Friday, June 16, 2006

"You can't afford the luxury of a negative thought." -- John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
Sounds hokey, but it's true. It costs too much.

Places to go in Tucson:

List #1: Activities and Locations(Incomplete list)
List #2: Foods and Dinners(also incomplete)
List #3: Free/Low-cost Ideas
List #4: Resorts, Spas, and Secluded Areas ;-)
List #5: Mom & Pop Stops (a café-centric version of list #2)

Places to Go in Tucson Part #2: Foods & Dinners


Ultimate streetcorner areas:
UNIVERSITY AVENUE, FOURTH AVENUE, AND CONGRESS STREET (And really, most of Downtown)


Places that play live music (still adding; the current
three listed here are ones I've never been to, so I can't
really vouch to the quality)
Source #1: http://www.10best.com
Source #2: Google (stuff to be added later)
Source #3: VisitTucson.Org

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Rialto Theatre
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318 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701-1833 · 520-740-0126

Dress:Casual
Features:Smoking
Type:Live Music

This venue, located in the heart of downtown, had a fascinating past as a Vaudeville theater. Now the refurbished facility is a great place to catch a touring band. Many styles of music, from blues to salsa to alternative, are represented, and big names often perform.

Hours:
Box office Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat noon-6pm; Show dates and start times avry.

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King Fisher Bar & Grill
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2564 East Grant Road
Tucson, Arizona
(520) 323-7739
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Live Music Schedule at King Fisher Bar and Grill!
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June 17 - Phil Lipman
June 19 - Amilicar Guerara
June 24 - Arthur Migliazza
June 26 - George Howard & Arthur Migliazza

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Berky's Bar
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5769 E Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85712 · 520-296-1981

Alcohol:Beer
Dress:Business Casual
Type:Bar, Live Music

A slightly more mature crowd gathers at Berky's, a local favorite with a great reputation. Live music is usually on the agenda, with well-known local groups as well as regional acts. The cover charge varies according to the band performing; call ahead for specifics.

Hours:Daily noon-1am

Admission:Cover Charge: Free - $10


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Club Congress
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311 E Congress St, Hotel Congress, Tucson, AZ 85701-1811 · 520-622-8848

Ambiance:Trendy
Dress:Casual, Trendy / Stylish
Features:Group Friendly
Type:Live Music

This upbeat dance club offers a wide range of popular theme nights, with some of the best DJs in the area spinning nostalgic tracks or the best alternative music of today. Live music is offered, too, with top national acts headlining. 80s fans shouldn't miss Blue Monday.

Hours:Daily 8pm-1am, bands start at 9pm

Admission:Cover $5-10




RESTAURANTS (My favs are at the top/closer to the top)
Unless otherwise mentioned, Favorites and places I'd like to try have been listed from
VisitTucson.Org

Of Course, at the top of my list, especially for the chocolate martinis and the excellent live jazz (which I don't remember seeing on visittucson's pages just yet, but it's probably there) is Sullivan's ... but expect it to be pricey.

Also, for Mother's Day and Father's Day, always reserve a table (at least a week in advance) at the West Inn La Paloma - they're among best for special events such as these.

Thirdly, Red Sky Café has been recommended by a friend.

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Café Poca Cosa
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110 E. Pennington St.
Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone #1: 520-622-6400

Description:
Cuisine from across Mexico—daily changing menu. Mole sauces, unusual preparations. Pennington location serves lunch, dinner Mon.–Sat., Stone/Alameda location for breakfast, lunch weekdays. MasterCard, Visa.

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Gentle Ben's Brewing Co.
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865 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719- Phone #1: 520-624-4177
Email: realbeer@gentleben.com
Website: www.gentlebens.com

Description:
Located one block west of the University of Arizona. Gentle Bens is Southern Arizona's oldest and largest brewery and restaurant serving great food and ales daily.

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Elle, A Wine Country Restaurant
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Broadway Village, 3048 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716 Phone #1: 520-327-0500
Fax: 520-327-2353
Email: info@ellerestaurant.com
Website: www.elletucson.com

Description:
Located in historic Joesler building. Northern California, French and Italian cuisine. Appetizers include Citrus Shrimp Ceviche, Baked Brie in Puff Pastry; entree menu items include Butternut Squash Ravioli, Grilled Center-Cut Pork Chop, Sauteed Shrimp. Extensive wine cellar includes more than 300 selections, many wines by the glass. Open Mon.-Fri. at 11 a.m., Sat. at 4:30 p.m., Sun. brunch, at 10 a.m.


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Barrio Food & Drink
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135 S. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone #1: 520-629-0191
Website: www.barriofoodanddrink.com

Description:
Intimate bistro in heart of downtown. Contemporary little plates, greens, pastas, daily specials. Upbeat bar. Moments from theater, convention events. Lunch/dinner. Late night off-street parking.



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Gavi Italian Restaurants
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6960 E. Sunrise Dr. #110
Tucson, AZ 85750 Phone #1: 520-615-1900
Fax: 520-545-0392
Email: info@gavirestaurant.net
Website: www.gavirestaurant.net

Description:
Conceived by owner Gavi Colaleo, features authentic Italian food prepared fresh-to-order in a charming atmosphere. Enjoy Tucson Weekly's "Readers' Choice for Best Italian 2004-2005" inside or on the patio. You may dine from Gavi's extensive menu and wine list or sample daily lunch, appetizer and dinner specials. Other locations: 7865 E. Broadway Blvd., 290-8380; 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 219-9200.

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Frog and Firkin
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874 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719- Phone #1: 520-623-7507
Fax: 520-740-0192
Website: www.frogandfirkin.com


Description:
A unique dining experience. Choose from 26 import draft beers or one of our 50 import or domestic bottles. Sandwiches, burgers, salads, and specialty pizzas.



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58º & Holding Co.
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5340 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85711 Phone #1: 520-747-5858
Fax: 520-747-5859
Email: azinfo@58degrees.com
Website: www.58degrees.com

Description:
Come explore the cool world of 58º. Shop Tucson's definitive destination for fine wines and beers. Sip up to 58 wines by the glass, refreshing beers, and sample tempting treats in the chic, contemporary "Bar 58." Store your wines in our private and secure wine cellar at a chilly 58º. Other location: St. Philip's Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell, Ste. 27.



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Acacia at St. Philips
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4340 N. Campbell Ave. #103
Tucson, AZ 85718 Phone #1: 520-232-0101
Fax: 520-232-0103
Email: lila@acaciatucson.com
Website: www.acaciatucson.com

Description:
Acacia's contemporary American menu is as eclectic as America itself. Hints of new Latin, Pacific Rim as well as regional favorites lovingly handcrafted exclusively for Tucson diners. Enjoy lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch in the smartly appointed dining room or dine under the sycamores on the spacious patio. The comfortable indoor/outdoor lounge makes happy hour a must. Incredibly fun bar menu served from 11-11. Reservations appreciated.



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Cibaria Cucina Italiana
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12985 N. Oracle Rd. #165
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 Phone #1: 520-825-2900
Phone #2: 520-730-4761
Email: cibaria@netzero.net
Website: www.cibaria.com

Description:
Chef/Owner Michael Veres' gifted touch breathes life into familiar and well-loved favorites as well as creates incredible daily specials. Come in for the experience or let Cibaria bring the experience to you by catering your special event.



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Athens on 4th Restaurant
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500 N. 4th Ave., Ste. 6
Tucson, AZ 85705 Phone #1: 520-624-6886
Fax: 520-624-0645
Email: athensonfourth@yahoo.com
Website: www.athensonfourth.com

Description:
Experience a divine blend of Greek hospitality and cuisine. Our recipes have been passed down for generations from many regions of Greece. We offer fresh fish and lamb specials daily in addition to our various entrees. To compliment any meal, choose from our extensive Greek and domestic wines and spirits.




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Anthony's in the Catalinas
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6440 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85718- Phone #1: 520-299-1771
Fax: 520-299-6635
Email: anthonysinthecatalinas@msn.com
Website: www.anthonysinthecatalinas.com

Description:
Anthony's offers fine dining in the foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains with spectacular views, a continental menu, and a "Grand Award"-winning wine list.




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Catalina Grille at Omni Tucson National
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2727 W. Club Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85742
Toll-Free: 800-528-4856
Phone #1: 877-2377
Fax: 520-742-2452
Website: www.omnitucsonnational.com

Description:
Open for dinner Mon.–Sat. 5:30–9:30 p.m., Sunday Brunch, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Reservations recommended.

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Grill on the Green
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5800 S. Camino del Sol
Green Valley, AZ 85614 Phone #1: 520-393-1933
Fax: 520-325-3230
Website: www.metrorestaurants.com

Description:
Part of Canoa Ranch Golf Club, the restaurant offers contemporary American cuisine. Indoor/patio dining with course view. Clubhouse available for private functions.



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Flying V Bar & Grill
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Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85750
Toll-Free: 800-234-5117
Phone #1: 520-299-2020
Fax: 520-299-6832
Email: MDominguez@Loewshotels.com
Website: www.loewshotels.com

Description:
Relaxed with outdoor seating. Southwestern. Favorite golfer-watering hole has excellent views of the Canyon Course, yet elegant enough for an intimate dinner beside the fireplace.


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Firecracker Bistro
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2990 N. Swan Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712 Phone #1: 520-318-1118
Fax: 520-325-3230
Website: www.metrorestaurants.com

Description:
The best lettuce cups in Tucson! Pacific Rim cuisine with flair. Look for fire-burning torches. Offering an extensive bar and wine list.



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El Parador Tropical Garden Restaurant
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2744 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716 Phone #1: 520-881-2808
Fax: 520-881-6483
Email: elparador@aol.com
Website: www.elparadortucson.com


Description:
Family owned and operated, serving Tucsonans since 1946. Offering fresh Sonoran-style, Nuevo Latino cuisine. Open daily. Fri., Sat. evenings, live salsa music and dancing. Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Five banquet rooms. Thirst-quenching Margaritas, refreshing Mojitos and an extensive Tequila list.



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Dakota Café & Catering Company
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6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85715- Phone #1: 520-298-7188
Fax: 520-298-0588
Email: dakotacafe@aol.com
Website: www.dakotacafeandcatering.com

Description:
Open Mon.–Sat., lunch and dinner. Upscale cafe with fresh creative food. Outside patio dining. Full bar and affordable wine list. Daily specials, fresh fish nightly.




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Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant
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198 W. Cushing St.
Tucson, AZ 85701- Phone #1: 520-622-7984
Email: cushingstreet@att.net
Website: www.cushingstreet.com

Description:
Historic Tucson landmark. A friendly gathering place downtown, serving homemade soups, salads, quesadillas, sandwiches, grilled steaks and seafood. Garden patios, antique dining rooms, private parking.

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Common Grounds Espresso Co.
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327 E. 7th St.
Tucson, AZ 85705 Phone #1: 520-770-9270
Fax: 520-777-7755
Email: camp327@aol.com
Website: www.commongroundsespresso.com

Description:
Common Grounds Espresso Co. has been serving professional organizations and events of all sizes since 1991. We have chosen to specialize in mobile on-site Cappuccino service. Our friendly and expert staff will deliver a truly unique experience to any occasion. Call for information and reservations.



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Brooklyn Pizza Company
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534 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705 Phone #1: 520-622-6868
Fax: 520-622-2968
Email: tonyvaccaro@excite.com
Website: www.brooklynpizzacompany.com

Description:
Watch us hand-toss and bake your pizza. Discounts for catering and pizza parties. Knockout lunch and late-night specials. Whole pies and by the slice. Our own Gelato/Italian Ice. Calzones, subs and pasta. Beer and wine.



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Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre–West
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5247 E. Brown Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85205- Phone #1: 480-325-6700
Fax: 480-325-6746
Email: tickets@broadwaypalmwest.com
Website: www.broadwaypalmwest.com

Description:
New, 500-seat, year-round professional dinner theatre presents full-length Broadway musicals/comedies combined with a savory buffet meal to create an exceptional dinner-and-show package.



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Bistro Zin (Hmmm.)
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1865 E. River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85718 Phone #1: 299-7799
Fax: 520-318-9653
Email: info@foxrc.net
Website: www.foxrestaurantconcepts.com

Description:
French-inspired American bistro/wine bar voted best new Tucson restaurant. Seasonal menu features classic French with American twist. Chic intimate interior or cozy patio with fireplace. Serving lunch Mon.–Fri. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and dinner daily 5 p.m.–11:30 p.m.