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2016 Tucson Gem Show Dining

2016 Tucson Gem Show Dining

Penca Mexican Dining downtown Tucson

2016 Tucson Gem Show Dining – Welcome Gem Show vendors and shoppers. As you shop for minerals, baubles and beads, be sure to check out the local Tucson dining scene. Did you know Tucson was just named a World City of Gastronomy by UNESCO? Yes! It’s a big deal so go take a bite of some local chow.


Many shows and exhibits are in and around the downtown, I-10 corridor. Downtown Tucson has many fine and fabulous restaurants and bars. Here are a few – Hub, Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails, Maynards Kitchen, Proper, Reilly’s (a former funeral home turned pizza and beer garden), Penca, Café Poca Cosa, La Cocina, Café a la Carte, Obon, Cup Café, Casa Vicente, El Minuto Café, Playground, Pizzeria Blanco, Batch, 47 Scott

Here’s the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show schedule.  And here’s a few mentions:

22nd Street Mineral, Fossil & Gem Show (Jan 28-Feb 14)

Wow! In 2015 this show had a staggering 29,600 visitors; making it the most attended mineral, fossil, gem & jewelry show in the United States. Use the Downtown Gem Loop shuttle route, which is also known as the Green Route.  Nearby at the end of the modern street car line is the Mercado boasting Stella Java, La Estrella Bakery, Seis Mexican Food and Agustin Kitchen. You won’t go hungry here.

SRGJ Shows | Silk Road Gem & Jewelry Show on Grant (Jan 28-Feb 10)

Hot tropics margaritaDrive about one mile west on Grant just past Silverbell and behind McDonald’s to Teresa’s Mosaic Café which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving house-made tortillas and horchata, eggs divorciado and authentic dishes like Mom never made. This joint will be hopping.

You can also jog south on the Freeway or frontage road to exit Speedway and go west to Grande Avenue for the original and best Mariscos Chihuahua and Tanias 33.

African Art Village (Jan 30-Feb 10)

African music, arts, crafts, jewelry, beads await including African food. Can’t wait!

To Bead True Blue (Jan 31-Feb 8)

Falora pizza TucsonMoving east this dazzling bead extravaganza is located at the Doubletree across from Reid Park. To the north along Broadway, you will find Zivaz Mexican Bistro to the right and to the left, Kimchi Time, Sushi Garden and Falora (pizza). Behind Falora is a watering hole called Sidecar and across the street – Cashew Cow (vegan dessert made from soaked cashews/tastes like ice cream).  Around 29th/Alvernon, find a hometown favorite – Eegee’s for sandwiches and icee drinks.

True Bead Show (Feb 1-6)

Further east on Speedway at the Radisson Suites, enjoy Beyond Bread, Cup It Up, Young’s Donuts.

Westward Look Show (Feb 5-8)

Whether you’re a collector or a neophyte you can see great minerals from around the world. Of course, you can dine at Westward Look Resort but if you head west Wildflower, Sauce, and Tucson Tamale Company sit in the intersection of Oracle/Ina. If you go east another busy restaurant intersection is Campbell/Skyline. Take your pick as restaurants invade every corner.

There is so much to see and do and of course, taste.

Beading Divas bracelets

Written by Karyn Zoldan…check out Beading Divas Bracelets…a small group of creative women make bracelets with donated beads and every month choose a different animal charity to fund-raise for. If you have spare beads or jewelry that can be taken apart and reused – please let us know. Your donation is tax-deductible.

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