Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Noshing Tucson: Restaurant Gems

We’re in the thick of the Tucson Gem Show and shopping around for baubles and beads can make you hungry for a litttle nosh.

Remember to eat in locally owned restaurants to maximize your Tucson experience.

Here are some local Tucson restaurants near a few of the gem and bead show venues or locales.

Bling: At the Doubletree Hotel at 445 N. Alvernon Way (across from Reid Park) are two shows: To Bead True Blue — Feb 4 through Feb 6, and Tucson Bead Show — Feb 7 through 9. 

Eat: Within one mile to the north on Alvernon is Sushi Garden (15 N. Alvernon Way) and Old Pueblo Grille (60 N. Alvernon Way) and the Lodge on the Desert (306 N. Alvernon Way). Both the OPG and the Lodge have beautiful outside patios to enjoy our warm days and starry nights. About one mile to the west on Broadway is Elle, a Wine Country Restaurant (3048 E. Broadway Blvd.).

Bling: Downtown where there’s a preponderance of shows happening, there is also a preponderance of restaurants.

Eat: Cushing Street Bar & Grill (198 W. Cushing Street) is staying open late until 11 p.m. to accommodate the gem show crowd. Casa Vicente (375 S. Stone Ave., across from the police dept.) can be your little Spanish hideaway with some of the best tapas and port on the Tucson planet — a true local treasure. Caffe Milano (46 W. Congress St.) has Italian soul but unfortunately according to their website is only open late on Friday and Saturday. Practically, next door EnotecA (58 W. Congress St.) turns into a romantic boite at night.

Eat, drink and bead merry. More Tucson restaurant gems coming later in the week.

Karyn Zoldan

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