Hungry? Grab lunch in Downtown Tempe

Author: Patrick

Posted on: September 23, 2014
Last updated on: November 29th, 2017 at 2:40 pm


Every day lunchtime is an adventure. Usually, it’s because I have no idea what I’m going to eat or where I’m going to eat. When I feel like going out for lunch in Downtown Tempe (and lately, there have been a lot of those days), I usually like to explore a new place I’ve never been to before or return to one I haven’t been to in a while.

A couple of coworkers and I decided to try out the Downtown Tempe Lunchtime Trolley. It’s a free trolley and runs Monday – Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There are eight stops on its route and the wait time is usually never more than 20 minutes. The trolley is scheduled to run through September 30th. We took it from our office on Mill Ave. and Third St. over to Hayden Ferry for lunch at Romancing the Bean.

I’m ashamed to admit that I had never been there before. It was pretty packed, which I thought was a good sign because that means it’s good. The lunch menu consists of salads, sandwiches and their signature stuffed croissants. I ended up ordering the spinach and feta croissant with an Arnold Palmer. The croissant was amazing. It was so good that I seriously considered ordering another one.  And the Arnold Palmer was the best one I’ve ever had.

D’Lish Kitchen and Coffee House opened up a Tempe location a year or so ago. It’s on Apache and Terrace and is conveniently located by the Dorsey/Apache light rail station.  I used to visit the original restaurant in Scottsdale pretty regularly but it had been a long time since I had been to either location. I had forgotten how much I love this restaurant. The Nuts ‘n’ Berries Salad or the Protein Burger (either House Style or Top Notch) are my favorites. Both are fresh, healthy and taste unbelievably delicious. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t write about D’Lish and mention the Breakfast Buzz, which is possibly the greatest shake the world will ever know.

Sometimes, I get lazy and don’t feel like driving to grab a bite to eat. That means I have to stay on Mill Ave. I’ve been trying my hardest to eat healthy lately. That’s why I walk on over to Desert Roots Kitchen. It’s a local café located between 4th and 5th St., in the Mill Avenue Shops in Suite 111. They have a menu that changes daily (always posted on their Facebook page) with an emphasis on a fresh and global cuisine, that sources locally grown ingredients. I think Desert Roots Kitchen is one of the best vegan restaurants around. They make a white balsamic quinoa that is out of this world.  Also, all their desserts are incredible.  Some people  restaurants like this intimidatingbecause they’ve never tried – or heard of – a lot of the food. The staff is super friendly and will let you sample anything you want before you order, so keep that in mind.

If there’s a restaurant that you’ve been meaning to try out that wasn’t one of the three I just talked about, be sure to visit the food and drinks section of our website or give us a call at 480-894-8158.

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