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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cartel Coffee Lab Broadway Grand Opening this Saturday

Posted by on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM

The Cartel Coffee Lab grand opening starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at its new location on 210 East Broadway.
  • Photo Courtsey of Cartel Coffee Lab
  • The Cartel Coffee Lab grand opening starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at its new location on 210 East Broadway.

Do you like coffee, pizza, craft beer and local music? Cartel Coffee Lab is hosting a big grand opening at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at its new location on 210 East Broadway. There will be free pizzas and sandwiches from the wood-fired oven. There will be a food truck roundup, $3 $4 craft beer, and coffee.

It can't be a grand opening without (local) music. Arthur Greenland will open for Sun Bones and Best Dog Award is headlining the free show.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Seis Curbside Kitchen Opening a Location at Mercado San Agustin

Posted by on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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When I was in Portland last month (I realize that any sentence that starts that way is generally a tedious look at how life is supposedly better there, but bear with me), I ended up eating at three or four places that had started out as food trucks, but had opened up physical locations as they built up a following.

Tucson's food truck culture is obviously still a bit behind that of our bearded cousin to the northwest, but another truck (well, a trailer, but let's not get picky) is launching a permanent spot, with Seis Curbside Kitchen following the path of Eat-a-Burger and Serial Grillers.

According to owners Erika and Jake Muñoz, Seis has signed a deal to move into a space at Mercado San Agustin, hopefully by March. The menu will feature the same takeaway takes on regional Mexican cuisine, but adding breakfast options and "some fun additions."

We'll keep you updated on when the Mercado location is ready to open.

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Food Truck Round Up Locations for Jan. 16

Posted by on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM

It's almost lunch time.

Are you tired of going to the same bottomless buffet near your work? Put some pants on and try one of these four food trucks. The folks at Tucson Food Trucks conveniently tweeted the locations of these stellar curbside eateries waiting to feed you and your co-workers.

Take your pick:




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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Umi Star Has Closed

Posted by on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Enjoy the spicy lobster roll while you can.

Umi Star has closed their Campbell location, effective immediately, a few months after their October re-opening.

From the press release, a quote from owner Jason Anderson:

“It’s unfortunate that Umi won't stay in that location, but I’m confident that a different spot with more space will make all the difference. We are very appreciative to all of the loyal Umi customers that Tucson has given us over the last year and a half.” says Anderson. “We have three new concepts on the way to keep them happy and I’m trying to stay focused on getting the first of those, Nox, open[ing] in the old Cafe Jasper space at Skyline and Campbell in early February. It’s a great new concept that we designed specifically for that location.”

The concepts Anderson refers to? One, Nox, which will feature "New American cuisine with some Latin and Asian influences" is scheduled to open in February. Two, Original ChopShop Co., a healthy-food-salad-sandwich-type chain with a few locations in the greater Phoenix area, scheduled for late April. Three, Hudson on Fourth Avenue, which is still a bit of a mystery.

More info when we get it.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

4th Avenue Deli Unveils Streetcar Shirt and Customer of the Year

Posted by on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Limited edition 4th Avenue Deli t-shirts.
  • Courtesy of 4th Avenue Deli.
  • Limited edition 4th Avenue Deli t-shirts.

December Chow feature 4th Avenue Delicatessen decided to reward its customers to celebrate a year of serving hot dogs and sandwiches on Fourth Ave.

You can get your own "I survived the streetcar" T-shirt for $15 or $18 in XXL. The shirts will be available for purchase on Monday, according to deli owner Austin Alexander Counts.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

YWCA Cafe Now Open (There's Wifi)

Posted by on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 4:30 PM

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I live in Menlo Park west of I-10, so I was really happy to hear that the YWCA opened a cafe in the lobby of its building at 525 N. Bonita Ave. I can always use a spot to work from that has coffee and nosh, but I need wifi and the YWCA delivers. The cafe is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and there's plenty of seating. Today, I had a cup of hot tea and a bagel with cream cheese, priced right at $5.

Here's what they have: every espresso drink you want and need, a good selection of teas, fruit, pastries, bagels, baguettes, cake pops and more. There's art on the walls now in the gallery space and there are more tables and chairs outside in the courtyard. (Kudos to Liane Hernandez, YWCA's community life director and executive chef.)

The galleries first show, photography by Amy Zuckerman, comes down Jan. 15. The black-and-white photos are big and beautiful, and worth your time. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Prep & Pastry Now Open

Posted by on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

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As previously reported in Noshing Around, Prep & Pastry is officially open as of yesterday.

The restaurant, at 3073 N. Campbell Ave., was formerly known as Amelia Grey's Café. Good news for you high-falutin' fancy-britches out there: They are still offering their Amelia's Afternoon Tea. Prep & Pastry is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

See the menu after the jump.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Brunch at 5 Points Market and Restaurant

Posted by on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM


5 Points Market & Restaurant is located at 756 S Stone Ave. - PHOTO BY HENRY BARAJAS.
  • Photo by Henry Barajas.
  • 5 Points Market & Restaurant is located at 756 S Stone Ave.

I'm a sucker for breakfast food, so I have been looking forward to this day since I talked to Beth Jones about the 5 Points Market and Restaurant opening next door to Cafe Desta in the Armory Park neighborhood.

I noticed that no one was taking advantage of the patio seating in the courtyard in front of the restaurant. Why wouldn't anyone want to enjoy breakfast on a hot winter day? After entering the new establishment I realized why everyone was eating inside. My attention was automatically drawn to the large stainless steel open bar. The dining area is nicely spread out and accommodating for multiple sized parties. The eatery separates itself seamlessly from empty shelves that will soon carry grocery items.

Smoked Salmon Benedict - English Muffin, garlic-basil cream cheese, smoked salmon, poached eggs, balsamic reduction, parsley oil with a mustard potato pancake petite salad with a citrus vinaigrette. - PHOTO BY HENRY BARAJAS
  • Photo by Henry Barajas
  • Smoked Salmon Benedict - English Muffin, garlic-basil cream cheese, smoked salmon, poached eggs, balsamic reduction, parsley oil with a mustard potato pancake petite salad with a citrus vinaigrette.

The menu is currently limited to breakfast and brunch items. Entrées titles aren't very creative, but straight to the point. The only meat item on the menus is the Smoked Salmon Benedict, but the rest is all vegetarian friendly. There's an a la carte section where you can purchase a side meat or veggie dish.

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