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
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’
I (Karyn Zoldan) wrote an article for Where Traveler about the Vero Amore/Noble Hops family. Find out what their next endeavor is.
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.
Wow! Tucson is now a World City of Gastronomy by UNESCO. I’ll drink to that!
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