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.
It was again a Friday and time for Neighbor Roy and I to go out to lunch. This time I picked St. Mary’s Mexican Food on St. Mary’s Road just east of Grande. We arrived at our usual time: 12:30 PM and the place was packed. Most of the patrons …Continue reading
Once again it was a Friday, time for Neighbor Roy and me to go to lunch together. We decided on the Sausage Deli on Grant and 1st Avenue. It is a standalone building we have passed many times but never ventured in. We arrived at 12:30 PM and the place …Continue reading
On day in late summer 2019, Neighbor Roy and I went to Inca Peruvian Cuisine on the East side of Tucson. We were looking forward to experiencing exotic spices from South America. Now, mind you, we knew nothing about Peruvian Food, but I had a discount coupon from the Arizona …Continue reading
Neighbor Roy & I went to Za’atar one afternoon, partially because it sounded interesting and partially because I had an Arizona Daily Star Dining Club on which they were included. As we entered, the first thing we noticed was the bakery to the right of the cashier. The glass case …Continue reading
Neighbor Roy and I went to the Old Times Kafe one afternoon, mostly because I had a discount Dining Card from the Arizona Daily Star, our local newspaper. Besides, it was close by on the West Side of town. They serve breakfast and lunch and close at 2 PM. On …Continue reading
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