Bombay GrillIndian food lovers, take note: Bombay Grill opened in January serving South Indian-inspired dishes like dosa/sambar (a curry crepe), authentic biryani, sizzling tandoori platters and wraps made with naan and chutney. First-time restaurateurs Jinaid and Cheryl Ahmed offer many vegetarian items, too, at 2510 E. Grant Road; 881-2786. Bombay Grill is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Nothing but NoodlesThe second location of this badly named fast-casual franchise opened last week on the restaurant-scarce westside at 2500 N. Silverbell Road. Nothing but Noodles does serve main course salads and is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 624-0222.
Trader Joe'sThe fourth Trader Joe's opened two weeks ago in its largest incarnation yet on the northwest corner of Campbell Avenue at Limberlost Drive. Aisles are wider and longer; the vast variety of prettily packaged merchandise almost rivals A.J.'s Fine Foods, and both the beer and cheese selections are awesome. Trader Joe's is open daily; 325-0069.
Delicious AltruismThe second annual Tucson Culinary Festival fund-raiser held November 2004 raised $9,000 each for the Community Food Bank and SACASA. Tucson Originals, a consortium of local, independent restaurants, and their wine distributors were responsible for its success. Check out www.tucsonoriginals.com for a list of participating restaurants.
ChoppedComing soon to the former Mongelli's location at 2829 E. Speedway Blvd., Chopped will serve salads and paninis. Stay tuned.