Where To Eat Now With Realtor Susan Denis

For this week’s Where To Eat Now, Tucson Foodie hit up Susan Denis with Habitation Realty.

My workdays often take me to the farthest corners of Tucson. But, I’m a foodie who refuses to cave in to the drive-thru lifestyle many realtors embrace. For me, house hunting involves looking for the best of the best in terms of coffee shops, cafes, pizzerias, and more, no matter where my clients dreams may take me.

When I’m heading to the northeast side of town, I look forward to it. Since I normally eat out near where I live in Downtown Tucson, I can plan a culinary delight for each step of the way, and every part of the day – for my house hunting buyers and myself.

There’s no better road to start with than Tanque Verde. It might be the only road you need to know for deliciousness out northeast.

We start with some of the very best homemade pastries and breads in town…

Le Buzz Caffe

9121 E Tanque Verde

Almond Croissant at Le Buzz in Tucson

Almond Croissant at Le Buzz in Tucson

Although Le Buzz features muffins of the healthier variety, I have to admit, I go for the giant warm cinnamon bun with a huge breve latte. Best in the west, or Northeast, that is.

Standout items:

  • Muffins
  • Cinnamon Bun
  • Almond Croissant


Eclectic Café

E Tanque Verde & Sabino.

Salad at Eclectic Cafe in Tucson

Salad at Eclectic Cafe in Tucson

If you find yourself in the northeast part of Tucson for brunch or lunch, you will love the Eclectic. I literally dream about their salad The Crunch. There’s nothing else like it in Tucson. This salad of pure heaven has raw veggies and fruits with crumbles of bleu cheese. It’s so crunchy, fresh, and delicious you’ll want a second one to take home. For the less health-minded, splurge on the rich and delicious Chicken Crepes.

Standout items:

  • The Crunch Salad
  • Chilaquiles


Renee’s Organic Oven

7065 E Tanque Verde

Pizza at Renee's Organic Oven (Photo credit: Renee's)

Pizza at Renee’s Organic Oven (Photo credit: Renee’s)

Renee’s is a great casual spot for dinner and a glass of red wine. It’s in the same shopping center as the Eclectic Café. With a wonderful ambience, organic ingredients, and even an optional gluten free pizza crust, you’ll love this spot. Start with the homemade Spinach Artichoke Dip or the Spinach Salad. There’s a sweet little wine list that won’t disappoint, either. The pizza is to die for. Try one of my favorites, the Shroomy Goat which features a local goat cheese option from Fiore di Capra.

Standout items:

  • Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Shroomy Goat Pizza


Frost Gelato

7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd

Frost Gelato (Photo credit: Frost)

Frost Gelato (Photo credit: Frost)

If you have room for the tiniest sweet Frost Gelato is a great northeast option. I usually ask for the tiniest size they offer, but beg for two tastes in one cup… limoncello with a side of darkest chocolate. Your tastebuds will be satiated and happy with you, after your northeast culinary adventures!

Standout items:

  • Limoncello
  • Dark chocolate



Realtor Susan Denis

Susan Denis is a Tucson Realtor with Habitation Realty. Specializing in downtown and historic neighborhoods for the past 13 years, she’s also a volunteer photographer at Pima Paws for Life. She has lived in Virginia Beach, San Diego, and Tucson.

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