Noshing Around

New: Epazote Kitchen and Cocktails

There's a new restaurant at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road. Epazote Kitchen and Cocktails specializes in classed-up renditions of American fare, including Southwestern dishes made with all sorts of ingredients from around this region. There are appetizers like ceviche, nachos and American-Indian fry bread; salads; and entrées ranging from bison burgers to pan-seared mountain trout. The items are rather affordable considering the surroundings you get to enjoy while dining. I also have to applaud restaurant management for listing the local-food producers with whom it works. Check out the menu at

The Great Tucson Beer Festival

Nearly 100 breweries and alcohol-distribution companies will be breaking out their best at the 26th annual Great Tucson Beer Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6. This event seems to get bigger and better every year, and all of the proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona, an organization that provides services for the visually impaired. Ticket prices range from $30 to $80 and include snacks and samples from numerous local eateries ranging from eegee's to Zona 78. The event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field at Reid Park. Visit for tickets or more information.

Two Restaurants, a Bar Opening Downtown

The development of Tucson's downtown continues, with three new places opening in the area. The spot at 300 E. Congress St., which has been home to several science exhibits in recent years, will be converted into a restaurant called Proper, according to a liquor-license application filed in recent weeks. A sign at 312 E. Congress St. says a restaurant going in there will be called Diablo Burger, and a spot at 316 E. Congress St. will be home to a place called Good Oak Bar.

More All You Can Eat

The U-Like Buffet that's been under construction for some time at 5101 N. Oracle Road is now open for business.

In other buffet news, we've received reports from local buffet experts that the new Hibachi Super Buffet at 4629 E. Speedway Blvd. is one of the best in town. It has 11 buffet lines that cover cuisines from Asia to Italy. The prices are also hard to beat, at $6.99 for lunch, and $9.99 for dinner.

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