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.
If theres something Vivace doesnt do
well, weve never been able to discover
what it is. Lots of innovative pasta dishes,
grilled meats and fresh seafood
distinguish the menu, along with salads,
appetizers and desserts to die for. It's a
bustling bistro that deserves its ongoing
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)
Sher-e Punjab is near the top
of many lists as one of the best Indian
restaurants in Tucson. Whole, fresh
foods and an amazing and eclectic array
of spicing lends every dish here a distinct
and delicious character. A daily lunch
buffet with changing dishes gives diners
a chance to sample from a wide swath of
the restaurants extensive menu.
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
room, quirky art and an experimental and
adventuresome menu, try Pastiche.
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)