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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Cafes and Bistros

Re: “Uptown Bistro

This place is fun and I really wish more people knew about it and gave it a try. It opened in May 2010 but it isn't really promoted anywhere but Facebook and is tucked inside the Pioneer Building where Monkey Box used to be, by Ike's. However, it has great hours--one of the only places downtown (if not the only one) that's open early for breakfast and late for dinner 7 days a week-- and has a fair number of regulars. The printed menu is limited, with a number of seafood dishes (I say the fish tacos are the best in town), a kobe burger, a few salads, and the like, but I've seen the kitchen staff accommodate a number of special requests, including vegetarian and vegan. The ambiance is very pleasant, with gallery space on the walls, not-too-loud music, a full bar, and a little patio outside. The drawbacks are mostly logistical in that the space is not very big, but at least it's laid out pretty well so it doesn't feel cramped. You also have to get a key and go down a hallway to get to the bathroom, which is kind of annoying, but the well-lit building is mostly used for professional offices, there's a security guard, and the bathrooms are clean. There's only one TV and it's usually on mute--a welcome change from most places in town, for a lot of us--but they do show the big games (like UA sports, World Cup, etc.) and, again, all you have to do is ask if there's something you want to catch. There's been some staff turnover but the steadies are friendly yet professional, and it seems to draw mostly a mellow-but-not-uptight crowd during the day. Weekend nights will sometimes have djs spinning house music until the morning, and there's live jazz every Friday.

Posted by SEA on 09/16/2010 at 2:24 PM

Re: “The Cup Café

Had a great breakfast on the patio recently. Good food!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by fuzzygoats on 09/09/2010 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Claire's Cafe

We used to frequent Claire's for breakfast when we lived in NW area about 5 years ago. We had to be in Catalina early on a recent Saturday and thought we'd revisit. First clue should have been how empty the place was for a Saturday AM. Food and service sucked. Don't know what happened to this once great place.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by CF Denizen on 09/09/2010 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Malibu Yogurt and Ice Cream

This place is great, the yogurt is creamy and good. They have fat free, dairy free, and low calorie/carb options. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to visit a beach themed atmosphere with tasty yogurt. Yay for Malibu

Posted by Sydney Jackson on 09/03/2010 at 10:09 PM

Re: “The Eclectic Café

Our Saturday night date night place.

Posted by Downtowner on 08/26/2010 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Something Sweet Dessert Lounge

A great and varied dessert selection, but their coffee really leaves something to be desired. Good coffee is a must for a good dessert shop.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by AZW88 on 06/10/2010 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Jason's Deli

Jason's Deli has closed in Tucson. The franchisees have gone out of business as of May 30 2010 at both locations.

Posted by DonDTUS on 05/31/2010 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Colors Food and Spirits

Fun crowed but don't come for the food. You'd do just as well eating at a truck stop. Seriously! They basically serve up greasy grill grub. But again, nice enough crowd.

Posted by Jamesbcat on 05/21/2010 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Something Sweet Dessert Lounge

Their service is so slow that I walked out without trying the desert. If I was to ever return to their business I would for-sure take my sleeeping bag.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by DENNISRRIMMER on 05/19/2010 at 8:39 PM

Re: “The Cup Café

The Cup Cafe is one of my favorites. I am a regular. Great food and speciality drinks.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sagegal on 05/19/2010 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Café á la C'art

An excellent place. The setting may not be Arizona macho, but the food is superb, the staff is overwhelmingly pleasant, and the prices are reasonable. Lunch out doors on a pleasant day is about as good as it gets.

Posted by Scarpia, B on 03/10/2010 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Cottage Bakery and Cafe

I keep on hoping this place will catch on since its on my side of town. The set up is fun and comfortable, great for small get togethers with firends. The food however is uninspired. The baked goodies are great, but if your looking for a light meal its not so great. Not horrible, just plain and sometimes not as fresh as I'd like.

Posted by JLO on 02/20/2010 at 9:18 AM

Re: “The B Line

I've eaten at the B Line a hundred times. Their weekend breakfasts are great. (Try the crepecakes -- even if you don't like pancakes you'll love these. And the biscuits are fantastic.) The fish tacos are the best in town. The pasta alla vodka (or try it with half-salad) is amazing. Deserts vary from great to awesome. Don't neglect the microbrews on tap.

As for the price, it's higher than you might expect an average fare -- but the B Line isn't average, it's really good food. The quality of ingredients is extrememly high (organic greens, high quality chicken and eggs). I expect to pay a little more for food that is this tasty and good for the planet.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by ks on 12/30/2009 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Feast

Our favorite restaurant in Tucson. Really excellent and imaginative food, in a terrific space. Doug Levy is a fantastic chef, and a warm and friendly host.

Posted by Andy on 10/29/2009 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar

great food, excellent breakfast, and the baked goods are amazing; i eat here every week and have never had a bad experience, a must try

Posted by georgebelcher on 06/26/2009 at 10:18 AM

Re: “The B Line

Eaten here twice. Rundown:

+s
*Nicely rounded beer selection
*Relaxed yet refined atmosphere
*Med-Lg sized portions
*Balanced flavors in all dishes had (fish burrito, salmon salad w/pasta)

-s
*Need to stay open later (suggestion: hire a manager to keep it open later during school to bring in some financial aid :) )
*Deserts, though visually appealing were ho-hum

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Nate on 06/03/2009 at 7:24 PM

Re: “The B Line

Food here is high quality with great presentation. I have to say that I feel the B Line is a little overpriced for what it is, however. Just bear that in mind if you choose to go here: it is good, but spendy.

The B Line serves a variety of standard cafe fare, sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well as a heartier assortment of entrees, such as Penne alla Vodka and Salmon Salad.

I had the Salmon Salad; the salmon was deliciously marinated and grilled, then laid on a generous bed of mixed greens with various garden salad fixings on the side. You get a choice of dressing, and I chose Soy Ginger. I do wish the greens had been chopped before serving, as there were huge pieces that were awkward. That's my only complaint about the otherwise fine meal.

Someone in our party had a quesedilla, which he claimed was the best he'd ever had.

Everyone in our party was satisfied with the food.

The B Line is housed in a restored building on 4th avenue, which has a rustic kind of ambiance. It's very visually appealing.

The B Line is also usually very populated; would be nice if it stayed opened later. The owner also maintains Time Market at University and 4th ave, which is another Tucson favorite of mine.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by kohtalo on 05/22/2009 at 9:58 AM

Re: “The B Line

Great atmosphere, always fun to sit at the big communal table by the register. Small but always good beer and wine selection. Favorite tonight was the vanilla porter.

The food has always been competently prepared and worth the price; has never really wowed me until tonight's salmon salad. Try the avocado dressing.

Rotating dessert display is the best in town I can say tonight, but I'll give the Cup another chance next week.

Posted by boyce on 05/13/2009 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Feast

Dine in, take out, cater, it is all first class at Feast. The talented, friendly chef aims to please and he doesn't miss. Feast is an adventure if you are only popping in to pick up a picnic carry out, have lunch from the inventive menu, or order a catered party.

Posted by TXJesse on 04/15/2009 at 10:36 PM

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