Proper Updates Menu For Summer 2015 (VIDEO)

Just in time for summer, Downtown Tucson’s Proper has rolled out a new, seasonally inspired menu.

Guests will find a broad range of new lunch and dinner items featuring locally sourced ingredients, such as the Top Knot Chicken Breast with Serrano ham, dijon emulsion, summer squash, and snap peas and the Turf and Turf, a Kale ash coated NY strip, served with pan seared golden potato pave, and house steak sauce. But don’t worry – your favorite appetizers, such as Prop Prop Wings and the House Board are still available.

Top Knot Chicken from Proper in Tucson

Top Knot Chicken from Proper

In addition, the menu features a new layout that’s more legible with less obscure gourmet jargon.

“We’re not throwing words out that are too far above people’s heads.” said Executive Chef Kris Vrolijk. “A lot of people aren’t exposed to that stuff, and sometimes they feel intimidated by it.”

Some of the additional menu highlights include:

  • Char Siu Pork Chop – Sauteed bok choy, udon noodles, maya tea broth, cilantro, togarashi, green onion
  • Lemon Carnaroli – Summer squash, snap peas, asparagus, grada padano, roasted local chicken
  • Fried Green Tomatoes – Smoky lime aioli, basil pistou, seasonal lettuce, Jones bacon, manchego

Vrolijk credits his cooking creativity to the different cultures he has been exposed to.


“One of the coolest parts of food is the way the colors combine on a plate and the way the flavors melt together,” Vrolijk says. “I’ll go to a Filipino barbecue and ask myself, ‘what’s that?’ and ‘what’s that?’ It’s just all being soaked in.”

Open daily, the new menu is now available.

For more information including hours and the full menu, visit Proper at

Shana Rose is a Tucson-based food writer and videographer.

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