University Eats near ASU

Author: Alicia Kentz

Posted on: April 13, 2017
Last updated on: July 17th, 2017 at 1:14 pm


School is almost out for the summer, but ASU restaurants are still in full swing. From breakfast to burgers to all kinds of international favorites, you’ll have a hard time choosing from all of the tasty restaurants surrounding ASU. Here are a few of our favorites that are conveniently located next to campus.

CASA Sunbá

CASA Sunbá, located just west of ASU Tempe Campus, is the perfect place to get a good view with good eats. This restaurant is burrito heaven! Choose between a variety of unconventional burritos like the Mac & Cheese, loaded fries or the Chinese takeout burrito. Enjoy your food on their cooled patio that regularly features live music. They also offer over 30 beers on tap.

5 E. 6th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

Engrained Cafe

Engrained Café, located on ASU’s Tempe campus in the Memorial Union (MU), is known for their locally grown and harvested food that tastes good and makes you feel good. Their mission is to use all seasonal produce that is harvested within a 150 mile radius of campus. Their menu is an eclectic mix of food such as sandwiches, salads, sushi and pizza. Everything you try will be fresh and delicious!

Memorial Union Building, 1290 S. Normal Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85287

Original Chop Shop

This quaint and charming restaurant gives an energetic and youthful vibe that features a great outdoor space that is situated right next to the ASU Campus. Try one of their incredible sandwiches (Chicken Prosciutto is one of my favorites), salads, or power up with one of their fresh juices.

222 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281

Pitchforks and Corks

Known for their small plates, salads, sandwiches and wine and beer selections, Pitchforks and Corks focuses on simple Spanish style food. This is the perfect location to gather with friends and enjoy happy hour specials in one of ASU’s newest buildings, located on the second floor of College Avenue Commons. After happy hour, stop in at the ASU Marketplace down below and pick up ASU memorabilia to commemorate your ASU experience.

660 S. College Avenue, Tempe AZ 85281

The Chuckbox

The Chuckbox is a local gem. It’s one of the most iconic restaurants that every past, present and future Sun Devil needs to try. For over 35 years, The Chuckbox has held its own, even as it’s been surrounded by new, slick burger places. The Chuckbox sticks to the basics with tasty mesquite grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches cooked over an open flame.

202 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281

The Normal Diner

The Normal Diner is a reference to ASU’s beginning as the Territorial Normal School. This fun, funky and quirky restaurant is located on the south side of campus inside the Graduate Tempe. The cuisine is comfort food with some interesting twists on familiar dishes, like the fried chicken and red velvet waffles or the Hayden Flower Mills blue corn pancakes. Breakfast and lunch are served all day.

225 E. Apache Boulevard, Tempe, AZ 85281

Trophy Room

The Trophy Room is a hidden gem among the Tempe community even for the most seasoned of foodies, as it is part of ASU Karsten Golf Course. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, the Trophy Room features a variety of seasonal salads, signature sandwiches and house made sides. Stop by the Golf Shop on the way out and pick up some ASU swag.

1125 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281

Phoenicia Café

For over 19 years, this family owned restaurant has been serving delicious, affordable traditional Mediterranean, Greek, and Middle Eastern food. Located between 6th and 7th Streets on Forest Avenue, a few blocks from Sun Devil Stadium, Wells Fargo Arena and College Avenue Commons. You can’t beat the killer Greek fries, hummus and everything else on the menu.

616 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

Shady Park

Can’t decide what to have for dinner? No problem, this fun-loving hot spot features not one, not two, but three restaurants all in one venue! Choose between Damatos pizza, Umami Asian fusion cuisine or The Barpark sports bar fare. Head to Shady Park on Tuesday nights for their regular open mic night and take in the beautiful backyard-like patio.

26 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281


This eatery brings unique and carefully crafted five star sandwiches, fresh baked New York bagels and an abundant choice of craft beer and wine selections to ASU’s Tempe campus. They make everything from scratch using top-notch ingredients to make the bread, sweets, roasting meats and in house sauces.

777 S. College Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281


Thai Basil

Add spice to your life with this authentic Thai food restaurant. Thai Basil is one of the many Thai restaurants in the Tempe area, this one just so happens to be directly across from campus near Apache and Rural Road. You can be sure that the food here is authentic, fresh and prepared from favorite family recipes.

1111 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85281

Original Chop Shop

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