Tucson 2015: Circle of Food Favorites

Best mole ever!

Elvira mole negro

Tucson 2015: Circle of Food Favorites

Potato latke dinner at Mary Jo’s house. Great food, great friends and lots of laughter. My yearly foray into latke eating.

My brother and sister-in-law visited. Surprisingly, we ate in more than dined out. They raved about Elvira’s in Tubac, brunch at 47 Scott, dinner at Tavolino,Tucson Tamales which got transported back to Florida in the luggage and wine tasting at Kief-Joshua in Elgin.

LA or Bust. Thai food, Asian food, Thai food. Roy Choi food. Portuguese bakery. Feet in the sand.

Portland or Bust. Thai food. Thai food. Best donuts – Blue Star 

Wine road trip to Elgin/Sonoita with writer Edie Jarolim. New wine tasting in town, look for the quonset hut – RUNE Wines

Here are a few favorites in 2015

Best New Restaurant – Obon – aesthetically pleasing orally and visually, downtown

Best Chicken Schwarma Plate – Zayna Mediterranean

Best Happy Hour – Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails

Best Americano – Savaya

Best Appetizer – Bacon popcorn/The Parish

Best Fish Sandwich – Kingfisher 

Best Breakfast – Cup Cafe (the cast-iron eggs and chilaquiles are favorites)

Best Pancake – Kimchi Time/seafood pancake

Best Kanab (UT) Restaurant – Rocking V (great wine list)

Best Pup Menu – Delectables/your dogs can dine on the patio

Best Asian-Inspired Salad – RA Sushi

Best Avocado Toast – The Good Egg

Remembering Bonnie Lee Lewis, Pour Me Some Grapes

In memory of Bonnie Lee. photo credit: Rita Connelly

Remembering
This year we lost Bonnie Lee Lewis, wine writer/lover who ran the Pillsbury wine tasting room in Willcox and beloved Mukhi Singh from Twisted Tandor . In the photo, Sam Pillsbury named a wine after her — Malvasia ‘Bonnie Lee’

Reminder
I (Karyn Zoldan) wrote an article for Where Traveler about the Vero Amore/Noble Hops family. Find out what their next endeavor is.

Reading
Friend and fellow foodie Rita Connelly wrote an amazing book called Lost Restaurants of Tucson. Take a bite out of Tucson history with lots of details (some spicy) and the restaurants who made a lasting impression on the Old Pueblo.

Awards
Wow! Tucson is now a World City of Gastronomy by UNESCO. I’ll drink to that!

Future
Circle of Food has been around since 2006. It started with three partners and then two partners and now just me (Karyn Zoldan). 2015 brought a much needed web update. It is my baby and it’s here to stay. Look for a new feature “With Relish” starting 2016.

Now go support your local restaurant. Happy dining and happy New Year

P.S. Favorite things from years past
2011 and 2012

Comments

  1. ejarolim

    Glad to have enjoyed many of these culinary adventures with you, and glad this blog is now your own. It looks — and reads — great.

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