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Don’t Worry Be Happy Hour, Tucson

Don’t Worry Be Happy Hour, Tucson

North Italia
chef’s board

Happy Hour is my favorite meal of the day…especially in the summer. By 5ish pm I’ve been awake almost a dozen hours and I am hungry and tired. Happy hour is my dinner.

I recently tried the happy hour at North Italia Restaurant* in La Encantada and then was so happy we meandered over to Blanco Tacos + Tequila for more happiness. Sort of like a double scoop of ice cream but only better with a buzz.

One of my top favorite restaurants is North Italia so why not start here and begin with white sangria, certainly most refreshing on a 108-degree day…light with an undertone of citrus that spreads happiness with every sip.

Circle of Food blog
white sangria

We also shared the chef’s board, a lavish mix of Italian meats and cheeses, condiments and grilled bread. Then the pizza…chewy crust with just the right amount of toppings

Happy hour here happens weekdays from 3 to 6 pm and all day Sunday.

Blanco Taco + Tequila
mad for margaritas

A few short steps away sits Blanco, which always seems to be hopping with beautiful people. We ordered a pitcher of the margarita of the month (strawberry coconut). Closing my eyes, I could almost picture myself on a beach in Mexico with a tropical breeze blowing. Where’s the paper umbrella?

At Blanco, happy hour is every day from 3 to 6 pm. You can sup on $3 salads, $3 tacos on house made corn tortillas, $4 tortillas and $3 nachos, quesadillas and dips. And if you have room — $2 churros dipped in chocolate sauce. Alcohol refreshments cost $3, $4 and $5. Bueno.                                                    o-blanco-taco

Both North Italia and Blanco are in the Fox Restaurant Concepts family so what’s a little competition with itself at La Encantada (Skyline/Campbell). Don’t worry be happy.

*North Italia also serves 4-course community dinners; the next special event will be July 20 at 6:30 pm featuring foods prepared by chefs Carlos Calderon and Omar Huerta. They will explain each dish and answer your questions. Price: $50 includes beverage pairings; tax & gratuity not included. Please call 520.299.1600 to reserve your seats.

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