New: Oracle Inn Steakhouse
The town of Oracle has 3,500 residents and, up until July 8, had three casual restaurants. On July 9, the renovated steakhouse opened to a throng of hungry locals and served more than 1,000 diners in its first weekend. The opening was a bit overwhelming for the wait staff, and the chef quit after the first day, but another chef is now on board. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving steaks, smoked sandwiches, salads, grilled lobster tail and more. The second floor houses JD's Sports Bar and Lounge, which is open until 11 p.m. Check it out at 305 E. American Ave. in Oracle; (520) 896-3333.
New(ish): Miss Saigon Bar and Grill
Miss Saigon opened a sister restaurant in the northwest called Miss Saigon Bar and Grill nine months ago. The new restaurant is bigger than the original, has a bar and also serves Thai food along with Vietnamese food at 4650 W. Ina Road; 572-6560.
Intermezzo, Crave Espresso Bar and Bajio Mexican Grill have all closed.
Tequila Tasting Dinner
Valdemar Cantu, tequila ambassador, will share his wealth of tequila knowledge paired with a three-course gourmet tequila tasting menu prepared by Chef de Cuisine Alexis Martinez at the Flying V Bar and Grill on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The cost is $45 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 615-5495. The Flying V is located within the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort at 7000 N. Resort Drive.
I really like brewed iced tea. It doesn't have the chemical taste that commercially prepared iced teas sometimes have. You can find old-fashioned brewed iced tea at Bobo's, 2938 E. Grant Road, and Frank's/Francisco's, 3843 E. Pima St.