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Tuscon has plenty of good places to eat

Featherdust | May 4, 2005 01:45 PM

We are from Kansas City with a condo in Tucson where we hang out for long weekends from October until June. We love the golf, the desert air, the hiking, and the funkiness of Tucson. Scroll down on the board to review some of the standards, but here are some of our favorite foodie experiences there:

-We concur with good reviews re Wildflower,Cien Anos, Poca Cosa, Mi Nidito, and El Charro. Here are some others:

-On our way to or from the airport, we always stop at one of the Mariscos Chihuahua's either for the ceviche, the shrimp rellenos (shrimp and cheese deep-fried in crispy bacon), or the shrimp coliche (swimming in a sour cream/bell pepper sauce). The 3-D murals on the wall are fun, and we are almost always the only Anglos there.

-Drive to the top of Mt. Lemmon and have pie at the little restaurant in Summerhaven. It is homemade, the slices are enormous, there are probably 20 different kinds, and I love the blueberry with the crumbly top.

-Try the Bluepoint at La Encantada shopping plaza for seafood. Beautiful restaurant and great views of the city. The Seafood Macaroni and Cheese is unbelievable. Lots of shrimp, scallops, etc in a marscapone sauce with buttery breadcrumbs on top. To die for.

-While you are at La Encatada, visit AJ Fine Foods store there for lunch or picnic food. Like walking into a Dean and DeLuca supermarket. The pastry counter will bring you to your knees.

-We like Cibaria for homey Italian food in Oro Valley. The pizza is particularly good. we've also been to Bazil's on Sunrise. It is Italian comfort food--sort of a time warp from the 70's and, therefore, funky. Think Frank Sinatra. The portions are huge and tasty.

-The chocolate chip cookies, salads,and everything is great at Paradise Cafe on Oracle in the Casas Adobes plaza is great. The patio is lovely in all weather.

-We took a huge family group to Lil Abner's--one of the old steak joints that serves folks at long tables, has western music, and just lots of atmosphere. Really fun and the food was ample and good.

-Just tried the Red Sky Cafe at it's new location on Swan. The food was excellent (upscale casual) but it was incredibly noisy. They need to baffle the sound on the ceiling and lay some carpet.

-For a casual drink and dinner (southwest cuisine) at sunset, we love JBar at Westin La Paloma. Sit on the patio deck and watch the city lights come on.

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