4500 East Speedway Boulevard Suite 1 Tucson, AZ 85712
This place is so popular that patrons are often packed in like sardines. But the sushi is so attractive and appetizing that most folks don't mind the close quarters. The long, narrow dining space is usually filled to the brim with the local college crowd and business people, each waiting as patiently as possible for their orders. Join them and you'll experience what's considered to be some of the area's best sushi and Japanese fare. Green-jacketed sushi chefs serve up everything from California Rolls to soft-shelled crab. Each plate is an edible work of art. Cooked dishes include curries, tempura yakisoba and other traditional Japanese fare. A few wine, beer and sake selections are offered.
7053 East Tanque Verde Road Northwest Corner of Sabino Canyon and Tanque Verde Roads Tucson, AZ 85715
For more than two decades, this attractive and eclectic cafe has pleased Tucson palates with interesting, above-average preparations of Mexican and American fare. Decked out in contemporary and subtly Southwestern colors and accents, it's a friendly, mom-and-pop-type operation. On the menu are items like the house specialty Leo's Special Chicken Burro that comes with a roasted tomatillo or red chili sauce, Huevos Rancheros (eggs, refried beans and salsa on a warm corn tortilla) and a Vegetarian Torta of eggplant peppers, havarti cheese and vegetables.
When it comes to Thai food, there aren't a great many options in Tucson. This cute, clean and casual place satisfies your Southeast Asian cravings with traditional Thai dishes. It features a full spectrum of curries and noodle dishes. You'll find everything from a soul-satisfying hot and sour soup to roast duck. Singha, or other Asian beers work well with the spiced-to-your liking cuisine.
At most Chinese-American restaurants, you're not given an option. But here, if you know enough to ask, you can experience the authentic Asian flavors of the Szechuan, Hunan and Cantonese provinces. As for decor, there's not much to talk about. But if you order right, your meal will hold all of your attention anyway. The regular menu features all of the standards including chicken, pork, beef or vegetables in typical toned-down-for-western-taste combinations and sauces. Ask for the Chinese menu (which is translated into English) and it's a whole different dining experience. Pork and preserved vegetables, smelts in a spicy sauce and salt and pepper shrimp are but a few of the exotic offerings.
If the Ewings from the "Dallas" television series lived in Tucson, this is where they'd dine. This spot is reminiscent of the cattlemen's clubs of days gone by. Its rich wood paneling and cigar-friendly atmosphere are just calling out to those good (and rich) old boys. The high-backed chairs and photos evoking the romance of ranch-life set the tone. As you'd expect, beef plays a big part on the menu. High quality steaks and prime rib are treated with respect here. There are also a few seafood entrees. The wine list includes by-the-glass and by-the-bottle offerings with a fairly good vintage.
When it opened in 1947, this Tucson Mexican food tradition could only serve 16. Today, it has four locations in Tucson and a fifth near the border in Nogales. The main Speedway restaurant has three dining rooms and an outdoor patio, and is decorated in a traditional Mexican style with adobe walls and high-backed chairs. Sonoran specialties star on the menu and include many dishes made from Carne Seca. Full bar service is available in the dining room and in The Cantina.
No to be confused with La Placita Village, which is downtown, this Plaza Palomino Mexican restaurant has been serving sophisticated fare in a stylish setting for over a decade. In contrast to Tucson's many festive family-oriented restaurants, this one offers a more subdued and relaxing atmosphere and a slower service pace. On the menu, fajitas (sizzling meat or shrimp with sautéed vegetables and traditional accompaniments) are one of the favorites. Many enchiladas, burros (the big brother of burritos) and tacos are also offered. The Lomo Adobado Pork is a charming, chile-marinated choice. Most dinner entrees are reasonably priced. Spanish wines from the Rioja region are a good complement to your meal and are available by the glass or by the bottle.
Bratwurst and knockwurst and weisswurst, oh my. If it comes in a casing, you'll find it here. You'll also find a full range of other German and Austrian specialties, each prepared with care in this country kitchen setting. There's even a Wurstsalat, a kind of knockwurst salad and another unusual appetizer called Sulze, which is diced meats suspended in aspic. The German-style potato salad gets raves from guests, as does the Black Forest Cake. German beers are the preferred way to wash down your meal. Polka music will put your toes to tapping.
This unassuming spot within a shopping center has garnered raves from sushi lovers all over the area. The setting is simple, but serene. A long list of sushi and sashimi (including many daily specials) is posted above the sushi bar. Can't decide what to order? At lunch, teriyaki, tempura, sushi or sashimi combinations are great. A few Korean dishes are also on the menu. Full bar service, with Japanese beers and sake, is available. Feel like a few tunes with your tuna? Come by for karaoke on weekends.
It's easy to miss this minute East African restaurant in a converted cottage on Broadway, but once you've tasted the exotic offerings, you'll want to mark it on your map. The menu is almost as limited as the number of tables (be prepared for a wait), but the sampler platters give you a good grasp of the gastronomic style of the region. Wats, Ethiopian-style stewed dishes, is the focus here. Choose from Doro (chicken), Yebeg (lamb), Zighi (beef), Yemisir (lentil) or several other exotically seasoned dishes, eaten in hand using the spongy Injera bread. No alcoholic beverages are served but, because of the size of the restaurant, you're allowed to bring your own wine or beer.
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