20 September, 2019, 21:29

59 New Tucson Bars & Restaurants That Opened in 2018

Tucson has averaged more than one bar or restaurant opening per week.

With 59 bars and restaurants that opened in 2018, Tucson has averaged more than one bar or restaurant opening per week. Here’s the list.

7 Ounce Korean Steakhouse

4699 E. Speedway Blvd.
LA Galbi, Prime Brisket, and Prime Pork Belly at 7 Ounce Korean Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

7 Ounce Korean Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The newest Korean barbecue in Tucson features a modern interior and a menu highlighting prime cuts of meat.

For more information, visit 7ounce.com.

Alloro D.O.C. Italian Trattoria and Chophouse

7600 E. Broadway Blvd.
Pappardelle and Caesar Salad at Alloro D.O.C. Italian Trattoria and Chophouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pappardelle and Caesar Salad at Alloro D.O.C. Italian Trattoria and Chophouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Although Alloro is hidden away in a Hilton hotel, don’t dismiss it. Tableside fettuccine alfredo is the restaurant’s main claim to fame, tossed in a giant wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano. The rest of the menu is top-notch as well.

Keep up with Alloro D.O.C. Italian Trattoria and Chophouse on Facebook. For more information, call (520) 721-5666 or visit hilton.com.

American Eat Co.

1439 S. Fourth Ave.
Dumb Sister Salmon Poke Bowl special at Dumb Fish at American Eat Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dumb Sister Salmon Poke Bowl special at Dumb Fish at American Eat Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While technically a food hall, American Eat Co. houses several new restaurants, a bar, a butcher shop, and a cafe; all of which are independently owned. With so many options, it’s an easy choice for a group gathering.

For more information, call (520) 867-8700 or visit americaneatco.com.

Americano Mexicano

800 E. University Blvd.

This University Boulevard newcomer features Mexican snacks with high-quality ingredients. Each bite of pineapple and mango is ripe and sweet. Their chips and salsa also rock.

For more information, visit americanomexicano.com.

Arizona Wine Collective

4280 N. Campbell Ave. Ste. 155
Wines at Arizona Wine Collective (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Wines at Arizona Wine Collective (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Arizona Wine Collective features an exceptionally well-curated selection of Arizona wines. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new in the world of wine, you can trust the knowledgeable team to guide you in the right direction.

For more information, visit azwinecollective.com.

Asian Sofrito

2530 N. First Ave.
Assorted food at Asian Sofrito (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Assorted food at Asian Sofrito (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While Asian Sofrito features an eclectic blend of Chinese and Puerto Rican dishes, what keeps us coming back is the fried chicken. It juicy, crispy, and tastes like it’s marinated with garlic and oregano. Delightful.

Keep up with Asian Sofrito on Facebook.

Beaut Burger

267 S. Avenida del Convento
B8 and B4 burgers at Beaut Burger (Credit: Jackie Tran)

B8 and B4 burgers at Beaut Burger (Credit: Jackie Tran)

From the slow-fermented English muffin-style bun to the crispy fries with lemon zest and herbs, Beaut Burger elevates classic American staples with simple artisanal elegance. But they’re not too fancy for $2 Miller High Life.

For more information, visit beautburger.com.

Berry Divine Acai Bowls

245 E. Congress St.
(Credit: Berry Divine Acai Bowls on Facebook)

(Credit: Berry Divine Acai Bowls on Facebook)

Sedona-based acai bowl restaurant Berry Divine opened its third location in Tucson.

For more information, visit berrydivineacai.com.

Besties Fish and Burger

14 W. Grant Rd.
The BFF at Besties Fish & Burger (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The BFF at Besties Fish & Burger (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Steamed hamburgers aren’t just a meme. They’re a specialty from Connecticut. Besties brings the juicy delicacy to Tucson along with a variety of battered, fried seafood.

For more information, call (520) 623-7976 or keep up with Besties Fish & Burger on Facebook.

The Blind Tiger

628 N. Fourth Ave.
Carne asada fries from the Blind Tiger (Credit: The Blind Tiger)

Carne asada fries from the Blind Tiger (Photo courtesy of the Blind Tiger)

The newest restaurant addition to Fourth Avenue, the Blind Tiger features a combination of gourmet bar food and elegant entrées such as the Smoked + Stuffed Pork Chop.

For more information, visit blindtigeraz.com.

The Buffalo Spot

760 N. Tyndall Ave.

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The Buffalo Spot, a chain specializing in boneless wings, fries, and ribs, opened its first Tucson location.

For more information, visit thebuffalospot.com.

Bombolé Eatery

100 N. Stone Ave.
Paneer empanada, dahl, and rice at Bombolé Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Paneer empanada, dahl, and rice at Bombolé Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Bombolé sells tasty, filling savory empanadas in an affordable, portable form. It’s one of our top picks for a downtown lunch on the go.

For more information, visit eatbombole.com.

Cans Venue & Lounge

340 N. Fourth Ave.
Interior at Cans Deli (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Interior at Cans Deli (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While Cans opened this year, they’re also closing December 31.

Keep up with Cans Venue & Lounge on Facebook.

Caps & Corks

3830 W. River Rd. Ste. 100

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Posted by Caps & Corks on Thursday, September 27, 2018

The grand opening at Caps & Corks had what could be considered the best tap list in Tucson history. And their staff is so gosh darn sweet.

For more information, visit capsandcorksaz.com.

Casa Marana Craft Beer + Wine

8225 N. Courtney Page Way Ste. 191
Wine and beer at Casa Marana Craft Beer + Wine (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Wine and beer at Casa Marana Craft Beer + Wine (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Casa Marana, another excellent beer and wine spot, regularly maintains a busy events schedule filled with beer events, trivia nights, and more.

For more information, call (520) 505-4870 or visit casamarana.com.

The Chocolate Iguana on 4th

431 N. Fourth Ave.
Interior at the Chocolate Iguana on 4th (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Interior at the Chocolate Iguana on 4th (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Although the Chocolate Iguana closed at its original location, it ended up reopening in a new space just down the street.

Keep up with the Chocolate Iguana on 4th on Facebook.

Caravan Grill

2825 N. Country Club Rd.
Mediterranean Salad, Chicken Shawarma, assorted sweets, Falafel Plate, hummus, pita, and Kafta Kebab Plate at Caravan Grill (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mediterranean Salad, Chicken Shawarma, assorted sweets, Falafel Plate, hummus, pita, and Kafta Kebab Plate at Caravan Grill (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Caravan Grill opened next door to sister establishment Caravan Market. The Shish Tawook is one of the best chicken dishes in Tucson.

Keep up with Caravan Grill on Facebook.

Cobra Arcade Bar

63 E. Congress St.
Bartop at Cobra Arcade Bar (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Bartop at Cobra Arcade Bar (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

While the appeal is in the arcade, Cobra also features a variety of craft beers and house cocktails.

Keep up with Cobra Arcade Bar Tucson on Facebook.

Craft, a Modern Drinkery

4603 E. Speedway Blvd.
Bar at Craft, A Modern Drinkery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Bar at Craft, A Modern Drinkery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

From the folks who run Serial Grillers, Craft omits the kitchen and focuses on craft beer. The SNES Mini and NES Mini setups let you play classic Nintendo games while enjoying your brew.

For more information, visit craftdrinkery.com.

District Tavern Eatz

1535 N. Stone Ave.

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Posted by District Tavern eatz on Saturday, September 29, 2018

The former downtown dive bar resurrected on Stone Avenue with a kitchen offering breakfast foods, baked goods, tots, and more.

Keep up with District Tavern eatz on Facebook.

Dutch Bros. Coffee

120 S. Wilmot Rd.
Dutch Bros Coffee Tucson grand opening (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dutch Bros Coffee Tucson grand opening (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The wildly popular coffee chain opened its first Tucson location. The grand opening even required its own traffic regulation.

Keep up with Dutch Bros Arizona on Facebook.

Fat Noodle Ramen House

811 E. Wetmore Rd.
Interior at Fat Noodle Ramen House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Interior at Fat Noodle Ramen House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The ramen truck expanded with a brick-and-mortar location. Their from-scratch approach, including noodles made with local Sonoran wheat, earned them a loyal following.

Keep up with Fat Noodle on Facebook.

The Frozen Cactus Ice Bar & Flame Grill

5769 E. Speedway Blvd.
The Frozen Cactus (Credit: RJS Replays)

The Frozen Cactus (Credit: RJS Replays)

One Bar Rescue visit later, RJ’s Replays became the Frozen Cactus.

Keep up with the Frozen Cactus on Facebook.

Harbottle Brewing Company

3820 S. Palo Verde Rd. Ste. 102
Harbottle IPA at Harbottle Brewing Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Harbottle IPA at Harbottle Brewing Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Although Harbottle is one of Tucson’s youngest breweries, it hit the floor running with a solid array of brews.

For more information, visit harbottlebrewing.com.

Hermosa Coffee Roasters

267 S. Avenida del Convento Bldg. Ste. 9

The local coffee roaster opened up a storefront at the Mercado San Agustin Annex. If you’re into spice, try their Café de Olla with piloncillo, cinnamon, clove, star anise, and chocolate.

For more information, visit hermosacoffee.com.

The Hidden Grill

4955 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. Ste. 113
Prepared hot meals at the Hidden Grill (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Prepared hot meals at the Hidden Grill (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Hidden Grill’s weekly-changing menu is primarily designed for the paleo diet with the occasional exception. Portions are generous, filling, and most importantly, delicious.

For more information, visit thehiddengrill2go.com.

Hoki Poki

6501 E. Grant Rd. • 88 E. Broadway Blvd. • 2643 N. Campbell Ave.

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Hoki Poki launched in April to a warmer response than they expected, so they’re already expanding at a rapid pace.

For more information, visit hokipokibowl.com.

Indian Twist

4660 E. Camp Lowell Dr.
Tandoori Chicken at Indian Twist (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tandoori Chicken at Indian Twist (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Indian Twist brings forth delightful Indian cuisine in a chic environment. Make sure to get the butter chicken.

For information, call (520) 495-5499 or visit indiantwistaz.com.

Insomnia Cookies

345 E. Congress St. Ste. 145

The late-night cookie chain opened its first Tucson location downtown.

For more information, call (520) 333-5622 or visit insomniacookies.com.

Izumi

3655 E. Speedway Blvd.
Miso ramen and crab legs at Izumi (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Miso ramen and crab legs at Izumi (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This midtown eatery opened with an all-you-can-eat menu with a wide variety of sushi rolls and ramen.

For more information, visit izumioftucson.com.

Juice Envy

1980 W. Orange Grove Rd. Ste. 180

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Juice Envy offers a variety of smoothies, acai bowls, and sandwiches.

For more information, visit juiceenvybar.com.

Just Breakfast on Silverbell

8581 N. Silverbell Rd.

Stop by and get a breakfast burrito! Only $6.49.

Posted by Just Breakfast on Silverbell on Saturday, March 10, 2018

This hidden diner in the Marana area serves breakfast classics.

For more information, visit justbreakfastonsilverbell.com.

Kiss of Smoke BBQ & Catering

663 S. Plumer Ave.
Bell Ringer Plate at Kiss of Smoke BBQ & Catering (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Bell Ringer Plate at Kiss of Smoke BBQ & Catering (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Kiss of Smoke opens up bright and early at 7 a.m., so you can get a barbecue breakfast burrito. They also offer barbecue jackfruit, a tasty vegan option.

For more information, call (520) 270-7917 or visit kissofsmokebbq.com.

Kogi Korean BBQ

4951 E. Grant Rd. Ste. 115
Pork Soon Doo Bu at Kogi Korean BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pork Soon Doo Bu at Kogi Korean BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The restaurant name is a misnomer; Kogi has no tableside grills, but KBBQ dishes such as bulgogi and kalbi are on the menu.

For more information, call (520) 838-0312.

La Botana Tacos + Patios + Amigos on Grant Road

5526 E. Grant Rd.
Prickly Pear Margarita at La Botana Tacos + Patios + Amigos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Prickly Pear Margarita at La Botana Tacos + Patios + Amigos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The michelada and burrito favorite expanded with a location on the East side.

For more information, visit labotanagrill.com.

Le Cave’s Bakery & Donuts

3950 E. 22nd St.
Le Cave's Bakery & Donuts co-owner Naomi Pershing (Photo courtesy of Le Cave's Bakery & Donuts)

Le Cave’s Bakery & Donuts co-owner Naomi Pershing (Photo courtesy of Le Cave’s Bakery & Donuts)

Legendary local doughnut shop Le Cave’s Bakery & Donuts reopened a bit east of their original location while keeping the original recipes.

For more information, call (520) 624-2561 or visit lecaves.com.

Lindy’s off Fourth

8995 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Posted by Lindy's Off 4th on Sunday, December 2, 2018

The iconic Fourth Avenue burger joint expanded east with a location on Tanque Verde Road.

For more information, visit lo4th.com.

Monsoon Chocolate

234 E. 22nd St.
Smoked Avocado Toast at Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Smoked Avocado Toast at Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While Monsoon Chocolate specializes in chocolate, they make exceptional cafe food with quality ingredients.

For more information, visit monsoonchocolate.com.

Nekter Juice Bar

2905 E. Skyline Dr. Ste. 167 • 2501 E. Grant Rd.

The juice, smoothie, and acai chain opened two locations in Tucson.

For more information, visit nekterjuicebar.com.

Nick’s Sari-Sari Store

2001 S. Craycroft Rd.
Crispy pata, pancit, pinakbet, rice, and lumpia at Nick's Sari-Sari Store and Filipino Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Lechon kawali, pancit, pinakbet, rice, and lumpia at Nick’s Sari-Sari Store and Filipino Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Filipino market expanded with a Filipino restaurant in early 2018.

For more information, call (520) 406-3593 or keep up with Nick’s Sari-Sari Store and Filipino Restaurant on Facebook.

Noodleholics

3502 E. Grant Rd.
Chaoshou Dumplings and the Guilin Spicy & Sour noodle soup at Noodleholics (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chaoshou Dumplings and the Guilin Spicy & Sour noodle soup at Noodleholics (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Go now. Start with Chaoshou Dumplings. Then eat the Sizzling Garlic Noodles.

For more information, visit noodleholics.com.

Persian Room

9290 N. Thornydale Rd
Persian Rack of Lamb (Photo courtesy of the Persian Room)

Persian Rack of Lamb (Photo courtesy of the Persian Room)

The Scottsdale-based Persian restaurant opened a second location in Tucson.

For more information, visit persianroom.com.

Pizza Luna

1101 N. Wilmot Rd. Ste. 119
Radicchio Caesar Salad and Bianca slice at Pizza Luna (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Radicchio Caesar Salad and Bianca slice at Pizza Luna (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This hidden little pizza joint quickly became a staff favorite thanks to its salads. The pizza is good too.

For more information, visit pizza-luna.com.

Proof Artisanal Pizza and Pasta

4340 N. Campbell Ave. Ste. 104
Margherita Pizza at Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Margherita Pizza at Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The new sister restaurant to Union Public House and Reforma specializes in house-made pastas and pizza. The shared patio is also a highlight.

For more information, call (520) 789-7447 or visit prooftucson.com.

Queen Sheba

5553 E. Grant Rd.
Combination of dishes from Queen Sheba (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Combination of dishes from Queen Sheba (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you’re already a fan of Ethiopian cuisine, you’ll feel right at home with Eritrean dishes. The simmered stews and earthly flavors balance with the slightly acidic injera.

For more information, visit queenshebatucson.com.

Raijin Ramen

2955 E. Speedway Blvd.
Spicy Miso Ramen at Raijin Ramen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Spicy Miso Ramen at Raijin Ramen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

One of the most anticipated openings of the year, Raijin maintained a line out the door for months after opening.

Keep up with Raijin Ramen on Facebook.

Raptor Canyon Cafe

75 E. Pennington St.
Facade at Raptor Canyon Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Facade at Raptor Canyon Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Raptor Canyon offers homestyle dishes made from scratch in a comfy vibe.

Keep up with Raptor Canyon Cafe on Facebook.

Ren Coffeehouse

4300 N. Campbell Ave. Ste. 24
Latte and scone at Ren Coffeehouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Latte and scone at Ren Coffeehouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ren serves up wholesome eats conveniently located for bicyclists taking the Rillito path.

For more information, call (520) 638-6290 or keep up with Ren Coffeehouse on Facebook.

Serial Grillers on Houghton Road

7585 S. Houghton Rd.
The Bone Collector Pizza at Serial Grillers (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Bone Collector Pizza at Serial Grillers (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Serial Grillers expanded southeast with its third location.

For more  information, visit serialgrillersaz.com.

Series 19

13 N. Stone Ave.
Series 19 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Series 19 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The downtown tasting room sells craft spirits exclusively from Arizona-based distilleries via craft cocktails, flights, and bottles to-go.

Keep up with Series 19 on Facebook.

Smokey Mo

2650 N. First Ave.
Smokey Mo tri tip sandwich (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Smokey Mo tri tip sandwich (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While barbecue from Smokey Mo is influenced from Kansas City and Texas styles, the restaurant is adapting to local tastes as they learn the preferences.

For more information, call (520) 203-8250 or visit smokeymo.com.

Taqueria El Semental

201 N. Fourth Ave.

Taqueria El Semental stays up late so you can drunkenly eat their mesquite-grilled carne asada while sitting on bales of hay.

Keep up with Taqueria El Semental on Facebook.

Taqueria Los Chipilones

1122 S. Sixth Ave.

The hidden-in-plain-sight taqueria specializes in Sonoran dogs and beef birria.

Keep up with Taqueria Los Chipilones on Facebook.

Tamarind

7265 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Tandoori Mix and Mango Lassi at Tamarind (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tandoori Mix and Mango Lassi at Tamarind (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Although South Indian and North Indian styles are both on the menu, chef Saumil Patel also brings some Gujarati and Indochinese influences to the table.

For more information, visit tamarindoftucson.com.

Ten55 Brewing and Sausage House

110 E. Congress St.

Ten55 made the big jump from industrial neighborhood brewery to downtown two-story sausage and beer hall.

For more information, visit 1055brewing.com.

Tito & Pep

4122 E. Speedway Blvd.
Kampai Aguachile, Roasted Carrots, and Pollo Asado at Tito & Pep (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Kampai Aguachile, Roasted Carrots, and Pollo Asado at Tito & Pep (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Even though they’ve only been open a couple of months, they quickly became our favorite new restaurant of the year.

For more information, visit titoandpep.com.

Westbound

267 S. Avenida del Convento Ste. 12
Punch Drunk Love and Margarita at Westbound (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Punch Drunk Love and Margarita at Westbound (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Westbound, Tap & Bottle’s outdoor sister bar, sells beer, wine, and cocktails on tap. Spirits are also available.

Keep up with Westbound on Facebook.

Years Asian Bistro & BBQ

625 E. Wetmore Rd.
Korean Fried Chicken at Years Asian Bistro & BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Korean Fried Chicken at Years Asian Bistro & BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Years opened aiming to provide a fun environment for drink and food from throughout Asia.

Keep up with Years Asian Bistro & BBQ on Facebook.

Yu Zi Wei

2601 E. Speedway Blvd.
House Special Spicy Grilled Fish at Yu Zi Wei (Credit: Jackie Tran)

House Special Spicy Grilled Fish at Yu Zi Wei (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Rather than offering any Americanized Chinese cuisine, Yu Zi Wei specializes in Chongqing whole fish hot pot and Sichuan dishes.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.

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