7 Ounce Korean Steakhouse — 4699 E. Speedway
7 Ounce Korean Steakhouse opened on July 5 on the former Sir Veza’s location.
The menu for 7 Ounce, the place you cook dinner your meat on a tableside grill, consists of all the things from ribeyes to quick ribs, pork stomach to hen bulgogi, child octopus to contemporary shrimp and lobster, and surf and turf combo platters that serve two.
Alloro D.O.C. Italian Trattoria and Chophouse — 7600 E. Broadway
A well-recognized face has taken over the kitchen within the Hilton East’s gourmand Italian enterprise Alloro D.O.C. Chef Virgina “Ginny” Wooters of The Abbey is now on the helm, and is placing her signature panache into the fashionable Italian classics like high-quality steaks and contemporary pasta. On the grand opening, cooks blended up some Fettuccine Alfredo inside an enormous wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, so let’s hope for comparable theatrics sooner or later.
American Eat Co. — 1439 S. Fourth Ave.
American Eat Co., which opened April 3, is already increasing the culinary horizons of South Fourth Avenue, a stretch of South Tucson dominated by its common Mexican meals choices.
The brand new idea, which opened in what had lengthy been the American Meat Firm, sports activities six eating places with delicacies starting from ribs to poke and sliders.
There is a beer and wine bar with the newest craft alternatives, a espresso store and even a butcher. Sit at a communal desk or cozy up in one of many cubicles out there within the eating space.
Americano Mexicano — 800 E. College Blvd.
The brand new idea the place the UA’s beloved Irish bar as soon as stood is named Americano Mexicano, and it is fairly an formidable undertaking. Meals truck proprietor/native insurance coverage agent David Pena needed to take all scrumptious seaside meals you eat in place like Rocky Level, and put them below one roof.
The menu has nachos and burros, nevertheless it additionally has mariscos and molcajete stone bowls like they do at Guadalajara Grill. And on the candy aspect, they have all of the acquainted raspados joint staples like aguas frescas and chile-laced fruits. And naturally there’s the bar. Ohhh, there’s the bar.
Arizona Wine Collective 4280 — N. Campbell Ave.
In early February, St. Philip’s Plaza added a brand new wine bar that focuses on wines from throughout this nice state. Arizona Wine Collective is owned by Jeanne and Pete Snell, who lower his enamel working on the tasting room at Sonoita’s Callaghan Vineyards.
The comfortable spot within the former Scordato’s Pizzeria has eight wine faucets, six beer faucets and bottles from 11 completely different native wineries.
Asian Sofrito — 2530 N. First Avenue
At Asian Sofrito, you possibly can order a plate of Common Tso’s Rooster with a aspect of syrupy candy plantains. The Caribbean Chinese language fusion restaurant opened within the former dwelling of Wild Garlic Grill on First Avenue, and has been serving the the native clientele who crave Puerto Rican dishes like mofongo and fried hen masita. Two thirds of the menu is Chinese language takeout, and so they make a imply plate of barbecue pork lo mein.
Beaut Burger — 267 South Avenida del Convento
Beaut Burger is breaking an entire lotta boundaries from its little kitchen inside a repurposed transport container. This new westside idea makes a speciality of vegan burgers, making all the things in-house, from the patty to the slow-fermented English muffin bun. (Gluten free choices out there!)
The plant-based restaurant is the culinary anchor on the Mercado San Agustin’s new hyper-local upscale procuring heart, the MSA Annex. The spacious lot west of the freeway has a minimalist vibe to it, embracing rustic browns and desert aesthetics you would not consider once you hear the phrases “transport container.
Berry Divine Acai Bowls — 245 E. Congress St.
Is it breakfast? Lunch? Or one thing in between … Acaí bowls are all the things you need them to be, and now you possibly can seize them downtown due to this new family-run store that opened in mid-January downtown.
Along with the colourful acaí smoothie bowls you’ve got in all probability seen throughout Instagram, Berry Divine additionally makes its personal soft-serve sorbet out of the frozen berries it imports from Brazil.
Besties Fish and Burger — 14 W. Grant Street
Kade Mislinksi is at it once more with what he says is his ultimate restaurant, Besties Fish and Burger. The midtown joint pays homage to the titans of quick meals in what he calls “Lengthy John Silver’s meets White Citadel.” The specialty right here is steamed burgers like they’ve again east in Connecticut, the place Kade spent summers as a child. Pair that with some French fries, hush puppies and battered fish and you have the restaurant’s signature combo, the BFF.
Bombolé — 100 N. Stone Avenue
You’ll be able to odor the Indian meals as you are strolling down Stone Avenue. The wealthy scent of toasted spices solely will get stronger as you step by way of the doorways of the Pioneer constructing, right into a small room with rows of baked items on show.
At first look Bombolé looks like it could be an Indian bakery of some kind, however these aren’t samosas on the counter. They’re empanadas, although not the candy sort you would possibly see at a Mexican panaderia. This new lunch spot fills its moon-shaped turnovers with Indian curries like butter hen and the spiced potato aloo matar.
Cans — 340 N. Fourth Ave.
The proprietor of TallBoys on North Fourth Avenue has cooked up a brand new restaurant idea within the outdated dwelling of U.S. Fries down the road.
In early Might, Ben Schneider alongside together with his buddies and enterprise companions, Parker Arriaga, Frank Bair, Gabe Rozzell and Simone Stopford, plan to launched the downtown idea.
The restaurant serves meaty sandwiches (pastrami, corned beef, turkey), salads, latkes, some Center Japanese fare and soups, together with Cans’ personal tackle conventional matzo ball soup.
Additionally, since Schneider is a long-time musician, count on there to be numerous reside music.
Caps & Corks — 3830 W. River Street
The craft beer scene goes robust up in Marana with the opening of Caps & Corks within the Sprouts procuring heart of Orange Grove close to the I-10 freeway. The vibe right here is much like a Faucet & Bottle with slightly homey appeal blended in. (The homeowners are initially from Bisbee.) On a current go to, the 25-strong taplist included a wholesome choice of Arizona Wilderness beers out of Gilbert, that are exhausting to search out down within the Previous Pueblo.
Caravan Grill 2825 — N. Nation Membership Rd.
The midtown store previously occupied by Za’atar has been taken over by the neighboring Caravan Market, who developed a Mediterranean lunch menu with varied falafel plates, gyros and hen shawarma.
Caravan Grill nonetheless has its lovely stone oven, which produces Iraqi Samoun breads in addition to delicate Syrian pastries.
Casa Marana Craft Beer + Wine — 8225 N. Courtney Web page Means
Marana’s latest homage to craft beer began pouring in June.
Casa Marana Craft Beer + Wine, 8225 N. Courtney Web page Means off Interstate 10 and North Cortaro Street, has 35 brews on faucet alongside a trio of wines.
The cooler is full of 480 styles of canned and bottled craft beers and 50 wines for package deal gross sales.
Chocolate Iguana — 431 N. Fourth Ave.
After dropping its dwelling of 28 years, The Chocolate Iguana has reopened on Fourth Avenue, lower than a block from its unique spot. With its crisp new paint job and colourful sweet jars, it is exhausting to imagine the house used to serve three-pound hamburgers.
A partnership with Lindy’s on Fourth proprietor Shannon Cronin saved the Fourth Avenue sweet store a few week earlier than they have been pressured out by their landlord, stated chocolate Iguana co-owner Alexya Simpson. After vacating March 31, the sweet store reopened inside the unique Lindy’s location at 431 N. Fourth Ave. in late Might.
Cobra Arcade Bar — 63 E. Congress St.
The bar, which pairs basic and hard-to-find arcade video games with alcoholic drinks, inhabits the 5,00zero sq. ft of house at 63 E. Congress that was as soon as dwelling to JunXion Bar on the Congress and North Scott Avenue intersection.
Greater than 50 arcade video games and pinball machines are unfold throughout two ranges, Cobra’s regional supervisor Topher Bray stated in an interview in April, together with titles resembling Road Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, Galaga and Frogger.
Craft, A Fashionable Drinkery — 4603 E. Speedway
The fellows from Serial Grillers are on a roll, opening their newest idea Craft, A Fashionable Drinkery this October. The taproom is positioned within the former Terry and Zeke’s on Speedway and Swan. In contrast to its sister eating places, Craft is solely a bar with 45 beers on faucet, plus 200 in bottles or cans. The redesigned house has consoles with basic video video games for patrons to play whereas they drink.
District Tavern Eatz — 1535 N. Stone Avenue
The District Tavern is again! However this new Stone Avenue iteration has a fairly completely different vibe than the beloved downtown bar. It is within the former dwelling of Basic Steakhouse, for one, which supplies it extra of a Western really feel. Additionally they have meals now, nevertheless it’s a small menu of sandwiches, quiches, whiskey ginger cookies and breakfast egg plates all day. Within the evenings the house turns into an 18+ hangout with a full bar, together with your favourite “particular” of Miller Excessive Life and Previous Crow whiskey.
Dutch Bros. Espresso — 120 S. Wilmot Street
In September, all the thrill was over Dutch Bros. The Oregon-based espresso joint opened its first Tucson location this month in a Broadway lot that used to deal with a Mimi’s Cafe.
El Charro, Past Bread at TIA — 7250 S. Tucson Blvd
A second outpost of Past Bread opened in mid-March at Tucson Worldwide Airport, one in every of 4 new eating places added to the culinary lineup of the airport’s $28 million “A Brighter TUS” undertaking.
The second Past Bread is alongside Concourse B, which additionally welcomed Bruegger’s Bagels and Constructed Customized Burgers — two of three nationwide chains coming to the airport; Dunkin’ Donuts is within the wings — and El Charro Cafe, making its return to the airport after a 20-year absence.
El Patron — 4579 S. 12th Ave.
There is a new bar and grill subsequent door to Rollie’s Mexican Patio on South Twelfth Avenue. The house was a Mr. Baja Fish, however now it is El Patron Bar and Grill which serves a variety of Jalisco-style meat and mariscos dishes, with an emphasis on the bar and reside mariachi. The restaurant is a part of the Taco Giro identify, however these guys do supply inside a sq. mile of the restaurant.
Fats Noodle — 811 E. Wetmore Street
After 4 years serving Tucson as a truck, this ramen operation goes brick and mortar. Fats Noodle‘s new house on First and Wetmore was designed by restaurant marketing consultant John Foster, and options an industrial look with lush wood counters and tables. Along with the ramen alternatives, Fats Noodle goes exhausting on the fusion with ramen burgers, sashimi sandwiches and even poke bowls.
Halfwheel Coffeehouse — 1832 E. Sixth St.
This new espresso counter, which opened in March, is definitely a part of a motorbike store referred to as Re-Cycle, which just lately took up residence in a former Bernie Sanders marketing campaign workplace.
Halfwheel serves Exo Roast espresso and La Estrella Bakery pastries in a shiny however homey house on Sixth and Campbell.
Peak across the nook and you may see a full-service bike store flanking the again of the shop.
Harbottle Brewing Firm — 3820 S. Palo Verde Street
A brewery years within the making, Harbottle launched in early February and is the final new brewery on the books slated to open in 2018 (not counting the Borderlands/Sentinel Peak collaborative effort often called Voltron Brewing).
The brewery might be present in a strip mall on the southwest nook of East Ajo Means and South Palo Verde, subsequent to Chopstix Chinese language restaurant. It’s a quick drive from the cluster of breweries that reside on and round East 44th Road, together with Copper Mine Brewing, Inexperienced Toes Brewing, Nimbus and, for a short time longer, 1055 Brewing.
Michael Figueira, Andy Shlicker, two figures of notice on the native craft beer scene, are the brains behind the operation and run a good ship with an informal environment.
Play a spherical of shuffleboard between pints, or watch the bustle of visitors roll by on Ajo with buddies.
Hermosa Espresso Roasters — 267 South Avenida del Convento
This native espresso roaster now has a storefront on the transport container procuring heart MSA Annex, the place it sells its beans in addition to an attention-grabbing choice of espresso drinks. I bought down on some chilly brew — you might acknowledge the flavour from one in every of Hermosa‘s wholesale shoppers The Cup Cafe — however subsequent time I am going again for a Shakerato with espresso and easy syrup that is shaken like a cocktail. Hermosa is extra of a stand than a spot to hang around, however you possibly can seize some joe earlier than you head over to the Why I Love The place I Dwell retailer.
Hoki Poki — 6501 E. Grant Street
This store from Bin An that opened ultimately of April permits you to select your personal poke future.
Hoki Poki‘s bowls are extra substantial than An’s downtown venue MiAn Sushi, as a result of you possibly can pile on elements like spicy tuna, seaweed salad, mandarin oranges and extra.
Indian Twist — 4660 E. Camp Lowell Drive
Open since early January, Indian Twist changed the short-lived Twisted Tandoor on East Camp Lowell Drive.
The restaurant, affiliated with JAM Culinary Ideas, is run by Jimmy Aujla, who bought his begin in Indian delicacies within the mid-1990s, working for his household’s eatery in Washington state.
Indian Twist has a day by day lunch buffet and a bar that features beers from India.
Insomnia Cookies — 345 E. Congress
School college students with the midnight munchies have one other place to attain candy treats, due to the opening of Insomnia Cookies on East Congress Road.
The cookie-delivery spot is positioned subsequent to Hello Fi Kitchen & Cocktails and is open till Three a.m., in case you are up that late learning (and we’re certain that is precisely what you’re doing.)
The chain began on the College of Pennsylvania in 2003 and now has greater than 100 retailers all through the nation.
The Tucson Cookie Co. on East Sixth Road additionally delivers.
Isabella’s Ice Cream — 267 S. Avenida Del Convento
Isabella’s Ice Cream was set to open its third location on Wednesday on the MSA Annex downtown, the transport container sidebar to the favored Mercado San Agustin on West Congress Road.
The store is likely one of the ultimate tenants of the Annex, a hyperlocal upscale retail heart that opened in Might subsequent door to the Mercado.
One of many first companies to open within the Annex was Kerry Lane’s Beaut Burger, a vegan burger joint that she and her husband, Ari Shapiro, have been engaged on for a number of years.
Izumi — 3655 E. Speedway
Izumi, which opened in March in an outdated Denny’s on East Speedway, kicks the Asian buffet idea up a notch with crab legs and oysters on the menu, along with the standard mixture of hen, pork, beef and veggie dishes.
The fancier choices up the worth of admission to $25 per individual, which may also get you all-you-can-eat entry to sushi rolls, nigiri and yummy ramen.
Izumi fills a void in midtown, says proprietor William Cheung, who owns Hana Tokyo on South Calle Santa Cruz and Wok and Roll Asian Buffet on Wes Ina Street.
“It’s only a good location on Speedway. I feel they’re missing,” Cheung stated.
Juice Envy — 1980 W. Orange Grove Street
Subsequent time you are making a noodle run, try the spot subsequent door for some wholesome juices and smoothies. Juice Envy opened in July contained in the Orange Grove procuring heart anchored by Lee Lee Worldwide Grocery store.
Previously a Subway, the house is now owned by Tucsonan Okay.C. Roff and managed by his daughter Kandice Roff, who developed the menu herself.
“I do know lots of people doing yogurts and added sugar focus,” she stated. “I needed to be so completely different — utterly contemporary — the place the purchasers can see us make all the things proper in entrance of them.”
Simply Breakfast — 2510 E. Hunt Hwy
The favored House Plate restaurant and sports activities bar in Marana opened a breakfast spot in mid-February.
The thought is that it serves, as its identify implies, simply breakfast — omelettes, eggs, pancakes, waffles and breakfast sandwiches with nothing priced over $10 — and go away the lunch and dinner to House Plate.
Kiss of Smoke — 663 S. Plumer Ave.
Tucked again right into a residential neighborhood south of Broadway, Kiss of Smoke serves wood-fired barbecue dishes like pulled pork and mesquite-smoked hen.
Brandi Romero and her household initially began out as a contest barbecue workforce, however transitioned into a well-liked meals truck and now a brick and mortar restaurant.
Kogi Korean BBQ — 4951 N. Grant Street
Kogi Korean BBQ opened in June is within the house that was as soon as Seoul Kitchen at 4951 N. Grant Street.
Seoul Kitchen, in the meantime, moved to 6255 E. Golf Hyperlinks Street, the place it is changing into common for its day by day lunch buffet.
La Botana — 5526 E. Grant Street
You could have bonded with La Botana’s large micheladas and enjoyable toritos chile tacos. Nicely now you possibly can hit them up on Grant and Craycroft as effectively. The Mexican bar and restaurant just lately opened a second location in that Ross procuring heart. ( the one with like nothing in it.) Anticipate the identical enjoyable environment because the First and Fort Lowell location.
Le Cave’s — 3950 E. 22nd St.
After greater than 80 years in enterprise, Le Cave’s Bakery is leaving Tucson’s south aspect and can transfer right into a constructing recognized for serving up burgers and fries.
The brand new homeowners of the longtime Tucson establishment are reworking the previous Jack within the Field constructing at 3950 E. 22nd St., close to South Alvernon Means, and hope to open by early fall.
“We’re actually excited to proceed on the legacy and maintain that going locally,” stated Naomi Pershing, who together with her husband Chris purchased Le Cave’s a number of months in the past from proprietor Rudy Molina Jr.
Lindy’s off Fourth 8995 — E. Tanque Verde Street
East-side residents can now get their Blue Suede Cows with out having to journey to Fourth Avenue.
Lindy’s opened a second location on Tanque Verde in April within the former dwelling of Nice American Steakburger.
The “offbeat” burger menu stays the identical, however the house is considerably larger and roomier, and sports activities a full bar space with eight beers on faucet.
Monsoon Chocolate — 234 E 22nd St.
Monsoon chocolate, positioned on East 22nd Road, opened in Might within the spot of the previous La Buena Mexican Meals.
They’ve an array of chocolate beauties which can be domestically made in Tucson, together with some made with native chiltepin and Whiskey del Bac. However do not let the identify idiot you: it isn’t only a fancy chocolate cafe.
The menu has a hodgepodge of stylish California cafe meals and nouveau Mediterranean, like from the colourful pages of an Ottolenghi cookbook. There’s smoked avocado toast that is suffering from numerous funky pickled fennel (as if it is a problem). And then you definately see Mediterranean yogurt everywhere, like within the radish toast that is studded with lovely purple cornflowers.
Nekter Juice Bar — 2905 E. Skyline Drive, Suite #167
A juice bar simply opened this week subsequent to the Apple Retailer at La Encantada mall. Nekter is a California chain that serves cold-pressed juices, wholesome smoothies, acai bowls and gourmand tender serves with principally vegan elements. My menu favourite was the Inexperienced Apple Detox juice with cucumbers, lemon, kale, fennel and ginger. It wasn’t too candy; principally tart and spicy with a contemporary style from the cucumber.
Nick’s Sari Sari Retailer — 2001 S. Craycroft Street
As of April, this Filipino market now has a separate cafe with buffet-style dishes on the entrance counter.
Nick’s Sari Sari Retailer is doing all of the specialties like lumpia egg rolls, pork adobo and crunchy sisig, and perhaps most significantly, Halo Halo, which is shaved ice with fruit jellies and purple yam ice cream.
Nomico Wholesome Dessert — 595 E. Wetmore Rd.
At Nomico you will discover some Instagrammable road meals, like “bubble waffles” and raindrop muffins.
However on the wholesome dessert spot that opened in January, you will additionally discover some very distinctive choices like butterfly tea and, look ahead to it … cheese tea?!
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Noodleholics — 3502 E. Grant Street
Noodleholics opened in midtown Tucson towards the tip of April.
The restaurant is bringing home made noodles and regional Chinese language flavors to Tucson, and it is doing it in a recent however informal environment on Grant Street.
Regardless of its humble Grant Street location, Noodleholics appears like some place you’d see in suburban Los Angeles, meals author Andi Berlin writes.
The fashionable clipboard menu is made up nearly utterly of noodles, principally from Guilin and surrounding area of southern China.
Persian Room — 9290 N. Thornydale Street
The northwest aspect is about to get its first Persian restaurant that may insert itself right into a culinary panorama dominated by fast-causal chain eating places, mom-and-pop Mexican and pizza joints and one in every of Tucson’s oldest steakhouses.
Persian Room, a sprawling 5,600-square-foot restaurant that may seat as many as 175, is predicted to open in early June at 9290 N. Thornydale Street, a few quarter mile from Cortaro Farms Street. It’s the second outpost for the upscale Scottsdale-based Persian eatery, whose menu consists of varied kabab entrees in beef, lamb and hen starting from $13 to $15.
Pizza Luna — 1101 N. Wilmot Street
Tucson has no scarcity of pizza locations, even on the east aspect the place culinary choices — whereas not utterly absent — fall manner behind the colourful meals districts that encompass downtown.
Pizza Luna, one in every of east Tucson’s latest pizza spots, replaces Cup it Up’s unique location within the Dealer Joe’s procuring heart, at 1101 N. Wilmot Street.
They serve what’s referred to as “neo-Neapolitan” pizza, in keeping with That is Tucson’s Andi Berlin.
“The dough right here is chilly fermented for 72 hours, which is a pivotal step in creating that excellent pizza crust with a barely bitter taste,” Berlin stated in her story about Luna. “If this restaurant has any funk, you are gonna see it within the pizza itself in addition to the attention-grabbing toppings; not essentially within the environment.”
Proof Artisanal Pizza and Pasta — 4280 N. Campbell Ave.
Grant Krueger, proprietor of Union Public Home and Reforma Fashionable Mexican opened Proof in November.
“I personally all the time had a tender spot for pizza and pasta,” he says.
However earlier than Reforma was Reforma, the constructing was dwelling to Italian restaurant Vivace, which has since moved three miles north to Campbell Avenue and Dawn Drive.
Since then, Krueger stated Italian fare has been lacking within the space.
“We predict Proof fills a void at River and Campbell,” he says.
Among the many menu objects are pizza, pasta, bruschetta, salad and soup. Almost all the things is created from scratch, Krueger says. There are additionally gluten-free and vegan cheese choices.
Queen Sheeba — 5553 E. Grant Street
Tucson’s first official Eritrean restaurant launched in February on Grant Street close to North Craycroft, throughout city from the Ethiopian eating places with which it shares a lot of its conventional dishes (Eritrea and Ethiopia share a border on the horn of Africa.)
Anticipate the forms of plates that you simply would possibly discover at locations resembling Zemam’s and Café Desta, with “Eritrean type” twists.
Raijin Ramen — 2955 E. Speedway Blvd.
There is a universe of ramen to discover at Tucson’s first ramen home — that is if you will get a desk.
Regardless that this specialty ramen spot opened in January, oftentimes there are nonetheless strains round time for supper to get a seat at this restaurant.
With 9 styles of ramen on the menu together with white miso and black roasted garlic tonkotsu, it is easy to see why Raijin has change into a success.
Raptor Canyon Cafe — 75 E. Pennington Road
The vacant Veg in a Field restaurant on Pennington is now a homey breakfast and lunch cafe. Raptor Canyon Cafe did a brisk lunch enterprise on my current go to, and appears to be common with the downtown enterprise crowd. Order on the counter and so they’ll take the meals out to your sales space: There is a first rate choice of breakfast sandwiches with housemade biscuits, however I bought a breakfast burrito. Additionally they do sandwiches and salads, plus diner entrees like mini meatloaf, angel hair pasta and fish tacos. Try the entrance counter for some baked items, just like the peanut buttery Raptor Tracks.
Ren Coffeehouse — 4300 N. Campbell Ave.
One other espresso store has opened its doorways at St. Philip’s plaza.
Ren Coffeehouse additionally has a lunch menu of paninis, easy salads and a beautiful avocado toast with completely poached egg on Barrio Bread.
Rollies Mexican Patio — 4573 S. 12th Ave.
Whereas we’ve got but to see how the out of doors eating expertise often called Rollies will fare within the intense summer time warmth, the model new restaurant on South 12th Avenue has been downright nice in its first few months in enterprise.
Rollies sports activities an informal patio environment and a menu that features rolled tacos, vegetarian tortas, flat enchiladas and ice cream sandwiches utilizing conchas (Mexican candy bread). And OK it technically opened days earlier than 2018, however we’re together with it in our record.
Its distinctive strategy to common Mexican dishes separates it from the ocean of Mexican eating places on Tucson’s south aspect.
Serial Grillers — 7585 S. Houghton Street
Rita Ranch was abuzz in September with the opening of Serial Grillers‘ third location on Houghton Street. On one night, the previous Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler was filled with locals ordering serial-killer themed pizzas just like the Bone Collector with boneless wings, ranch and buffalo sauce. The sprawling house is thrice the dimensions of the Speedway location, and has a taplist of greater than 50 craft beers.
Sequence 19 — 13 N. Stone Ave.
Downtown Tucson’s latest cocktail bar Sequence 19 pours native spirits from throughout Arizona. It is an offshoot of Three Wells Distilling Firm, which produces prickly pear spirits and extra from a warehouse on Tucson’s south aspect. The cocktail menu showcases the Three Wells line, which now consists of two gins, agave spirits, vodka and even bourbon. We loved the Sonoran Margarita on a current go to.
Smokey Mo Barbecue — 2650 N. First Avenue
A Kansas Metropolis-style barbecue restaurant is respiratory life into the previous Shari’s Drive-In on North First Avenue.
Smokey Mo, a smoked meats and barbecue idea that additionally serves burgers, opened in mid-July within the outdated constructing that had been boarded up since Shari’s closed in July 2008.
“It’s all about smoked meats,” stated proprietor Telahoun Molla.
Tamarind — 7265 N. La Cholla Blvd.
An Indian meals restaurant has just lately opened up its doorways on the Foothills Mall.
Tamarind has a big menu of dishes from throughout India, together with the burrito-like kati rolls and an entire class of “Mystic Masalas.” Oh, and most significantly, they’ve a lunch buffet.
Taqueria El Semental — Nook of North Fourth Avenue and East Ninth Road
You could keep in mind Taqueria El Semental because the bull-themed taco truck that arrange in entrance of The Hut on weekends. One in every of Fourth Avenue’s hottest late evening choices lastly has a everlasting dwelling simply down the road, on the northwest nook of Fourth and the underpass. It is nonetheless a taco truck, however now there is a fancy hay bale setup the place you possibly can sit back and eat your footlong Sonoran canine. (Judging by this image after all.)
Taqueria Los Chipilones — 1122 S. Sixth Ave.
Los Chipilones is a southside taco stand that was constructed on the previous website of a Viking Automobile Wash. (Try the car-themed road artwork behind the constructing.) It is owned by the identical individuals because the Chipilones Sonoran sizzling canine stand subsequent door, however this joint makes a speciality of beef birria, which you will get in a taco, stuffed right into a tacky caramelo or as a soup. The menu right here is relatively easy, however they do make their very own horchata, and the corn tortillas do not appear to come back from a machine both.
Ten55 Brewing — 110 E. Congress St.
John Paul “JP” Vyborny and his accomplice in all issues brew Chris Squires are calling their new downtown digs a beer corridor.
Seating at Ten 55 Brewing and Sausage Home, 110 E. Congress St., will likely be communal at large tables unfold all through and the kitchen, helmed by Ivor Cryderman, serves up a menu of domestically crafted sausages and Belgian fries.
The Buffalo Spot — 760 N. Tyndall Ave.
A California-based chicken-and-ribs chain has opened its first spot in Tucson, launching within the former dwelling of Cup It Up close to the College of Arizona.
The Buffalo Spot, at 760 N. Tyndall Ave., began in Lengthy Seashore, California, in 2013 and has places all through Southern California, with one in Georgia and one in Phoenix, that opened final summer time.
Buffalo Spot’s menu consists of Kansas Metropolis-style ribs, conventional and boneless wings, and the chain’s signature Buffalo fries, which seems to be a pile of fries topped with a pile of hen, coated in a wing sauce of your selecting.
The Frozen Cactus — 5769 E. Speedway
RJ’s Replays on Speedway was one in every of two native companies featured on a TV present referred to as “Bar Rescue,” the place a “nightlift professional” goes full-Gordon Ramsay on a failing bar.
The episode hasn’t come out but, however the joint is already sporting a brand new identify, The Frozen Cactus Ice Bar and Flame Grill.
The Hidden Grill — 4955 N. Sabino Canyon Street #113
The Hidden Grill prepares grab-and-go meals which can be geared towards paleo diets, heavy on the meat and greens. The menu modifications each week, however a current choice included dishes like grilled hen in a coconut buffalo sauce, blackened whitefish with honey-cured bacon, boneless pork chop with greens and extra. You may as well join meal plans the place they offer you two meals a day for 3 or 5 days in a row, decreasing the price to about $10 per meal.
Tito and Pep — 4122 E. Speedway
John Martinez spent a decade cooking for one of many world’s most well-known cooks, however now he is returned to Tucson to open his personal restaurant. The gourmand chef quietly opened the doorways of Tito and Pep this week within the basic Speedway house that housed Zayna Mediterranean and Feast.
The midtown bistro feels extraordinarily well-put collectively for any individual’s first restaurant, however that is as a result of Martinez has expertise opening high-profile ideas across the western hemisphere. After getting his begin as a dishwasher in downtown Tucson on the age of 19, Martinez moved to New York to work for famend chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Westbound — 267 S. Avenida Del Convento
Westbound is the primary foods and drinks idea to open on the MSA Annex, a transport container procuring heart simply east of the Mercado San Agustin. (The opposite meals ideas are nonetheless a couple of weeks out.) The parents at Faucet + Bottle have introduced in a taplist of 20 completely different beers, eight wines and 4 batch-made cocktails. (Strive the gin-based Orange Cucumber Rhumba with spicy dehydrated cucumbers.) The principally out of doors idea does have air-con and loads of shade, plus a small bottle room on the entrance.
Years Asian Bistro and BBQ — 625 E. Wetmore Street
Years Asian Bistro is not essentially a Chinese language restaurant; The menu has Japanese yakitori skewers, Korean fried hen and all method of Asian specialties. However the Chinese language dishes right here actually shine … fairly actually in reality, if you happen to order the grilled fish sizzling pot which comes on a sprawling silver chafer platter. The home particular incorporates a whole fish surrounded by lotus roots, mushrooms and different veggies in a spicy purple sauce. We opted for a bowl of Shanghai Granny’s Noodles and a few spicy toothpick lamb, the place each meaty chew is skewered on particular person toothpicks. Do not eat the chiles, they’re dried!
Yu Zi Wei — 2601 E. Speedway
Yu Zi Wei is the newest enjoyable place to open throughout a spectacular 12 months for regional Chinese language meals. With minimal on-line presence and a novel menu of spicy Chongqing dishes, the restaurant is rather less approachable and slightly extra superior. Everybody right here is coming for the scorching fish platter, however you can also make an exquisite meal out of appetizers and entrees like mapo tofu and pork ribs in griddle pot. Positively try our information earlier than you go. It will assist loads.