Just recently we got Five Guys here in the Valley. Now another mid-west burger joint has made their way here. Steak ‘n Shake started in Illinios in 1934 and has been serving up burgers all over ever since. Known for their signature steak burgers and shakes, Steak n’ Shake now has a location on Tempe’s historic Mill Ave. I’ve always enjoyed visiting them when I traveled to Missouri and pretty excited to see them open one up here. The only disappointment is that we got the ‘signature’ restaurant which doesn’t include all the menu items from the original. I came here with my buddy Jeremy before ASU’s home opener and my steak burger hit the spot.
I grew up going to the Old Spaghetti Factory here in the Valley. I went to school in Tempe and we dined at the old location (now closed) on Mill Ave quite often. The Dussin family opened the first Spaghetti Factory in Oregon in 1969. It’s a family friendly environment with decor that includes antique lighting, stained glass displays and an old-fashioned trolley car (that you can eat in). One of things they love to boast is that they serve a complete meal that includes bread, soup or salad, and dessert with your entrée. My family came to the Chandler location to celebrate my son’s bday and we had a good time. I really enjoyed the Minestrone Soup and Toasted Ravioli (one of my favorites), but found the pasta a little bland. But being a local favorite, I will for sure come again for the family experience.
The New Belgium Tour de Fat makes its rounds to Tempe around this time of year. I love riding my bike in this little parade because of the creativity and the goofiness that goes with it. The idea – trade your car and ride your bike. They promote clean living but with some fun and humor to it. Sponsored by Fat Tire beer, I had fun riding around Tempe Town Lake through Mill Ave observing the fun outfits and creative bikes.
I grew up with football. We watched it at every holiday family gathering. Both my brothers played football. My son played it. My high school (Tempe High) took state my junior year. That was a fun year as I went to almost every football game. My friends and I had a tradition of going out to Native New Yorker to get wings, then onto the game and then to Mill Ave in Tempe to hang out. Then we would go to someone’s house and hang out all night to watch movies or drink. I will admit I miss the old Friday night football games. Last year I hardly saw any football. Well, now my oldest son is in high school and attending Hamilton high school. Hamilton has been a dominant football team for the past 6-8 years. Tonight they took on their crosstown rival Chandler High (who has never beat them). Was does this have to do with food? Well, I wanted to relive a little old Friday night football with my youngest son (apparently sitting with my oldest son at the game isn’t cool to him – haha!). Ty and I grabbed some food then went to the game and then off to Orange Leaf for some fro-yo. Not quite as crazy as the old days, but fun.
Montage is an art gallery on Mill Ave that just recently opened. It also serves as a studio for painters, sculptures and drawers. Their hope is to draw attention and businesses back to Mill ave. I was really impressed by some of the stuff I saw.
Ncounter was open by TC Eggington’s Tom Roker and his wife Kathy. TC Eggington’s has already won many awards in the past 20 years and this newest establishment will be no different. It is located right in the heart of Tempe on Mill Ave right next to a light rail stop. A great hang out for students, Ncounter uses fresh foods and is open for both breakfast and lunch. I enjoyed my plain n’ simple breakfast along with a great cup of coffee. Ncounter has a great atmosphere and feel to it and I like that it is located right in the middle of Sun Devil country.