you’re a breakfast lover, walk next door to Snooze. They’re open daily from 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This popular breakfast spot has everything from bacon and eggs to the best sweet potato pancakes you’ll ever have. While you’re waiting for your order, grab your friends for a quick game of bags out on the patio.
If you want award-winning panoramic views of the Valley, there’s no better place to go then Top of the Rock Restaurant, located at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes. They feature a progressive cuisine with contemporary American fare, created by Executive Chef Greg Wiener. Because he utilizes locally sourced ingredients and believes in farm-to-table, the menu is seasonal. Top of the Rock has been recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in the country. Enjoy your meal or a glass of wine while sitting by a fire pit and watching the sunset.
CASA Sunbá, which is located on the southeast corner of Mill Ave. and 6th St. CASA is all outdoor dining, so the entire restaurant is one giant patio. I’ve eaten at CASA a few times and have absolutely loved it. They serve both lunch and dinner, with a menu that has salads, burritos, burgers and even a vegan section. By far, their most popular menu item is the CASA Mac & Cheese Burrito. I’ve had it and it’s really good. I’ve also had the Fidel, which is their take on the traditional Cuban Sandwich and I thought it was incredible. What makes CASA special is the view. A two story restaurant, patrons who eat up on the second floor get some incredible views of downtown Tempe.
House of Tricks is a charming restaurant located in two historic homes. For over 25 years, this award-winning Tempe establishment has been located on the southern end of downtown Tempe, off of Mill Avenue and 7th Street. The outdoor patio here is incredible. I always feel like I’m sitting in someone’s backyard. It has a laid back, relaxing vibe to it. A wooden deck and outdoor patio bar greets you as soon as you walk up to the restaurant. The tables outside are situated on a brick-paved patio, among the trees and large pots of flora. Mary Trick, mother of owner Bob Trick, tends to the plants and flowers every morning before the restaurant opens. Before the staff arrives for work, she’s outside planting, pruning and prepping the patio for the day. At the front of the restaurant is a moss-covered fountain and pond that is home to a family of goldfish. This is the perfect setting to enjoy some of their lunch specials, such as their famous Homemade Quiche of the Day or dinner favorites like the Grilled Filet Mignon. This is the absolute perfect place for a nice afternoon or evening out with a special someone.
For more information about Tempe restaurants, visit the Tempe Tourism website or call 800-283-6734.
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