Senae Thai Bistro: A Dining Review

Senae's Full Bar

We had not written a dining review for some time and, because it was also our Wedding Anniversary, we decided to dine out to celebrate over Thanksgiving weekend (2016). Twenty-eight years not counting the 4 years we lived together while I tried to convince Ms. Karen that marrying me was … Continue reading

Linh Nam: A Little Bit Of China In Tucson

Linh Nam Chinese Restaurant

On the advice of a neighbor, Ms. Karen wanted to go to Linh Nam Chinese Restaurant on Ina Road. (Note to all you Tucsonans who pronounce “Ina” with a hard “I”, this road was named for a lady whose name was “Ee” na.) Before leaving home, I looked up some … Continue reading

Mariscos Chihuahua: A Little Bit of Mexico In Tucson

Mariscos Chihuahua Tucson

For a long time, we had intended to try Mariscos Chihuahua, but somehow never got around to it. Recently, Ms. Karen’s little brother, Clifford, called to say that he would be flying into Tucson and could visit with us. Cliff is a pilot for Delta Airlines and occasionally has an … Continue reading

Charro Steak: Just How Good is it?

Entry Bar: Charro Steak Downtown Tucson

Charro Steak opened in Downtown Tucson in April 2016. I dined there soon after with Julie, the new marketing director at the venerable Rialto Theater. Charro Steak is the offspring of El Charro Café, the legendary Mexican restaurant on Court Street made famous by Chef Carlotta Flores. Opening in 1922, … Continue reading

Dakota Cafe: A Dining Review

Dakota Cafe Front

It was a hot July Sunday, barely afternoon, when Ms. Karen & I took off on one of our adventures. We usually do a Sunday day-trip, but we got a late start and this would have to be a half-day trip. We headed for the wilds of East Tucson, a … Continue reading

Cattleman’s Cafe, Marana: A Review!

Cattleman's Cafe, Marana AZ

“Friendly people, good service, and hearty food at a fair price. Worth the short drive off the highway.” So wrote a Yelper about Cattleman’s Café at the Marana Stockyard. I cannot disagree. Breakfast & Lunch only: 6 AM to 2 PM. I met Ms. Toby, Marana’s Tourism & Marketing Manager, … Continue reading

Top 10 Margaritas In Tucson: Part Dos

Tyler Sunderman, bartender at Agustin Kitchen

In Part I of our List of the 10 Best Margaritas in Tucson, we reviewed the cocktails of lo Esencial and Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. Our next tastings were Downtown, starting at Agustin Kitchen in the Mercado, then on to the Tap Room at Hotel Congress, and finally to El Charro … Continue reading

In Search of Tucson’s Best Margarita – Part I

The Grove Margarita

Now, at the beginning of our 5th year, Southern Arizona Guide embarks on yet another Top Ten list, the Best Margarita. We started with the Best Mexican Restaurants; then moved on to Best Burgers, Best Pizzas, and last year, Best Steakhouses in Tucson. In between, we ate our way through … Continue reading

List of Tucson’s 10 Best Steakhouses

Silver Saddle Steakhouse

Drum roll, please. Southern Arizona Guide Is Proud To Present Tucson’s 10 Best Steakhouses 10/02/2015 – But first, a brief explanation. Tucson has two basic types of steakhouses. First, we have Cowboy Steakhouses. These are characterized by casual western ambiance and attire and are, relative to the other type, inexpensive. … Continue reading