Chow: On the Fly

Chow: On the Fly

Tucson’s vibrant restaurant industry screeched to a halt at 8 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, as Mayor Regina Romero ordered all restaurants, bars, venues, gyms and places people congregate shut down until the end of March to slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apocalypse Chow

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A Good Bird

Beloved food truck Pop's Hot Chicken intended to quietly open their first brick and mortar location at American Eat Co. at the beginning of this month. But once word spread on social media, lines of customers eager to try owner Peter "Pops" Yucupicio's take on the Nashville hot chicken sandwich have formed with no signs of letting up.

Bottle Racket

To celebrate the Elgin-Sonoita AVA designation’s 40th anniversary, one of the area’s vineyards will host 18 wine producers from all across Arizona for the Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, taking place this weekend.

Pop Stand

Variety of this nature is well understood by Jeronimo Madril, owner of Geronimo’s Revenge food truck, and Matty Parsons, owner of Shifty’s Pizza, who recently teamed up to create a pop-up restaurant every Wednesday at Thunder Canyon Brewstillery. The two chefs reimagine various comfort food dishes from around the world, adding Sonoran flare to many of their creations.

Sweet Tooth

Downtown Tucson is about to get a whole lot sweeter when Donut Bar opens its doors Saturday morning.

Meaty Comeback

Social media is known to bring like-minded people together. For instance, Jay Healy, owner of Fire N’ Smoke Wood-Fired Pizza and BBQ, happened to be scrolling through Facebook posts when something caught his eye—a photo of a deliciously crafted burger made by one of Tucson’s most creative chefs, Lindy Reilly.

Good Taste

A passion for picking apart flavors began early for Nathan Thompson Avelino.

Reaping the Harvest

The fourth annual Dinner with Chefs at Casino Del Sol’s PY Steakhouse is spotlighting Southern Arizona farmers and letting the farmers make the menu as well as cook their creations for the guests. 

Recipe for Fun

Want to learn how to cook like your favorite chef from our UNESCO designated City of Gastronomy, but only have about two hours? Don’t despair. Two local women with an appetite for local food and culinary instruction have got your back.

Gain Over

Even when he’s not playing World of Warcraft for an audience of several thousand dedicated internet fans, Tucsonan Josh Lujan still treats his body like he’s a character in a roleplaying game.

Good for the Soul

Mama Carey’s Kitchen happens to be housed in the Metro Wildcat Convenience store just off the UA campus. It is soul food. Not barbecue, but authentic down-home, old-school American soul food.

Gameday Brew

Yes, Tucson’s bowl game has its own commemorative beer. It comes from the oldest brewery in Arizona, Tucson’s own Barrio Brewing Company, and the selection makes perfect sense now that I know what’s behind a bowl-worthy brew.

Pub Problems

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild participated in a nationwide day of action to ask Congress to extend the tax cuts the craft beverage industry has enjoyed since January 2018. At the end of this year, a recalibrated Federal Excise Tax rate as part of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act will expire, increasing certain taxes on local businesses by 100 percent.

Muchas Pupusas

If you’re looking for Central American food, your next stop should be Selena’s Salvadorian Restaurant.

Mediterranean Accent

Several of Commoner & Co's new dishes are decidedly Mediterranean in spirit, and their resemblance to the flavors I fell for while sailing across the region is uncanny.


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