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
Time Market is four things in one. Its a top-notch deli; its a popular woodfire pizza joint; its a coffee bar; its a quirky market full of hard-to-find foods. With a friendly staff and reasonable prices, Time Market is a longtime Tucson favorite. We recommend the green gringo sandwich, mixing a green corn tamale with shredded chicken, cheddar, salsa and green olives on sourdough. Yum! (7-14-05)
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)
Jonesing for a burger? Want it hot and juicyand maybe a little kinky? Then hop on down to Lindys, where youll find the most creative burger menu in the city. There are house-specialty burgers like the AZ Hooligan, with six half-pound patties topped with lots of cheese and Lindys sauce. Those with normal appetites can enjoy juicy burgers with toppings ranging from the traditional to the offbeat (peanut butter, anyone?). Vegetarians can choose from two veggie patties that can be topped in any way. (4-17-08)
Here's one place that can lay claim to the diner heritage. Breakfast, lunch and simple dinner work well at Grill. But late night is when this beacon diner shines bright, drawing an eclectic, vibrant and entertaining crowd. Try the burgers or a big bowl of Capn Crunch. There is also a full bar in the Red Room.
Govinda’s blends great Bengali vegetarian food and spiritual philosophy in a relaxing environment. The buffet menu changes daily and includes salad, breads, rice, soups, pasta, veggies and entrées. Tuesday is “India Night” and Thursday is “Vegan Day.” The courtyard has waterfalls, peacocks and parrots. A koi pond adds to the ambiance.
Enoteca is a busy restaurant with delicious pastas, salads, pizzas and dinner entrées and more. The food is consistently tasty and reasonably priced. (5-12-05)
Empire Pizza and Pub has injected a new kind of life into downtown Tucson, serving up big New York-style pizza by the slice (or whole), along with some salads and Italian sandwiches. The small patio offers views of the craziness on Congress Street, while the back bar area offers a couple of TVs featuring whatever game happens to be on. (2-3-11)
This longtime Tucson favorite continues to please with one of the citys most unique dining areasthe main room is an old courtyard thats now indoors, even though real trees and plants remain. The foods worth noting, toosome dishes are hit-and-miss, but youll always win with the fantastic tableside guacamole. (1-1-04)
El Minuto Café has been serving Tucson some of the best Mexican food around for more than 60 years. The chiles rellenos simply cant be beat.
This long-time bar and restaurant offers a pleasant way to enjoy uptown, down-home food while soaking up some local history. Spring nights on the patio can be quite romantic. While its a bit off the beaten path, once youve been there, youll want to go back, even for a few drinks after a night at the Convention Center. Plenty of free parking. (3-11-04)
Whether its by weekday or weekend night, this downtown spot is a joy. Lunches are affordable and offer sandwiches, soups, salads and pastas. Dinner offers a full menu of Italian staples and house specialties. The patio at night is a great spot to enjoy downtown at its finest. The wine list is intensely Italian but has a price range for every pocket. Desserts and breakfasts also sing of Italy. (10-5-06)
This longtime local favorite helped put Tucson on the culinary map. Chef/owner Suzana Davila brings creativity, color and style to dishes from all over Mexico. The food lineup changes twice a day
depending on what is available at the market. Servers describe each dish from
a chalkboard menu in delicious detail. We recommend the Plato Poca Cosa, where the chef picks the three items that make up your entrée. (4-11-13)