Noshing Around

New: NRG Blends

A new smoothie shop has opened across the street from the University of Arizona, ostensibly to take advantage of foot traffic to the college's nearby fitness center. NRG Blends, 1122 E. Sixth St., sells healthy concoctions in a variety of flavors, with drinks tailored to various workouts or weight-loss plans. The store also carries a large selection of supplements ranging from pre-workout protein-blasters to testosterone-boosters. Visit for more information.

Coming and Going

The La Mesa Tortillas at 2112 W. Grant Road, which had been turning out great tortillas and a limited lunch menu for several years, has closed. The business still has locations at 7823 E. Broadway Blvd. and 3923 E. Pima St.

The space next door to the vacated La Mesa spot on Grant will soon be home to a Papa Murphy's Pizza.

Closed: My Big Fat Greek Restaurant

The My Big Fat Greek Restaurant at 7265 N. La Cholla Blvd., at Foothills Mall, has closed, according to a sign in the window. The eastside location, at 7131 E. Broadway Blvd., remains open. We've heard rumors that a well-known Mexican restaurant is considering taking over the Foothills Mall spot, but nothing has been finalized.

Smashburger Is Almost Here

Tucson's first Smashburger opens Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 4821 E. Grant Road. The restaurant is said to turn out respectable hamburgers made with good ingredients, and the menu for the Tucson store will have several items made with jalapeños, habañeros and other ingredients intended to impart a Southwestern flavor. Smashburger hopes to have four Tucson locations by 2014.

Have a Meatless Thanksgiving

If you're looking for something a little different this Thanksgiving, consider checking out Govinda's annual meatless holiday feast. The food is vegetarian and outstanding; the atmosphere is festive and pleasant; and the live turkey roaming among the tables will make for an experience you won't soon forget. The all-you-can-eat event is from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Prices are $14.95 for adults; $6.95 for ages 9 to 12; $5.95 for ages 4 to 8; and free for kids younger than 3. Govinda's is at 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. There's more information at

Lovin' Spoonfuls, 2990 N. Campbell Ave., is also offering a meatless feast on Thanksgiving Day. It costs $25.95 per person, and reservations are required;

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