Also at 7301 E. Tanque Verde Road (296-7878). Its casual; its cool; and the food makes the most of many fine Italian items (goodies from Willcox and Australia are also a big part of the scene). The bar is a great place to hang out while you enjoy one of the many wines or house specialty drinks. The pizzas are stone-fired with great combos, or you can build your own. This is definitely a place to be a regular. (7-6-06)
For an excellent indulgence
in properly prepared and inventive sushi,
Yuki's serves up some of the freshest
and most inviting sushi around, with an
extensive selection of sakes. Service can
be harried, though.
Vivace NE 6440 N. Campbell Ave. 795-7221. AE, D, MC V. Full bar. Full Service. Taking decades of experience, family tradition and commitment to fine service, Vivace continues to be a great dining experience. Many of the pastas are made in house and work well with the assortment of delicious sauces offered. Meat course also please; the osso buco is a classic here. There will always be a fish offering and plenty of wines to pair with whatever you choose. Starters include savory stuffed mushrooms and a huge antipasto plate. Vivace is also known for sinful desserts. (11-20-14)
The Tucson Tamale Company offers a great origin story: Intuit executive decides to follow a dream by starting a tamale business in the middle of a heinous economy. The Tucson Tamale Company also offers some delicious food: Try the Santa Fe tamale, with pork loin, green chiles, cheddar, tomatoes and garlic. Vegans and those with gluten allergies have plenty to eat here, as the masa is gluten-free. Get a dozen tamales to go; they reheat easily and quickly in the microwave. (3-12-09)
While Trident Grill is a popular UA-area sports bar, its menu takes diners above and beyond the usual sports-bar fare. All the requisite appetizers, sandwiches and burgers are joined by an impressive menu of seafood offerings. The comfortable décor shows managements love of the Navy SEALS and the Washington Redskins, and the service is friendly and efficient. A place to kick back, watch the game and eat some shellfish. (9-28-06)
Divine sushi and sashimi star at this strip-mall restaurant. Service is top-notch, and the prices are among the most reasonable in town. Try a combo plate for one or two, and youll walk away full, but craving more. Karaoke fills the place on Saturday nightsso reservations are a must! (5-24-07)
Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall, this quiet Indian venue could easily be overlooked. We recommend you don’t. The long menu offers choices for every palate. We swooned at the sauces – especially the lamb shahi korma with its creamy texture and nutty flavors. Vegetarians will find so many choices but we recommend the mushroom chili that is rich with seasonings and meltingly tender. And whether you like your naan simple or seasoned you will be happy with Sher-e’s variations. Plates can be ordered at various levels of heat. Finish your meal with cool kulftee or a sweet bite of gulab jaman. (5-29-14)
Despite its odd location, Roma Imports manages to draw a crowd. Why? Its food rocks. The sandwiches and pasta specials are almost perfect for a causal meal to eat at La Taverna, Romas in-house dining area. If you want some prepared goodies to take home, or are looking for the perfect ingredients to make your own Italian meal, you cant fail. And the desserts are amazing, too. (3-8-07)
Tucked into a skinny corner on Fourth
Avenue where there's a whole lot of
smoking going on. Meat is a treat when
hickory smoked, à la Kansas City-style.
Rod's caters and smokes wild game.
Le Rendez-Vous is one of Tucson’s most overlooked and underappreciated restaurants. For anyone who truly loves French cuisine, this is a must-visit. While a bit on the pricey side, Le Rendez-Vous has classic dishes like escargot, sweetbreads, duck pate, chateaubriand, filet au poivre vert and more. For a more casual experience and the same menu, the restaurant is now split in half, with a more modern, cozy bistro side. (3-14-13)
The food at Pho 88 is consistently good, if not mind-blowing, and the service is always friendly and efficient. The large menu features all the Vietnamese favorites you’d expect, plus a few pan-Asian entrées, too—but, as you’d expect based on the name, the pho is the star here. (7-23-09)
If you are looking for a lovely, spacious dining room, quirky art and an experimental and adventuresome menu, try Pastiche, featuring live jazz Friday and Sundays evenings.
While chains dominate in Marana, La Olla is a wonderful mom-and-pop place with a Mexican bent. You’ll find all the traditional stuff—enchiladas, tacos, chimis—along with some surprisingly creative items, from appetizers to desserts. For starters, try the empanadas: tiny pies filled with cilantro pesto, shrimp chile and manchego cheese. Entreés include a breaded pork tenderloin topped with garlic shrimp and chipotle crema. (5-28-09)