Dining Reviews of Tucson and Southern Arizona

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Dining in Tucson and Southern Arizona

Best DiningAn alphabetical listing by city or region of Dining Reviews of some of the best Tucson and Southern Arizona Restaurants. Click on the Review you would like to read or scroll on down to browse the reviews. To view a map of where the restaurants are located click here. For Dining reviews of the Best Dining in Southern Arizona by Cuisine visit us here.




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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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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

Trattoria Pina

trattoria pina

I seldom go to an Italian restaurant the first time and not order lasagna. I love lasagna. And Trattoria Pena’s is as good as I have ever had.

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Iron Door Restaurant: Mt. Lemmon

Ski Valley Iron Door

The Iron Door is at the top of Mt. Lemmon. Good burgers, sandwiches, chili. Fresh baked pies. Weather permitting, ask to be seated on the patio. Hummingbird feeders hang all over the eaves. Service can be sketchy if they are not prepared for a crowd or someone doesn’t show up … Continue reading

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

La Cocina Cantina

La Cocina Courtyard

You can dine indoors or in the Old Town Artisan’s courtyard, enjoy the creative cocktails or local beers at the bar, listen to live music under the stars, and dance until the wee hours. Great fun in a historic setting!

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Brooklyn Pizza Company

As I usually do before I go to a dining establishment to write a review, I checked with the usual “real customer review” sites that contain some portion of “fake” reviews. Yelp & TripAdvisor customer reviews for Brooklyn Pizza are generally 3-4 Stars. And Tucson Weekly’s readers usually vote it … Continue reading

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

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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Bisbee Breakfast Club

Bisbee Breakfast Club

I had breakfast at the Bisbee Breakfast Club. Every local I talked to recommended the place, so I felt compelled to test it out. The locals were right. Nothing fancy, but breakfast in Bisbee. Definitely. Bisbee Breakfast Club 75 Erie St in Bisbee, AZ 85603 For more of Bisbee’s Best … Continue reading

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

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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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

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

Wisdom’s Cafe’

Located on the frontage road just north of Mission Tumacácori, Wisdom’s cafe has been a family affair since 1944. Wisdom’s is justly famous for its fine Mexican food and margaritas.

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Lindy’s On 4th Avenue: Does It Have The Best Burgers In Tucson?

Lindy’s OMFG Challenge

Last week Neighbor Roy & I continued our quest to find the best burger in Tucson. So far, we’ve reviewed Monkey Burger Downtown, and the new Diablo Burger in the Rialto building across from Hotel Congress. On both occasions, we had an overall delightful experience, but did note that both had their strengths & weaknesses. [...]

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