Best Rock 'n' Roll Restaurant - 2001
Hidden in a modest strip mall and sandwiched between a coffee shop and a coin-op laundry in the shadow of ASU's campus, Plaid is the color of the East Valley's hippest little eatery. This nouveau Mediterranean bistro has become the top destination for Tempe's "in" crowd. Thanks to its extended hours and a menu heavy with healthful and vegetarian selections, Plaid has also become the choice eatery for those who keep odd hours -- or anyone with trend-setting musical tastes. Now that management has added a full bar, Plaid has also established itself as a late-night hot spot for musicians, artists, and scenesters of all stripes and colors. Headed by a friendly staff, tastefully decorated (the restaurant doubles as an art gallery) and replete with big booths and comfy couches, Plaid is the perfect place to eat, drink or just hang out.