Food Scene

Try these new Tempe Marketplace restaurants

With all the changes happening lately in Tempe, it can be hard to keep up with all the news. We’ve seen a lot of restaurants that have opened recently, including Postino Annex, Snooze and Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe.

Tempe Marketplace has also added new restaurants to their mix. In addition to favorites such as Dave & Buster’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill and Bar Louie, newcomers Mad Greens and Noodles & Company are the newest Tempe Marketplace restaurants. Later this year, they’ll also be opening Nekter Juice Bar.

MAD Greens
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1215
Tempe, AZ 85281
602-283-3901

MAD Greens at Tempe Marketplace is one of this Colorado restaurant chain’s first Arizona locations. Founded in 2004, the folks at MAD Greens believe that “eating better can be a tasty, crazy fun, crazy interesting and crazy personal experience.” They works with farms to make sure all the produce used to make their salads is as fresh as possible. But they’re not just about salads. You can also find wraps, paninis, soups and fresh juice. We love the Siam I Am, a protein power salad that’s made with quinoa, chicken, kale, green onions, spinach and a ginger dressing. We also recommend getting the Bright Buzz, a delicious juice made with apple, banana, bee pollen, carrot, pineapple and lime. Ordering online is a convenient option for those pressed for time.

Nekter Juice Bar
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1213
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-771-5900

Nekter Juice Bar is located next to Cold Stone Creamery. Nekter Juice Bar was founded by Steve and Alexis Schulze in California. The couple sought a great start-your-day drink that was an alternative to coffee. Their all natural juices and smoothies contain fresh produce and greens. They also serve acai bowls, which just so happen to be one of our favorite things ever. Those looking to detox might want to take advantage of their juice cleanses, which range from 1 to 5 days. Keep an eye out for news and updates regarding their opening.

Noodles & Company
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-921-3500

If you love noodles and pasta, this is your paradise. Right now, Tempe Marketplace is the exclusive Arizona location for Noodles & Company. Something we love about this restaurant is the ability to create your own dish. You can choose an entrée, add meat or tofu and then “green it up, soup it up or veg it up.” Pasta dishes vary in inspiration from American, Italian, Thai and Japanese. We can recommend either the Bangkok Curry or Beef Stroganoff. If you just want a bowl of buttered noodles with nothing else, they have that too. You will also find soups (try the Tomato Basil Bisque), salads and sandwiches to choose from. They also give you the option for ordering online through their website.

For more information about Tempe Marketplace, visit our website or call 480-894-8158.

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