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Tucson Food Buzz:  Lost Restaurants, Obon, Chile Fest

Tucson Food Buzz: Lost Restaurants, Obon, Chile Fest

Obon - downtown Tucson
comforting ramen

Circle of Food delivers a savory menu of what’s happening around town and beyond.

Lost Restaurants of Tucson
Everyone who dines in Tucson restaurants past and present are holding their proverbial breaths for the publication date of December 7th of the sure-to-be-fun-to-read book, the Lost Restaurants of Tucson, written by Rita Connelly, The Well Fed Foodie and dear friend. Circle of Food will keep you updated of where to find the book and future book signings.

Eating Around

Recently opened downtown Tucson in the former Gio Taco space is Obon, downtown’s only Japanese restaurant serving sushi, ramen, some Korean dishes and more. While Gio was wildly colorful like a kid’s oversized playroom on acid, Obon has that sleek Japanese minimalistic esthetic combined with industrial chic and just enough rope lighting to elicit a warm golden glow. And this was in the daytime as I went for lunch which launched Sept. 8. At night, you can bet it’s downright romantic.

While this is not a review, I can vouch for the filling chicken edamame salad with ginger vinaigrette, and Carolyn Classen, my friend and fellow blogger, gave thumbs up to her chicken teriyaki bento box.

The Commoner & Co
This locale Sunrise/Kolb is not in my regular geographical radar but I’ve been here twice for happy hour and definitely will return. Everything about The Commoner sparkles from the food to the craft cocktails to the service. A good time was had by all. The Commoner also owns Prep & Pastry on Campbell’s restaurant row and is building another P&P on Grant Road next to Zinburger and will be using the same architect who designs Fox Restaurant Concepts.

Calle Tepa Mexican Street Grill
Satisfying torta for your moutha

Calle Tepa
Mexican street grill and more, draws a good crowd around dinner time. I enjoyed the chile verde torta made with in-house-made Mexican bread and tomatillos (not chiles). Lots of variety of protein choices and for vegetarians plus a full bar and help-yourself-salsa bar.

Chile My Soul
One of the best things about living in the Southwest is the proximity to green chiles and chiles in general. Spice is nice has always been my motto.

12th Annual Chile Festival

The Chile Festival weekend kicks off at Trail Dust Town on Friday, Sept. 11, continues at the Oro Valley Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 12, and culminates with the Grande Chile Fiesta at the Rillito Park Farmers Market on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Vendors will be offering delectable chile-themed food, including freshly roasted green chiles, chile spices, zesty tamales and salsas, and an abundance of chile specialties. On Sunday, listen to live music by Tesoro (I love that band!) and a chef demonstration by Agustin Kitchen’s Ryan Clark using fresh market ingredients.

You can pre-order your fresh roasted Hatch chiles from Kris Young of Red’s Roasters to be picked up at any of the three locations, 520-409-3406.

Find out more at Heirloom Farmers Market website for market hours.

Killer Cukes
People are dying and suffering from salmonella after eating American cucumbers grown in Mexico distributed by a San Diego food distributor. Read the disturbing news.

Final Exit
Some restaurants closed recently: Poppy Kitchen in the Foothills, Chantilly Tea Room on Oracle, On a Roll in downtown and Don Pedro’s Peruvian Restaurant in South Tucson.


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