Quick bites in Downtown Tempe

In a pinch and need something delish? From local hits to convenient favorites, Downtown Tempe has you covered with quick bites that will surpass anyone’s appetite! Check out our list of on-the-go restaurants in Downtown Tempe.

*All restaurants listed have counter service.

Romancing the Bean

80 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #120, Tempe, AZ 85281

Romancing the Bean is one of Tempe’s best kept secrets. Located in the Hayden Ferry Lakeside office complex at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue, Romancing the Bean is a charming coffee house that will have you on your way in no time! From the most delectable breakfast items like oversized muffins, scones, egg dishes, and breakfast sandwiches to lunch time favorites, like tasty salads and gourmet sandwiches, Romancing the Bean has just about everything!

*Need more lunchtime options on the north end of Downtown Tempe? Check out Hayden Ferry Lakeside every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for some of the Valley’s most sought after food trucks.

Daily Jam

310 S. Mill Ave., #A101, Tempe, AZ 85281

Walk up and order from the delicious menu at Daily Jam. Located in the heart of Downtown Tempe, Daily Jam provides breakfast, brunch, and lunch till 3:00 p.m. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or a sit-down meal with friends, Daily Jam has it all. Order your drinks (alcoholic or not) from the indoor/outdoor bar instead of the counter for less wait time!

Slices on Mill

11 E. 6th St., #102, Tempe, AZ 85281

The name says it all! Grab pizza by the slice at “Slices – A Unique Style Pizza Joint”.  From potato bacon to your cheese and peperoni pizza classics, Slices has a lot of options ready to order and take within minutes. Make sure to get there at the beginning of the lunch hour as their topping options go fast! 

*Want to see what other pizza slice options we have throughout Tempe? Check out our Pizza by the slice at these Tempe restaurants blog for all the dough.

Mr. Mesquite Taqueria

505 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281

Mr. Mesquite is known for being “the go to” during lunchtime. At least in our office anyways. As soon as you hit the door, you smell the smoky aroma from the mesquite grill and you know you have made the right decision. Their menu is short and simple, so you are able to get in and then get out. Choose from one of their four menu items; tacos, quesadillas, protein bowl or burritos.

*Taco Tuesday is obviously a hit among patrons, so plan extra time if you plan on going a Tuesday.

Pizza and Bruschetta at Sauce Pizza Tempe

Sauce Pizza & Wine

705 S. Myrtle Ave., Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281

Sauce is the new kid on the block, and it is quickly becoming the favorite among fast-casual Italian restaurants in Downtown Tempe. Sauce uses only farm-fresh ingredients to make some of the yummiest fast Italian food in the Valley! Choose from pastas, pizzas, salads and more.

Illegal Pete’s

25 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281

Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Illegal Pete’s has branched onto Mill Avenue bringing delicious burritos and plenty of draft beer. The fast counter service joint is a great option for a quick bite to eat; however, the live music, arts, and vibey atmosphere may convince you to stay for your entire meal.

The Chuckbox

202 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281

With over 35 years of making made to order hamburgers, I think the Chuckbox has this quick service thing nailed down. This (cash only) local legend, sticks to the basics with tasty mesquite grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches cooked over an open flame.

Original ChopShop

222 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281

Need something on the lighter side? The Original ChopShop is a no brainer for fast and friendly healthy dining.  Whether you’re in the mood for a quick protein shake or fresh juice, or you want a yummy sandwich or salad, the ChopShop has what you need to fuel up and keep it fresh.

*There is a potential for a lunch rush at this location. For even faster results, call ahead of time and pick up your food at the counter. No need to wait in line!

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!

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