Recently opened inside the River Center shopping district right above the Pima County Library, this eatery is run by the owners of Buddy's Grill, which has been consistently rated as one of the best places in town for hamburgers. Now you know those people know how to grill, except here it's not so much hamburgers as fresh seafood, bone-in ribeye and pork chops. One of the favorites here is the Kansas City tenderloin steak. The decor is upscale Western and quite elegant. Relax and enjoy view of the city lights from the patio.
This family-owned and operated Western rib and steak house has won several local awards for their fork-tender, fall-off-the-bone meats, served up in a fun-for-the-family Western setting, and enhanced by live country music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Choice Angus beef, ribs, chicken and seafood are all mesquite-grilled and served with your choice of sides. Dinner prices range from $10-$15, with full bar service available. A daily happy hour features drink and appetizer specials.
Plan your visit to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on Sunday to experience their sensational brunch offerings. Making use of indigenous ingredients, the menu includes inspired Arizonan dishes like the Montana de Nopal, a frittata with mesquite-smoked chorizo, prickly pear cactus; Tepery beans, Calabacitas (squash) and a Chile Hollandaise sauce; Blue Corn and sun-dried blueberry pancakes; and Arizona Toast topped with Picacho Peak-grown Pecans. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita or Mimosa with your meal. The restaurant is also open for lunch daily, featuring Arizona-style salads, sandwiches and hot entrees.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's quick-service cafe is a relaxing respite from your tour of this delightful desert habitat. The setting is peaceful and picturesque and the service is friendly. The restaurant features made-to-order sandwiches and salads, plus a few Southwestern entree specialties. Children's choices are also offered.
It will almost always take more than "un minuto" to get a table at this busy downtown Mexican eatery, but people don't seem to mind waiting. The dining room is comfortable, colorful and convenient to all downtown venues. Its consistently good Sonoran-style Mexican food is a favorite with downtown workers and attendees at the Tucson Convention Center. The menu includes Tacos, Enchiladas, Burros, Chimichangas and the local favorite, Topopo salad. Everything is homemade and hearty.
150 North Main Avenue Palice Pavilion (Stevens/Duffield House) Tucson, AZ 85701
In this historic space (previously housing Janos Restaurant), the Tucson Museum of Art cafe serves pastries, salads, sandwiches, coffees and teas in a pretty cafe and patio setting. Indoors, a country garden atmosphere is achieved with lattices on the walls, light wood furnishings and botanical art. Outdoors, the patio overlooks the park-like grounds of the museum.
This is a cowboy carnivore's home on the range, featuring mesquite-grilled steaks, chops and ribs. Meats are cut in-house to ensure consistency and quality. The space is rustic and saloon-like with concrete floors and a rough-edged decor. The staff is folksy. When you're looking for authentic cowboy cuisine, put this place on your list. Meals come with cowboy beans and Texas-style toast. Full bar service includes a fairly comprehensive wine list.
5252 South Mission Road (Irvington and Mission) Tucson, AZ 85746
In the same location since 1949, this family-run restaurant has been under the current ownership since the late 1970s. This comfortable, casual spot focuses on hearty-healthy choices and offers more than 150 menu options. The house specialty, Cucuruchos, are flour tortilla cones filled with your choice of chicken, beans or green or red chile beef with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and guacamole, an ice-cream cone-like entree. Other popular items are their Gorditas (thick corn cakes) and Barbacoa (the Mexican version of barbecue).
Many Chinese weddings are held here, so you know you're going to be getting some of the most authentic Asian dishes in town, with an awesome mountain view. The large and somewhat formal space also has banquet facilities, which can accommodate up to 450 guests. Chef Iuan Hsieh, a transplant from Hong Kong, works his magic with fresh vegetables, meats, fish and shellfish to put out appetizing and attractively garnished, palate-pleasing plates. A few examples: Lobster with XO Sauce Stir fry; Mongolian Three Delights (shrimp, beef and chicken with vegetables); and Chicken with Garlic and Scallion Sauce. Full bar service is available.
Nonie, this New Orleans-style bistro is bursting with charm, and the most authentic Creole and Cajun cooking you'll find in Tucson. This place has the spirit and style of a Mardi Gras celebration every day of the year! All of your Louisiana favorites, from gumbo and jambalaya to crawfish etoufee, are on the menu. Have you ever eaten alligator? You can here, as well as oysters, shrimp and catfish. Full bar service is available.
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