Back East Bagel Co

1628 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282
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  • Sun, Sat 7am-3pm, Mon-Fri 6am-3pm
  • $; $$
  • Catering, Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Word of mouth is the key to success at this charming Tempe strip-mall cafe, and no wonder. The plain bagel here is a joy to eat on its own, almost like a fresh soft pretzel. While you'll surely find ex-New Yorkers lurking in line here, Back East Bagels brings in plenty of native Arizonans, too, with cheap, tasty sandwiches and an inviting seating area.

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    Where: Back East Bagels When: Monday-Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dish: Turkey Tempe Price: $8.63 (including tax) The Setting:  Back East Bagels, located in the plaza at 1628 East Southern Ave. in Tempe, is a cozy bagel s...

  • The Hole Truth
    Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 4 a.m. by Michele Laudig

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