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Billy Bryant's BBQ

Just opened Feb. 26, and located at 3930 W. Ina Road at Thornydale Road, Billy Bryant's BBQ serves authentic, hickory-smoked, wood-fired barbecue. It's locally owned and lovingly prepared by Steven Mendelsohn, who has been in the catering business for the past 10 years. 323-7083. Start inhaling the aroma daily at 11 a.m.


Night of the Iguana Café

New owner Jessie Padilla updated the Iguana Café with paint and ceiling fans, more Mexican food, cheesesteak sandwiches and Saturday menudo. Food and full bar are open all day and night; closed Sunday. 210 E. Congress St., 882-5140.


Fad or Forever?

According to a recently released survey, 11 percent of Americans (24 million adults) are on a low-carb diet, with another 20 percent likely to try one in the next two years. The food industry, and restaurants in particular, have been slow to jump on the trend. Picurro's Pizzeria rises ahead of the pack, introducing a reduced-carb pizza crust at 2.5 carbs per slice, at all six Tucson and Marana locations. Available in 12-inch sizes only, the crusts are about half the thickness of the original. Reduced-carb pasta is in the works, too. Check out www.picurro.com for the location nearest you.


Menus With Meaning

Support women chefs with scholarships and mentorship programs. Start locally at Bistro Zin, when Karen "Spike" Ames prepares an amazing four-course dinner paired with matching wines. Cost: $75 person, includes food, wine, tax and gratuity, on March 8 at 7 p.m. 299-7799.


Playing With Food--Professionally

If culinary arts or the food-and-beverage industry calls your name, then you're invited to a live cooking demo/open house at Pastiche, sponsored by New England Culinary Institute on March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Space is limited. RSVP to NECI, toll-free, at (877) 223-6324. Read about the institute at www.neculinary.com.

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