At long last, locally owned Zona 78 has left heretofore perennial winner Applebee's in the dust (or at least in second place). Zona 78 is hip and happening, with a warm, friendly, attentive vibe for unwinding after work or classes. That happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For patio diehards, misters will keep you cool, as will the chilled cheese and fruit plate. Enjoy half-off appetizers, like the apple and brie bruschetta, the antipasti platter and the gooey bianco pizza with aromatic white truffle oil. Classy! Imbibe on glasses of wine for only $5, half-off cocktails and $2 draught beers. Those are all great reasons to stay happy.
2. Applebee's, Various locations, applebees.com
Cuvée World Bistro, 3352 E. Speedway Blvd., 881-7577, cuveeworldbistro.com
Kon Tiki Restaurant and Lounge, 4625 E. Broadway Blvd., 323-7193, kontikitucson.com