Wilko

September 8th, 2011

943 E. University Blvd. #171

Tucson, AZ (@UA)

www.wilkotucson.com

It’s nice to be able to walk just across the street from campus-especially when it is sooo hot, and duck into a really cozy little spot, with ambiance, good food, and a wine bar. It will be even nicer when my youngest turns 21.

Jax Kitchen-Tucson

April 28th, 2011

7286 N. Oracle Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85704

520-219-1235

www.jaxkitchen.com

A wonderful local restaurant using fresh, organic ingredients, original recipes, set in a strip mall but with a charming atmosphere.

El Guero Canelo-Tucson

April 28th, 2011

2480 N. Oracle Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85705

520-882-8977

A great quick stop for some authentic Mexican fast food in Tucson.

Village Bake House

January 4th, 2010

7882 N. Oracle Road (Oracle at Magee)

Tucson, AZ 85704

520-531-0977

www.villagebakehouse.com

This bakery/cafe has a wonderful selection of baked goods from breads and pastries to cookies and cakes. They also serve breakfast and lunch indoors and out.

La Baguette Bakery

September 4th, 2009

1797 E. Prince Rd., Tucson 85719

520-322-6297

This is a gem of a French Bakery in Tucson where I love to go and stock up on some artisan breads and sweet treats on my way home from visiting my daughters at college.  The owner, Norbert Satta moved here from France and his daughter owns and operates Ghini’s , a cafe next door using his products. Bon appetit!

Avenue Coffee

September 2nd, 2009

2502 N. Campbell (1 block north of Grant)

Tucson, AZ

520-225-0437

With all the places to try, and looking for a great cup of Joe, was I more than pleasantly pleased when I made a quick stop at Bookman’s and noticed a handful of police officer’s looking  relaxed as they sipped on their morning cup of Joe in front of this red trailer “Van Go”.  After making my quick purchase at Bookmans, I asked the sales girl if she knew how the coffee was, to which she replied, “Jason makes a wonderful cup of coffee.”  So good in fact, that after I took my first cup to go, and sipped it as I ran my shopping errands, I stopped by for one more to take back to my daughter’s new little home to sip and sit with. Jason remembered my preference, suggested a new coffee shop I try back home in Scottsdale (Press), and gave me the impression he will remember what I ordered next time I’m down for a visit.

*On my last trip down to Tucson, lo and behold, the trailer was missing! Disappointed, I set out to find myself a cup of coffee elsewhere, thinking I would just try one of the many other places on Campbell and hope for the best.  I had only driven one block north of Grant on Campbell when I noticed a new looking sign for Avenue Coffee and pulled up and parked. I went inside and as I began to place my order at the counter, who did I find? Jason, doing what he does best now at a comfortable, casual indoor shop which serves a sprinkling of baked goods to go with the ever delicious and beautifully decorated foam topped lattes.

Jason Calhoon, winner of the SCAA Southwest  Barrista championship, using award winning roasted coffee delivered weekly(giving the beans just enough time to mellow from roasting) from Kansas City.

Maynard’s Market and Kitchen

September 2nd, 2009

400 N. Toole Ave., Tucson 85701 (at the Train Depot across from Hotel Congress)

520-545-0577

Open 7 days- 7am to 10pm; Thurs. to Sat. til midnight/Happy Hour 4-7pm and 10 to close

www.maynardsmarkettucson.com

Okay, this is my new favorite restaurant in Tucson! Maynard’s  Market and Kitchen is two fold,  a market which serves some lunch dishes from the restaurant and groceries to take away or eat-in at the community table, and a restaurant with patio seating overlooking the train tracks. They are definately food conscious using fresh ingredients with a Slow Food mind set-though I don’t think the waiter really knew what “Slow Food” was! But that’s okay, the tasteful and seasonal dinner specials, including the off the menu “20.09” (named for the year and price of the filet), wood fired pizzas, caesar salads, fresh veggie sides and delicious baked five cheese macaroni, not to mention the affordable and tasteful wine list were worth coming back for a second visit during my stint in Tucson. We never had room for dessert though they sounded wonderful as well.

Pizzeria Vivace

September 2nd, 2009

4280 n. Campbell Ave. @ River, Suite 55, Tucson 85718

520-529-2700

Lunch-Mon thru Sat 11:30am to 4pm/Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-9pm; Fri & Sat 4-10pm

What a delight to hear that our consistently favorite Italian patio restaurant Vivace’s had expanded to the former location of 58 Wine Bar and opened a Pizzeria in the Philip’s Plaza. Made up of many small rooms pleasantly furnished, a bar and patio area, they serve a tasty pizza and salads, made from fresh mozzarella and quality ingredients. My family loved it, tho I thought they were a bit pricey averaging $15 a pie. Still, the staff is always friendly and provide excellent service.

Guadalajara Grill

September 2nd, 2009

1220 E. Prince Rd., Tucson

520-323-1022

Live music nightly!

www.ggrill.com

The best thing about this place is the salsa made table side, where your personal preferences are taken into account. The happy hour specials make for a great deal, tho the dinner plates weren’t anything too special.

Ghini’s French Caffe

September 2nd, 2009

1803 E. Prince @ Campbell, Tucson

520-326-9095

Tues-Sat. 6:30am to 3pm; Sun. 8-2

www.ghiniscafe.com

Ghini and her family are from Marseille, France where she learned the love of cooking from her mother and grandmother.  She makes everything from scratch using only real products to create real food. Open for breakfast (served all day),  lunch, and from 5-7pm on Tuesdays for happy hour-$5 off every bottle of wine. One of the best things about Ghini’s is the adjacent bakery La Baguette owned and operated by her father, where she gets her bread and croissants. I can’t help but to stock up on my breads and pastries  on my way home.

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