Ms. Karen & I had Sunday brunch recently at the new Agustin Brasserie in the Mercado San Agustin just west of Downtown Tucson on Congress Street. What a magnificent interior! The food and service was very good. I’ll do a complete review after some research.
UPDATE: March 2014 - The Brasserie closed for the summer of 2013. It has finally reopened as the Agustin Kitchen and has good reviews. Check out our Sunday Brunch Review of the Agustin Kitchen here.
After our excellent brunch, we headed east perhaps a half mile to the Tucson Museum of Art to see Scott Baxter’s stunningly beautiful very large B&W photographs of 100 Arizona ranchers. The history of Arizona ranching is written on these faces. We took a docent-guided tour, always recommended when you visit. This exhibit is scheduled to end the first week of October 2012. If you missed this exhibit, click HERE to see a few portraits.
I think you should pay to see the Museum’s current exhibits because the price of your admission helps support this important, and always delightful, museum. Nevertheless, I will mention that on the first Sunday of the month, admission is free. At least leave a donation. It’s only fair.
There were several other exhibits in addition to Mr. Baxter’s photos. One just blew me away. It’s a bronze bust of an Indian chief. It’s in the main exhibit area just as you enter. Exquisite! We've seen almost every major exhibit there since moving to Tucson 10 years ago. Always a couple of hours well-spent.
Cafe' a la C'art
And if you haven’t been to Cafe’ a la C’art recently, I recommend you do so. I had lunch there this past week with a dear friend, but also had a chance to talk with Judy, the owner in partnership with her son, Mark. She gave me the grand tour of their expanded space. They did a beautiful job of maintaining the integrity of this old building in the Historic Block. The food was delicious as always , and the desserts are to die for. Perhaps the best pastries in Southern Arizona.
Other Excellent Tucson Museums
Speaking of the Historic Block, which is adjacent to the Museum, consider taking the Museum's tour. The tour of the J Knox Corbett House is particularly interesting. To get the back story of this Snob Hollow mansion, click here to see our video. We also have videos that feature about a dozen other museums that are worthy of your time and support, such as the Museum of Miniatures and the Franklin Automobile Museum. Main Menu > Museums.