Dining Reviews of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Dining in Tucson and Southern Arizona

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Trattoria Pina

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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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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

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

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

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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Garden Bistro at Tohono Chul Park: A Review

Spring Patio Dining At Tohono Chul

September 2012 Many months ago I dined at Tohono Chul Park’s Tea Room for lunch and chronicled my experience in a fairly negative review. I’m pleased to tell you that things have changed there and entirely for the better. Tohono Chul Park, near Ina & Oracle, is one of our family’s favorite Tucson places. We [...]

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Barrio Brewing Company: A Review

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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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Dining at the Desert Museum

Terraces Restaurant at the Desert Museum

The Desert Museum offers 3 places to dine plus various snack bars around the property. The Coffee Bar in the Gift Shop opens early and offers snacks, coffee, ice cream sandwiches and pastries. If you’re a member, coffee is FREE! The IronWood Terraces is cafeteria style, but don’t let the … Continue reading