BEST NEIGHBORHOOD COFFEE HOUSE, TEMPE - 2006
Three Roots Cafe
Believe it or not, there's more to Mill Avenue than the main drag ? you just have to know where to look. Half a block south, nestled into the Maple/Ash neighborhood, is one of our favorite Tempe joints, Three Roots Cafe. Hanging out in the tiny java house is like chillin' in your best friend's living room, and chances are, if you hang out often enough, the people there will become your best friends. This is the kind of place where the girl behind the counter lives around the corner and the regulars have been friends and neighbors for years. Kinda like Cheers, but with caffeine and vegan food instead of booze and peanuts. Don't let the insider atmosphere make you feel like an outsider. The staff couldn't be friendlier, and the overstuffed chairs and couches beg you to sit and enjoy a latte. Three Roots also regularly hosts community art and music events, proving there's hope for culture in Tempe yet.