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Harlow's Cafe

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1021 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3417
480-829-9444
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 30
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Maybe the breakfast burrito is the way to go

The service was very good, but the food was okay at best. I had biscuits and gravy, with a side of scrambled eggs. While the food came relatively quickly, the eggs were tepid at best, and the biscuits and gravy were just warm. My boyfriend has a waffle that he didn't even eat half of because it was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The service was very good, but the food was okay at best. I had biscuits and gravy, with a side of scrambled eggs. While the food came relatively quickly, the eggs were tepid at best, and the biscuits and gravy were just warm. My boyfriend has a waffle that he didn't even eat half of because it was doughy. His... More 

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Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Do not judge by the outside ..... Stop in we did for breakfast. Great home fried potatoes my favorite, breakfast burrito was very good too. Great service, reasonable prices & I liked looking at all the pictures on the walls. Wanted to try a "homemade" muffin but had no room left. Maybe next time :)

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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The food was really good. Nothing fancy but good ol' ma and pa type of place. Not too pricy and good service

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I have going to Harlow's for several decades and was fortunate enough to have breakfast there Friday morning. It was just as good as I remember service was prompt courteous as always. This is a must visit cafe.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I have been going to Harlow's when it used to be called Mae West's. The service is fantastic the menu has many choices. The service is prompt and polite. I have had 8 or ten different menu I each and every meal I have ever was just amazing. the food and the service is always consistent. The is Is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Harlow's claims that the same cooks have been making breakfasts there since 1984. I guess practice makes perfect. The place isn't much to look at but the food is incredible. I had the chicken fried steak and it was out of this world. Homestyle potatoes that are the best I ever had! The portions are very robust and everything is... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Harlow's Cafe serves up the best homestyle breakfast in Tempe. I always have potatoes with whichever meal I will be eating...mmm delicious! I eat here at least once a week. Staff is very friendly and personable and service is great! I highly recommend eating at Harlow's Cafe if you are in the area. Enjoy!!! :-)

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you're looking for a great breakfast place, that's a few steps away from the hustle & bustle of Mill Ave. Stop into Harlow's and ask for Trina. Great breakfast specials, and the service can't be beat!

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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170 reviews 170 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

They serve breakfast all day -- so when a colleague said they served an awesome Huevos Rancheros (my favorite breakfast) I was all in! 5 of us went here on a Thursday about 12 and it ws busy but we still got a table. very nice waitress and very efficient and customer oriented (food comes first to make sure it... More 

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Rowlett, Texas
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297 reviews 297 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
290 helpful votes 290 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This older, local restaurant is not impressive from the outside, but inside it's just what traditional, home grown family restaurants were like back in the day. The menu has a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Portions are large and the service is excellent. Prices are moderate. And judging by the crowds when we visited... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: 1021 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3417
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: 480-829-9444

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