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Live Like a Local in Tempe

Now that you made a move to Tempe, it’s time to enjoy the sun, activities, scenery, and some of the best spots for locals. You can find some great restaurants and shopping – just ask your local friends. Here are a few suggestions for places to start.

What’s for dinner (or lunch)?

Don’t bother going anywhere else other than The Chuckbox for burgers in Tempe. This award-winning burger joint has been a go-to spot for more than 40 years. Local favorites include the one-third pound Big One, barbecue chicken sandwich, and the Tijuana Torpedo, which consists of two patties, green chili, and jalapeno jack cheese. Everything is made to order right in front of your eyes on the large mesquite, charcoal grill.

When you are looking for a relaxing lunch al fresco or a nice dinner out, you need to go to House of Tricks. You will love the quaint cottage feel of this longstanding, award-winning restaurant in downtown Tempe. If you are enjoying a nice day on the patio for lunch, try the toasted green chili corn bread BLT or the homemade meatloaf. Dinner offers more filling options such as brick-roasted one-half Cornish game hen, tomato, and herb braised lamb shank, or sesame seared Ahi tuna.

If you love coffee and sweets, check out Crepe Bar. Chef Jeff Kraus uses local ingredients and will choose a selection dedicated to only using all locally sourced produce. This restaurant is a local favorite for coffee, serving Heart Roasters coffee, seasonal drinks, and cold brews.

How to shop like a local

Downtown Tempe offers arts and shopping galore. You can find ASU gear, handmade jewelry from local artists, shoes, or any other items from the eclectic selection of retailers. There are more than 50 retail shops offering specialty or usual items.

If you enjoy open air walks while shopping, you need to go to Tempe Marketplace, which is located on the southwest corner of the Loop 101 and 202 interchanges. With over 100 retail, dining, and entertainment options, you are sure to find something as you shop, dine, and play. You can check out Nordstrom Rack, DSW, Harkins Theatres, Dave & Busters, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, and more. There is something fun for everyone!

Looking for a bargain on clothing, accessories, or shoes? Check out the Phoenix Premium Outlets. This village-style center is about 15 minutes south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. You will find designer and brand name outlet stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Armani Exchange, Kate Spade New York, J. Crew, and Nine West to name a few. Enjoy savings of 25-65 percent.

How to get your hair done like a local

Before you know it, you need a haircut. Where do you go? Altered Ego has been around since 1983 and is a family-owned business. It has won Best of Phoenix in the Women’s Haircut category. This salon takes great pride in their service and now offers their customers the option to purchase blended drinks and a pastry while getting services done.

Cloud 9 Salon and Spa is a full-service salon and day spa. They offer all the resort spa services at remarkably low prices. They are even open on Sunday! Find out why 98.3 percent of their customers would recommend their services.

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