New: Wild Noodles
Scottsdale-based Wild Noodles recently opened its second location in Tucson (the first is at the Foothills Mall) at 2990 N. Campbell Ave., No. 130, next to Lovin' Spoonfuls and--coming at the end of the month--Sauce. Campbell Avenue has morphed into a great restaurant row; if you can't find something to eat there, you probably can't find it anywhere. Wild Noodles serves Italian, Asian and American noodle favorites, along with soups and salad in a fast-casual atmosphere; 327-2841.
New: Sam Hughes Place
Within the past year, the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Sixth Street has gotten busier, food-wise. First there was LaFerlita's Pizza Café, then Rosatti's Pizza, and now the upscale sports bar/restaurant Sam Hughes Place, which has the same name as the mixed-use building (with condos and townhouses) where it resides. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., it has a masculine feel, with televisions everywhere--and they're not tuned into Martha Stewart. Reservations are advised, especially around game time, at 446 N. Campbell Ave.; 747-5223.
In November, Benihana Inc., operator of the nation's largest chain of Japanese theme and sushi restaurants, announced the acquisition of independently owned Sakura at 6091 N. Oracle Road. The Miami-based corporation now has a total of 57 restaurants. The eastside Sakura is still open at 6534 E. Tanque Verde Road; 298-7777.
Romantic Cooking Lessons
Let Janos show you how to cook a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day. The two-hour cooking demonstration will be followed by what are appropriate wine pairings, and concludes with a food tasting. Get in the mood on Saturday, Jan. 28. Call 615-5100 to reserve at 3770 E. Sunrise Drive; the class costs $50.
Stay healthy with hot ginger tea. Make your own by boiling four cups of water; add a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, thinly sliced, then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain tea; add honey and lemon to taste. Relax.
Bang the Timpani
The Slow Food Film Festival happens this weekend. Please see TQ&A in this issue for information.