La Boca Pizzeria

Also known for its sandwiches, this Mill Avenue pizza joint will flaunt the Mulberry Street sandwich made with salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, provolone, lettuce, tomato, red onion, extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar on toasted housemade bread.

Details: 699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-967-5244, laboccapizzeria.com.

The Dhaba

Send your palate on an exotic vacation with this longtime Punjabi eatery as your guide through crispy deep-fried fritters, savory samosas and smoky bite-sized kababs.

Details: 1872 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. 480-557-8800, the-dhaba.com.

Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe

The restaurant’s East Valley branch aims to wow with personalized versions of the signature pretzel and provolone fondue starter and 36-hour pork rib entree served with housemade coleslaw.

Details: 149 W. Farmer Ave., Tempe. 480-240-1601, culinarydropout.com.

SanTan Brewing Company

The Chandler brew house puts a spin on tradition with the Ricky Ricardo flatbread sandwich: ham, pulled pork, Swiss cheese, jalapeños, pickle chips and yellow mustard in a beer bread carriage.

Details: 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. 480-917-8700, santanbrewing.com.

Gordon Biersch

A slow-roasted barbecue pork sandwich topped with the brewery’s märzen sauce and apple slider slaw is perfectly paired with a refreshing seasonal craft beer.

Details: 420 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-736-0033. Also, 2218 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert. 480-722-0883, gordonbiersch.com.

The Lodge

Chef Aaron May plans to revive this popular concept this year, but at the Farmers Arts District in downtown Tempe. He offers a preview with his take on mini Cuban sandwiches stuffed with braised pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Cubano aioli.

Spokes on Southern

Comfort food takes the spotlight for this popular neighborhood hangout with a piping-hot bowl of three-bean vegetarian chili. A meat version will be on hand for carnivores.

Details: 1470 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. 480-307-9920, spokesonsouthern.com.

Ncounter

Looking for something on the lighter side? Head here for a chopped salad with arugula, cranberries, corn, pecans, feta, chicken and couscous tossed with a housemade basil pesto dressing. The fusion salad offers an Asian spin with Napa cabbage and noodles in a Thai peanut dressing.

Details: 310 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-968-9288, ncounter.com.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

This specialty bakeshop makes a strong case for saving room for dessert. The lineup includes chocolate chip, lemon, white chocolate raspberry, marble, carrot, cinnamon swirl and a hard-to-resist red velvet splashed with cream cheese frosting.

Details: 4722 E. Ray Road, Phoenix. 480-753-1121, nothingbundtcakes.com.

Paletas Betty

Fresh, frosty and perfectly portable, who can say no to these made-from-scratch frozen confections? Try the slightly spiced Mexican hot chocolate profile in the chocolate paleta; or the fresa con crema paleta with its classic strawberries and cream combo.

Details: 425 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-779-8080. Also, 96 W. Boston St., Chandler. 480-779-8080, paletasbetty.com.

Taste in Tempe

Details: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8.Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater Park, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.$59 in advance, $69 at the door, available at kmle1079.com, koolradio.com or live1015phoenix.com. Tempe residents can receive a $10 discount when using the online code TEMPE.