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Tucson Gem Show Dining, Just Eat It & Bead It

Tucson's best burger!
ZIVAZ: Voted Best Burger with chile relleno

Welcome! The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show begins January 31 and that means thousands of vendors and visitors…are looking for places to eat, dine and imbibe. Please try our fabulous local restaurants. Experience Tucson dining. You can eat at Macaroni Grill anywhere.

Here’s a list of some of Circle of Food’s locally-owned favorites located nearby Gem Show venues: (check for dates/times)

Best Bead Show
Kino Veterans Memorial Community Center – 2805 E. Ajo Way
Food courts and food trucks set up here for a quickie bites. This area is a wasteland as far as restaurants but if you head east about a ½ mile on Ajo to Mexico in Season where healthy choices abound as well as vegan choices.

To Bead True Blue
Doubletree Hotel Reid Park – 445 S. Alvernon Way
So many choices; so little time…you are 5 minutes by car to Falora (pizza) and Sushi Garden (Broadway & Country Club), Zivaz Mexican Bistro (Broadway between Columbus/Swan) or 10 minutes from Zayna’s Mediterranean, Kazuko, Korea House (Speedway between Alvernon/Columbus or innovative Feast (Speedway west of Alvernon).

African Art Village – 1134 S. Farmington Rd.

South Tucson restaurant
Taqueria Pico de Gallo

You can find food trucks here but venture a tad east on 22nd Street and then go south on 6th Avenue to Taqueria de Pico de Gallo (Mexican street food once mentioned in Gourmet magazine-2618 S. 6th Avenue). If you want sit down service, go a few blocks south to Don Pedro’s for excellent Peruvian cuisine (3386 S. 6th Ave/shopping at 44th Street)

Tucson Bead Show – Radisson Suites – 6555 E. Speedway Blvd.
Consider Beyond Bread (Speedway/Wilmot) or Lotus Garden (Speedway near Craycroft) or Takamatsu (Speedway/Craycroft).


Blu celebrates 1 year anniversary
Say cheese at Blu

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show
Riverpark Inn – 350 S. Freeway Ave.
Here’s a shout out to the director of catering at Riverpark Inn so I’m sure there will be plenty of nibbles so you don’t have to wander far but if you do, get on the modern street car and go to the end of the line at the Mercado where you can sup on Seis Kitchen (a former food truck inducing long lines) for Mexican food, Stella Java, La Estrella Bakery, Blu (a cheese & wine store), and of course, Agustin Kitchen.


AGTA GemFair™ Tucson

at Casa Vicente

Tucson Convention Center – 260 S. Church Ave.
Near the Tucson Convention Center you’re in downtown where there is a plethora of restaurants. Nearest to the TCC are Cushing Street Bar & Grill and El Minuto Cafe. A few blocks to the east would be Casa Vicente (Spanish) on South Stone. Hop on the modern street car and go anywhere and everywhere to wine bars, breweries, a rooftop bar, an underground beer garden and plenty of restaurants to satisfy every craving.

Bead Drive 2015

Beading Divas to the Rescue
Bead Drive 2015

Now about those beads…Since 2009 Beading Divas to the Rescue has raised more than $115,000 for various animal charities.

Every month they choose a different 501c3 animal charity to fund-raise for by selling their one-of-a-kind beaded bracelets.

In order to keep up this pace and mission, they need beads, lots of beads. While you’re out and about consider donating some beads. You can read all about the Bead Drive here. There are numerous venues to drop off beads or we can arrange pick up. Just bead it!

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