Renee's Organic Oven prides themselves on serving the best pizzas in all of Tucson. It starts with their organic ingredients, including staples like flour, eggs and olive oil. To top that off, their like to feature toppings that are sourced locally, including tomatoes and red bell peppers. Gluten-free pizza is also offered, as well as a selection of salads and homemade desserts. If you don't feel like pizza, pastas are also available and include selections like penne pesto and chicken and pesto lasagna.
The creation of award-winning Chef Kelly, Primo serves fine Italian cuisine with seasonal and organic hints, alongside domestic and regional Italian wines. Nestled inside the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, this gem of a restaurant features relaxed yet upscale dining rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and a sun-drenched patio that overlooks the city. The spectacular views of the adjacent Tucson mountains provide the perfect setting to an already memorable dining experience.
Set against the backdrop of a Santorini mural that sums up the theme of this undiscovered gem, It's Greek to Me serves authentic Greek and Mediterranean delicacies. A dedicated delicatessen which is part of the restaurant offers regional sandwiches with fillings such as house-roasted turkey, pastrami, lightly fried chickpea, tzatiki and provolone cheese, among others. For a full meal, you can rely on their fantastic Flaming Tiri Saganaki that whets your appetite for what's to follow later. Main courses bring along food treasures from the Mediterranean coast that include Braised Lamb Shank, Spanakopita and Gyro Plates with broiled lamb and beef.
If you are growing tired of your normal burger place, take a tasty trip to Zinburger. All of their gourmet burgers are made with Certified Angus beef, and come in varieties like the Breakfast Burger with a fried egg, applewood-smoked bacon, avocado and american cheese. Their milkshakes are great too, as are their hand-cut sweet potato and truffle fries. As their name suggests, Zinburger also has a selection of wine pairings that go great with whatever burger you just ordered.
Tucson Tamale Company serves, as their name would suggest, the best tamales in the city. It all starts with the fresh ingredients that are used in their wide variety of tamales. Different selections include the Santa Fe with pork loin and green chile sauce, as well as their signature Tucson tamale, which comes with tons of cheese in grilled jalapeno masa. Plenty of veggie and vegan options are also available, as are frozen varieties that are not sold hot in the restaurant. Their tamales can also be ordered through their website.
Don't plan on too many other activities on any Sunday that starts with brunch at The Canyon Cafe. Not only will the meal be the highlight of your day, but you're likely to be too full to function after wards. Start with Eggs Benedict, perhaps, then work your way through the carving station and be sure to stop off at the seafood spot. Put in your order with the pasta chef, but be sure to save room for a trip to the dessert station. This gourmet marathon is sure to be one of your most memorable meals in Tucson.
Serving wood-baked Napoli pizzas in an upscale, minimalist space is Falora. The creation of owner and Chef Ari Shapiro, this bright pizzeria also serves wine and beer with these low on gluten pies. Choose from their amazing Caesar, Kale or Butter Pecan salads as an excellent culinary warm-up. Then move on to their unique artisan pizzas, some of which include classic Margherita, Carni, Giardino and Cura, Falora's also encourages patrons to bring in their favorite vinyl record to spin on their stereo. As a return gesture, you can enjoy a free bottle of Chianti.
It's easy to miss this minute East African restaurant in a converted cottage on Broadway, but once you've tasted the exotic offerings, you'll want to mark it on your map. The menu is almost as limited as the number of tables (be prepared for a wait), but the sampler platters give you a good grasp of the gastronomic style of the region. Wats, Ethiopian-style stewed dishes, is the focus here. Choose from Doro (chicken), Yebeg (lamb), Zighi (beef), Yemisir (lentil) or several other exotically seasoned dishes, eaten in hand using the spongy Injera bread. No alcoholic beverages are served but, because of the size of the restaurant, you're allowed to bring your own wine or beer.
Chicago transplant and former rock musician, Rocco DiGrazia, brings a bite of the Windy City to Tucson at Rocco's Little Chicago. The choices include double-crusted pies and thin-crust, square cut options. With names like the Heart Attack—piles of meat and tons of cheese, and Fungus Humongous—mega-mushrooms, it's obvious this isn't health-conscious dining, but it's a delicious indulgence. A few sandwiches—also of mammoth proportions, are also offered and beer and wine are served. Quite likely, Rocco himself, will prepare your pizza.
Stop at this small midtown restaurant, meet the Trang family and have them cook an authentic Vietnamese meal for you suited just to your tastes. One of their favorites is the charbroiled pork or beef served on a rice noodle bowl. Do not miss the excellent pho soups that the family is famous for. Mr. & Mrs. Trang will take every effort to make their customers happy and you will leave well-fed and with a new appreciation of Vietnamese hospitality. Beer and wine are available.
At Bob's it seems like everyone knows everyone else here, which is to say that the place is always filled with locals. Bob's is kind of a dive, however with TVs on the walls, it does have somewhat of a sports bar vibe. During happy hour, the college crowd comes in for cheap drinks and filling appetizers. Bob's serves a decent amount of domestic swill like Budweiser and Coors, but oftentimes you will also find a craft beer or two. Moreover, when the weather is right, the two patios available for outside dining are perfect.