Say So Long to 2013 in Style
For your dining and drinking pleasure, some of the spots where you can celebrate the start of a fresh year:
•The Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, 245 E. Ina Road, is featuring a four-course dinner and amuse bouche at the Gold restaurant, including items such as lobster bisque, bourbon-smoked duck breast and a chocolate pyramid. Live music by East2West and dancing in the Catalina Ballroom. Reservations are required. Call 297-1151, ext. 610.
•Hotel Congress is hosting a 21-and-older party on New Year's Eve. The Big Apple theme includes a Times Square-style disco ball drop, a New York City hot dog truck and more. Tickets range from $25 to $125. Hotel Congress is at 311 E. Congress St. More info at hotelcongress.com.
• Rocco's Little Chicago Pizza, 2707 E. Broadway Blvd., will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve, with lots of food from the regular menu and drink specials from the new full-service bar. Check out roccoslittlechicago.com.
Nox, a new restaurant described as New American with a Latin-Asian twist, is scheduled to open in mid-January in the space formerly occupied by Cafe Jasper at 6370 N. Campbell Ave. Executive chef Peter Lindquist is a 15-year veteran of Fox Restaurant Concepts. The menu will range from roasted Peking duck tacos to pork belly buns with hoisin vinaigrette, chives, red chile and kimchi. To keep up on the progress of the opening, go to facebook.com/NoxTucson.
More National Attention
The Tucson food scene continues to keep attracting the national spotlight. The latest homegrown joints to shine are downtown's Saint House and Penca. The local dining and libation stations made Food & Wine magazine's year-end roundup of 100 of the country's best bars. Check out the list at foodandwine.com/slideshows/americas-best-bars.
No Day of Rest for Diablo
Diablo Burger, 312 E. Congress St., is now open on Sundays. So you can get your good ol' Blake Burger with a branded bun after church. Hey, you don't have to be good all day.
Happy New Year, Tucson! I look forward to what 2014 has to offer our foodie scene.