University Eats near ASU

From breakfast to burgers to all kinds of international favorites, you’ll have a hard time choosing from all of the tasty restaurants surrounding Arizona State University Tempe. Here are a few of our favorites that are conveniently located next to campus.

5 E. 6th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

C.A.SA., located just west of ASU Tempe Campus, is the perfect place to get a meal with a view of Downtown Tempe. This restaurant is burrito heaven! Choose between carne asada, tinga de pollo, chile verde or Cabo shrimp, or try a taco plate or rice bowl. Enjoy your food on their cooled patio that regularly features live music. They also offer over 30 beers on tap.

Engrained Cafe
ASU Memorial Union Building, 1290 S. Normal Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85287

Engrained Café, located on ASU’s Tempe campus in the Memorial Union (MU), is known for their locally grown and harvested food that tastes good and makes you feel good. Their mission is to use all seasonal produce that is harvested within a 150 mile radius of campus. Their menu is an eclectic mix of food such as sandwiches, salads, sushi and pizza. Everything you try will be fresh and delicious!

Original ChopShop
222 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281

This quaint and charming restaurant gives an energetic and youthful vibe that features a great outdoor space that is situated right next to the ASU Campus. Try one of their incredible sandwiches (Chicken Prosciutto is one of my favorites), salads, or power up with one of their fresh juices.

Pitchforks and Corks
660 S. College Avenue, Tempe AZ 85281

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.

The Chuckbox
202 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281

The Chuckbox is a local gem. It’s one of the most iconic restaurants that every past, present and future Sun Devil needs to try. For over 35 years, The Chuckbox has held its own, even as it’s been surrounded by new, slick burger places. The Chuckbox sticks to the basics with tasty mesquite grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches cooked over an open flame.

The Normal Restaurant and Bar
225 E. Apache Boulevard, Tempe, AZ 85281

When Armando Hernandez and Nadia Holguin of Tacos Chiwas fame and Chris Bianco of the legendary Pizzeria Bianco become partners, the result is downright delicious. The Normal Restaurant and Bar, located on the south side of campus inside the Graduate Tempe hotel, offers creative takes on breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. The tortillas are made fresh in house for their tacos and quesadillas. Try a green chile burger, barbacoa grilled cheese, breakfast tacos or as a dinner appetizer, you can’t go wrong with the Yucca Croquettes or their super tasty chips and salsa. They also have vegan and gluten free options.

Phoenicia Café
616 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

For over 19 years, this family owned restaurant has been serving delicious, affordable traditional Mediterranean, Greek, and Middle Eastern food. Located between 6th and 7th Streets on Forest Avenue, a few blocks from Sun Devil Stadium, Desert Financial Arena and College Avenue Commons. You can’t beat the killer Greek fries, hummus and everything else on the menu.

Shady Park
26 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281

Can’t decide what to have for dinner? No problem, this fun-loving hot spot features not one, not two, but three restaurants all in one venue! Choose between Damatos pizza, Umami Asian fusion cuisine or The Barpark sports bar fare. Head to Shady Park on Tuesday nights for their regular open mic night and take in the beautiful backyard-like patio.

777 S. College Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

This eatery brings unique and carefully crafted five star sandwiches, fresh baked New York bagels and an abundant choice of craft beer and wine selections to ASU’s Tempe campus. They make everything from scratch using top-notch ingredients to make the bread, sweets, roasting meats and in house sauces.

Thai Basil
1111 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85281

Add spice to your life with this authentic Thai food restaurant. Thai Basil is one of the many Thai restaurants in the Tempe area, this one just so happens to be directly across from campus near Apache and Rural Road. You can be sure that the food here is authentic, fresh and prepared from favorite family recipes.

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!