On this quarterly trip to Tucson I tried something new, something old:
1. Delicious fish tacos at B-Line: small pieces of fish, but very fresh ingredients and quality Mexican rice and beans. ~$10
2. Charred octopus salad at Primo was actually blackened, but very tender; crab cake was huge and delicious. ~$15 each
3. Sunflower Farmer's Market at 1st and Limberlost is finally open and has fabulous selection of yogurts and fruits. I forgot the name of the frozen yogurt store at the corner, but their tart yogurt is perfect - not too creamy nor too icy, and the mochi is slightly sweeter (and therefore more flavorful) than the versions in the SF Bay Area. $3.40 for the small cup
4. Jax Kitchen is very stylish, and although the tuna nicoise salad was overdressed, the shallot dressing was terrific. While I loved the Spanish anchovies in it, the rock-hard pink tomatoes should have been omitted. Overall, it's more interesting than the ahi salads at Pastiche and ZinBurger. ~$15
5. The Jax Kitchen cheese plate was okay: Port Salut (yawn), Parm Reggiano (too grainy for a cheese plate, IMHO), a French Blue (great with the grapes), and Irish Porter (cheddar and Guiness - tasty but milder than it sounds).
Heard rumor that Terra Cotta, Red Sky, and Cuvee are out of business - can anyone confirm?