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Nicole

Nicole’s guidebook

Food scene
From casual breakfast at Morning Glory Cafe to a fine dining farm-to-table experience at Quiessence, this working farm has dining options for every traveler. A beautiful setting, try outdoor picnic-style eating when the weather is nice. Year-round, Quiessence is serving up top-notch food with the freshest, local ingredients.
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The Farm at South Mountain
6106 South 32nd Street
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From casual breakfast at Morning Glory Cafe to a fine dining farm-to-table experience at Quiessence, this working farm has dining options for every traveler. A beautiful setting, try outdoor picnic-style eating when the weather is nice. Year-round, Quiessence is serving up top-notch food with the freshest, local ingredients.
This very local watering hole serves up the best craft beers alongside the best Belgian bottled beer menu in the area (Duvel, Chimay, Chouffe, oh my!). Happy hour, wine Wednesdays, trivia night, and monthly Brewbecue events are all great fun. Food is not on the menu, but order in from Swaddee Thai - I suggest the Panang curry. The perfect place to pass a few hours.
HOP Central Brewing Co and Taproom
5055 W Ray Rd
This very local watering hole serves up the best craft beers alongside the best Belgian bottled beer menu in the area (Duvel, Chimay, Chouffe, oh my!). Happy hour, wine Wednesdays, trivia night, and monthly Brewbecue events are all great fun. Food is not on the menu, but order in from Swaddee Thai - I suggest the Panang curry. The perfect place to pass a few hours.
Looking for a healthy dining option? This local chain offers light Mediterranean fare with plenty of vegan and gluten-free menu items. Try the hummus trio with crusted tuna or the roasted cauliflower with tahini!
Pita Jungle - Ahwatukee
4921 East Ray Road
Looking for a healthy dining option? This local chain offers light Mediterranean fare with plenty of vegan and gluten-free menu items. Try the hummus trio with crusted tuna or the roasted cauliflower with tahini!
Not your regular grocery store. Fresh baked goods, in-house hot meals at the deli, made-to-order sushi counter, and a wonderful wine/beer selection. The front patio offers a calm place to enjoy a good book with their infamous iced tea. Live music up to two times a week.
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AJ's Fine Foods
7131 West Ray Road
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Not your regular grocery store. Fresh baked goods, in-house hot meals at the deli, made-to-order sushi counter, and a wonderful wine/beer selection. The front patio offers a calm place to enjoy a good book with their infamous iced tea. Live music up to two times a week.
Sandbar is more of a raucous bar scene with a Mexican menu. Plenty of outdoor seating with a beachy vibe. Stop here for UFC fight night viewing or to have a few margaritas into the wee hours of the morning.
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Sandbar Mexican Grill - Chandler
7200 West Ray Road
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Sandbar is more of a raucous bar scene with a Mexican menu. Plenty of outdoor seating with a beachy vibe. Stop here for UFC fight night viewing or to have a few margaritas into the wee hours of the morning.
This trusty chain serves up premier steaks and old-fashioned fine dining hospitality. Call ahead to reserve a table.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
905 N 54th St
This trusty chain serves up premier steaks and old-fashioned fine dining hospitality. Call ahead to reserve a table.
Irish pub located in an old home in a beautiful Tempe neighborhood. The feeling here is super casual, food and drinks are well-priced. Plenty of outdoor seating.
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Casey Moore's Oyster House
850 South Ash Avenue
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Irish pub located in an old home in a beautiful Tempe neighborhood. The feeling here is super casual, food and drinks are well-priced. Plenty of outdoor seating.
Drink at the place where their Scottish-style Kiltlifter ale got its start. The food here is stellar with interesting chef's specials. Plenty of TVs for game days, located near ASU.
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Four Peaks 8th Street
1340 East 8th Street
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Drink at the place where their Scottish-style Kiltlifter ale got its start. The food here is stellar with interesting chef's specials. Plenty of TVs for game days, located near ASU.
This unique brewery also houses exotic rescue birds. Located in downtown Chandler, this gem has tasty grub and live music on the top deck. Check their schedule to see who's playing.
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The Perch Brewery
232 South Wall Street
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This unique brewery also houses exotic rescue birds. Located in downtown Chandler, this gem has tasty grub and live music on the top deck. Check their schedule to see who's playing.
Excellent brunch option with generous portions. Good coffee, big menu, great service.
Snooze an AM Eatery
4901 E Ray Rd
Excellent brunch option with generous portions. Good coffee, big menu, great service.
East coast bagel lovers, this is the remedy for your craving. The best bagels in the Valley come from here. No question.
The Bagel Man
5035 E Elliot Rd
East coast bagel lovers, this is the remedy for your craving. The best bagels in the Valley come from here. No question.
Make reservations, if possible. This place serves up some of the best Southwest fare in the area. The cocktails are also superb. Sister restaurant of Tempe Public Market, Ghost Ranch serves up the flavor at a very high standard.
Ghost Ranch: Modern Southwest Cuisine
1006 E Warner Rd
Make reservations, if possible. This place serves up some of the best Southwest fare in the area. The cocktails are also superb. Sister restaurant of Tempe Public Market, Ghost Ranch serves up the flavor at a very high standard.
Make show room reservations to have dinner and a show! Great for kids and adults alike. A bit off the beaten track, this restaurant serves up Chinese favorites. Try the Ma Po Tofu.
Singing Pandas Asian Restaurant & Bar
757 E Chandler Blvd
Make show room reservations to have dinner and a show! Great for kids and adults alike. A bit off the beaten track, this restaurant serves up Chinese favorites. Try the Ma Po Tofu.
Possibly my favorite Indian restaurant. This large restaurant is actually mostly pick up orders. Eat in for a quiet, calm setting or call ahead for pick up. Skip the lunch buffet and order the chicken Chettinad curry at your desired spice level.
Passage to India
909 East Elliot Road
Possibly my favorite Indian restaurant. This large restaurant is actually mostly pick up orders. Eat in for a quiet, calm setting or call ahead for pick up. Skip the lunch buffet and order the chicken Chettinad curry at your desired spice level.
Sightseeing
Located right next to Phoenix Zoo (2 for 1 sightseeing!), this park offers a super easy hike up to Hole-in-the-Rock. It's a lovely view with plenty of opportunity for desert photos. Visit just before sunset.
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Papago Park
625 North Galvin Parkway
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Located right next to Phoenix Zoo (2 for 1 sightseeing!), this park offers a super easy hike up to Hole-in-the-Rock. It's a lovely view with plenty of opportunity for desert photos. Visit just before sunset.
Ever dreamed of driving a dream car on a track? Try a driving school package here and tick one off the bucket list.
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Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
20000 South Maricopa Road
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Ever dreamed of driving a dream car on a track? Try a driving school package here and tick one off the bucket list.
See the big Broadway tour shows - Wicked, Lion King, Rent have all visited - or buy tickets for one of their other events. A Frank Lloyd Wright building, this theater offers local flare from a famed architect.
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ASU Gammage
1200 South Forest Avenue
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See the big Broadway tour shows - Wicked, Lion King, Rent have all visited - or buy tickets for one of their other events. A Frank Lloyd Wright building, this theater offers local flare from a famed architect.
With so many golf courses in the Phoenix area, you don't ever have to play the same course twice. Two pristine courses here in a gorgeous desert setting.
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Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass
5692 West North Loop Road
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With so many golf courses in the Phoenix area, you don't ever have to play the same course twice. Two pristine courses here in a gorgeous desert setting.
Hiking trails for days. Bring plenty of water. Multiple trailheads, plan before heading out and enjoy some of the desert beauty with city views.
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South Mountain Park and Preserve
10919 South Central Avenue
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Hiking trails for days. Bring plenty of water. Multiple trailheads, plan before heading out and enjoy some of the desert beauty with city views.
Shopping
This modern outdoor shopping center is located right next to Wild Horse Pass. All your favorite brands - Coach, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Boss, Armani Exchange, Kate Spade, and many more.
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Phoenix Premium Outlets
4976 Premium Outlets Way
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This modern outdoor shopping center is located right next to Wild Horse Pass. All your favorite brands - Coach, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Boss, Armani Exchange, Kate Spade, and many more.
Classy shopping destination with major brands and amazing restaurants. Spend a few hours here and check out both.
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Kierland Commons
15205 North Kierland Boulevard
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Classy shopping destination with major brands and amazing restaurants. Spend a few hours here and check out both.
Upscale shopping and dining surrounding a green courtyard area. Let the kids run around a bit while some of the adults pick up their shopping necessities.
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Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 East Camelback Road
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Upscale shopping and dining surrounding a green courtyard area. Let the kids run around a bit while some of the adults pick up their shopping necessities.
Kids
This local library has free events all year long for infants through teens. Pass an hour playing Legos or attend a book reading for the little ones.
Chandler Sunset Library
4930 W Ray Rd
This local library has free events all year long for infants through teens. Pass an hour playing Legos or attend a book reading for the little ones.
Local park with a lake to walk around, multiple playgrounds, and a splash pad for hot summer days. Beautiful at sunset.
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Desert Breeze Park
660 North Desert Breeze Boulevard East
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Local park with a lake to walk around, multiple playgrounds, and a splash pad for hot summer days. Beautiful at sunset.
This indoor play place is wonderful for kids that are ready to explore a large center on their own. Perfect for hot summer days.
Makutu's Island
6919 West Ray Road
This indoor play place is wonderful for kids that are ready to explore a large center on their own. Perfect for hot summer days.
Essentials
Gym with all the amenities. Pool, tennis, classes, and more. Call for day pass/multi-day options.
Life Time Fitness
1616 West Ruby Drive
Gym with all the amenities. Pool, tennis, classes, and more. Call for day pass/multi-day options.
The friendliest grocery store around. Stop by Trader Joe's for all your TJ's favorites.
Trader Joe's
4025 East Chandler Boulevard
The friendliest grocery store around. Stop by Trader Joe's for all your TJ's favorites.