Category: Buzz

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 […]

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 […]

Tucson Restaurant: HUB-a-dub-dub

The HUB Restaurant & Creamery reopened August 25. While the interior looks pretty much the same with brick walls and exposed ceilings (aka industrial chic), it’s the back of the house that has been updated. In the past HUB and Playground shared a kitchen. Now each has their own spacious entity. Previously Bianco’s Pizzeria sat […]

Exciting News: Hub Restaurant Reopens August 25

While Circle of Food loved its previous incarnation, are you as curious as I am to see how the HUB has been updated? Downtown hotspot, HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery, will reopen to the public on August 25 after undergoing renovations for the summer. The renovations include updated interiors and a new private dining room […]

Is that a zucchini in your pocket?

August 8 is National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Like who knew? When I worked in an office for many years, I’d come into work and open up my desk drawer and there would be one or two zucchinis, sometimes an entire shopping bag rested on my chair. Zucchini squash (courgette) is […]