Also at 7080 E. 22nd St. (867-6050). Walking into this little midtown joint, the smoky, sweet smell of barbecued meat will hit you, and youll think: Theres no way BrushFires meats can taste as good as they smell. Well, they can, and do. The brisket is a revelation, and the rib meat is literally falling off of the bones. Finish off the meal with the baked beans and some corn on the cob, and youll be fat and happy. (11-29-07)
Also at 6260 E. Speedway Blvd.
(747-7477) and 421 W. Ina Road (461-1111). Voted best bread in Tucson
ever since it opened, Beyond Bread
specializes in reviving the art of artisan
bread, with its small batches and
hand-formed loaves. Monstrous
sandwiches, excellent pastries and swift
service have earned this venue its status
as one of the best places in Tucson to
grab a quick bite to eat. (2-5-01)
Ra Sushi, a Benihana-owned chain that
got its start in the Phoenix area, is a little
pricier than other area sushi joints. For
those extra few bucks, youll get a hip,
trendy atmosphere and quick service.
Youll also find tasty food, some
occasional nifty specials and a wide
variety of appetizers. Think what it would
be like if P.F. Changs did a sushi place.
A chic décor, an impressive (if pricey) wine selection and tasty food await diners at Armitage, yet another impressive La Encantada restaurant. Our brunch experience revealed uniformly bland victuals, but the dishes at dinner ranged from decent to spectacular. If youre an ahi fan, you must try the splendid seared yellowtail with orange soy syrup and wasabi cream. (8-14-08)
Also at 3001 N. Campbell Ave.
(795-7593) and 4240 E. Grant Road
(326-6663). A family operation with roots
tracing back over
the last five decades, Casa Molina is one
most consistent places in town to sample
Mexican food. With an extensive menu
includes tacos, tostadas, enchiladas and
chimichangasas well as fried shrimp
hamburgers for more timid
boasts something for every taste.
always welcome, and the margaritas are
Also at 6390 E. Grant Road (298-2020). Is Tucson ready for an upscale burger joint? The existence of Zinburger provides the answer to that question: a resounding yes! The burgers are perfectly prepared, and the sides are satisfying, provided you like stuff thats been fried. After you enjoy the Kobe burger, the truffle fries and the date-and-honey shake, you wont be able to look at burgers, fries and shakes in the same way ever again. (5-15-08)
This Rocky Mountain-themed restaurant chains headquarters are in North Carolinago figurebut regardless of their geographical confusion, the Firebirds folks know how to grill up a top-notch steak. The service is friendly and efficient, too. At the midprice level in Tucson, restaurants dont get much better than this. (8-11-05)