Quality Inn At ASU
1375 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 774-2500
Fax: (480) 929-0524
This family restaurant is a favorite among all lovers of flavor and spice; it has actually been voted "Best Indian Food" several years in a row. Many of the delectable dishes on the authentic menu are meat-free, so vegetarians can delight alongside carnivores. Particular standouts include goat karahi, palak paneer and tikka masala fries.
In a rather stark storefront near Arizona State University, the Assadi's turn out terrific tender and Tasty Kabobs and a few other choice Persian-style entrees, sides and beverages. Diners do not come for the decor; you will find just a few tables and a display case. They do, however, come here for the well-prepared ethnic cuisine that is offered. The service is fast and friendly, the food flavorful. Beef, Lamb and Vegetarian Kabobs, plus the unusual Cornish hen kabob called Joojeh. Kabobs come with basmati rice and grilled vegetables.
Whether shopping for the right ingredients for hummus, needing a pound of olives or wanting to sit down to a quick Middle Eastern lunch, Haji Baba Restaurant and Grocery is the place to be. The grocery is full of imported items you can't find anywhere else and the fresh olives are made on-site. If you go to eat, expect a crowd, small tables and quick service. Menu items include Kibbee and Chicken Kabobs. Provided are Feta, Olives and more in the full-service grocery store with items you can't find anywhere else. The food portions are man-sized. No alcohol served but plenty of soda and Middle Eastern drinks. No reservations are required.
This cute Thai cafe has long been a favorite exotic ethnic choice for ASU students and residents of the downtown Tempe neighborhoods. It offers well-prepared Thai classics, polite and knowledgeable service, and a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. The most distinctive feature of the decor is the delicate, authentically costumed dolls that grace the walls of the dining room. Appetizers, soups, noodle and rice dishes and curries combining the spice of Thai chilies and the pungency of lemongrass, mint and ginger. Dishes may be prepared to your desired degree of spiciness. Asian beers and wines are available.
Looking for a place to celebrate your team's victory or drown your sorrows after a loss? Not far from SunDevil Stadium is this Acme Roadhouse a "party-hearty" sports bar and grill that's the ideal spot to gather before or after a game. Contemporary American fare runs from burgers and sandwiches to Small Plates of fried calamari, grilled chicken wings, grilled beef "sliders" and salads. Entrees include grilled pork chops, honey-rubbed chicken, New York strip and grilled salmon. Pastas and pizzas are also offered.
Named not for the Turkish city but for the owners, Cafe Istanbul—Lebanese cafe offers exotic tastes in a comfortable atmosphere. It was voted "Best Middle Eastern" restaurant by the Arizona Republic. It is a favorite with Arizona State University students and fans of ethnic cuisine. The atmosphere is casual, with scattered Middle Eastern accessories and a lively, college town clientèle. Enjoy a full range of authentic Lebanese dishes from Kafta (ground beef) Kabobs to Chicken Shwarma and Vegetable Musaka. Try the Saut Lamb's Tongue.
Devour soft naan with Lamb Kofta and Chicken Tikka or try the Papdi Chaat, Samosas and Pindi Chole at this Indian gem of a restaurant. One can't get enough of flavorful Indian & Pakistani food at The Dhaba. Rich, spicy curries cooked in butter and sprinkled with the most fragrant of spices make this eatery, one of the most popular places for Indian food in Tempe. The restaurant also houses varieties of wines and beer that help wash down your meal. Although space is limited, the restaurant owners have managed to transform it into a vibrant, modern space that matches the cuisine.
For more than 25 years, this valley eatery has been serving up a great mix of fun, food and football, especially Iowa State football (they have locations in Iowa City, IA too). With three big screen televisions, 20 smaller versions, karaoke and its own video arcade, you'll find plenty of entertainment at this tavern. The menu has a good mix of salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrees, including all the usual bar favorites plus some delicious house specialties. The N'Awlins Cajun shrimp is a real treat, as are any of the half-pound burgers. Substitute turkey burgers for beef for a little less fat. The Sonoran Steak, smothered with bell peppers, onions, salsa and two types of cheese, will fill up even the most hearty eaters.
A trendy looking restaurant with high ceilings and a modern air, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant is a place to have affordable Sushi and a preview of Japanese cuisine. Freshly made sushi and sashimi along with a diverse options of rolls feature on the menu. A great Happy Hour is a popular feature. An excellent variety of Sake accompanies your Japanese meal. The restaurant has a very open feel to it due the spacious decor and simple furnishing.
Beaver Choice is a restaurant that serves up a mixture of Swedish and Polish fare. Hearty dishes coming out of the kitchen include traditional Swedish meatballs, Polish cabbage rolls, pierogis and house-cured salmon. All of the ingredients that go into the creation of these hearty and heartwarming dishes are of the freshest quality. Don't worry if you're not familiar with alot of the dishes, the friendly staff will be happy to answer questions and make recommendations.
Herb 'n Flavors specializes in local organic foods, featuring healthy products from Arizona farmers' markets.
When ASU students need a kick-start, they head here. Voted "Best Burger in Phoenix" by the Phoenix New Times it provides a dark, smoky neighborhood bar atmosphere, with wooden booths and well-worn floors. Mesquite-broiled, made-to-order burgers are what gained this place its reputation. You will also find chicken sandwiches, thick-cut fries and beer-battered onion rings. Beer and wine are served, since it is on the campus of the university.