Tempe’s foodie scene is expanding—adding a colorful array of locally owned wine- and beer-centric, modern-cuisine ventures on and off of Arizona State University’s campus, and attracting more than just the college crowd.
Just Off Campus
West of ASU and Mill Avenue, just across the train tracks, sits a warehouse and residential neighborhood in the emerging Farmer Arts District. Here, at the corner of Farmer Avenue and 1st Street, local restaurateur Sam Fox is opening his third Culinary Dropout installation in the Valley, Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe, set to open mid-December. A creatively named destination for just outside of a university campus, the talent inside holds no bearing of a “dropout” operation, however. Upscale pub fare and comfort foods are served in the expansive indoor-outdoor dining area, with creative craft cocktails and an extensive beer and wine list. Visitors can try their hand at popular backyard games including corn-hole and Ping-Pong inside the rustic-industrial space. Joining Culinary Dropout is the second location of the local spin-class company Madison Improvement Club and another location of the breakfast hotspot Over Easy—slated to open before the end of the year. Two private event spaces, The Showcase Room seating 250 and The Coop seating 86, are located on site as well as a performance stage for local music acts.
Right On Campus
Bruschetta boards, fresh salads, from-scratch soups and panini are served at this modern, open-air spot located in the heart of ASU’s campus. The fourth Valley Postino WineCafe location takes home in the brick ASU Art Annex building, uniting senior and graduate students, ASU alumni, professors, administrators and other passerby wine seekers.
Snooze an AM Eatery
This breakfast and lunch hotspot gained its fame in Denver before venturing Southwest to the Valley. With success measured in consistently full tables at its Phoenix location, Snooze is opening its doors to the ASU community in the Art Annex space next to Postino in mid-December. Perfectly sweet and crisp upside-down pineapple pancakes and hearty omelets are served alongside decadent morning cocktails.
Orange Table Tempe
Delectable breakfast and lunch dishes such as jalapeño pecan pancakes, bananas Foster French toast, wild berry waffles and the Kilt Lifter hamburger are served inside a cozy, orange-hued space. Orange Table Tempe boasts a healthy list of local beers and a full bar.
Pitchforks & Corks
Not just on the ASU campus, but inside an administrative building, Pitchforks & Corks is on the second floor of the newly built and modernly designed College Avenue Commons, directly across the street from Postino and Snooze. Overlooking “A” Mountain, diners sip on wine and nosh on small plates throughout the day.