Comfort Suites at Tucson Mall
515 West Automall Dr
Tucson, AZ 85705-6008
Phone: (520) 888-6676
Fax: (520) 888-6617
Bars & Cafes
This Westside lounge offers a chance to meet the locals in an Irish bar environment; don't worry, it's a friendly crowd, particularly if you offer the person sitting next to you a drink. Both office workers and retirees gather here to have their after-lunch drinks, but the real action happens during karaoke nights on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. The bar offers several domestic beers on draft, as well as the usual array of liquors. The food selection is limited to light snacks such as hamburgers and hot dogs.
Mike and Tillie Valle and daughters, Christina and Teresa, have been welcoming Tucsonans and visitors to their friendly, family-oriented Mexican restaurants since 1980. The Oracle Road location, now run by Teresa, is a great place to stop for a bite when shopping at the Tucson Mall. House specialties include fajitas, Carne Seca, Chiles Rellenos, and Camarones Rancheros (shrimp sautéed with chilies, tomatoes, onions and cilantro). Full bar service includes the restaurant's namesake, margaritas, and a special house-recipe Sangría.
Here's one of the most popular sports bars in Tucson, run by an ex-school teacher who in 1978 decided his real calling was to sell pastrami. He made the right decision, since the place is still buzzing with people drinking beer from big pitchers and munching on pastrami sandwiches. Other than watching athletic games on TV, clients pass their time playing video games or doing karaoke. The kitchen offers all-American fare, from tuna melt sandwiches to chili cheeseburgers. Special house brews are available in pints, ponys and pitchers.
This is one of the main venues for blues and blues-related music in Tucson, featuring both local acts and, occasionally, big names. An excellent sound system reverberates off walls covered with autographed photos of blues and rock heavies. It is spacious, with a long bar and a pool table and affords enough room for dancing in front of the stage. The kitchen offers a good selection of appetizers, chicken, steak, plus hamburgers with fries. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 6pm. Bring cash. No credit cards accepted. An ATM is available on the premises.
From humble beginnings as a roadside food stand in the year 1946, when Tucson was a small town of about 40,000, this Mexican eatery has grown into a spacious family restaurant and lounge. Service is fast and efficient and prices are very reasonable. Outside dining is available at a large shaded patio decorated in Mexican style. Several domestic and Mexican beers, as well as margaritas and wines, are offered at the lounge. Tacos, enchiladas and tostadas are served a la carte, or as combination plates. All dishes are $4-$14.
Located in artsy St. Philip's Plaza, this spot showcases local artists while offering an eclectic, innovative selection of Mediterranean food, wood-fired pizza and outstanding pastas with an Asian tinge. The service is excellent, making Ovens Bistro and Wine Bar well-worth more than one visit. Favorites include Grilled Chicken Breast in Cranberry Chutney and Lobster Mushroom Ravioli, innovative indeed. The wine list is extensive. Outside dining is possible on the well-shaded patio, even during the hot summer months.
USA Today named this among their top ten Chinese restaurants in America. Offering Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine and Mongolian stir fry, this unpretentious place combines a comfortable atmosphere, gracious service and healthful dining. Lunch and dinner buffets include a create-your-own stir-fry station, a salad and soup bar and a full selection of appetizers and entree. Or, choose from the table service menu featuring both Szechuan and Cantonese specialties. Full bar service is available.
The main attraction at Old Chicago Pasta & Pizza is the deep-dish pie, but there's much, much more on the menu than Chicago-style pizza. The spinach and mushroom lasagne is gigantic and tasty, served with garlic bread on the side. If that doesn't fill you up, it's hard to imagine what will. Huge portions of food plus 110 different types of international beers (25 of which are on tap), is what makes this place so extremely popular with the college kids from the nearby University of Arizona campus. Pizzas come in several varieties, most prominently among them the original "Chicago Seven" in three sizes. Don't overlook the dessert menu, though; if you've left room, try the cheesecake or the delicious Kahlua hot fudge brownie.
Here's the place to renew your energy and replenish lost calories after a workout at the Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club. The club offers a cafe and sports bar featuring everything from omelets to healthy salads to grilled seafood. Several big-screen TVs allow you to watch games from every corner of the room; if you don't care for TV much, you can retreat to the porch. Banquet facilities are available, and there is a full bar service.
Located a few blocks from the University of Arizona, in the northwestern part of the city, Eclipse Sports Bar is a typical sports bar, catering to the University crowd. As with sports bars, you will find big TV screens dispersed throughout the establishment, telecasting live sports events, pool tables, and even board games. On the food menu, you will find old favorites like Jalapeno Poppers, and, perhaps, a sprinkling of typical pub food. The bar also plays host to live musical performances. Call for more information.
A few years ago, when owner Jo Jensen learned that Baskin-Robbins would not renew her franchise agreement, she decided to go on her own. Instead of closing the store, she hooked up with another ice cream manufacturer in Santa Barbara and now serves up creamy ice cream that is more flavorful than the former corporate variety. This place offers 50 flavors for a single cone. Of course, there is also the whole range of sundaes, banana splits and floats to choose from.
If you want to include a true Western dining experience in your trip to Tucson, come here, preferably on Tuesday, Friday or Saturday evenings, which are steak nights. If you're ready to splurge, try the porterhouse but you'd better be hungry! This is a family bar featuring TV, pool and pinball machines, with shaded seating on the patio.