New: Arid Land Homesteaders League
Those looking for advice on producing their own food in Tucson will want to check out the Arid Land Homesteaders League website. Jared "Kitty Katt" McKinley, who runs the site and does most of the writing, has a gift for sharing his passion for desert gardening while offering sage advice, and he's getting ready to expand the project to include other aspects of food production. I love this website and read it often. If you're into gardening or just geeking out on food in general, check out plantfreak.wordpress.com.
New: The Station Pub and Grill
The Continental Ranch area has a new restaurant and pub called the Station Pub and Grill, at 8235 N. Silverbell Road, where the short-lived Jackson's Grille and Gastropub used to be. Clint Bolin, who owns the place with Amy Pappas, says it's a restaurant by day, and an entertainment venue with a full menu by night. It's also outfitted with 10 big screens that provide all of the televised sports action one could want. Expect steaks, salmon, sandwiches, generous portions of deep-fried appetizers and other American fare. There are burger specials on Monday; 35 cent wing specials on Wednesday; and happy hours and reverse happy hours throughout the week; 789-7040.
The shortest distance between downtown diners and the fine bistro fare of The B Line at 621 N. Fourth Ave. might be the new bike-powered delivery service the restaurant now offers. The service is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, in an area bordered by Elm Street, Broadway Boulevard, Granada Avenue and Campbell Avenue—and it's free. If you're one of the people who still believe the streetcar construction is a deterrent to heading downtown, this is a good way to support the restaurant from the comfort of your home; 882-7575; blinerestaurant.com.
When summer comes, and the pace of life slows, I like to drive around and stop at places I don't typically visit. I spent a recent morning poking around the European Market and Deli at 4500 E. Speedway Blvd., checking out the fine assortment of meats, pickled fish, liquor, gingerbread cookies and other interesting things the little place sells. There's also a charming seating area in back with kitschy posters, and a small bar stocked with spirits I've never seen before. We hear the gyros are incredible, too; 512-0206.