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Good Intentions
Cup Café offers an expansive menu and well presented food but the buck stops there. (05/09/02)

No Masterpiece
Although there are highlights at Michelangelo's, expectations should be tempered. (05/02/02)

Like Family
Find kindred spirits and Peruvian delights downtown at Irene's. (04/25/02)

Starry Nights
Enjoy the jeweled skyline while feasting on the Latin American flavors at J Bar. (04/18/02)

Tucson's Little Italy
Stopani's offers a chance to get your fill of marinara, hang with the locals and hear some Sinatra. (04/11/02)

Mediterranean Pace
The Olive Tree offers delightful Greek cuisine and time to chat with friends. (04/04/02)

A Touch of Elegance
Find 1930s style and grace at the Arizona Inn. (03/28/02)

Artistic License
Artwork and movies create a new dimension at Galleri Café. (03/21/02)

Fire It Up
The manly art of performance grilling finds a new showcase at Sakura West. (03/14/02)

To Sup with the Gods
Athens on Fourth Avenue brings Greek delights down from Mount Olympus to Tucsonans. (03/07/02)

Foothills Folly
Proud to be no-frills, El Corral steakhouse deserves its status as a Tucson tradition. (02/28/02)

Out of the Fast Lane
Adventurous palates will be rewarded at Dao's Hunan. (02/21/02)

Dumbed Down
Café Terra Cotta, a restaurant that once stood for culinary innovation, has become a mediocre parody of its own vision. (02/14/02)

Valentine Dining
Just when you thought the holiday season had released you from its clutches, Valentine's Day comes steaming down the track. (02/07/02)

Seafood, Sonoran-Style
Fresh is best at La Costa Brava, and the clinkers, predictably, start with frozen fish. (01/31/02)

Want Samosa?
Nostalgia and mood bolster passable food at India Oven. (01/24/02)

Mexican Mediocrity
Sonora Bay will inspire fans of traditional fare to keep on driving. (01/17/02)

(Sigh) Gone
Miss Saigon's menu offers promising choice, if only Tucson could appreciate it. (01/10/02)

Little Pizza Heaven
Oregano's spices up the bistro scene. (01/03/02)

Mongol Hoard
At the Iron Grill, pile your plate with the wrath of Khan. (12/27/01)

French Dip
Ease into the Gallic café-bakery scene of Le Delice. (12/20/01)

Booked Up
Diza stuffs her face with food for thought. (12/13/01)

Swept Away
Even if you're not a fancy hotel guest, you can be pampered like one. (12/06/01)

Love, Italian-Style
Ragazzi serves up fine fare. (11/29/01)

French Correction
At Le Bistro, relive the days when food snobs believed the only good cuisine was Gallic. (11/22/01)

Grape Expectations
The season has come for winemaker dinners. (11/15/01)

Half Baked
Mona Lisa's bread and desserts outweigh an inconsistent but promising menu. (11/08/01)

Aw, Shucks
Don't be shy; now is the time for oyster lovers to slurp those shells. (11/01/01)

Bah, Humbug
'Tis the season to be sad and lonely and eat dull food. (10/25/01)

Fusion Feasting
Cooking styles mingle in exotic Malaysian fare. (10/18/01)

For the Birds
Don't bother even taking your pet pigeon for lunch at La Placita Cafe. (10/11/01)

Windows of Opportunity
Restaurants plan a benefit for the families of food workers killed in the September 11 attack. (10/04/01)

Italian Master
Chef Michael Veres makes Cibaria worth a pilgrimage to Oro Valley. (09/27/01)

Que Milagro
Cien Años provides a century's worth of Mexican-food miracles. (09/13/01)

Beastly Bistro
Alexander's is run by a ragtag band. (09/06/01)

Dawn King
The Eclectic Café does breakfast royally. (08/30/01)

Holy Mole
Hot & Spicy keeps things good and simple. (08/23/01)

Picky Eaters
Now is the time to harvest your share of the Willcox bounty. (08/09/01)

That's Amore
Moon over the pizza pie at No Anchovies and Zachary's. (08/02/01)

Grande Expectations
El Sabroso fulfills its promise of savory Mexican fare. (07/26/01)

Pasta Disasta
Mongelli's doesn't live up to its promise. (07/12/01)

Feast on the Fly
Doug Levy makes takeout a high art. (07/05/01)

Sweat It Out
Beat the heat, Cubano style. (06/28/01)

Time Pho a Change
Vietnamese treasures await you at Three Sisters. (06/21/01)

True Peru
Miraflores' fare is variable, but it's always earthy and honest. (06/14/01)

Dining in the Raw
Yuki's Sushi is the perfect antidote to summer heat. (06/07/01)

To Elle and Back
Without leaving his kitchen, Richard Koby takes diners on a deluxe wine country tour. (05/31/01)

Sweet Lemmon
Dining adventures at 8,000 feet. (05/24/01)

On The Shoals
The Reef's fascinating fish tanks lure diners in like the call of a siren. (05/17/01)

True Blue
Cobalt's ethereal cool will ease your summertime blues. (05/10/01)

Pan Handler
Caffe Milano is home to Tucson's most successful panini. (05/03/01)

Crowd Pleaser
Service is a little bumpy at Vivace's new St. Phillip's Plaza venue, but the food is fabulous. (04/26/01)

Common Ground
Feel a sense of community at Bentley's, a classic coffeehouse that knows how to adapt. (04/19/01)

The Lowest of Loews
Ventana Canyon boasts two fine restaurants--but the Canyon Café isn't one of them. (04/12/01)

Time Frame
A stop at Saguaro Corners will throw you back to the '60s. (04/05/01)

Midtown Makeover
Reinventing Presidio once again. (03/29/01)

Steak Out
Sullivan's is a pricey cattle call. (03/22/01)

Guiding Light
El Faro will lead you to the heart of Sonoran seafood. (03/15/01)

Pho Pause
Stop at Hoa Mai for homey Vietnamese fare. (03/08/01)

The Low Down
La Placita's triad of eateries will take you places. (03/01/01)

Cowboy Comfort Food
Rio Grill reinstates the friendliness of the Old West. (02/22/01)

Loafing Around
Beyond Bread is beyond belief. (02/15/01)

Bringing Love to the Table
Four of Tucson's finest restaurants prepare Valentine's Day seductions. (02/08/01)

Highway to Heaven
Poco and Mom's deserves to be its own destination on your map of fine eats. (02/01/01)

Mama Mia!
An unexpected growth spurt has left Amereno's in an awkward stage. (01/25/01)

An Epic Cure
Chef Coleman leaves no stone unturned on the road to unadulterated indulgence. (01/18/01)

You Win Some, You Dim Sum
Gambling on this Chinese deli pays off. (01/11/01)

Good Morning Americas
Pipian's wakes up the Old Pueblo with Latin American flavor. (01/04/01)

Man Of The Cloth
High-concept cuisine at Linen. (12/28/00)

Hot Off The Stove
What's cookin' in the holiday cookbook market. (12/21/00)

Fondue Memories
Take a dip under the stars at Jerry's Lee Ho. (12/14/00)

It's High Time
Follow the long and winding road to indulgence at Hacienda del Sol. (12/07/00)

Pina Collida
Is the sun setting on Trattoria Pina? (11/30/00)

Body And Soul
The Sweet Potato Pie Lady satisfies hunger on more than one level. (11/23/00)

Shape Shifter
Changes at Daniel's turn fine dining fabulous. (11/16/00)

Good Fortunes
Café Pacific promises Asian cuisine with style. (11/09/00)

Spice Trade
Ethiopian cuisine changes the flavor of desert dining. (11/02/00)

Eternal Flame
Fuego has kept the fire alive. (10/26/00)

Through The Grapevine
The word on Southern Arizona vineyards is slowly leaking out. (10/19/00)

Love In The Raw
Chef Jack Hahn adores sushi. (10/12/00)

Pastiche, Capiche?
Pastiche needs to put the bits and pieces back together. (10/05/00)

The Family Secret
Fiorito's cherished recipes make it a favorite. (09/21/00)

A Native Speaker
Enjoy the language of jungle love with a beetnik at The Native Café. (09/14/00)

There Goes The Neighborhood
The once-brilliant Barrio could stand some renewal. (09/07/00)

What's In A Name?
Bliss' menu fails to induce an altered state of existence. (08/31/00)

Local Urchin, Big Heart
Olive R. Twist serves up goodness against all odds. (08/24/00)

Sitting Pretty
Jolie is all dressed up and ready to roll. (08/17/00)

Still In Bloom
Wildflower provides a bright spot in Tucson's culinary garden. (07/27/00)