Dining Reviews of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Dining in Tucson and Southern Arizona

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Shelby’s Bistro

Shelby's Bistro Tubac

Shelby’s Bistro is a very good place to eat while visiting Tubac. It’s hidden away behind some shops and galleries and over a bridge on the south side of the Village, but once you’ve found it you’re in for a triple treat.

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Sawmill Run Restaurant, Summerhaven: A Review

Patio Dining At Sawmill Run On A Fine June Afternoon.

June 2012 To escape the oppressive June heat a few weeks ago, we drove up to Mt. Lemmon for the day. Traveling with Ms. Karen & me were her brother & our sister-in-law, Cliff & Lynne, visiting from Florida for the first time. Another reason I wanted to go was that I had heard there [...]

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Cafe Roka – Bisbee

Cafe Roka, Bisbee

Is Cafe’ Roka the best restaurant in Baja Arizona? You decide. But I’ll tell you this little story. Mr. Woodry and I have been dear friends for well over 40 years. He was my first supervisor on my first job after I graduated. Since then we have traveled extensively together … Continue reading

Cafe a la C’Art

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Cafe’ a la C’Art is a small, but fine country-style restaurant in the Art Museum’s courtyard. You can dine inside or be seated on the patio. Great sandwiches and salads, but of particular interest is their delectable baked goods.
Judy Michelet, her son Mark and his wife Shirley take pride in presenting artistically crafted menu items based on traditional Southwest cuisine flavors. You will enjoy!

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Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant, Bisbee

Santiago's Restaurant Bisbee

Just about every time I have gone to Bisbee over the past year I have tried to dine at Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant. However, something always managed to spoil my plans…until last week.I had heard a lot of positive comments about Santiago’s as I wandered Old Bisbee taking photographs and talking with the natives. Now I know why. Just walking in the front door will put a smile on your face. The interior is light and colorful, even playful. Very Mexican in the best possible sense. Santiago’s is a happy place.

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Proper: A Dining Review

bar at Proper downtown tucson

January 2014. For at least the past two years we have been aware that good things are happening in Downtown Tucson, and that includes many new restaurants and pubs. Hub & Playground Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery and the Playground Bar & Lounge have been open since before the Modern … Continue reading

Table 10 Bisbee: A Dining Review.

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The best thing about the Inn at Castle Rock is not the funky, yet comfortable rooms, nor the rustic café, nor even the view from the balconies. No, not even its history. These are all well & good. But the best thing about the Inn At Castle Rock is Chef Hazel.

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B Line on 4th Avenue, Tucson

The B Line Restaurant

The B Line is casual dining and a local favorite for good reason. For breakfast, their crapes, bagels, and pancakes are excellent.
For lunch and dinner, their menu is varied – from soups & sandwiches, to salads w/ or w/o chicken or fish; to carne asada burritos; to pan fried salmon – all very tasty.

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Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant: A Review

Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant Interior

September 2013 – Ms. Karen & I are going in search of the Best Brunch in Tucson. We decided to start with the Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant because we had wanted to dine there for years and just never got around to it. Part of the reason is we … Continue reading

Barrio Brewing Company: A Review

Image of Barrio Brewing Company Interior: Tucson, AZ

Barrio Brewing Company: 2nd in my series on local breweries. In my first local brewery review, Thunder Canyon Brewery, I shared my general preferences and prejudices regarding beer. So, I don’t need to repeat them here. As we did at Thunder Canyon, Michael Polletta and I each ordered the sampler rack. We also ordered food [...]

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Overland Trout: Just How Good is it?

Overland Trout Chef Greg LaPrad.

November 2013 – Because it was a very rainy late fall Saturday afternoon, we didn’t expect Overland Trout to be all that busy. Apparently we had underestimated the buzz over this new restaurant in Sonoita. Fortunately, we had the foresight to make a reservation. We had first heard about Overland … Continue reading

Jax Kitchen On North Oracle: A Review

Beet and Arugula Salad

January 2021. I had heard good things about Jax Kitchen on North Oracle and so, when I received a Groupon offering Lunch for 4, I was reasonably certain I could talk three friends into dining with me. With me for lunch last week were Ms. Karen, Ms. Sue, and Ms. Marcia. Always pleasant to dine [...]

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Saint House Rum Bar: A Review!

Ernest Hemingway Pouring A Drink

(September 2013) Dr. Gil & I meet over lunch or dinner 2-3 times a year to solve the most pressing problems of the world. He’s a successful Tucson physician, and his interests are wide-ranging, including politics, religion, & international travel. So conversations tend to be lively. They usually begin with … Continue reading

Rosa’s Little Italy – Bisbee

Rosa's Little Italy, Bisbee

I have tried to dine at Rosa’s Little Italy, but circumstances didn’t allow me to make reservations. BIG MISTAKE! Rosa’s is only open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The place is packed. No reservation, no luck. I have yet to ask Bisbee locals for dining recommendations and not have them mention … Continue reading

Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink: A Review!

A Reilly pizza

September 2013 – Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink is a Downtown Tucson newbie. However, the 3-story brick building in which this establishment is now located is fairly old by Tucson standards. Built in 1906, this was the Reilly Funeral Home from 1908 to 1990. Reilly opened just recently, but I … Continue reading