This is part of a new section on Dining, Lodging and Things to do in Tucson on a Budget.
Following is the first lodging review. Enjoy! This section is written by our Budget editor, Gary Gomez. Learn more about Gary, his credentials and how he sizes up these establishments on our Budget Tucson page here.
I needed a restaurant for a business meeting and chose one that I had not already reviewed. Za’atar serves Iranian and Iraqi cuisine. “OK,” I thought, “that could be interesting.” Moreover, Za’atar is on North Country Club in mid-town, so it would be convenient for the two others I was … Continue reading
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
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
Continuing our ranking of the 10 Best Steakhouses in Tucson, Ms. Karen, Neighbor Roy, and I saddled up and rode to Cattletown Steakhouse & Saloon about a 2 mile drive northeast of the TIA (aka TUS Airport). I had seen pictures of the exterior. It looked like someone had attempted … Continue reading
by Gary Gomez “Quintessential Tucson since 1993” is how I would describe El Guero Canelo, a former Sonoran Hot Dog cart. There is some debate as to whether this is the best Sonoran Hot Dog. It may be just splitting hairs. I especially love this closed-in patio type restaurant. I … Continue reading
[By Gary B. Gomez; Editor: Bargain Tucson] I was invited to head over to East Coast Super Subs with some friends. Adjacent campus restaurants can be good, remarkable and/or mediocre. I was not too excited. My best friend in Austin, Texas makes the best subs in the world: Hoody’s Subs, … Continue reading
According to the review of Los Olivos Pizzeria in the Arizona Daily Star August 14, 2014; [Los Olivos offers] … “some really excellent pizza variants with a serious streak of foodie flair. The writer continues. “This unbelievably cheap pie was incredible, period.” Aside from using the word “incredible” three times … Continue reading
Friend Roland called on a summer Saturday afternoon to say that he and his lady, Ms. Susan, had a hunger for Vietnamese cuisine and wanted to know if could we meet them at 6 PM at Com Tam Thuan Kieu, their favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Tucson. Roland & Susan are … Continue reading
Under $5 for lunch? And healthy? One place I can count on for healthy meals at a bargain price is Pollo Feliz. I dine at two of their locations regularly; Oracle at Roger Rd, and E. Broadway just East of Tucson Blvd.
By Gary Gomez, Editor: Budget Tucson (June 2014) Who doesn’t like a BBQ? (I’m a believer that food that is BBQ’ed is smoked not grilled). Add a family atmosphere, swimming, a lawn to spread your blanket or set up your lawn chairs, good food, a full bar and a restaurant … Continue reading