Ten Favorite Places in Metro Phoenix to Dine After You've Worked Up a Sweat
Photo courtesy of 32 Shea
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.
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.
Irish Eggs Benedict at Mark's Cafe via Facebook
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.