Noshing Around

The Taxman Cometh

April 17 is tax day in 2006, and while the IRS isn't giving any breaks, Terra Cotta is offering its signature plates--such as goat cheese-stuffed prawns and spicy honey-glazed salmon--for the less-taxing price of $10.40, down from the usual $16-$30. Check it out at 3500 E. Sunrise Drive; 577-8100.

In Your Easter Bonnet

From an elegant champagne brunch to a jumping castle, Tucson's independent restaurants are offering a selection of Easter dining for all budgets. For a comprehensive list, please visit .

Slow Food, Tohono O'odham Style

Join Slow Food Tucson on Thursday, May 4, at San Xavier Mission for the 4 p.m. sneak preview of a PBS documentary about traditional tribal foods. At 5 p.m., eat a sampling of red tepary bean and oxtail stew, cholla bud salad, pan-baked cornbread, iced raspberry tea and mesquite cookies. Call 290-1355 to reserve. Members pay $20, nonmembers $25. Visit for more information.

Coming Soon

Bowz, an upscale sushi and fusion restaurant, will occupy the former short-lived Brew and Vine retail store and Fluid wine bar space, at 7332 N. Oracle Road. Bowz will seat 140, including a spacious outdoor patio.

High Flying Food

The Tucson Airport Authority board of directors named OTG Management to operate the food and beverage concessions at Tucson International Airport. The Philadelphia-based company will open a full-service sit-down restaurant on the third floor (goodbye, El Charro), food courts on each concourse and an ice cream counter and mini-market on the ticketing level. By autumn 2006, visitors will experience the first phase of the new plan when Jet Rock, a music-themed bar and grill, opens on the third floor overlooking the ticketing level center point. Seasonal live entertainment and 24 beers on tap, including local microbrews, are expected to lure travelers upstairs, where several new public-meeting rooms will also be available. Downstairs at the base of the escalator, a Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors ice cream counter will share space with Cibo Express Gourmet Market, featuring 500 to-go items. More info next week.

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