Category: Buzz

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 […]

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 […]

Calming Ritual: High Tea at Sazerac Creole Kitchen, Tucson

If you were in L.A., starting January one, high tea would have a whole different meaning but since you’re in Tucson – high tea at Sazerac Creole Kitchen is the next best thing. Why? You have a beautiful outdoor setting in upscale St. Philips Plaza or you could sit inside under the sparkling chandeliers reminiscent […]

Blanco: Modern Mexican with a Dazzling View

Time flies. Blanco Tacos + Tequila has perched on the edge of La Encantada since 2007, all that time serving modern Mexican fare with a dynamic view of the twinkling valley below or if you might be fortunate to catch a slice of Tucson’s fetching sunsets, and for these nano nippy evenings, comforting heaters nearby. […]

Tucson Culinary Dropout Cum Laude

What’s in a name? While the word “dropout” rarely conjures anything positive, Culinary Dropout might be a game changer. The drop out part is the servers but not in a negative way, as here, they can wear their own clothes not some logo polo shirts or starched white shirts with bow ties or other costume-ish […]

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Fired Pie Fund-raise for No Kid Hungry

Did you know that one in five children in the United States face hunger every day? In an effort to combat this problem, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has joined the fight to raise awareness and end childhood hunger in America. Throughout September, in honor of Hunger Awareness Month, guests who dine at any Arizona Grimaldi’s Pizzeria locations […]