Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon
7007 E. Tanque Verde
Tucson, AZ 85715
Phone: (520) 298-2300
Fax: (520) 298-6756
Bars & Cafes
For more than two decades, this attractive and eclectic cafe has pleased Tucson palates with interesting, above-average preparations of Mexican and American fare. Decked out in contemporary and subtly Southwestern colors and accents, it's a friendly, mom-and-pop-type operation. On the menu are items like the house specialty Leo's Special Chicken Burro that comes with a roasted tomatillo or red chili sauce, Huevos Rancheros (eggs, refried beans and salsa on a warm corn tortilla) and a Vegetarian Torta of eggplant peppers, havarti cheese and vegetables.
Remember what it felt like to be 'a kid in a candy store'? Refresh your memory at this cafe. This cozy, casual cafe offers an eclectic menu of drink, food and atmosphere. In addition to a wonderful assortment of cappuccinos and lattes served hot or iced, the cafe offers sandwiches and salads, including the highly recommendable Mount Lemon Chicken Salad with garlic and water chestnuts. For dessert, sample a mile-high slice of Carrot Cake. If it's candy you crave, try a homemade truffle or feast your eyes on an entire wall of candy jars brimming with confections. Mix and match goody bags may be enjoyed on location or carry some home to share.
This is not one of the chain pizza makers. Locally owned, Tino's has made pizzas from scratch since 1984. The restaurant's reputation rests on its famous 'white pizza', a product without tomato sauce but with plenty of fresh cheese and tasty toppings. The menu also features fresh garden salads, meatball grinders and big calzones. You can complement your meal with a cold mug of beer or a fine glass of wine. Some locals say this is the best pizzeria in town. Go and decide for yourself.
Tucson Weekly calls their sushi "some of the best in town." The teppan cooking is also above par. The restaurant has a bistro-like atmosphere, and the cocktail lounge also functions as a sports bar. The kitchen offers a full spectrum of sushi choices and teppan-yaki dishes, ranging in price from a couple of dollars per sushi portion for teppan dinners. Full bar service is available with Japanese beers, sake and wines.
Do you enjoy a Western ambiance, drinking your beer surrounded by Western heroes smiling down at you from their photographs on the walls? If so, this eastside saloon is for you. You'll also find yourself surrounded by a few good ol' boys and girls at the bar, but they're generally friendly, and if you tell them you love Country and Western music, you'll quickly make some new friends. There's not an inch of wall left uncovered by Western paraphernalia and icons, with John Wayne and Gene Autry clearly dominating the scene. It's not hard to guess what's playing on the jukebox, here. Wednesday night is steak night. Other than that, there's just light snacks, beer and a huge selection of liquors.
Bratwurst and knockwurst and weisswurst, oh my. If it comes in a casing, you'll find it here. You'll also find a full range of other German and Austrian specialties, each prepared with care in this country kitchen setting. There's even a Wurstsalat, a kind of knockwurst salad and another unusual appetizer called Sülze, which is diced meats suspended in aspic. The German-style potato salad gets raves from guests, as does the Black Forest Cake. German beers are the preferred way to wash down your meal. Polka music will put your toes to tapping.
A colorful and merry assault on your senses awaits you at Guadalajara Fiesta Grill. Pleasantly lovable and loud, this Mexican restaurant sets the mood for a fun-filled evening with high spirits. The restaurant serves fresh salsas prepared right in front of you, and tortillas and fajitas that are made everyday to ensure the finest of Mexican dinner one can expect. With the mariachi band playing in the background, Mexican artwork on the walls and a vibrant air, a Mexican lunch or dinner at Guadalajara Fiesta Grill surely lights up with infectious energy.
This place rocks each night of the week to the sound of local blues and rock acts. It does get loud and you won't get the bartender's attention unless you holler, but it's usually a friendly crowd just wanting to have a good time. This is a music club, so don't expect a large selection of food items. You will find a variety of snacks and appetizers on the menu, as well as burgers. There is also your standard choice of U.S. and Mexican beers. It is an old bar with no fancy decor (i.e. dive), but the clientele knows how to let the good times roll. Happy Hour is from 5p to 6p.
Replacing the Fenderskirts bar, the Whiskey Tango is a local neighborhood bar. Offering a friendly and casual atmosphere, it puts you to ease in an instant. You can choose from the variety of beers, wines or simply ask the bartender to mix a cocktail for you. As far as entertainment is concerned, almost every week it hosts live music concerts; Whiskey Tango also features pool tables and karaoke set-up for providing complete entertainment. Truly, its a perfect place to enjoy a drink or two with your friends and simply have a good time.
If the mix of spicy and refreshing, typical Middle Eastern cuisine appeals to you, this mid-town eatery is for you. Try the beef, lamb or chicken gyros shish kebab with rice and salad served together with a lemony version of hummos and cracked-wheat dish tabouli or try the kafta, which is ground beef with a distinct ginger flavor. Beer and wine is available. The restaurant is rather small, with seating for just 60 people but you can always have your order to go.
If Tucson locals rated their cafes in stars, they would award this spot a small planetarium. This Northeast neighborhood favorite delights customers with first-name greetings, outstanding coffee including White Mocha, and a cornucopia of pastries, quiche and other tantalizing food items baked fresh on location each morning. Be certain to try the Peach Galette. Come early to get a good seat in this cozy, popular cafe with indoor/outdoor dining options. Whimsical decor, vibrant colors and soft music bring France to the desert. Owners Dennis and Margaret make visitors feel they have neighbors in Tucson, and that's the best buzz of all.
On the way to or from Sabino Canyon, be sure to stop in at this Wild West-themed restaurant and saloon for lunch, dinner or dancing. Call for information on The Crystal Palace Review, the restaurant's musical dinner theater. One of the restaurant's most interesting features is its hallway of animated wood carvings that depict Old West scenes. The Hayloft Dining Room serves up sandwiches, steaks, ribs and seafood in a fun, family-oriented atmosphere.