Dining in Tempe just keeps getting better

Author: Toni

Posted on: November 5, 2014
Last updated on: April 25th, 2018 at 3:17 pm


You’re in Tempe and you’re hungry. I can’t think of a problem with as many good solutions.

Tempe is known for longtime favorite restaurants such as Four Peaks Brewing Company, House of Tricks and Chompie’s. But now, the Tempe dining scene has expanded to include several new, noteworthy establishments. You’re such to find a new favorite to add into your Tempe restaurant rotation. Here’s a summary of what restaurants have opened and what’s coming up next.

Postino Annex
The latest Postino WineCafé location, Postino Annex, is now open steps from Arizona State University on College Avenue. Located in a cool red brick building that was a former art studio, Postino Annex features their renowned menu of bruschettas, soups, salads and panini sandwiches, with brunch items on the weekends. They’re also known for their wine list and beer selection. The sunny patio with welcoming yellow umbrellas is sure to become a new favorite spot to meet up with friends.
615 S. College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281

The Normal Diner
The complete transformation of the Twins Palms Hotel into the Graduate Tempe included a brand new restaurant. The Normal Diner is your classic American eatery, serving classic dishes in a very chic setting. Breakfast items, served all day, include chicken and red velvet waffles, blue corn pancakes and a gringo burrito complete with house-made chorizo. Lunch and dinner options range from a bison burger to a red quinoa and kale salad. And don’t miss the Bloody Mary to end all Bloody Marys: the Redeemer. It is a hangover cure and a meal in one, with a hamburger slider, cheese curds and asparagus on a skewer teetering on top of the glass.

The Mission @ Minder Binder
If you’ve been in Tempe for a long time, you’ll remember the original Minder Binder on McClintock and University Drive. This iconic “red barn” opened in 1972 and closed a few years ago. Now it’s back. The Mission @ Minder Binder has been completely refurbished, including a brand new kitchen, an additional bar and outdoor seating in the new courtyard. They specialize in fresh ground burgers and sourdough pizza and full bar.
715 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, will open its third Phoenix area location in Tempe in late 2014. It will be located next door to the new Postino Annex on College and Sixth Street. This will be a popular spot with signature dishes such as pineapple upside down pancakes, a mouthwatering selection of benedicts and even a breakfast pot pie. And, I was happy to learn that Snooze is committed to sustainability, using as much responsibly grown food and materials as possible, and recycling and composting 90% of their waste. Seems like a perfect fit for this college town.

The Yard Tempe
There’s something for everyone at this soon to be Tempe landmark. Fox Restaurants is refurbishing a historic warehouse-like building located at First Street and Farmer Avenue that was once home to a citrus packing company and later, a furniture manufacturing and showcase room. It will be home to Fox’s wildly popular Culinary Dropout gastropub and two private event spaces called The Showcase Room and The Coop. Open now is the Madison, a cycling studio.

Also in the new Graduate Tempe hotel, diners will soon find Tapacubo, a Mexican street food eatery. Tapacubo is Spanish for “hubcap” and reflects their wish to be the center of the community. This relaxed but chic restaurant, located next to the hotel pool, is expected to open in December 2014. It will serve up tacos, tortas, margaritas and even host visiting food trucks.

To learn more about Tempe restaurants, visit the dining page on our website or call 480-894-8158.


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