If you find yourself out and about in Tucson this week with a hankering for a good meal, check out these options.
El Charro “Cinco de 95th Summer Menu.” El Charro Café has been around just five years shy of a century. Over that time, the restaurant’s built up its status as a local staple, and it’s easy to see why with this batch of new menu items dedicated to highlighting the restaurant’s long tenure in Tucson. While the regular menu is still available, branch out and try new fare like the ensalada de sandia, hola hemp tamales, Cazadores watermelon cooler and Nutella dessert tamal. Oh, and did I mention all the new eats are only $5.95? Menu available until Sept. 15. Locations at 311 N. Court Ave. (open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday), 7725 N. Oracle Road (open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday) and 6910 E. Sunrise Dr. (open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday).
Sweet Corn Extravaganza. Grab your family and drive out to Apple Annie’s Orchard in Wilcox for an escape to the farm life. Swap out mountain views for cornfields and get a chance to pick vegetables. If you prefer your vegetables ready to eat, try out roasted sweet corn-on-the-cob with a variety of seasonings. Bring the experience back to Tucson: Pick up a dozen for $6.99 or half-dozen for $4.99 with recipes on how to create your own sweet corn extravaganza at home. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in July. 6405 W. Williams Road.
Meet the Distiller with Jeff Smith from OHSO. Ever wondered how a new kind of alcohol is created? Cocktail bar Series19 is offering a chance to get the behind-the-bar scoop on the creation of your favorite drink. Get to meet Jeff Smith, the creator of the Arcadia line of flavored vodka from OHSO Distillery. Smith will give a talk on distilling, and then customers can give the vodka a try for themselves after hearing about it with $8 Arcadia cocktails all night long. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 6. 13 N. Stone Ave.
Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market. Stock up on fresh produce and other artisan goodies at this farmers’ market, located around and inside a huge green-and-white barn. The market features local non-profit farmers and craftspeople whose offerings run the gamut: Pesticide-free fruits and veggies, French bread and other bakery treats, local beef and eggs, handcrafted furniture, jewelry and crafts. While you’re grabbing groceries, you can enjoy live music from local musicians. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7. 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail. Recurring every Saturday until Sept. 8.
Havana Nights! Third Anniversary. If you haven’t been to Cuba, here’s your chance to channel the island nation’s spirit with brews and food. 1912 Brewing Co. is hosting a Cuban-themed party with Latin-inspired beers and new bottles to celebrate the brewery’s third anniversary. In between the beers, grab a Cubano sandwich or empanada from DC Jumbie Caribbean Food Truck, which will be at the party from 2 to 8 p.m. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 7. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd.
Ava Garcia is a University of Arizona journalism student and Tucson Local Media intern.