Tempe Journals

Traipsing through Tempe

A travel journal to Tempe by danzfool

Quote: Home of Arizona State University and Sky Harbor Airport, Tempe is located in the southern part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. One of the main hang-out and night-life spots is Mill Ave., but there are a number of other activities in the surrounding area.

Traipsing through Tempe

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Overview

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Mill Avenue is one of the best introductions to the area, anchored by the ASU campus and University at the south end, and the scenic man-made Town Lake at the north end. The half-mile or so in-between is lined with shops and restaurants and provides a great area to walk around and explore. For more interesting destinations, though, one is advised to wander down side streets leading from Mill, or explore some of the older neighborhoods in south Tempe. Hiking is available on A-mountain (15 min. to top and close to Mill) or further out at South Mtn. and other locations in Phoenix. The lake also features well-paved walks nearly a mile in either direction from Mill on both shores of the water.Quick Tip...Read More

Cafe Boba

Restaurant

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Boba is distinguished from its Mill Ave. neighbors by a number of things. As a coffee shop, it branches out beyond the typical menu of lattes to include more exotic drinks such as kahlua-flavored espresso beverages. It also features a wide variety of tea-based drinks and smoothies (including a number of Asia-inspired beverages). Its chief distinctive, however, is the boba -- also known as "bubble tea" in other regions. The boba are soft, chewy tapioca balls the size of small marbles, which can be added to any of the drinks. Food-wise, Boba features a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. The highlight of the breakfast menu are its tremendous waffles, which come with any number of toppings, such as s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

Cafe Boba
414 South Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 921-1888

Pita Jungle

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Restaurant

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Pita Jungle is a great place to go if you're looking for a healthy meal at a reasonable price. The menu features lots of healthy choices -- even vegetarian entrees, such as the tasty 1,000 beans pita -- but also great variations on classic recipes. The "medchilada" entree, for example is sort of a mediterranean spin on the classic enchilada, that's large enough to feed two people. This and many other dishes feature the restaurant's savory chicken, which is well worth ordering. For appetizers, the hummus is good and the nachos will feed a small group for around $6. If ordering hummus, however, you'll probably want to ask for extra pitas. Although most of the portions are quite large, the side dishes ($...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

Pita Jungle
1250 East Apache
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 804-0234

King Tut's Cafe

Restaurant

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King Tut's is a Pakistani restaurant known for its excellent, inexpensive cuisine and the fragrant shisha smoke from hookahs one can rent on-site (the impact of Tempe's recent smoking ban is not yet known for this well-established local destination). Open later than many restaurants (at least 10 p.m.), King Tut's features a number of great Middle Eastern food. The hummus is good, and so are many of the other dishes. If they have lamb on hand, any of the entrees featuring that are also good (most of these can be made with chicken, however). For those up for adventure, King Tut's can feel like a brief journey into foreign lands, between the shelves of imported food and crowds of Middle E...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

King Tut's Cafe
1125 East Apache Boulevard
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 921-1670

Sabuddy

Restaurant | "Sabuddy's"

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Sabuddy's is an Israeli restaurant featuring the standard list of Middle Eastern dishes, but noteworthy for its chicken shawarma. Tempe has a number of Middle Eastern restaurants not far from Mill Ave., but Sabuddy's has by far the best shawarma. Cooked on a spit and scraped off for pitas or the entree version, this dish is highly recommended. The menu also has some other entrees unique to the restaurant (like Jerusalem meatballs, I think), but I never paid much attention to those since the shawarma (which comes with funny kinds of pickles) is so good. Staff there are always friendly, and the small restaurant has cheerful, colorful decor. If you get one of the baklava, you can easily b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Sabuddy
825 West University Drive (south Side Of University Drive)
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 894-8387

Rula Bula

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Attraction

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Rula Bula is one of the few establishments on Mill Ave. still capable of catering to smoking patrons since the ban that went into effect summer 2002 (thanks to the patio out back). It also features moderately priced Irish cuisine and pub food, and a regular lineup of talented entertainment. Most nights the bar features Irish-themed bands and solo performers, but also features occasional performances by Greg Ford who specializes in classic-rock covers (highly recommended if you dig great guitar work). Call beforehand to see who's playing. Also recommended from the music lineup are Shea Vino and the Clairvoyants, which have a strong following among the local Irish-music scene. In terms o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

Rula Bula
401 S. Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 929-9500

Kontrive

Attraction

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Kontrive is a new addition to Tempe businesses, targeted primarily to a college-student audience but offering a number of reasonably priced treasures.

Located in a darling little house across from the long-established House of Tricks (restaurant) location east of Mill, Kontrive features a number of reasonably priced household goods such as bookshelves, knickknacks and other things. A great place to outfit the new apartment, get furniture you can't find elsewhere, or sell stuff you have to get rid of.

"Stan," one of the owners (short for Stacianne) is especially cool and very personable.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

Kontrive
115 E. 7th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 517-1411

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Rezurrection has slowly built a name for itself in the first year since its opening, primarily for the monthly art shows that occupy the small gallery in back of the shop. Openings are usually the second Saturday of every month and advertised by email if you get on their mailing list (rezurrectiongallery@earthlink.net). Openings often feature talented local entertainment as well. The shop is owned by husband-and-wife Damian and Darci Johnson; she runs the retail part, he oversees the gallery. Together this talented team have put together an inviting shop that features a variety of eclectic furnishings and edgy vintage home decor. Lots of fun to wander through even if you're not looking to buy a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

Rezurrection Gallery
601 W University Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 377-9080