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Top 5 Restaurants in Tempe, AZ

Tempe's finest foods from crepes to curry

By Taylor Croteau on July 21, 2015


Home of Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., isn’t just your basic college town. From family-friendly festivals to extraordinary outdoor activities, Tempe boasts a unique and exciting culture all its own. Tempe is also home to America’s first water park, Big Surf, and the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium! Along with great fun, Tempe offers a variety of restaurants and eateries. Tempe’s food scene is just one of the reasons why it made Livability’s list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. Here are the five best restaurants in Tempe, Ariz.

House of Tricks

Tempe’s go-to restaurant for any special occasion, House of Tricks is a dining oasis. Originally a remodeled 1920s cabin, opening in 1987, House of Tricks has expanded dramatically and grown even more popular over the past 28 years. Now including multiple patios that each hold their own unique atmosphere and link together the two dining halls, the restaurant is as spacious and beautiful as ever. Combining this atmosphere with incredible food, it’s no shock House of Tricks made the top of our list.  A seasonally inspired menu changes frequently to ensure the freshest ingredients and reflects a variety of cultures and flavors.

Essence Bakery Café

Owners Eugenia Theodospoulos and Gilles Combs expect nothing but excellence in preparing fresh, flavorful, and environmentally friendly food. Essence Bakery Café prides itself on its organic and local ingredients that create delicious dishes. Combining food with friendly service, it’s no wonder Essence has won multiple awards from The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Magazine and Arizona Highroads. Founded on tradition and technique, Essence never fails to impress.

Curry Corner


Combining fast food with fresh and wholesome ingredients makes Curry Corner one of Tempe’s premier restaurants. Authentic flavors fill the menu – from a range of curry dishes to traditional family recipes. Distinctive spices contribute the Curry Corner’s unique flavor that guests can’t seem to get enough of. Guests rave about the Tandoori Chicken Tikka. 

Crêpe Bar

For artisanal crepes made fresh with local ingredients, there’s no place like Crêpe Bar. This place raises the bar with a dining experience all centered around delicious food. Diners rave about the crepes, from the savory Duck Cuban to the sweet lemon drop. The Crêpe Bar also contributes to the Tempe community with all ingredients sourced from local and regional farms. Come in for breakfast or lunch, and enjoy a fantastic fresh-to-order crêpe.

The Chuckbox


For over 35 years, Big Juan has been serving up some fantastic burgers at The Chuckbox. Famous mouthwatering burgers have kept Tempe happy for years. Guests create their own one-of-a-kind burgers with outrageous toppings. Not in the mood for a burger, their award-winning chicken sandwiches are also popular. For a great time hanging out with friends and family, there is no better place than the Chuckbox. Stop by The Chuckbox for a meal you’ll never forget!


Photos from YELP.COM

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