Food & Drink in Tempe

$11 for $20 Worth of Sweets at The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House

The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House

Tempe

$20 $11

Confectioners cover pretzels in chocolate, dunk apples in taffy and coat them with candy, and create fudge in flavors like maple pecan

Gastro-Pub Dinner with Drinks for Two or Four at Salut Kitchen Bar (Up to 49% Off)

Salut Kitchen Bar

Tempe

$59 $32

Drinks such as a cucumber mule or lavender lemon fizz complement items such as gourmet burgers; not valid on entrees

Pizza and Southwest-Inspired Pub Food at Boulders on Broadway (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Boulders on Broadway

Tempe

$24 $13

This bar has a dedicated three-figure beer list that offers something for every taste and to go with spicy burgers as well as brunch dishes

$13 for $25 Worth of Italian Food for Two at Marcello’s Pasta Grill

Marcello's Pasta Grill

Tempe

$25 $13

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Authentic cuisine made from generations-old recipes—such as brick-oven pizza and seafood-stuffed ravioli—fills plates at family-owned eatery

Indian Cuisine for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Nandini Indian Restaurant (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Nandini Indian Restuarant

Tempe

$30 $16

Veggie samosas, chicken curry made with fresh herbs from house recipe, halal tandoori chicken, and lamb rogan josh

$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Fro-Yo at Kicks Frozen Yogurt ($20 Total Value)

Kicks Frozen Yogurt

McClintock

$10 $5

Unique flavors, such as chocolate caramel turtle, as well as a selection of fruity sorbets, await inside self-serve frozen-yogurt shop

Karaoke and Snacks Sunday–Thursday or Friday and Saturday at August Karaoke Box (Up to 67% Off)

August Karaoke Box

Tempe

$15 $5

In private rooms or a public hall, groups sing along to more than 130,000 songs, nibble snacks, and sip drinks

Indian Cuisine on Sunday–Thursday or Any Time at The Dhaba (Up to 47% Off)

The Dhaba

Tempe

$30 $16

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Dishes feature flavors from across India, including punjabi veggie platters, tandoor-baked meats, and handmade naan

$12.99 for $24 Worth of Vietnamese Cuisine at Pho Tempe

Pho Tempe

Tempe

$24 $12.99

Traditional Vietnamese cuisine including pho soup, banh mi sandwiches, egg noodles, and sweet sticky rice

$14 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Mexican Food at Costa Vida ($24 Value)

Costa Vida

Tempe

$12 $7

Mexican dishes include raspberry-chipotle chicken burritos wrapped in handcrafted tortillas in nutritionally minded restaurant

$13 for $24 Worth of Thai Food and Drinks at PaPaYa Thai Restaurant

PaPaYa Thai Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$24 $13

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Award-winning chicken mango curry and fresh noodle, barbecue, and vegetarian dishes served by attentive staff

International Street Food for Two or Four at Gringo Star Street Bar (Half Off)

Gringo Star Street Bar

Downtown Tempe

$30 $15

Street fare from around the world, such as grilled corn drizzled in lime and cotija cheese or Korean short ribs served on fry bread

Beer Tasting for Two or Four with Glasses & Flights of Four-Ounce Samples from Sleepy Dog Brewery (Up to 50% Off)

Sleepy Dog Brewery

Tempe

$26 $16

Great Arizona Beer Festival's People's Choice Award-winners pour samples of their craft beer in take-home pint glasses

Two or Four Pounds of Salt Water Taffy at Candy Addict (Half Off)

Candy Addict

Downtown Tempe

$20 $10

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Classic saltwater taffy from a candy store replete with more than 1,500 kinds of nostalgic sweets

Deli Food at Gandolfo’s New York Deli (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Gandolfo's New York Deli

Tempe

$15 $7

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Inspired by New York City in both name and style, more than 70 sandwiches crafted from fresh bread are stacked with meat and cheese

1 or 2 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Treats at Dairy Queen Orange Julius (50% Off). 9 Locations Available

Dairy Queen Orange Julius

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

Get your fill of candy- and cookie-studded blizzards, twist cones, smoothies, julius, and other treats at a choice of nine locations

Lebanese Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Mijana (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Mijana

Tempe

$35 $17

Fresh-baked pita bread and Middle Eastern cuisine such as chicken kebabs, kefta, and kibbeh

Distillery Tour and Tasting for 2, 4, 6, or 10 at Arizona Distilling Co (Up to 52% Off)

Arizona Distilling Co

Tempe

$20 $13

During a one-hour tour of Phoenix's first whiskey distillery since prohibition, guests learn about the process and taste multiple samples

Indian Buffet for 2, 4, or 6 or $20 Worth of Take-out Indian Food from Kohinoor Cuisine of India (Up to 40% Off)

Kohinoor Cuisine of India

Tempe

$20 $12

Lunch or dinner buffets showcase an array of Indian dishes, including a robust selection of vegetarian and vegan choices

$11 for Organic FarmBox Pickup from Sunizona Family Farms –Online Redemption Required ($22 Value)

Sunizona Family Farms

Multiple Locations

$22 $11

Boxes consit of your choice of organic offerings such as organic tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, herbs, and seasonal veggies

New American Ale House Food at Spokes on Southern (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Spokes On Southern

Tempe

$24 $13

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Peddle up to a bike-friendly restaurant where chefs serve ale house food with a Southwestern twist and 24 local and popular draft beers.

Murder and a Meal Dinner Theatre at Orange Tree Golf Resort on August 2–September 20 (Up to33% Off)

Murder and a Meal Dinner Theatre Presents: "A Ghostly Crime", "Deadly Housewives", or "Get A Clue.. Or Die!"

Multiple Locations

$97.47 $65

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Murder mysteries inspired by Clue and Desperate Housewives turn audiences into detectives as they feast on a three-course meal

Fresh American Fusion Cuisine at Il Vinaio (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Il Vinaio

Downtown Mesa

$30 $16

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Fresh American fusion dishes crafted from local, organic ingredients with gluten-free options; lobster mac & cheese and filet mignon

$22 for Two Groupons, Each good for $20 Worth of Pub Fare and Beer at The Brass Tap ($40 Total Value)

The Brass Tap

Mesa Riverview

$20 $11

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Browse selection of more than 300 craft beers to sip on with flatbreads, panini, and handcrafted pizzas built on a tasty pretzel crust

$2 for $4 toward purchase at Tropical Sno Hawaiian Shave Ice

Tropical Sno Hawaiian Shave Ice

Mesa

$4 $2

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$14 for Hawaiian Meal for Two with Entrees and Desserts at Moki's Hawaiian Grill (Up to $29.80 Value)

Moki's Hawaiian Grill

Mesa

$27.93 $14

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Eatery captures the aloha spirit with mixed plates such as loco-moco and chicken katsu in tropical-themed space

6 or 12 Regular Tacos and 2 or 4 Fountain Drinks at Taco4u Mexican Food (Up to 39% Off)

Taco4u Mexican Food

Mesa

$15.70 $10

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Soft or crisp tortillas filled with meats such as chorizo, carne asada, or shredded chicken

One or Two Groupons Toward Food and Drinks at Buonos Pizza (Up to 50% Off)

Buonos Pizza

Dobson Ranch

$20 $11

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Appetizers such as calamari rings preface pizza, jumbo ravioli, housemade lasagna, and hot or cold subs

Up to 30% Off Mexican Cuisine — Casa Ramos II Valid Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 2 PM

Casa Ramos II

Sherwood

$10 $7

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Shaved Ice and Smoothies or Party for 25 People at Bahama Buck's (Up to 46% Off)

Bahama Buck's

Mesa

$10 $6

Jungle berry, cotton candy, and more than 90 other flavors soak into fluffy shaved-ice treats; a party pack supplies up to 25 with a DIY kit

One or Three Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Pizza and Italian Food at Vito's Pizza and Italian Ristorante

Vito's Pizza and Italian Ristorante

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

Housemade italian sausage baked onto thin-crust pizzas and housemade lasagna ladled with from-scratch marinara sauce

$17 for $30 Worth of New Mexican Cuisine at The Original Blue Adobe Grille

The Original Blue Adobe Grille

Downtown Mesa

$30 $17

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New Mexican cuisine ranging from burgers cooked over a pecan-wood grill to enchiladas in blue corn tortillas

$85 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two with Souvenir Mugs from The Dinner Detective ($161.60 Value)

The Dinner Detective

Mesa

$161.60 $85

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After shocking murder, guests and actors collect clues to expose killer while dining on meatloaf, chicken, or pasta

$5 for $10 Worth of Gelato, Italian Desserts, and Coffee at Gelato Dolce Vita in Gilbert and Mesa

Gelato Dolce Vita

Mesa

$10 $5

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Sweets-makers trained in Italy scoop dollops of creamy gelato in flavors such as salted caramel & root-beer float

Improv Show for Two or Four at Outliars Comedy Club (Up to 50% Off)

Outliars Comedy Club

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Improv players trained at Second City and iO explore the unexpected in short- and long-form scenes

Custom Cakes from Ritzy Cakes (Up to 62% Off). Three Options Available.

Ritzy Cakes

Mesa

$100 $49

Custom single-layer, multilayer, and tiered cakes topped with colorful icing and fondant; available in 14 flavors

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Swirls ($24 Total Value)

Swirls

Multiple Locations

$6 $3

Frozen yogurt business features low-fat, nonfat, and no-sugar-added flavors such as cake batter, apple pie, and peanut butter

Pub Food and Drinks at American Junkie (50% Off). Two Options Available.

American Junkie

Downtown Scottsdale

$40 $20

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Part sports bar, part night club, American Junkie offers elevated bar snacks, craft beers, and games streaming on 20 HD TVs

Celebrity Chef Collaboration for One or Two on Saturday, September 20, at 6 p.m. (Up to 56% Off)

Celebrity Chef Collaboration

Roseo Design Center

$100 $49

Six renowned Arizona chefs, including John Corey of The Venue, perform live cooking demos & dish out samples to be paired with wine

Two Chef Gelato Wars Scoops or One Chef Large Gelato Wars Party Pack (Up to 50% Off)

The Gelato Spot

Multiple Locations

$10 $6

Specialty chef's flavors of gelato flavors churned fresh each day; Chefs flavor packs feature 2.5 pounds of gelato in three flavors

Mexican Food and Drinks at Salty Senorita (40% Off). Two Locations Available.

Salty Senorita

Multiple Locations

$30 $18

Eleven taco varieties, three kinds of hand-rolled burritos, and over 50 hand crafted margaritas from around 130 tequilas

Pizza and Italian Cuisine at Crust Restaurants (Up to 40% Off)

Crust Restaurants

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Italian restaurant serving homemade rusticas, pastas, and New York style-pizzas made from fresh ingredients

Ticket to the Fifth Annual Arizona Taco Festival on October 18 or 19 at Salt River Fields (Up to 42% Off)

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

$12 $7

40+ teams face off to create the most tasty taco as guests sample their works and take in contests and lucha libre wrestling

Standup Comedy and Popcorn for Two at Stand-Up, Scottsdale! (Up to 51% Off)

Stand-Up, Scottsdale!

Stand-Up, Scottsdale!

$35 $17

Intimate comedy venue hosts a rotating cast of nationally known comedians

Olive Oil or Balsamic Vinegar from Outrageous Olive Oils and Vinegars (47% Off)

Outrageous Olive Oils and Vinegars

The Frontier Shops

$16 $9

Extra virgin olive oil, flavored olive oil, and traditional-style balsamic vinegar aged for up to 18 years

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Fare and Drinks at Arrivederci Ristorante

Arrivederci Ristorante

Paradise Valley

$30 $15

Intricate wall sketches stand above plates of beef and salmon carpaccios, hearty pastas, and veal and chicken in wine sauce

Steakhouse Cuisine at La Prima Donna (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available. 

La Prima Donna

Gainey Ranch

$40 $20

Regional steakhouse cuisine filled with homespun flourishes, such as veal chops, filet mignon, and seared New York strip

$11 for $20 Worth of Gourmet Pizza and American Food at Humble Pie

Humble Pie

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Wood-fired pizzas topped with local sausage and house-made mozzarella, pasta loaded with Italian bacon, and wines by the glass

Wine-Tasting Flights with Appetizer for Two or Four at Su Vino Winery (Up to 56% Off)

Su Vino Winery

Downtown Scottsdale

$32.99 $15

Winery dispenses tasting flights of award-winning wines alongside light appetizers such as caprese and warmed brie

$20 for $40 Worth of Mexican Food and Drinks at Loco Patron

Loco Patron

Downtown Scottsdale

$40 $20

Chefs dish up platters of award-winning crunchy pork tacos with sliced avocado & arbol sauce alongside cocktails & freshly made margaritas

Casual American Food, Wine, and Craft Beers for Dinner at Twisted Rose Winery & Eatery (50% Off)

Twisted Rose Winery & Eatery

Scottsdale

$30 $15

Crafted and aged on-site, wine plays a starring role, either on their own or in dishes that use wine as a main ingredient

Three, Six, or 12 Bottles of Pre-Selected Wines from Twisted Rose Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Twisted Rose Winery

Northsight

$66 $33

Wines crafted and aged on-site include a sauvignon blanc, orange muscat, dry rose, cabernet sauvignon, and zinfandel

Chocolate-Dipping Experience for Two, Four, or Eight at Chocolade van Brugge (Up to 56% Off)

Chocolade van Brugge

Downtown Scottsdale

$50 $27

Sweets lovers belly up to the chocolate bar for a 90-minute experience dipping 10 pieces into one of three bowls of rich, Belgian chocolate

Chinese Cuisine for Dine-In, Takeout, or Delivery at Qwik Chinese Bistro (Up to 42% Off)

Qwik Chinese Bistro

Central Scottsdale

$24 $14

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Spicy Mongolian beef, moo shu shrimp, and chicken lo mein add to a menu of Chinese staples free of MSG

$16 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Cove Trattoria

Cove Trattoria

McCormick Ranch

$30 $16

Brick-oven-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, and Italian-style steaks; seafood pair with red and white wines to tantalize taste buds

Toasted Sandwiches, Soups & Salads or Create-Your-Own Catering Tray at Quiznos (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Quiznos

Scottsdale

$6 $3

Sandwich stackers pack deli meats, cheese, and vegetables between toasted rolls; catering tray serves up to 10 people

$12 for $20 Worth of American Food and Drinks at 5th and Wine

5th & Wine

Downtown Scottsdale

$20 $12

50 wines from around the world poured alongside bison burgers and live music on select nights

Dynasty Feast, Pupu Platter and Beer, or $13 for $25 Worth of Chinese Food at Chop and Wok

Chop and Wok

Central Scottsdale

$25 $13

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Sit down to a feast of Chinese food such as orange chicken and spicy crab fried rice, or pair a pupu platter of appetizers with beer

$30 for $50 Worth of Japanese Steak and Sushi at Roka Akor

Roka Akor

Paradise Valley

$50 $30

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Steaks and seafood cooked over oak-charcoal robata grills at an acclaimed Japanese steakhouse; award-winning sushi

Pizza and Beer for Two or Four at Rosati's Pizza (Up to 49% Off)

Rosati's Pizza

Troon North

$29.05 $15

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Revered century-old franchise specializes in thin-crust and Chicago-style pies paired with draft and bottled beers

5 or 10 Groupons, Each Good for Blizzard or Small Orange Juilius at Dairy Queen/Orange Julius (Up to 59% Off)

Dairy Queen/Orange Julius

Ancala Village Shopping Center

$3.89 $1.70

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Classic ice-cream outpost dishes out soft-serve decorated with candy, cookies, or fruit and signature fruit beverages

New York–Style Pizza, Pasta, and Drinks at Lorenzo's Pizza & Pasta (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Lorenzo's Pizza & Pasta

Scottsdale

$25 $13

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Hearty Italian eats such as calzones, chicken cacciatore, fried calamari, and various pasta dishes pair with beer and wine

$15 for $30 Worth of American Cuisine at 4th Floor Grille & Sports Bar

4th Floor Grille & Sports Bar

South Scottsdale

$30 $15

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American favorites such as new york strip sandwich complement southwestern dishes such as macho tacos

Mexican Food at Papi Chulo's Mexican Grill & Cantina (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Papi Chulo's Mexican Grill & Cantina

South Scottsdale

$20 $11

Chorizo and eggs, grilled arrachera flank steak, and Big Papi 6.5-lb. burritos served in a dining room with views of Camelback Mountain

$20 for $40 Worth of Gastropub Lunch or Brunch at Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row

Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row

Old Town Scottsdale

$40 $20

Smoked-provolone mac 'n' cheese with poblano peppers and juicy beef and fish sliders for lunch and Blueberry Moonshine pancakes at brunch

Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four, or Take-Out at Rare Earth Pizza and Wine Bar (Up to 46% Off)

Rare Earth Pizza and Wine Bar

Troon North

$50 $27

Handmade pizzas and wine by the glass or bottle served in second-story dining room or on picturesque deck

$7 for $15 Worth of Bagels, Sandwiches, and Salads at Lox Stock & Bagel

Lox Stock & Bagel

Scottsdale

$15 $7

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Fresh-baked bagels in 28 flavors, ranging from spinach pesto to french toast, along with sandwiches and salads

Tapas, Dessert, and Sangria for Two or Four at Pepin Restaurante Español (52% Off)

Pepin Restaurante Español

Downtown Scottsdale

$103 $49

Pork leg basks in sour-orange marinade before it's roasted into a tender entree as live flamenco dancing rounds out the festive atmosphere

$22 for $40 Worth of Mexican Food for Lunch or Brunch at El Hefe

El Hefe

Downtown Scottsdale

$40 $22

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Tables outfitted out with personal taps, angus burgers laced with marmalade, and tacos stuffed with pork al pastor, carne asada, and duck

$12 for a Friday- or Saturday-Night Comedy Show for Two at The Speakeasy Comedy Club (Up to $24 Value)

The Speakeasy Comedy Lounge

South Scottsdale

$24 $12

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Local comics share the stage with national headliners at a comedy lounge inside Papi Chulo's Mexican Cantina

Up to 46% Off Drinks — The Well Bar

The Well Bar

South Scottsdale

$15 $8

Domestic drafts, bottles & mixed drinks quench thirsts on shaded outdoor patio or indoors amid pool tables, dartboards, games & HDTVs

$17.50 for $30 Worth of Asian Fusion Cuisine at Bamboo Club

Bamboo Club

Central Scottsdale

$30 $17.50

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Chinese duck and stir-fry, Hawaiian and Korean beef, inventive seafood plates, and Thai noodles

$13 for $25 Worth of Mexican Food for Dinner at Los Olivos Norte

Los Olivos Norte

Scottsdale

$25 $13

Carne asada, machaca—shredded dry beef sauteed with vegetables—seasoned fajitas, and halibut Veracruzana

Sandwiches and Breakfast Food at C3 Kitchen (Up to 58% Off)

C3 Kitchen

Scottsdale Quarter

$12 $6

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Coffee drinks pair with bagels, egg sandwiches, chopped salads, and hot and cold sandwiches

$14 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Diner Food at Chloe's Corner ($24 Total Value)

Chloe's Corner

Paradise Valley

$12 $7

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Hot roast beef, chicken salad, grilled cheese with bacon, and albacore tuna sandwiches follow breakfast pastries and coffee

$15 for $30 Worth of Hookah, Food, and Non-Alcoholic Drinks at Hoookahmania

HoookahMania

North Scottsdale

$30 $15

Groups share hookahs in flavors like chocolate and apple while sipping fruit smoothies or Arabic teas; live entertainment on select nights

$15 for $30 Worth of Gourmet Burgers, Wings, Homemade Donuts, and Infused Cocktails at The Grind

The Grind

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Chefs use old world European technique to craft burgers and other American favorites inside a coal-fired oven

Individual or Catering Trays of Sub Sandwiches at Quiznos (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

Quiznos (Scottsdale)

Northsight

$9.98 $5

Meats, cheeses, and vegetables piled on sandwiches or rolled into wraps crisp and melt when toasted in an oven or on a grill

Halal Indian Cuisine at Al Hamra (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Al Hamra

North Scottsdale

$30 $16

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Indian restaurant fuses Eastern and Western sensibilities to offer mixed drinks, curries, tandoori dishes, and naan

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Cartel Coffee Lab has reaped its fair share of local and national applause, including that of BBC Travel and Food & Wine Magazine. With all those accolades, it's surprising just how modest Jason Silberschlag—the man behind the coffee—actually is. "We're all infants in understanding coffee," Silberschlag mused in a video on the shop's website. "It's one of the most complex beverages we consume." But, more than modest, Jason's comments reveal a very real respect and reverence for the drink—a respect that manifests itself in the staff's persistent experimentation, study, and instruction. The spot, after all, is not a coffeehouse; it's a coffee lab. Each of Cartel Coffee's four locations moderately play up the laboratory theme with lots of stainless steel, but offset any hint of coldness with brightly colored walls and original sculptures. Even more essential to the theme? The baristas are known to carefully explain brewing processes and technique to their customers as they create decadent espresso drinks, including the simple desert favorite: cold-brewed coffee. Light on the sugar, the brew allows sippers to really taste and admire the bold, earthy flavor of espresso beans culled from Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Guatemala. And though coffee is the most obvious drink to order at Cartel, you’ll want to pay attention to the rest of the menu, especially at the Tempe location. Since early 2013, this outpost has evolved from a straight coffeehouse into a full-blown microbrewery.

225 W University Dr
Tempe,
AZ
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With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company's product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.

Blended drinks dominate the menu, with options including fruit refreshers?made with naturally hydrating, electrolytic coconut water?and pre-boosted smoothies that can fill nutritional gaps with infusions of protein, immunity boosters, or antioxidants that neutralize accidentally swallowed pool water. The drink list also includes organic house-blend coffee and Talbot Teas, including Paris Breakfast and SOHO Earl.

For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320?420 calories each.

1827 E Guadalupe Rd
Tempe,
AZ
US

Mark Smith and Gary Clark wouldn’t be where they are today without a 50-year-old barbecue recipe. When the two childhood friends started a catering service in college to cover their living expenses, they soon became renowned for their barbecue, made with a Tennessee-style recipe passed down through several generations. Bolstered by demand, they bought a truck and a portable barbecue pit—but soon traded these for a brick-and-mortar location, a rustic storefront on East Van Buren Street. More than 25 years later, the pair are still serving smoked meats at Honey Bear’s BBQ, boosting their output with a second location on North Central Avenue and a separate catering center.

Their recipe has only improved with age, earning them accolades such as the Phoenix’s Best BBQ Sauce 2010 Award from the Phoenix New Times. Inside the Honey Bear BBQ kitchens, chefs brush this signature Tennessee sauce onto pulled pork, shredded chicken, and beef brisket, which they serve by the pound, pile onto sandwiches, or stuff into face-level catapults. They complement the mesquite flavors with traditional Southern sides such as potato salad, cowbro beans, collard greens, and tater tots. For faraway fans, they also bottle and ship their signature sauce around the country.

7670 S Priest Dr
Tempe,
AZ
US

Mind Over Batter, a confectionery delight in the heart of Tempe, opened its doors on Valentine's Day 2011 and shortly thereafter won the Phoenix New Times' annual Best Cupcakes award. After being dismayed by the banality of store-bought desserts and the lack of business ethic among shadowy sheet-cake cartels, the team at Mind Over Batter decided to set out on their own, eventually expanding their labor of love to two different locations in Tempe and Gilbert. The shops bake cupcakes in an array of traditional and less common flavors, such as peanut butter and strawberry or chocolate chip and fudge, with the bite-sized cakes come adorned in glittering sugar crystals or technicolored layers of creamy icing. Cake pops weigh down skewers with cake spheres dunked into various buttercream icings and candy coatings. Custom-made cakes commemorate baby showers, weddings, or the weddings of love-struck babies with batters such as chocolate red velvet or classic butter yellow, and fillings such as chocolate ganache or seasonal fresh fruit.

1805 E Elliot Rd
Tempe,
AZ
US

The same love for pizza and beer that fueled three college students in 1974 transformed their lives as they expanded their business from one rundown building in Atlanta to 100 Mellow Mushroom restaurants across 15 states today. Each eatery owes its individual style to each location's being locally owned and operated, much like impressionist painters owed their individual style to their number of ears. In the kitchens, grilled and deli-style hoagies are assembled and calzones and pizzas baked in stone hearths using dough made with natural spring water. Though many of the restaurant's dishes have remained on the menu since its inception, the culinary crew frequently devises new, often gluten-free, dishes to keep senior-ranking pepperonis from becoming too powerful. Servers pair dishes with their location's own set of local brews, which fit into a collection of up to 100 microbrewed and imported beers on tap and in bottles. Brewers such as Bell's, Abita, and Dogfish Head are also featured in regular beer events.

740 S Mill Ave
Tempe,
AZ
US

Shalimar Country Club's 2,417 yards of manicured golfing terrain are peppered with towering trees, slinking sand traps, and rolling hills. The design of the nine-hole, par-33 course masterfully incorporates its scenic assets?the fifth hole sits across a yawning lake, and the ninth hole's island green is flanked on all sides by water hazards, bunkers, and punks who steal golf balls for their solar-system dioramas. To be prepared to dodge these obstacles, players practice on a driving range and chipping-and-putting green. After their rounds, golfers can wander into the restaurant and lounge for a meal or a drink or peruse the golf shop to try on new apparel and test the mettle of name-brand equipment.

Course at a Glance:

  • Nine-hole, par-33 course

  • Distance of 2,417 yards from the farthest tees

  • Course rating of 31.2 from the farthest tees

  • Three tee options

  • Link to scorecard

2032 E Golf Ave
Tempe,
AZ
US