If you’re hungry and happen to be close to the Arizona State University (ASU) Tempe Campus, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from. From breakfast to burgers to bruschetta 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 adjacent to campus and to light rail stops. These restaurants are popular with ASU students and anyone who enjoys good eats and taste of campus life.
Located on University Drive and Forest Avenue in the middle of the campus across from the design buildings and a block from Old Main, the venerable The Chuck Box has been a burger bastion for ASU students and everyone else for 35 years. For Sun Devil sports fans, it’s a game day tradition. Over the years, The Chuck Box has held its own, even as it’s been surrounded by new, slick burger places offering a bunch of fancy burgers. The Chuck Box sticks to the basics– tasty mesquite grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches in a variety of sizes, all big. Be sure to take cash because that’s all they take.
202 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Pita Jungle is a local favorite at the corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive. Their healthy, Mediterranean dishes include Chicken Shawarma Pitas, Falafel, Lavosh Pizzas and Wood-fired Salmon. And, of course, always start your meal with pitas and their tasty hummus.
4 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Formerly the ASU Art Annex building, Postino Annex is a low-slung, red brick Mid-Century Modern gem, built in the 1950s and used most recently as an ASU graduate student art studio. Postino Annex is known for its sumptuous bruschetta appetizers which are substantial enough to be a complete meal, but are best shared with friends followed by one of their delicious salads, sandwiches or desserts. Their patio is one of my favorite places to get a glimpse of campus life. Postino Annex is located on College Avenue between 6th and 7th streets, just in front of the ASU Mona Plummer Aquatic Center and across the street from the College Commons Building.
615 S. College Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281
Located next door to Postino Annex, Snooze has a“retro-futuristic interior, best described as “The Jetsons meets Happy Days.” The cheery surroundings, both inside and outside, combined with from-scratch menu items such as a choose-your-own flight of fluffy pancakes or house-made breakfast pot pie smothered in rosemary sausage gravy will get your day off to a very happy start. The pancakes and French toast are, like the Jetsons, out of this world. Try the OMG! French toast, a fabulous concoction of fresh brioche stuffed with mascarpone then griddled and topped with vanilla crème, salted caramel, fresh strawberries and toasted coconut.
615 S. College Ave. Suite 103, Tempe, AZ 85281
Craving pizza and ramen? You’ll find them both at Shady Park, a cool concept that is like two restaurants in one. They serve Damatos pizza and Umami ramen bowls, served in perfect harmony with cool 1970’s inspired decor. If that’s not enough, you can also enjoy live music, DJs and view sporting events on their outdoor patio, The Barpark. Shady Park is on University Drive, just east of Mill Avenue.
26 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Phoenicia Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant that’s been serving delicious, affordable traditional Mediterranean, Greek, and Middle Eastern for 19 years. It is located between 7th and 6th Streets on Forest Avenue, a few blocks from Sun Devil Stadium and Wells Fargo Arena and College Avenue Commons. You can’t beat the killer Greek fries, hummus and everything else on the menu. Their prices are so reasonable even students on the tightest budgets can afford to eat here.
616 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
For more than 25 years,, House of Tricks s a charming restaurant that is the perfect spot for a lunch with friends, a romantic evening, a meal with family and a relaxing place to enjoy a cocktail and appetizers al fresco. The food and service are always impeccable. Outdoors, the tables are set among beautiful trees, fountains and flowers. The indoor dining rooms are cozy and make you feel as if you’re having dinner at the home of a good friend who just happens to have fabulous taste in food. House of Tricks is surrounded by ASU buildings, including Sun Devil Stadium and the School of Engineering.
114 E. Seventh St., Tempe, AZ 85281
Engrained Café is a fast-casual restaurant located in the heart of ASU’s Tempe Campus in the Memorial Union building. Chefs prepare delicious meals in a hearth oven using locally grown organic produce, cage-free eggs, all-natural chicken, and sustainable seafood. The seasonal menu boasts dishes such as pan seared salmon, grilled mushroom burgers on toasted ciabatta bread, and even ahi poke bowls. With outdoor seating overlooking campus, it’s no wonder Engrained has quickly become a favorite among students and faculty at ASU. Open Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Memorial Union Building,
ASU Tempe Campus, Tempe, AZ 85281
Daily Jam is a lively restaurant that can satisfy just about any craving with their tasty breakfast, lunch and brunch menu. Located in the heart of Tempe on Mill Avenue, Daily Jam offers indoor and outdoor seating with an urban cool vibe. Their diverse menu offers everything from red velvet waffles to fresh salads. They also have yummy smoothies, espresso and freshly baked goods. With fast service and delicious food, it has quickly become the brunch spot of choice for many Tempe natives. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
310 S. Mill Avenue, Suite A101, Tempe, AZ 85281
Nocawich is a cozy breakfast and lunch restaurant that takes sandwiches to the next level. Perfectly placed down the street from ASU’s Tempe Campus, Nocawich’s relaxed vibe makes it a great spot for lunch with friends. Their food is as creative as it is delicious, with options like The Cisco Kid sandwich with turkey, bacon, cheddar, and aioli on focaccia bread. And the best part is – they make all their bread, sweets, and sauces in house!
777 S. College Ave.#105, Tempe, AZ 85281
Original ChopShop is a regular stop for many ASU students, and it’s easy to see why. Original ChopShop stands out with their cute rustic, farmhouse atmosphere and health conscious menu. If you’re looking for something lighter, try one of their fresh juices or lemonade. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they also have tasty acai bowls, zesty wraps, and tasty salads. Not only does their food taste great, but it makes you feel even better!
222 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Pitchforks and Corks is 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 Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
Restaurants located in Downtown Tempe are as varied as they are plentiful. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll most likely find it somewhere along Mill Avenue and the adjacent streets. From Southwestern, sushi, Irish pub fare, Italian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, barbeque, craft brews, sweets and treats, you’ll find it somewhere along the seven pedestrian friendly blocks that make up the core of downtown. Many Tempe restaurants offer live music throughout the week.
This is just a glimpse at the many dining options you’ll find located within walking distance of ASU’s beautiful campus in Tempe. For more restaurants options, visit the Tempe Tourism Office website.