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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Think Globally, Pork Locally – July 30

The wild bunch of local chefs are at it again with their second Snout to Tail summer pop-up dinner at the Carriage House. This dinner focuses on the 32nd parallel upon which Tucson sits as does Kyushu, Japan; Punjab, India; Szechuan, China; and both the Southern and Southwestern United States. Some of the menu items […]

North Italia Tucson for Authentic Taste of Italy’s Regions

North Italia is a Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) that should not be missed. According to Vitopaolo Prencipe, assistant general manager, Italy has 20 different regions each with their own ingredients and generations of growers and producers. Additions to the new menu features menu items from the center of Italy combining north and south for Italian […]