Weekend Notes, August 19-21

Raspados from Oasis

(Raspados from Oasis)

This was a fun, food-filled weekend.

I started off Friday evening with happy hour at Fleming’s. I don’t usually mention chain restaurants, but Fleming’s sets the bar high. Appetizers for $6. I’m not talking about old french fries and bar nachos. Try Tenderloin Carpaccio, Seared Ahi Tuna and their Prime Burger with cheese and bacon. It’s high end quality at Jack In The Box prices. They feature great deals on drinks, too, and the service is excellent. If they don’t know your name after 3 visits, I’d be surprised.

Saturday morning, a friend and I met at Le Buzz before a trip up to the top of Mt. Lemmon. Le Buzz is one of my favorite bakeries in town. Along with Frog’s Organic Bakery and Beyond Bread, they feature baked goods you can’t find anywhere else. We both had the breakfast sandwich and split a Vanilla Bean Scone after the hike. I think I skipped lunch. But for dinner I went to La Botana at Ft. Lowell and First Avenue. This place is great. Their Adobada, Green Chile, and Red Chile tacos were delicious. The bean dip starter and tri-salsa is a unique twist on the standard chips and salsa. And, their patio is awesome. I’m reluctant to sit underneath the oleander bush, though.

La Botana

Menu from La Botana

Sunday was my go-to breakfast – KG’s Westside Cafe. (RepreSENT!). They have the best pancakes. Perfectly balanced and fluffy. The servers always go above and beyond. They even brew me a stronger pot of coffee . Although I gotta admit… get coffee elsewhere. Even stronger, it’s just… um… get coffee elsewhere.

Later that day we went to Oasis for Raspados. Big mistake. I might have to go there WAY more often now. I ordered the Strawberry Raspados Con Nieve (with ice cream). It’s a good place to start if you’ve never had one (which I’m shamed to admit, I hadn’t. But, I grew up here and only made it to the rodeo for the first time a couple years ago, too).

Next, as if that wasn’t enough, a friend, who takes the term “locavore” into obsessive-compulsive disorder territory had slaughtered, butchered and was spit roasting a lamb from the east side of town where it was raised.

Local Spit Roast Lamb in Tucson

Spit roasting a Tucson raised lamb

There were other minor events that involved peanut butter cups, but I don’t consider that newsworthy.

Until next time…

Adam Lehrman started Tucson Foodie in late 2008 as a way to track his search for the best food Tucson had to offer.

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