Newcomers’ Dining Guide to Finding 3 Hidden Gems in Tempe

Editorial StaffNovember 9, 2022
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Giving these down-low dining destinations the credit they deserve.

The Peppermill. Photo by Melissa Valladares
The Peppermill. Photo by Melissa Valladares

The Peppermill
Chef-owner Chad Bolar spent nine years working for culinary star Christopher Gross, and his classical chops are deliciously apparent at this unassuming strip mall spot – part modern-day steakhouse, part gastropub embraced by cuisine-starved South Tempeans.
7660 S. McClintock Dr.

Zu Izakaya
This cozy bar and restaurant captures the spirit of a Japanese izakaya pub without its more traditional trappings. A massive menu of tempura, tacos, hot pots and grilled meats includes gyoza dumplings, chile-garlic edamame and tempura sweet potatoes.
2210 N. Scottsdale Rd.

The Hudson Eatery & Bar
Whiskey, bourbon and other well-oaked spirits are the collective jam of this breezy gastropub. The mindful if scant 12-item food menu is headlined by a spot-on Philly cheesesteak filled with tender chopped sirloin in a gooey amnion of melted provolone and tangy pickled peppers. Vegetarian dishes include tahini pasta and a white bean cilantro stew.
1601 E. Apache Blvd.

This article first appeared in the 2023 City Guide, published by PHOENIX magazine in November 2022.