Friday, December 9, 2011

Night Out on the Town

For the second straight season the Iowa Hawkeyes will play in the Insight Bowl held in Tempe, Arizona. And near Sun Devil Stadium is popular Mill Avenue, home to restaurants, bars and shopping on the Arizona State University campus. As we found out a year ago Mill Avenue is a popular place for fans to congregate before the game, but one place that fans need to visit is an historical marker called Monti's. The first and still standing building is home to some of the finer steaks in the Valley and some of the most original dishes.

History of Monti's is fascinating and worth a read. What you need to know is Monti's is the home to the first ever building in Tempe. So original that every address in town is based off Monti's. Throughout time different businesses have occupied the current site, but today it is home to Monti's, whose manager, Michael Monti is busy running for Mayor of Tempe. If Michael is as popular as his restaurant, he shouldn't have any worries on winning.

It has some of the better steaks in the area, but it also has different seafoods, sandwiches and salads. The prime rib is one thing they are most proud of and some of the dressings are made on site with ingredients grown in different parts of the world.

Monti's is a definite treat. If you attend the Insight Bowl, Monti's is worth the trip one of the nights leading up to the game. But a building this old has its own twists and turns to it. Make sure you leave time to find your way out of these twists and turns to get to the game on time.

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