[meteorite-list] 8th Annual Eating Your Way Around Tucson - 2018
volgems at icx.net
Tue Dec 26 09:11:21 EST 2017
8th Annual Eating Your Way Around Tucson - 2018
Hey, List Members!
I have it on good authority that Tucson is fast approaching! With that in mind, I am once again giving my “8th Annual Eating Your Way Around Tucson” list, a slight name change from last year. This list has been put together with over twenty years of attending the shows. These are my opinions (well, my wife, Cookie, too!) only. I have no vested interest in any of these establishments, no free food, etc! I just like good food! Maybe you will find my/our tastes different from yours but all of these are worth a try!
Again this year, I am leaving for Tucson mid-January! This will be my sixth year to make the 2200 mile (each way!) drive to Tucson. My wife, Cookie, did retire in 2015 and will, once again, make the dive with me (for only the second time!) rather than flying!
BIG news for us, we’re in the process of making the move and relocate in New Mexico and Arizona … house in Albuquerque and a condo in Tucson!
I'm sure there are other great places to eat. We are ALWAYS open for suggestions! I hope others will offer their suggestions! Shoot us an e-mail: volgems at icx.net
I am adding some new locations suggested by list members last year after prior posts. We did get to try some of them and enjoyed them VERY much. I hope to add more this year!
First, new recommendations from folks I know and trust:
For breakfast: Julian Gray suggested Teresa's Mosaic, 2456 N Silver Mosaic Dr, (520) 624-4512, http://www.teresamosaiccafe.com/ We took Julian’s suggestion MORE than once and totally enjoyed the incredible breakfast offerings!
Sarah Christensen suggested Wildflower, 7037 N Oracle Road, 520.219.4230, Daily 11am - 9pm
We were taken by friends to Poco and Mom’s Cantina, 7000 E. Tanque Verde, 520-296-9759, Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Friday: 8AM - 9PM, Saturday and Sunday: 7AM - 9PM GREAT food! https://pocoandmoms.com/the-cantina/
Other friends took us to Casa Molina Restaurant, 6225 E Speedway Blvd,
Hours: 11AM–10PM, 520-886-5468 - http://casamolina.com/ We WILL return more than once this year!
We heard really good things about Saguaro Corners Restaurant & Bar – “Unpretentious watering hole offering tavern eats & spirits, plus an outdoor patio/bar & live music.” - 3750 S Old Spanish Trail, Mon — Thu 11am — 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday - 11am — 9:30pm, Sat 9am — 9:30pm and Sun 9am — 8:30pmPhone: (520) 886-2020 http://www.saguarocorners.net/
Next, ‘new restaurants from last year’ 2017
>From mineral dealer Dennis Beals - http://www.xtal-dbeals.com/
Mariscos Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant
1009 N Grande Ave Tucson AZ 85745 US
We have learned that if Dennis says, “It’s good!” …
A good standby for a GREAT, inexpensive meal …
Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue, 850 East Speedway Blvd., 520-792-2350
Other locations include: 8300 N. Thornydale Rd., 520-572-5225 and 6310 E. Tanque Verde, 520-770-7800
We always eat at Mama’s SEVERAL times each Tucson trip!
NEW FAVORITES for us!
Fist, a BIG “Thank you!” to Terry Sayther from Austin Texas! Terry sent us a couple of suggestions for breakfast … or ANYtime! We are calling them “MUSTS”!
MUST #1: Bobo's Restaurant, 2938 E. Grant Road, 520-326-6163 http://www.bobostucson.com/ We at there ‘more than once’ in 2014! Everything is GREAT! I have to be gluten free but try the pancakes! They are the size of a plate! The omelets are WONDERFUL! Check out the deserts! Once again, Bobo’s ROCKS!
MUST #2: Robert’s Restaurant (closed Sunday), 3301 East Grant Road, (520) 795-1436 http://www.robertstucson.com/ We also visited Robert’s a couple of times! Robert’s is just down the street from Bobo’s but on the opposite side of Grant! You cannot go wrong with either choice!
MUST #3: Teresa’a Mosaic Café, 2456 N. Silver Mosaic Dr. (at Grant Rd, behind McDonalds), Tucson, AZ - 520-624-4512. GREAT Mexican food! WONDERFUL margaritas! http://www.teresamosaiccafe.com/
If you are looking for GREAT ‘diner’ eats, give Little Anthony's Diner (, 7010 E Broadway Blvd, 520-296-0456) a try. If you like milkshakes the ‘old fashioned way’ (with the ‘extra’ shake that won’t fit into you LARGE shake glass delivered to you table in the metal mixing cup, complete with frost on the outside!) then Little Anthony’s Diner is for you! http://littleanthonysdiner.com/ Little Anthony’s also sponsor car shows in their huge parking lot. Like old and new cars and trucks, be there Saturday 1/23 and/or 2/6 10am-2pm to see some cool vehicles! I know this is not food/eating related but check out The Gaslight Theatre (next to, and associated with Little Anthony’s!) http://thegaslighttheatre.com/! During Tucson show time, the Gaslight offers an old west themed, hilarious melodrama! We have attended each year for several years and have enjoyed each performance! This year’s production is “The Cisco Kid”. You can order your tickets online for best seat selection and then pick them up in Tucson.
Now, a ‘Classic’!
* Pat's Drive In, 1202 West Niagara Street, 520-624-0891
I should not list this first, but I AM! I first read about Pat's in Arizona Highways magazine. It is a tradition in Arizona! It is on a side street off N. Grande Ave, between Speedway and St. Marys. It is near the condo that we rent each year. I had driven within half a block of it for years and did not know it existed! If you like the old drive in restaurants, this IS the place for you! If you like greasy fries by the pound, this is for you! If you like GREAT chili hotdogs, this IS the place for you, please note that they have three degrees of heat for their chili!
We have "favorites" that we think everyone should try at least once. In no particular order:
NEW! NEW! NEW! This is our NEW “favorite” from 2013:
* Guadalajara Grill was suggested by good friend, Dennis Beal, XTAL, (Room 120, Hotel City Center, Marty Zinn’s Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show). We have learned that if Dennis suggests a restaurant, you BEST try it! He has never sent us to a bad one, not even a mediocre one!
Guadalajara Grill – West, 1220 E Prince Road-520-323-1022 (also 2nd location: East, 750 N Kolb Road, 520-296-1122. We went to the one on Prince the very last night we were in Tucson 2013. Large parking lot that was FULL! It took us 15 minutes or more to find a parking place … then about 30-45 minutes to get a table … BUT it was more than worth the wait! HUGE portions of GREAT food at reasonable prices! You WILL enjoy it!
* Silver Saddle Steak House, 6th Ave. & I-10 (310 E. Benson Highway), 520-622-6253
This place is near downtown and has some of the best steak that I've had in Tucson. The prime rib is truly ‘to die for’! And if you like French onion soup, Silver Saddle has an INCREDIBE offering! If you're going for dinner, it is best to get there early or be prepared to wait 30 minutes to an hour. It IS worth the wait! I do not think that they take reservations. We ate at Silver Saddle at least twice in 2015 … and probably will top that this year!
* Lil Abner's Steakhouse, 8501 N Silverbell Rd., 520-744-2800
This is a MUST for Tucson show visitors. I remember going there a lot of years ago when this place was truly "in the middle of nowhere"! If you go this year, you'll she how that has changed. It use to be a drive out into the desert! Any of the show weekends will have tons of show folks there! The steaks rival Silver Saddle but everything is served with a salad, beans, and bread! LOVE the atmosphere there!
* Daisy Mae's Steak House, 2735 W. Anklam Rd., 520-792-8888. This is just down the street from the condo we rent while in Tucson. Great steaks!
* Blue Willow, 2616 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ 520-327-7577
If you want to take time for a nice, leisurely breakfast, this is THE place! Food is great, prices are reasonable. It is in a house converted to a restaurant.
* Los Betos Mexican Food, 3680 East Grant Road (520) 318-4787 and 2100 West Grant Road (520) 624-7751, plus several other around town.
If you're looking for something that will keep you going through MOST of a day visiting shows without having to stop to eat lunch, try the burritos at any Los Betos! There are many breakfast burritos available and VERY reasonably priced. Last year the one on Speedway was closed for remodeling. I hope it has reopened as it is so convenient to several of the shows. Look for a Los Betos! Locations: http://restaurantslosbetos.com/Los%20Betos%20Restaurant%20Locations.htm
El Charro Cafe, Bar Toma! & Gift Shop, 311 N. Court Ave., 622-1922
This place has been in business since 1922 in Tucson! That says it all! The restaurant is located in the original family home in the El Presidio
El Minuto Cafe, 354 S. Main Ave., 882-4145
This is my wife's favorite for Mexican food!
Mi Nidito Cafe, 1813 S. 4th Ave.; 622-5081
I have not visited this one but it comes HIGHLY recommended by locals. We tired to get in a couple of times and the wait was between 1 and 2 hours!
I'm sure there are other great places to eat. We are open for suggestions! I hope others will offer their suggestions! (I am including some suggestions from others at the end of this e-mail. I am certainly going to try some of them this trip!)
Bon appétit! (Being from Tennessee, I'm not quite sure what that means ... but it sounds good!)
Hope to see you in Tucson! (Look for the bearded guy wearing a Tennesse orange "T" cap, and with a hungry, bewildered look on his face ... and with the Tucson 'stoop'! If you don't understand that last one, you've not been to Tucson enough!!!)
Suggestions from other list members!
Suggestion from Bob Keller:
If you appreciate a great breakfast and a good old fashioned greasy spoon, there is no finer eatery than Frank's in Tucson: http://www.franksrestaurant.com/ Franks Restaurant, 3843 E. Pima St. - 520 881-2710. Best not to attempt Frank's on weekends however, as it will be filled to capacity with locals very shortly after they open.
Suggestion from Sue drsue99 at yahoo.com : For those of you who enjoy microbrewed beer, or just good food in general, try the Barrio brewery or Nimbus. For great sandwiches, they Bison Witches. We used John Teague's guide two years ago and appreciate the additions. Thanks John!
Barrio Brewing Co., 800 East 16th Street (520) 791-2739, http://www.barriobrewing.com/
>From Nathan Martin rocknate at gmail.com Lexington, MA:
Baggin's Gourmet Sandwiches 1800 East Ft. Lowell St. in Tucson. It is a chain with about 8 stores in the Tucson area (including one in Oro Valley). They offer a variety of sandwiches, salads, sides and desserts. I had one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten and we went back there several times. Most of their sandwiches are in the $7 to $8 range so you can definitely get a cheaper lunch in Tucson but I don't think you can get a better one. It makes me hungry just thinking about it!
Nimbus Brewing Co., 3850 East 44th Street, (520) 745-9175, https://locu.com/places/nimbus-brewing-co-tucson-us/#menu
Suggestions from Jim Baxter:
Anyone who doesn't want to put up with the hour plus wait at Mi
Nidito should at least order the cheese tostada with guacamole as take
out. About the size of a medium pizza with a thin really flaky crust,
a thin layer of melted cheese and radial 'spokes' of guacamole.
Simple..... and..amazingly good!!
Suggestions from Paul Head:
Poco and Mom's on Kolb Road just north of 22nd Street. They specialize in Hatch Chile dishes. 1060 S. Kolb Road. 520-325-7044
Suggestions from Elayne (sorry, I’ve lost your last name!):
Breakfast-Lunch: The Ajo Cafe on Ajo and Country Club by TEP and the sister cafe Bread and Butter on NW corner E. 22nd St. and S. Columbus Picture Mel's diner and Flo is there taking your order at the counter or booth. Home made pie and cinn. rolls!!
Great Italian: Caruso's.... on N. 4th Ave at 6th. Do not miss the spumoni... fabu. Gavi's on Broadway at Pantano out East usually a wait at both.. go early.
Great Sushi: Kampai Sushi... NW corner Swan & Speedway Also Sushi Cho on SW corner Broadway and Campbell/Kino look for Carl's Junior.
Mexican: I agree with El Minudo on Main close the the convention center not the other one. But then I got turned on to Rosa's Mexican Food on SW corner Fort Lowell and N. Campbell set back in the SW corner look for it.. It is worth it! Pick up a dozen tamales at Tucson Tamale company to take back to the hotel... don't eat there too small. And for the very best go to Nogales Mexico.
Indian: Gandi's on Fort Lowell at Stone.. good spicy food and nan wonderful nan
French: Le Rendez-Vous on Fort Lowell at Alvernon real French food.... heaven.
Suggestions from Michael Mulgrew, So. Cal.:
You forgot the Sky Bar, best pizza in town!
Suggestions from Paul Swartz: The pizza at Sky Bar comes from Brooklyn Pizza, next door to the Sky Bar and owned by the same people. Order at BP and they'll deliver to the SB, where you can have a beer with your zah.
A restaurant I like is Mariscos Chihuahua. The original is on Grande just south of Speedway and there are others around town. Seafood only, estilo Mexicano.
Suggestions from Carl – Meteoritemax:
Chuy's on Speedway is now Native New Yorker and they sell Pizza and Wings that are just OK IMHO. There is a Chuy's owned by a different person way east side.
Chuy's on Speedway is closed due to immigration violations. But right next door is a wine shop called the Rum Runner that has it's own restaurant inside called "The Dish". It is fine dinning at it's best and many consider it to be Tucson's Finest restaurant.
Mi Nidito is Tucson's finest Mexican restaurant. Try the "presidential platter". This is actually what President Clinton ordered when visiting Tucson a few years ago. And easily worth the long wait. But, Rosa's is a close second for Mexican. Too many celebrities to list eat here when in Tucson. Check out the pictures on the walls.
On the East side at Broadway at Wilmot the best breakfast is at Brawley's. Low Low price for amazing food.
My 2 cents. And I'm lucky enough to live here in Tucson.
Suggestions from AL Mitterling:
Also add In and Out Burger. 257. 3711 BROADWAY BLVD.
TUCSON, AZ 85716, 1978 E. AJO WAY TUCSON, AZ 85713.
Mag Pie Pizza and Old Town Pizza are also good pizza places.
New suggestions are ALWAYS welcome!
(Formerly Knoxville, Tennessee!)
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