Tucson Casual Dining on Christmas Day

TUCSON CASUAL DINING ON CHRISTMAS DAY Not everyone celebrates Christmas. Not everyone will be sitting down with the families on Dec. 25. The popular question seems to be: Where can I eat? Here’s a sample of what’s available: RA Sushi at La Encantada opens at 4 PM & there’s more than sushi on the menu. Kimchi Time a fabulous Korean restaurant at 2900 E. Broadway is open from 11:30 AM to 10 PM on December 25 AND on Christmas Eve until 10 PM. Gandhi Cuisine of India at 150 W. Ft. Lowell is open serving their lunch buffet from 11
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Tucson, Some Like It Hot

Yeah. A number of publications recently discovered Tucson charms so just maybe it’s a summer destination for many. Some  like it hot. The Phoenix New Times compared Tucson to Venice Beach: “Tucson, long considered the Venice Beach of Arizona with its laid-back vibe, seems to see a notable new eating establishment pop up weekly.” Having lived in Venice Beach for five years, I would beg to differ but that was a long time ago when Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out on Muscle Beach and not yet famous except in his own mind. The Terminator aside, the PHX New Times embraces our
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Altruistic Tucson Restaurant Fundraisers

Once again Tucson’s restaurants show us their altruism. Ain’t to Proud to Beg Team Up for Tucson (TUFT) and Sullivan’s Steakhouse team up to raise funds to buy Animal Resuscitation Kits for Pima County first responders. Thousands of pets die every year because of smoke inhalation. Enjoy red and white wines paired with appetizers (vegetarian options available). There will be a silent auction emceed by John Overall/KVOA. Items include private flights in a bi-plane, resort stays, and more. Tickets cost $35 at TeamUpforTucson.com or by calling 520-303-2167. Help support this wonderful cause! Last year TUFT raised money to buy bullet
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Tucson Gem Show Dining, Just Eat It & Bead It

Welcome! The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show begins January 31 and that means thousands of vendors and visitors…are looking for places to eat, dine and imbibe. Please try our fabulous local restaurants. Experience Tucson dining. You can eat at Macaroni Grill anywhere. Here’s a list of some of Circle of Food’s locally-owned favorites located nearby Gem Show venues: (check for dates/times) Best Bead Show Kino Veterans Memorial Community Center – 2805 E. Ajo Way Food courts and food trucks set up here for a quickie bites. This area is a wasteland as far as restaurants but if you head east
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Winner – $50 Gift Card from AZ Restaurant Week

Thanks to Arizona Restaurant Week for their offer to send a $50 Restaurant Gift Card to a Circle of Food Blog reader. And the winner is… Petra Gearhart Circle of Food asked that people post on Facebook and list their favorite local restaurant. Petra chose Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails.  (only one vote was counted) I want to thank everyone who participated — lots of great local restaurants as favorites were in the mix including FEAST, Acacia, and Hacienda Del Sol who are participating in Arizona Restaurant Week as well as others that are not. Someone chose SnowPeas
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Tucson Dining: Wildflower – 15th Anniversary, Donates

Congratulations to Sam Fox/Fox Restaurant Concepts for 15 delicious years in Tucson… from the press release August 30, 2013 (Tucson, AZ) – Wildflower, a Tucson culinary landmark and Fox Restaurant Concepts’ flagship eatery, will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a special celebration dinner on Thursday, September 25, from 5 to 9 p.m.  A number of the restaurant’s first partners will be on hand to mix and mingle with dinner guests, enjoy the unique cuisine and drinks for which Wildflower has become known, and reminisce on 15 fantastic years of serving Southern Arizona. A special dinner menu incorporating a number of
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Tucson Dining: Kingfisher celebrates 20th Anniversary – Sept 1

Congratulations to the hardworking folks at Kingfisher who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. It’s no surprise that they are giving back to their customers and to a local charity. 20% of sales for the first 20 days of September will be donated to the Tucson Community Food Bank. Also Kingfisher will serve three items off their original menu (from 20 years ago) at the original menu prices (from 20 years ago). The menu items will change every few days. The starting lineup includes: –Grilled-Vegetable Potato Cake – fresh mozzarella, wild mushrooms, herbed infused olive oil. $5.25 –Mixed Grill Pasta –
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Tucson Dining: Cafe a la C’Art – late summer menu

For over 14 years Café a la C’Art has served delicious and artistic delicacies to the Tucson community. From mouthwatering sandwiches to decadent desserts, this family-owned Tucson staple adjacent to Tucson Museum of Art  (150 N. Main Street) unveils their new end-of-summer menu on August 12, 2013. The lunch menu now features 13 newly created food items. A sampling of tastes include: Sandwiches: •         Salmon filet-Cajun spiced, goat cheese aioli, tomato, lettuce, red onions, on a tasted challah roll •         Vegetable wrap portabellos, roasted red peppers, corn, spinach leaves, herbed yogurt dressing, chili dusted root vegetable chips •         Wine braised
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Fab Food at Playground, Downtown Tucson Dining

What kind of name is Playground? It’s a hip corner bar like none other downtown Tucson with an accessible roof top, sexy patio, has its own parking lot (a seductive plus), the widest TV screen on the planet, and a vast high ceiling interior with swings hanging from the ceiling. Aha! That’s the playground connection. Swings, seen at playgrounds, with strong chain links like retro swings from my past not the flimsy swing sets in backyards. Another thing I didn’t know about Playground — creative food is served that actually raises the bar on bar food. Last week I had
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Tucson Dining: Chad’s Steakhouse closed, DK&C cuts lunch service

Dear Valued Guest, After 22 years, Chad’s Steakhouse is now closed, while we seek new ownership. We have thoroughly enjoyed our last several years as Chad’s owners, where we have had the pleasure to meet and make friends with so many great folks.   It has felt like one big family.      We truly appreciate your past patronage and your friendship. Sincerely, Shaun and Sandi Herrington —————————- I am always sad when an independently-owned restaurant closes its doors but 22 years is an extraordinary run. —————————– Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails will no longer service lunch after Friday – April 26. Instead the
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