Dining Reviews of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Dining in Tucson and Southern Arizona

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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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Kazoku Sushi & Japanese Cuisine

Kazoku's Shrimp Tempura Roll

May 2012 – I have discovered a second Asian restaurant that I can whole-heartedly recommend. The first was OM Modern Asian Kitchen with its delicious and eclectic choices of Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Malaysian. And unlike most Asian restaurants in Tucson, OM has a small, but well-chosen selection … Continue reading

Lil Abner’s Steakhouse – Marana

This used to be a stage coach stop back in the Old West not so long ago. Full bar. Outdoor seating with live music on weekends. Big BBQ. Good steaks. Better ribs. Lil Abner’s would be a 3.5 Saguaro, but I had to give it  a half Saguaro for authenticity.

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El Torero Mexican Restaurant: A Review!

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A couple of years ago, our dear Tucson friends, Dan & Wanda, moved to Austin, TX. On a rare visit back to the Old Pueblo, they stayed with Ms. Karen & me for several days recently. We had a lovely time together, as always. That was expected. What wasn’t expected was their “must go to” [...]

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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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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

Wildflower has Many Mysteries

WildFlower Restaurant

December, 2011 – We two had completed our errands and were trying to decide where to eat lunch. I used my mobile device to consult tripadvisor. Their customer reviews rate Wildflower highly. I checked their website. According to their menu, Wildflower says they continue “to set the standard for innovative, … 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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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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Blanco Tacos + Tequila. La Encantada Mall – Tucson.

Blanco Tacos Y Tequila

Updated December, 2013 – BLANCO Tacos + Tequila says they offer “modern Mexican fare in a casual-chic setting. Updated classics like tacos, enchiladas, and queso crisps are reinterpreted with fresh, flavorful, and unique ingredients.” That they do and they said it better than I could. Blanco is not ‘authentic’ Tucson. … 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

Nimbus Bistro & Brewery: A Review

Nimbus Brewery Samples

Our review of Nimbus American Bistro & Brewery is #3 in our series on Southern Arizona craft breweries. Once again, my sampling partner, Michael Polletta, and I continued our arduous journey through Southern Arizona with the singular goal to sample all the beers brewed by our local microbreweries. We started several weeks ago at Thunder [...]

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Hub Restaurant & Creamery – Downtown Tucson

Hub Downtown

UPDATE June 2014: It has been about two and a half years since I first reviewed Hub (see original review below). Since then I have dined there several times with friends. Once they got established, the food and service became consistently very good. I prefer going when it’s not crowded … Continue reading

The Bar @ Ritz Carlton Resort – Dove Mountain

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In the summer of 2012, Neighbor Roy and I took off in search of the most expensive lunch in Tucson. We wanted to do our part to contribute to the under-performing Tucson economy. I am delighted to report that we found it. Or, to put it another way, they saw … Continue reading

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

Stables Ranch Grille at Tubac Golf Resort: A Review!

Dos Silos at Tubac Golf Resort.

Summer 2013 – Neighbor Roy & I enter Stables Ranch Grille at Tubac Golf Resort with just enough local historical knowledge to be dangerous. Once past the thick mesquite front door we are walking on a cobblestone floor that is well over 200 years old. Had we been here back … Continue reading