Old Spanish Trail Steakhouse
Recently opened by first-time restaurateur Terry Taggart, the Old Spanish Trail Steakhouse resides where Webb's Steakhouse previously served the southeast and Vail for 27 years. The menu features certified Angus beef and prime rib for cowboys and cowgirls of all ages. It's across the road from the Saguaro National Monument East, where wildlife roams freely. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings; 5400 S. Old Spanish Trail; 885-7782.
On Sept. 8, Sullivan's Steakhouse celebrates the 2000 vintage of Bordeaux wines with a five-course dinner to complement the earthy, robust Medoc characteristics. Ed Bennett, new executive chef, honed his skills with Hacienda Del Sol and the Omni Resort and brings vast culinary creativity to the plate. The cost is $145 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 299-4275; reception begins at 6:30 p.m.
Café Terra Cotta Update
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by their insurance company. The Lurias have every intention of rebuilding and are working with architects and engineers to fulfill Pima County's reconstruction requirements. No completion timetable has yet been determined, though they hope to reopen near the first of the year.
Tucson Culinary Festival
The second annual Tucson Culinary Festival happens Nov. 4-7 featuring three days of wine seminars, wine dinners, a golf tournament at Starr Pass Resort plus reserve and grand tasting events at the Westward Look Resort. Proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank, Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault and Tucson Originals. Check out www.tucsonculinaryfestival.com
Sam Hughes Place
Mixed-use living that combines residential with commercial services all under one roof is an infrequent phenomenon in Tucson. The newest is Sam Hughes Place on the southeast corner of Sixth Street and Campbell Avenue. Along with townhouses, condos and penthouses will be restaurants--the first to respond to my inquiry was Laferlita Pizzeria, locally owned by ex-New Yorker Robert Laferlita. Look for an early 2005 opening.