Noshing Around

New: Midtown Bar and Grill

In the former Olive R Twist Café at 4915 E. Speedway Blvd., the Midtown Bar and Grill boasts 35 TVs. The owners, Frank and Marsha Silverman, have owned previous restaurants and say that burgers are king. They offer a dozen different options including a veggie burger, plus sandwiches, salads, wings and 28 beers on tap. Drop by for the grand opening with free food and beer tasting on Friday, Oct. 24. The restaurant serves food from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and the bar is open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily; 327-2011.

"Grab a Bite for the Fight"

Both Chopped restaurants will participate in a UA student program by donating 5 percent of sales from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1 to the Southern Arizona affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The restaurants are located at 4205 N. Campbell Ave. and 2829 E. Speedway Blvd.; 319-CHOP.

Gourmet Magazine

The October issue of Gourmet listed the 20 best American restaurant legends. Historic El Charro Café made the list. Congratulations!


El Charro is combining forces with Metro Restaurants. Ray Flores and Bob McMahon have already partnered in two El Charro Cafés on Speedway/Swan and Orange Grove/Oracle roads, so the partnership appears to be a natural progression.

Empty Bowls Luncheon

Help the Community Food Bank raise much-needed funds when local restaurants donate soup and bread, and the Southern Arizona Clay Artists donate handcrafted bowls on Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kino Community Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way. The cost is $10 per person. Last spring's event raised $2,145.

Coming Soon: Three Grocery Stores

According to the Web site,, two more Sunflower Farmers Markets are coming to Tucson before year's end. One is located at First Avenue and Limberlost Road and the other will be at Orange Grove and Thornydale roads. If you can't wait, Sunflower already blooms at 4645 E. Speedway Blvd. and 7877 E. Broadway Blvd.; Wednesdays offer the best deals. Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket will debut in Tucson during winter 2009. Lee Lee already has a following in the Phoenix area. Here it will open at 1990 W. Orange Grove Road near La Cholla Boulevard in a former Food-4-Less.

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