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Tucson Great Eats and Food Shopping

KateBChi | Oct 5, 201302:46 PM

Visiting for two weeks and I haven't been here for almost 5 years but used to visit at least twice per year. Staying just north of Swan and Sunrise. I am looking for one fine dining option, possibly two, and several quasi-casual lunch and dinner spots. Additionally, will be cooking a few dinners in a very well stocked kitchen (every appliance, gadget, pot and pan plus a massive outdoor grill) and need access to high quality ingredients plus a few gourmet things like foie gras and possibly (I am not holding my breath) truffles. For a Mexican themed dinner we are making two moles. One to serve with grilled fish (halibut or grouper probably) and another to serve with lamb, beef or poultry. For the other dinner I really want to make a stab at the Eleven Madison Park Roasted Chicken. I had a version of it at a restaurant in Chicago currently run by a former sous chef at EMP and I was absolutely blown away by it.

As far as dinners my last dinner at Hacienda del Sol was underwhelming even if the setting was awesome. Is there a great fine dining alternative with a reasonably nice ambiance or view? Would also love some great tamales and some creative southwestern fare.

Any guidance is appreciated.

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