Once a major roadway used by travelers from the east to reach California, Apache Boulevard was eventually replaced by Interstate 10 as a main connection to the West Coast. In recent years it has returned to its roots as a reinvigorated transportation corridor with two light rail stops, new residential and commercial developments and Arizona State University housing. Apache Boulevard is also Tempe’s version of the Spice Trail, dotted with family-owned restaurants serving authentic Middle Eastern, Indian, Pakistani and Vietnamese fare to hungry locals and visitors. If you crave spicy, savory food, just follow your nose to Apache Boulevard.
Apache Boulevard is home to some of Tempe’s best local taverns and restaurants, featuring a variety of ethnic cuisine. Here are a few of our favorites. Please see the Food & Drink section of our site for even more ideas.
The Apache Boulevard area has experienced revitalization in recent years due to the arrival of Metro Light Rail and a renewed interest in the development of new housing projects. While staying in this area, visitors have easy access to Metro Light Rail service and a large number of great mom and pop dining options ranging from Thai to Vietnamese to Indian cuisine.
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