Ten Favorite Places in Metro Phoenix to Dine After You've Worked Up a Sweat

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Photo courtesy of 32 Shea

See also: Phoenix Best Coffee House, North Valley, and Breakfast Sunny Side Up at Scramble in North Phoenix.

Arizona is a pretty relaxed place. Still, when you feel hungry after a workout, dog walk or hike, it's easy to dread having to stop at home just to make yourself look "presentable." Here are our suggestions for places to dine where a sweaty back, gym shoes and maybe even a canine friend are welcomed. Bonus: Most are located close to hiking trails.

Check out our list and don't sweat it.

32 Shea - This small café is housed in an outpost in a parking lot at 32nd Street and Shea, but don't let that fool you. Just over a year old, 32 Shea offers early morning and late night hours (some nights until 11 p.m.). It's also dog friendly -- so dog friendly in fact, the menu offers recommendations on successful dining with your pooch. The selection is perfect for early morning hikers or for a glass of wine after a yoga class: smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, salads, small plates and a nice selection of beer, wine and cocktails along with a nightly chef-prepared entrée in addition to varied other offerings. If you're in a hurry, can call ahead or use the super cool drive-thru. The patio is almost larger than the indoor space and the misters are heavenly. 32 Shea serves breakfast until noon and lunch until 4 p.m., in case that hike at nearby North Mountain or Piestewa Peak goes a little longer than planned.

Irish Eggs Benedict at Mark's Cafe via Facebook
Mark's Café - Known for its extensive offering of eggs Benedict, this Tempe spot for breakfast and lunch is perfect as it is near Kiwanis Park and just a short drive east from South Mountain. In addition, local running groups seem to enjoy this location and if they're eating it, it must be good.

Pita Jungle - Any of the local Pita Jungle locations offer healthy food options but if you work out downtown and need a casual spot, the Roosevelt Street Pita Jungle is for you. It offers both indoor and outdoor dining and plenty of parking! Best of all the hippie-chic staff probably won't object if you smell a bit post workout. With its close proximity to hip downtown gyms and apartments, it's a great choice for meeting up with friends after work or a workout.

Location Info

32 Shea

10626 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Pita Jungle

1001 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hot Bagels & Deli

6030 W. Behrend Drive, Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Grande Orange Grocery

4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


9832 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sage Kitchen

4773 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cave Creek Coffee Co. - CLOSED

6033 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

My Wine Cellar & Bistro

5030 E. Warner Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Joe's Real BBQ

301 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mark's Cafe

6340 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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@mvandy Any Eggs Benedict makes me a happier person! Unless of course they dry out the yoke. #yuck


The link for "Breakfast Sunnyside up at Scramble" takes me mto an article about Piestawa Peak? 



I'd add @OHSOBrewery to the list. Right off the canal with a patio that is dog friendly, it's a great place for a pit stop on a run or bike ride.


@mvandy Never heard of Mark's Cafe. Just checked out his website. I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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