Where are the best ethnic restaurants?

College towns are known for their more eclectic cuisine. Arizona State University, the state’s largest learning center, is situated in the heart of Tempe, drawing a diverse population of students and teachers, and therefore, a wide range of culinary choices for lunch and dinner. This college town includes excellent Indian, Mediterranean, Italian, and  Mexican restaurants, and much more. Our top ethnic restaurant picks include:

Mucho Gusto Mexican Bistro

Located near the heart of the bustling Arizona State University campus, just off Mill Avenue, this popular Mexican restaurant serves classic Mexican cuisine with signature menu selections including the Shrimp and Crab Topped Red Snapper. However, most folks head to Mucho Gusto for their first-rate guacamole—a perfect appetizer before dinner, along with a ice-cold Mexican beer.

Pita Jungle

With a Mediterranean flair, but also offering entrées with a global influence, Pita Jungle serves up healthy, unique and reasonably priced meals. Popular with the college crowd, Pita Jungle’s menu includes pizzas with unique toppings, Mediterranean plates, Mexican-oriented platters, and more. Casual, fun and always good service, Pita Jungle is a longstanding Tempe hot spot.

Restaurant Mexico

A longstanding Tempe fixture, recently relocated to Mill Ave., Restaurant Mexico is known for chicken enchiladas–with soft, crumbly cheese, and their fresh-as-can-be burritos smothered with beans and guacamole.

Royal Taj

There are several good Indian eateries in Tempe, but Royal Taj always pops up high on the list of Indian food fans, making it a popular destination for tourists, as well as residents. Try their chicken curry, Tandori chicken and crispy vegetable samosas.

Tasty Kabob

Ready for Persian cuisine? Try Tasty Kabob’s chelo kabob koobideh, a mixture of seasoned ground beef and minced onions on two skewers, or their lamb shish kabob. Tempe students usually hit this hot spot for a feta plate, stuffed grape leaves, and spicy tahini with warm pita.