Tempe has plenty of late night dining options downtown

Author: Patrick

Posted on: August 1, 2014
Last updated on: February 8th, 2018 at 4:31 pm


Eating is one of my favorite things to do.  Whether I’m home or out with friends, sometimes I get late night cravings. Most of the time, I’m not in the mood for a small snack. I want real food – a full meal.

There are many reasons why Tempe is great, one of which is the abundance of restaurants that stay open late. Next time 11 p.m. rolls around and you’re starving, it’s okay. You’re in luck. Here are some of my favorite places to satisfy those late-night hunger pangs.

Four Peaks Brewing Company
Is there anything Four Peaks can’t do? Aside from making some of the greatest beers in the history of world, Four Peaks has an amazing food selection. The Garlic Cheese Beer Bread might change your life. They make the bread in-house and top it with garlic butter and three cheeses. I also love the Bleu Light Special Burger. It’s melted blue cheese topped with hickory smoked bacon. Four Peaks is open every day until 1 a.m.

Cornish Pasty Co.
Sometimes, my late night cravings require an international twist. When that happens, Cornish Pasty always does the trick. The Bangers and Mash is my go-to. It’s made with homemade pork and sage sausage, red wine gravy, grilled onions and mashed potatoes. If I want the full experience of eating a traditional pasty, I get The Oggie. It’s made up of steak, potatoes, an onion and rutabaga (that’s a root vegetable that a cross between cabbage and a turnip) with a side of red wine gravy. Cornish Pasty is open Monday – Saturday until 12 a.m.

Casey Moore’s Oyster House
I love everything about Casey Moore’s. It’s a great little place, tucked away in a cool neighborhood that is legit haunted. They’re known for their oysters, which you can get a variety of different ways. But I pretty much always get the Calamari Rings, which are fried calamari served with a cocktail sauce. It’s easy, simple and delicious. Casey Moore’s is open every day until 2 a.m.

The Handlebar Tempe
Arguably my favorite local establishment, The Handlebar definitely makes the list for a must-visit restaurant anytime, including the midnight hour. I think I’ve had most of the items on the menu. But whenever I come here late at night, I always get the Sweet Potato Fries because they’re the best I’ve ever had. The hardest decision is figuring out which dipping sauces to pair with it. In the rare instance I don’t order fries, the Bakery Fresh Pretzels are a must. They’re big pretzel sticks served with spicy mustard and beer cheese. You can’t go wrong with that. The Handlebar is open until 2 a.m. every day.

Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe
One of the most popular restaurants in Downtown Tempe, Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe has everything you’ll want when those late night cravings hit. I’m a big fan of their appetizers – especially the Soft Pretzels and Provolone Fondue. It’s seriously the best. The House Potato Chips are also incredible. If you’re really hungry and need a little something that’ll fill you up more, the Fried Chicken, Grilled Steak Tacos and Pork Ribs are all must haves. Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe is open until 1 a.m. Thursday – Saturday.

Boulders on Broadway Bar and Grill
If you love food and craft beer, look no further than this Tempe gem. They have everything from specialty pizzas and calzones to tacos and burgers. All their burgers are a half pound of ground beef and made with a brioche bun. The Moose Drool is far and away my favorite. Their pizza is amazing and is definitely something you need to try. The Kaiser, Hard Day and Chuck Norris are my go to choices. If you just want a drink, Boulders on Broadway has 30 beers on tap and 70 bottles of craft beer to choose from. Boulders on Broadway is open every day until 2 a.m.

For more ideas about where to dine out in Tempe, visit the Food & Drink section of our website, which highlights some of the best local eateries in Tempe.

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