Leaving behind their chain of 18 restaurants in Portland, Marc and Tracy Frankel came to Tucson for a semi-retirement. But after three decades of making pizza, Marc just couldn’t leave it alone. Sure, hiking and cycling were fun enough, but running a restaurant is in his blood.
When restaurateur Kevin Bedient set out to create the perfect barbeque rub, little did he know that the journey would last 18 months.
It may be the biggest exhibition of barbeque brutality that we’ve ever seen in downtown Tucson when more than 500 pounds of butts take a beating at the Hotel Congress on June 4.
Chicago’s Alinea went to a ticketed system, ditching the standard reservation process. Other James Beard award winners, like Chez Panisse in Berkeley, have done away with tipping. It seems no matter where you look, fine dining restaurateurs are tweaking the typical protocol in order to find …
If Charles Dickens were alive today, he most certainly would have found his “fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels” on the southeast corner of Sunrise and Kolb.
When a challenge was thrown down to see who can brew the best beer on the Arizona pro-am circuit, it should come as no surprise that local firefighters were the first to answer the call.
I can’t help but roll my eyes anytime I see one of those lists that set aside, inventory and rate women in a particular industry. I’d even go so far as to say that I’d be interested in seeing what would happen if the men and women’s soccer teams were blended—maybe then the U.S. team would ha…
One Tucson-based company, Ten Fifty-Five Brewing, staked its claim to a unique piece of Arizona business history: being the first to seek out investors under the state’s relatively new equity crowdfunding law.
The third annual Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival will be held this Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Tucson Botanical Gardens located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. The event will showcase some of the region’s best cuisine and is a fantastic showcase of some of Tucson’s l…
Arizona has long been known for having a fine selection of Mexican cuisine and other Latin-inspired dishes. A hotspot for any foodie, Tucson in particular has long contained some of the best restaurants in the state — and the Southwest region.
Sicilian native Giovanni Rizza and his wife, Agnes, own and operate Giovanni’s Gelato Café in Oro Valley, an establishment that offers a wide array of both traditional and intriguing flavors of the classic Italian dessert.
The Oro Valley Community and Recreation center recently re-opened its restaurant, The Overlook, over the course of two events. Initially shown during special, members-only sneak peek two days before the public ribbon cutting, the restaurant will be offering lunch service throughout the week,…
Where else in town can you find beets, bicycles and baklava all within an arms reach? Try Tucson Tandem, a partnership of Heirloom Farmers Markets and Living Streets Alliance, to take place the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The beets and eats are at the Heirloom Market at Rillito Park on Satur…
With two Best of the Northwest awards under its belt, Oro Valley’s Dragon Village has become somewhat of a folk legend amongst the community. Located in Safeway Vistoso Plaza on 12152 N. Rancho Blvd., its location is fairly nondescript for a nationally-recognized, two-time local award-winnin…
Move over plain and pedestrian salt. A new generation of rims is running circles around you, kicking-up cocktails with each and every lick.
When chefs talk about their culinary point of view, it generally boils down to the uniqueness of their style, standards and technique.
What was once a kitchen condiment that seemed to struggle for relevance beyond the caprese has become a common companion for dishes from hamburgers to ice cream.
Triple digit temperatures have arrived, but there’s an increasingly popular way to enjoy an iced treat without the tablespoons of sugar that might leave you feeling cooler but guilty.
That’s easy, says Chef Patrick Malarchik. Use it as an inspiration for introducing your restaurant to the masses turning out for the Arizona Bacon Fest.
Over the last decade, senior citizens are being given a choice when it comes to retired living. Moving from a retirement home they might own in SaddleBrooke to a full-service facility is one of those choices retirees begin to look at as they age.
The back roads near Cornville look like many others in Yavapai County, until you turn a corner and find rolling hills filled with vines, tasting rooms and homes that are more Tuscan than Southwestern.
From burgers with bacon jam to seafood macaroni and cheese, nothing says comfort food quite like the fare that you’ll find at gastropubs across Tucson.
My mother always told me it’s the most important meal of the day, so imagine my excitement when Tucson’s newest breakfast menu rolled out at a local pizza joint.
Get into the spirit of a classic tale of romance with Romeo & Juliet presented by the Arizona Theatre Company. Maynards Market & Kitchen has been a sponsor of Arizona Theatre Company for several years, but this is the first year the two have collaborated for a show-inspired dinner. …
If not for the view alone, which overlooks miles of winding desert scenery and encapsulates the distant downtown skyline, Poppy Kitchen is worth a try for an inexpensive yet upscale happy hour experience.
The cravings for sushi, cold beer, delicious cocktails and a friendly atmosphere were all quenched at Mr. An’s, 6091 N.Oracle Road last week.
A federal judge in California issued a ruling earlier this week that overturned the state’s ban on foie gras, the intentionally fattened livers of geese and ducks, ushering in a new generation of foie fans in the Golden State.
Jackson Tavern, the latest concept from Metzger Family Restaurants, is scheduled to open this week at 2900 N. Swan Road in Plaza Palomino. It draws its inspiration from the coastal towns of New England, and its menu features creative twists on regional classics from Rhode Island to Maine.
To business professionals, it’s that quintessential morning meal that serves as a backdrop for engaging in deals with colleagues, customers and clients.
These new Hotel Congress Bar Eats and craft cocktails are impossible not to enjoy. Whether it’s the scrumptious bites from Executive Chef Michael Byrer or thirst quenching drinks from the cocktail dream team, David Clark and Matt Talavera, guests can enjoy these generous tidbits and tastes …
Who says an outing in the heart of the luxurious and scenic Dove Mountain has to empty your wallet? The Gallery Grille, located at 14000 N. Dove Mountain Blvd. wipes that misconception right out with a daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. that features $2 drafts, $4 well drinks, $4 wine, and an at…
It’s no surprise that Blanco Tacos + Tequila in the Foothills’ La Encantada Shopping Center is packed in the hours between 4 and 6 p.m. given reasonable Happy Hour prices for drinks, and a wide variety of appetizers.
There was a good turnout at Thunder Canyon Brewery last week as a number of Northwest-area residents and business representatives joined staff of The Explorer Newspaper for the monthly Sippin’ Social, which takes place at various locations on the third Thursday of each month.