Category: Buzz

Fox Restaurant Concepts 20th Anniversary, Gives Back Tucson

Congratulations to Fox Restaurant Concepts on their 20th anniversary. (Sam Fox is originally from Tucson.) And to celebrate and give back to the Tucson community, each restaurant concept will donate $4,000 back. Diners can visit any location (Blanco Tacos & Tequila, Culinary Dropout, North Italia, Zinburger and Wildflower), sign up for FRC newsletter and cast […]

Best Wurst Made in Tucson with Craft Beer, TEN55

Just when you think downtown Tucson has more than enough restaurants, along comes TEN55 to fill another dining niche – a brewing and sausage house. Circle of Food loves their menu as there is something for everyone. For meat eaters there are 16 kinds of scratch-made sausage: the usual bratwurst and hot Italian but for […]

Three cucumbers walk into a bar

Always a good line for a joke but I wondered about the three cucumbers I see in the grocery store and decided to use all three to make a salad for a potluck. I disdain the common cucumber as it’s blah and without any definitive flavor. These cukes also go to waste in my house […]

Eat Like a Locavore at Maynards Market & Kitchen Tucson

In our fair City of Gastronomy, much as been done to showcase local food and drink but none as extensively as at Maynards Market & Kitchen. While many restaurants use some local products, Executive Chef Brian Smith and Todd Hanley, Maynards general manager and proprietor, said they wanted to stand out and decided to take […]

Happy 25th Anniversary to Kingfisher Tucson

Wow! Congratulations to Kingfisher Bar & Grill for the delightful honor of 25 years and still going strong. Circle of Food can attest that on a recent Tuesday night the restaurant was as bustling as ever. In the early 1990’s four food guys got together and decided that Tucson needed a fish restaurant.  On September […]

Restaurant Altruism: RA Sushi Raised Almost $2 Million for St. Jude Hospital

Since 2004, RA Sushi has supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a week-long fundraising campaign called Nicky’s Week.  The fundraising event honored the life of Nicholas Mailliard, who lost his battle with pediatric cancer in 2005 at the age of 13. Nicky was the nephew of Rich Howland, one of RA Sushi’s founders. The […]

Shoebox Size Tasting Room Big on Arizona Spirits

Series 19 opened last week in a cozy inviting 680 square feet of prime real estate downtown Tucson serving only craft cocktails made with spirits from Arizona-based distilleries from Elgin to Flagstaff. Three Wells Distilling Company is the mastermind behind this clever endeavor and the first and only tasting room in the state to do […]

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 […]