May's Counter Chicken and Waffles (2945 E. Speedway Blvd.) should be open by the end of the month, says John Foster, who is opening the restaurant with famed Phoenix chef Aaron May and local My Big Fat Greek Restaurant guy Ryan Field. Expect chicken and waffles, po' boy sandwiches, red beans and rice, chicken done several ways, hamburgers, collard greens, fried okra, sweet-potato wedges and other Southern comfort foods. It will also feature a full bar, patio seating and live music on Sundays. Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 6:30 a.m. to "whenever" on weekends. Check out www.facebook.com/MaysCounter for more information.
Several Tucson restaurants will be featured in the episode of Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern airing on Monday, May 17. We've gotten word that Zimmern tried carne seca at El Charro Café (311 N. Court Ave.), birria at Maico (835 E. 22nd St.) and pumpkin empanadas, tacos de cabeza and flan at Taqueria Pico de Gallo (2618 S. Sixth Ave.). The Travel Channel taped the scenes last November.
The Primavera Foundation kicks off its annual Primavera Cooks dining series with a dinner at the J-BAR on Wednesday, May 19. The series features 10 wine-paired gourmet dinners at locally owned restaurants through Sunday, Sept. 19, with a portion of the proceeds going toward Primavera Foundation's ongoing fight against homelessness and poverty. A spokesman said most of the apprentice positions—opportunities to work with top chefs and sommeliers for $250—are already filled, but reservations for next year's events are being taken. The dinners are $125 each. Call 623-5111, ext. 101, or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. Visit www.primavera.org for more information.
A spokeswoman for Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen at 7850 N. Oracle Road, in Oro Valley, says the restaurant should open sometime in June. ... O'Hungry's is on track to bring big beers and American fare to 944 E. University Blvd. by the end of June. ... The sign is up at high-end taco joint Boca (828 E. Speedway Blvd.), but there's no word on when it'll open. ... Pita Jungle is on track to open sometime in midsummer at 5340 E. Broadway Blvd., according to the chain's corporate office.