Local owner Jonathan Monahan has a sense of nostalgic humor when it comes to the Sunday funnies and food. He named his new restaurant Bumsted's, after Dagwood's propensity for big sandwiches. Bumsted's serves family-friendly American food with a touch of class using the freshest of ingredients. It's located next to Chocolate Iguana at 500 N. Fourth Ave.; 409-5523.
Jonathan's Tucson Cork
Chef/owner Jonathan Landeen and his staff recently celebrated their 10th anniversary at 6320 E. Tanque Verde Road; 296-1631. Jonathan's is a Tucson favorite serving ostrich, fresh fish, seafood, game, buffalo and Angus beef with a Southwestern flair. Open daily from 5 p.m. Congratulations!
Locals Lisa and Eric Dryden created www.newgourmet2you.com
as a way to combine their love of food and travel with the Internet. The e-commerce site sells memberships for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months of themed food gifts for clients and friends or culinary self-exploration. Choose from taste of the country, taste of the city and taste of elegance selections.
Primavera Cooks Kingfisher
Kingfisher hosts apprentice chefs and their hungry admirers for Sea of Cortez ceviche, roasted butternut chowder, composite salad, limoncello sorbet intermezzo, roast loin of lamb and mascarpone tart with berry flambé, matched with appropriate wine pairings from Oregon, Napa Valley and Paso Robles, Calif. It happens at 6 p.m. Sept. 26; $100 person, RSVP 323-7739.
Fish, to taste right, must swim three times--in water, in butter and, lastly, in wine.
Next month, J Nippon (sister to Yama Restaurant on Kolb Road at Sunrise Drive) will debut in the new entrance of the Foothills Mall between the movie theatres and The Melting Pot. With the same sleek interior as Yama but twice as large, J Nippon will feature Teppan-style tables along with sushi, nightly live music and 100 varieties of wine and sake by the glass. Stay tuned ...