Cattle Drive at AC Hotel, Downtown Tucson

Classy. The word best describes the AC Hotel downtown Tucson. On a recent night 30 and 40-somethings peppered the bar and lobby with hushed sounds of chatter while imbibing. What a great location for a hotel — in the midst of downtown’s restaurant rows and breweries. Every night at 6 p.m. the bartender crafts a […]

Starbucks Don’t Be a Mattress Firm

Have you noticed how many Starbucks are on Swan Road? Let’s count: Starbucks in the Crossroads Festival Shopping Center on the corner NE corner of Swan/Grant Also, in that same shopping center a few baby steps north sit a Starbucks in Fry’s grocery store. Go two signals to the north at Camp Lowell/Swan Road in […]

Gordo’s Chimi and Tucson Mex Food NPR

If you lived in Tucson long enough, you won’t forget the inimitable Al Valenzuela and his signature ads asking us to “Come to Gordo’s” and partake of his fantastic chimichangas.   When he passed away in 2002 Gordo’s had been sold and soon thereafter closed. Since then, Valenzuela’s widow Julie (whose family recipes formed the basis […]

Book Signing: Historic Restaurants of Tucson

Food writer and author Rita Connelly will be signing her recently published book Historic Restaurants of Tucson (History Press) around town over the next few weeks.  The book features vignettes of local historic restaurants that continue to feed generations of Tucsonans while still making an impact on Tucson’s culinary scene. What defines historic? Restaurants which […]

New Tucson Restaurant: Indian Twist

Have you ever tasted butter chicken? Circle of Food had never heard of butter chicken until I tasted the dish at Indian Twist. Supposedly the recipe here came directly from the chef who invented it. Picture tender chicken bathed in a rich red creamy-like sauce bursting with flavor. This lush sauce is something I wish […]

Tucson: SAVOR Food and Wine Festival – Feb 3

Ever since Tucson received the City of Gastronomy designation, our fair city has bubbled over with food festivals and events.  However, the grand dame of them all is SAACA’s SAVOR Food & Wine Festival which happens Saturday, February 3 at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Locals and tourists alike will be able to sample 31 restaurants […]

Tucson sizzles with festival food events

Tucson is bubbling over with food festivities. THE TOAST – Jan 28 Join SAACA as they kick off the 2018 SAVOR Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival week events with a celebratory TOAST to honor those who have dedicated their efforts to building a thriving, diverse and rich culinary legacy in our community. ​THE TOAST […]

Dine on Your Corner: Donate, Remember, Embrace

This is so Tucson which is one of the reasons I like living here.  Who can forget that nightmare of a travesty? Tucson —Monday, January 8th marks the 7th anniversary of the tragedy that shook Southern Arizona and our nation when former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ “Congress on your Corner” event was interrupted by a gunman […]

Zinburger Happy Hour – You Had Me with Sloppy Joe’s

I don’t know what it is about sloppy joe’s but I crave that hot mess frequently, especially when the weather turns cold. When I was a growing up (many decades ago), my mother made sloppy joe’s every Monday night served on white bread buns and she made her own fries too. Throw in a few […]

Shop Local Tucson for the Holiday and Beyond

Admit it…you’re a last-minute shopper. Here are a few of my favorite things and maybe they’ll be yours too. Almost all restaurants have gift cards and if you buy enough gift cards…many restaurants will be give you a bonus gift card.  Think Downtown Kitchen, Sauce Pizza and Wine, Kingfisher, Fox Restaurant Concepts and more. Need […]