This is the real barbecue experience. While you're waiting at the counter, watch your meal being prepared right in front of you with mouth-watering sauces made from scratch. Consume right there at the counter, or take your dish outside on to the front patio. Wanting to make you feel at home, the owner has decorated the walls with family heritage items. Try the pork rib dinner with hickory smoke sauce, or the sliced beef sandwich. The peach cobbler is highly recommended for dessert. Soft drinks or iced teas are available, but no coffee or alcohol.
It's chile rellenos, tamales, tostadas and burritos here! Except, this is Guatemalan instead of Mexican, meaning that most dishes are a little milder and served in a cream sauce with black beans and rice on the side. It's also very casual, nestled between bookstores and student cafes on funky Fourth Avenue. Outside seating is available on the shaded patio surrounded by statuettes spouting cool water, which makes dining at the Maya Quetzal a very pleasurable experience on hot Tucson summer nights. Central American imagery with images of volcanoes and Indian gods adorn the walls in bright colors. Try the chile relleno with walnuts and spinach and consider the rice-based horchata as a soft drink refreshment.
Here is the one and only truly Irish bar in Tucson (though there are others who claim to be). This is where you want to be on St. Patrick's Day. On all other days, it's a good place to start the bar-hopping that takes place at the many drinking establishments on Fourth Avenue. There is live music here Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. It is suggested you call ahead for details. The fare is simple but hearty, including sandwiches, pizza and hamburgers. And yes, the supply of Guinness is abundant.
This fourth avenue find could easily skate by on its innovative edibles, but it also offers a comfortable, casual ambiance in a convenient, contemporary space. Taking its cues from California cuisine and French bistro fare, this place gets raves from its guests for both its aesthetics and its edibles. The parade of pastries just inside the door is a pleasing portent of things to come. The colorful art acts as an appetizer stimulant and, from the appetizers on, so do the pretty presentations. A few items to try: Baked Pesto Camembert in Puff Pastry; Asparagus and Leek Crepes; Orange roughly in Potato Crust.
Pull up a cushion under the Bedouin tent and experience this somewhat off-the-wall vegetarian eatery. It's an exotic experience in terms of both the atmosphere and the edibles. Burritos (often veggie), quiches, pastas and soups are featured on the daily changing menu. A few examples of the fare-Shepherd's Pie of mashed potatoes, corn, peas and tofu in a cashew gravy; Middle Eastern Plate of Hummus, Dolmas, feta cheese, Greek olives; mocha brownies; vegan banana nut bread. Chai tea is usually the beverage of choice.
If you're a fan of New York-style pizza, this is the place in Tucson to find it. A small and simple spot, it serves up some of the area's best thin crust, hand-tossed pies. From a basic tomato basil to more adventurous options, each comes hot and crisp from the oven. A few Calzones and hero sandwiches are also on the menu. Soft drinks and beer are available.
You won't get much closer to a Greek gastronomic experience without a passport! Simply decorated with stark white walls and wooden floors, this Greek cafe is one of Tucson's top choices for Mediterranean meals. The Fourth Avenue shopping and arts district is home to this tavern-type restaurant that offers all of the classic Greek specialties, plus some interesting additions. Among these are the Thalasina Sardorinis seafood platter and Mezethakia (a combination platter of sausage, sweetbreads and pork tenderloin). Dinner entrees are priced from about USD8 to USD20. An interesting list of Greek wines can be had for about USD4-6 a glass. Many bottles are priced below USD20. The cocktail bar is open 5pm to 11pm Monday through Thursday, 5pm to midnight Friday and Saturday.
For more than half a century, the Zagona family (three generations of them) has been serving up some of Tucson's favorite home-style Italian cuisine. The patio, with fountain and flowers, is a favorite choice with diners. Inside dining is comfortable and casual with a family-friendly staff. Hefty portions of pastas dishes are the popular choice here. Accompany your dinner with a glass of Italian chianti. Buon Appetito!
3800 West Starr Pass Boulevard JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa Tucson, AZ 85745
Whether you want to grab a quick bite before venturing out to explore the city or want to experience some of the best grilled meats and a lively atmosphere, stop by Catalina Barbeque Co. & Sports Bar. Located at the iconic JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa amidst a sprawling golf course and undulated hills, this restaurant presents an upscale and elegant venue that suits special dining occasions. Executive Chef Danny Perez has created a menu that highlights the finest smoked meats cooked in Midwestern style. From the Pulled Pork Shoulder to the "Extra Meaty" Baby Back Ribs, each meat is equally succulent and delicious, glazed and seasoned to perfection. Other favorites include the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Rib Eye Steak and the award-winning Carne Asada Tacos. Catalina Barbeque Co. also seconds as a lively sports bar featuring an impressive drinks line-up, high definition TVs that broadcast the season's games, along with pool games and occasional live music. Private dining is also offered; reservations are welcomed.
2890 East Skyline Drive Plaza Colonial Shopping Center Tucson, AZ 85718
Chef Massimo Tenino brings artisan Italian cuisine in an aesthetically elegant and upscale environment at Tavolino. Patrons are treated to a high level of quality and service featuring exceptional food and wine. The ambiance is classy yet casual enough to suit every occasion whether romantic dinners or family affairs. The meat and seafood dominated menu is lined up with classic Italian specialties ranging from elaborate antipasti to home-made pastas. Highlights include the Butternut Squash Ravioli, Homemade Gnocchi, "Ossobuco"D'Agnello con Risotto and Burrata e Pomodorini Pizza. Superiors wines add a finesse to each course, while decadent desserts complete the dining experience. Tavolino also offers private dining for celebrating small events. Best enjoyed with good company.
If Tucson locals rated their cafes in stars, they would
award this spot a small planetarium. This Northeast neighborhood favorite delights customers with first name greetings, outstanding coffee including White Mocha, and a cornucopia of pastries, quiche and other ...
If you're looking to relax in a classy and comfy
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This is one of the main venues for blues and
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