Noshing Around

Ala Buzz Café Coming; Ditto More Frozen Yogurt

A new restaurant is opening in the former Izzi's Café space at 12985 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley. Starting Monday, Feb. 4, Ala Buzz Café will be providing "good home cooking at a decent price," according to its website. The restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From the looks of the website (, the owners appear to have an interest in classic American muscle cars, and there's talk of the restaurant becoming the home of car shows and other car-related events. In other new-restaurant news, a frozen yogurt joint called Yogurtland looks like it's close to opening at 2800 N. Campbell Ave., at East Glenn Street.

Ten 55 Brewing Opening

Ten 55, a nanobrewery, is holding its grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 2. I'm told that the beer will be plentiful, with food and music to accompany it. The event starts at noon and lasts till "late." What "late" means will depend on how many show up to celebrate this addition to the local brewing scene. The four beers on tap include one called Sugar Skull Sweet Stout. The brewery is at 3810 E. 44th St., near South Dodge Boulevard. For more info, head to

New Cocktail bar at Espresso Art Café

Castalian Spring, named after the springs at Delphi where ancient Greeks sought divine inspiration, is the name of the new cocktail bar tucked inside Espresso Art Café, 942 E. University Blvd. The bar, with furniture built of recycled lumber from a home built in the 1880s, is aimed at creating an oasis from the hubbub of the surrounding neighborhood, and filling a void in the area.

Spreads, Breads and Reds at Lodge on the Desert

On Thursday, Feb. 21, chef Ryan Clark and other folks at Lodge on the Desert are offering a five-course cheese and wine tasting. The menu, created with local cheese guru Tana Fryer, owner of Blu—A Wine & Cheese Stop, includes a goat cheese brulee paired with sparkling shiraz and a mac 'n' cheese dish that includes Dungeness crab paired with pinot noir. The event starts at 6 p.m. and costs $49 a person. Call 320-2014 for reservations.

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