Going to an ASU game? Here are the best restaurants near Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe

Postino Annex is located at 615 S. College Ave.

Sun Devil fans know how to cheer on their team with “fear the fork” chants. But where can they find food when hunger strikes before or after a game? They go to these downtown Tempe restaurants near Sun Devil Stadium.

Downtown Tempe is chock-full of great restaurants, from cheap fast-casual options to trendy hot spots. Many of these places are a quick drive, if not a quick walk, from the stadium. You can also take the light rail.

Culinary Dropout

Culinary Dropout anchors The Yard in the Farmer Arts District. The food menu features filling comfort food like a turkey pastrami sandwich, meatloaf, green chile stew and an Italian chopped salad. Sip on drinks named Deviant Behavior, Pistols at Dawn and International Affair. The bar overlooks a big covered patio with cushy couches and lawn games, so you can eat, drink and play all in one place. Happy hour runs from 2 to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Details: 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe. 480-240-1601, culinarydropout.com. 

Postino Annex

One of the most popular wine bars in the Valley, Postino is known for its build-you-own bruschetta board, with options like smoke salmon and pesto; prosciutto with figs and mascarpone; and burrata, bacon, arugula and tomato. There’s also a selection of salads, panini sandwiches and starters, plus a carefully curated list of wines and craft beers. Draft beers come in a pitcher, pint or shorty. On Mondays and Tuesdays, after 8 p.m., $20 gets you a bottle of wine and a bruschetta plank — plenty for two. Happy hour is from open to 5 p.m. daily. 

Details: 615 S. College Ave., Tempe. 480-927-1111, postinowinecafe.com.

Four Peaks Brewing Company

The state’s largest brewery has expanded quickly since it was purchased in 2016 by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The Tempe brewery and pub on Eighth Street is the original; a new bar, shop and larger patio was added in 2016. The bar pours eight permanent selections in addition to seasonal picks, including the flagship Kilt Lifter Scottish-style ale, Pitchfork American pale ale and Oatmeal Stout. Dishes include a salmon BLT, Italian-beef beer bread and green chile pork poutine. Happy hour runs from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Details: 1340 E. Eighth St., Tempe. 480-303-9967, fourpeaks.com. 

House of Tricks

If you’re looking for a fine-dining experience before the show, House of Tricks is the place to go. Tucked in a cute house and shrouded by shade trees, the restaurant features dishes like seared foie gras; rabbit and spinach chorizo terrine; sweet vinegar-poached ono; and ancho-honey-glazed lamb rack. It has an extensive wine list with more than 300 varieties and nearly 30 wines by the glass.

Details: 114 E. Seventh St., Tempe. 480-968-1114, houseoftricks.com.

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

Country music star and hometown boy Dierks Bentley opened his restaurant and entertainment venue, Whiskey Row, at Mill Avenue and Sixth Street. The menu features appetizers like grilled whiskey wings, burgers like the All American, and sliders like the Picnic Chicken with fried chicken and apple jicama slaw. The bar boasts more than 50 craft beers on tap and more than 60 kinds of whiskey.

Details: 640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-794-1477, dierkswhiskeyrow.com.

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Shady Park

Pizza, sushi and ramen under one roof? Only at this eclectic spot. Umami, which used to be a ramen shop on Mill Avenue, is now located in Shady Park. It features build-your-own ramen bowls with six flavors and lots of toppings, including fried chicken, Spam, togarashi corn and spicy garlic paste. Umami also serves sushi and signature rolls like the Thai Tanic, Prawn Broker and Frying Nemo. In addition, you can order full signature pizzas or build your own.

Details: 26 E. University Drive, Tempe. 480-474-4222, shadyparktempe.com. 

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen

Located across the street from Culinary Dropout, this woodsy restaurant will keep you entertained with 30 TVs; a game room with billiards and Big Buck Hunter; and a rolle bolle court and bags area outside. Look for comfort foods such as Wisconsin cheese curds and the signature Sasquatch Burger, which has a pair of grilled-cheese sandwiches as the bun.

Details: 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe. 480-967-0578, thelodgetempe.com.

The Chuckbox

Watch your burger or chicken cook over a wood-fired grill at this funky joint that opened in 1972. Add toppings such as bacon or spicy guacamole and order a side of beer-battered onion rings. Just don’t forget to bring cash; the Chuckbox doesn’t take credit cards.

Details: 202 E. University Drive. 480-968-4712, thechuckbox.com.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

The slow-smoked meats are cooked on site at this barbecue franchise near ASU and Sun Devil Stadium. Chopped beef brisket, pork ribs and jalapeño Cheddar kielbasa are among the meaty choices. Sides include macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and barbecue beans.

Details: 521 S. College Ave., Tempe. 480-704-3510, dickeys.com.

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Open on University Drive and Maple Avenue, this was the first Arizona branch of California-based Blaze Pizza. Like other pizza-centered, fast-casual chains, Blaze puts the power of creation into the hands of diners. Customers build pizzas choosing their crust, sauce, cheese and toppings. Blaze has some big-name investors, including LeBron James and Maria Shriver.

Details: 105 W. University Drive, Tempe. 480-829-3775, blazepizza.com.

Rehab Burger Therapy

Grilled, never-frozen burgers are topped with such ingredients as barbecue pulled pork, shaved rib eye and peanut butter. They come with your choice of bun, such as brioche, pretzel or gluten-free bread. Chicken wings, sandwiches, salads and pasta also are served in the beach-themed dining room.

Details: 21 E. Sixth St., Tempe. 480-773-7307, rehabburgertherapy.com.

Pita Jungle

This healthful restaurant serves a mix of Mediterranean, Greek, Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, with dishes like lentil fetoosh salad, gyro pita and chipotle black bean burger. The original Pita Jungle opened on Apache Boulevard in Tempe more than 20 years ago. It shuttered in 2015 and moved to its current, larger location at Mill Avenue and University Drive.

Details: 4 E. University Drive, Tempe. 480-804-0234, pitajungle.com.

Original Chopshop Co.

Eat well at this fast-casual restaurant that’s just a street away from campus on University Drive. Fill up on grilled protein bowls with roasted vegetables, forbidden rice and choice of meat or tofu. Salads, sandwiches, fresh-squeezed juices and protein shakes round out the menu.

Details: 222 E. University Drive, Tempe. 480-307-9336, chopshopco.com.

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