[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Best All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Best Bagel Bakery
Best Bagels
Best BBQ
Best Bread Creations
Best Breakfast Under $5
Best Breakfast
Best Burgers
Best Butcher Shop
Best Cannoli
Best Casual Dining
Best Chinese
Best Delicatessen
Best Desserts
Best Dim Sum
Best Diner
Best Fine Dining
Best Fish Market
Best Food On I-10
Best Formal Dining
Best Free Snacks
Best Fresh-Baked Bread
Best Greek
Best Hot-Links
Best Ice Cream
Best Indian
Best Italian
Best Korean
Best Late-Night Restaurant
Best Local Flavor
Best Lunch Over $5
Best Lunch Under $5
Best Margarita For Kids
Best Margaritas
Best Marinara Sauce
Best Mexican (No Lard)
Best Middle Eastern
Best Middle-Eastern Market
Best New Restaurant
Best Omelet Bar
Best Outdoor Dining
Best Pizza
Best Place To Eat Fried Pickles
Best Produce
Best Salads
Best Salsa
Best Sandwich Advocate For Fire Safety
Best Sandwiches
Best Smoothie Bar
Best Sonoran Hot-Dog
Best Sunday Brunch
Best Sushi
Best Sweet Shop
Best Taco Stand & Hot-dog Stand
Best Take-Out
Best Taste Of New York
Best Thai
Best Tortillas
Best Truck Stop
Best Vegan Selections
Best Vegetarian Fine-Dining
Best Veggie Burger
Best Vietnamese Soup

Best Smoothie Bar--TIE

Ultimate Smoothies
2751 N. Campbell Ave.

Juice Rave
7063 E. Speedway Blvd.

READERS' PICK: Long before blenders were big business in the Old Pueblo, Ultimate Smoothies was making the fruit fly faster than an angry mob at a vaudevillian sideshow. Protein powders, bee pollen, vitamin C, wheat germ--you name it, they'll throw it in there with your favorite citrus, berry, dairy or non-dairy concoctions. Once the only game in town with multiple locations, the enterprise has scaled back to only one outpost on Campbell Avenue near Glenn Street. But they're still the ultimate in our readers' eyes.

Hey, dude, there's going to be a rave--in your mouth! Located in the strip mall on the northwest corner of Speedway and Kolb Road, a couple of doors down from Zip's, Juice Rave is our readers' pick for smoothies. A fine assortment of the icy juice drinks, from Citrus Kiss (peaches and pineapple) to the Guava Yo' Mama (guava, mango and pineapple), are made to order while you wait (always a short one with the number of blenders they've got buzzing at this bar). The menu offers 30 different smoothies, with nine non-dairy entries, and tea or soy substitutions available on request.

READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP: Yummy! Fruitissimo (751 N. Park Ave.), the tiny stand tucked into a triangular corner of a building on Park and University Boulevard outside the UA's main gate, has got to have the fruitiest smoothies in town. They make smoothies with all frozen fruit and fruit juice--there's no yogurt or sherbet to blur the boundaries between the blocks on the food pyramid. Their drinks are light and refreshing, and not too sweet. The tiny work space doesn't make for particularly fast service, but the location is great for walkers and bikers, and there's a TV on the counter to distract you from the wait.

CLUE IN: Caribbean Squeezers, 845 E. University Blvd. This new, shiny store in the University area features sweet, dessert-style smoothies that make a nice after-dinner alternative to ice-cream. Most of the smoothies here are made with frozen yogurt or sherbet and fruit, and the selection is close to endless. Tropical selections are prominently featured, of course, and the servings are huge. They have those really long straws, too, so you can slurp down every drop.

Case History

1997 Winner: Ultimate Smoothies

Page Back

Home | Arts & Culture | Cafés | Chow | City Life | Kids | Outdoors
Saloons | Shopping | Most Wanted | Credits | Search

Copyright © 1995-98 Tucson Weekly

Page Forward