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1021 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3417
480-829-9444
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 40
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  • 26
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  • 7
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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
    4 of 5 stars
Great breakfast

Don't let the exterior scare you away, don't let the interior scare you away. Fast friendly service. We had French toast and eggs and the huevos rancheros. Perfect is an understatement. We did not see anything served that did not look absolutely delicious. Not at all fancy. Excellent food.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
idealcut O
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Olathe, Kansas
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Olathe, Kansas
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114 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't let the exterior scare you away, don't let the interior scare you away. Fast friendly service. We had French toast and eggs and the huevos rancheros. Perfect is an understatement. We did not see anything served that did not look absolutely delicious. Not at all fancy. Excellent food.

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Thank idealcut O
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Man oh man I love this place. My girlfriend (now wife) took me there first eight years ago. She went to college in Tempe and when we visit her family we always stop on the way up north to Heber. I just wish it was in Texas.

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Thank Jmac1961
Phoenix, Arizona
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151 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a breakfast place when we came across this. It is absolutely fantastic. The meal was delicious the service was great. We stopped for the breakfast and found that it was not too busy but before we left it was extremely busy they did not take reservations and if you want to get in you have to... More 

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Thank Mark-n-Chrystal
Payson, AZ
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

It's nice to find Mom & Pop's Restaurants & break away from the chains. To my surprise they had S.O.S I have not had that since I've been a kid and it was delicious I would recommend this place for anybody wanting good wholesome Food

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Thank noflackjack
Spokane Valley, Washington
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I have been eating here for over 20 yrs and it is still a solid place to eat. I have only had breakfast though. I have never gotten a bad meal.

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Thank Teresa S
Tempe, Arizona
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

this places has good to great breakfast. I think most of the guys go to look at the waitresses, but you manage to get a great meal in the process. The tales are small and seating a big party is hard (over 4 people). The food comes fast and is consistent.

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Thank Scott B
Minnesota
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122 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Great little dive joint that makes excellent breakfast! From the burro's (burritos) and the Huevos Rancheros (order with the green chili) to the French toast and the 3 egg omelettes.......this place is good! The parking lot fills up and the waitresses call the regulars by name. The homemade hashbrowns are some of the best I've had. They are more of... More 

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Thank whodat11
San Jose, CA
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157 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I had high hopes for Harlow's based on the reviews I had read. Unfortunately the food was mediocre and the prices were a bit high. The portions were large, but who wants to eat a large amount food that is really not that good? There are many excellent choices in Tempe, try another place.

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Thank Hugemaniac1
Sedona, Arizona
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

My husband had an omelet and hash browns and I had eggs with hash browns. We both had coffee. The bill was almost $40.00. I would have had the same quality food at Waffle House for a fourth of the price. Crowded and loud! Never again.

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Thank Daniel D
Malta
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Whilst on business trips to Phoenix, this place was my staple breakfast place over my Hilton option. Not only is the breakfast just great, but service was always friendly courtesy of Jamie and her friends. Best way to start the day and totally recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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