The first time I visited Délice Bistro was on a walking food tour of Tempe. It’s a European-style pâtisserie (a type of French or Belgian bakery that specializes in pastries and sweets) that makes their pastries and entrees from scratch. They are located off historic Tempe’s Mill Ave near ASU campus. In addition to their wonderful parties, they serve European sandwiches, soups and salads (made fresh daily). When I came here last, I had a nutella crêpe with some coffee. They also have a variety of breakfast entrees that include omelets, croissant french toasts and eggs benedicts. But you can’t come here without trying one of their delightful desserts or hand-dipped Bouchée chocolates. Today I had a carrot cake with some coffee from Peixoto. It was delicious and made for a nice late afternoon snack.
I grew up in Tempe. Back in the 90’s we would cruise Mill Avenue and hang out at Coffee Plantation. I was also big into the music scene and attended concerts every weekend. During the days of the Seattle grunge movement, Tempe had their own little movement going on. Mill Avenue was the launch pad for the defining icons of the “Tempe Sound” for over a decade and it all started at a little joint called Long Wongs. The Gin Blossoms, The Refreshments and Dead Hot Workshop were the bands that spearheaded that movement. Cheap wings, bomber beers and good music – that was college life for me. Fast forward to today, the old Long Wong’s building is long gone. They are now located at the Firehouse where bands like Miniature Tigers, The Format, The Maine and Dear and the Headlights and more are leading the way. I took my son here to kinda let him see what life was like for me back in the day.