New: Thai China Bistro
A new restaurant called Thai China Bistro has opened in what was formerly Buck and Lil's BBQ at 5121 E. Grant Road. As the name implies, both Thai and Chinese food are available, as is a decent selection of sushi rolls and numerous flavors of boba tea. The dessert menu also caught our attention, with offerings ranging from deep-fried Oreos to mango fried rice; 325-5185.
Dinner at Wat Buddhametta
Last month's Thai buffet at Wat Buddhametta, a Buddhist temple at 1133 S. Swan Road, was something else. Fragrant pots of curry and soup sat among chicken and noodle dishes, and the dessert table was heavy with black-sesame pudding and other sweets. The next dinner takes place at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, and the same Thai cooking will be on hand. The buffet is $10, and if you get there early enough, there might be a few seats left in the beautiful Buddha room; www.tucsonbuddhistcenter.org.
We recently made the acquaintance of one Larry Whiston, a local meat broker for Showcase Meats. He delivers pork, chicken, seafood and steaks anywhere in Tucson and the surrounding areas. Call 870-1863, and he'll rush over in his meat truck to show you the goods.
Borderlands Brewing Company at 119 E. Toole Ave. is holding its official grand opening from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10. The brewery has been open for several months now, and a few of its beers are on tap at Hotel Congress and Maynards Market and Kitchen, but the event will allow the public to check out the magnificent tasting room in all its rustic glory. Head over to borderlandsbrewing.com for more information.
Speaking of downtown breweries: Thunder Canyon Brewery (7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., No. 178) is opening another location on the corner of Broadway Boulevard and Fifth Avenue. The new location is expected to open next year.
Santa at Pasco
Santa Claus himself will be down at Pasco Kitchen and Lounge at 820 E. University Blvd. this Friday, Dec. 9. The restaurant—which embraces the local-food movement—is offering a special menu for the event, with meals priced at $15 for adults, and $5 for the kids. The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., and reservations are strongly encouraged; 882-8013.