'Restaurant Reviews'


chicken & french toast

chicken & french toast

What kind of name is Playground? It’s a hip corner bar like none other downtown Tucson with an accessible roof top, sexy patio, has its own parking lot (a seductive plus), the widest TV screen on the planet, and a vast high ceiling interior with swings hanging from the ceiling. Aha! That’s the playground connection. Swings, …

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Voluptuous pretzel bread

Voluptuous pretzel bread

Just how far will a nice female foodie like me drive to celebrate her birthday? We urban women think Oro Valley is a foreign country or a far far away burb. Nevertheless everyone was game to celebrate me, and find our way to Noble Hops. I had read good reviews, know the Mussman brothers restaurant track record …

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Sometimes a Plan B is the better course to take.

Pun totally intended.

When in Jacksonville last month for our final convention appearance of the year we were in a different part of town than usual and cast about for a place for dinner.

Finding out that there was a “Monkey’s Uncle Tavern” just down the street seemed like fate …

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Photo courtesy of Rita Connelly

Photo courtesy of Rita Connelly

I went to the media preview of Smashburger and I think they will do well in Tucson. The franchise owner expects to open 4 stores here by the end of 2014 so it’s just a matter of time. The first location is in the former Buddy’s Grill at 4821 E. Grant Road in the Crossroads …

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Take a Bite of: Buca di Beppo


Last weekend, for our 5th anniversary, Todd and I planned to go out for dinner but without any sort of cravings one way or another. The destination up in the air, I remembered some discounts we received at the office for the newly opened Buca di Beppo so decided to give it a try.

Well, after first looking up the …

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Take a Bite Of: BJs Grill


Earlier this month Todd and I found ourselves in small-town Mississippi, Louisville to be exact, for a one-day comics show and we were looking for someplace nice and local for supper Friday night. We thought we’d found a likely candidate, searching online, in the Red Onion Restaurant and headed that way only to find out it was only open on …

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Last weekend we were in Jacksonville for Ancient City Convention and one of the many things we were looking forward to was another visit (or 2) to European Street Cafe.

But out first night, after driving the 2.5 hours to get to town, checking in out our hotel and unpacking, and then heading to the convention hotel to set …

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The other night I just flat-out did NOT feel like cooking.

I’d been craving some “real” sushi for weeks and decided that would be the night we’d try out Kiku, a sushi place just up the road that was forever advertising a buy-one-get-one sushi roll special.

Because of the advertisements I was expecting something along the lines of a …

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