Restaurants New to Tucson in 2019

Here's the list of restaurants who entered the fray in 2019.

Looking for new restaurants in Tucson? Here’s the list of restaurants who entered the fray in 2019.

We’ll update this article monthly, so stay tuned to stay fresh.

ATL Wings

802 N. Fourth Ave.

Chandler-based wing restaurant ATL Wings announced it opened its first Tucson location on Saturday, February 16.

The traditional wings are some of the crunchiest in town. Out of the four flavors we’ve tried so far, Spicy ATL dry rub is by far the favorite.

For more information, call (520) 207-1771 or visit atlwings.com.

Barro’s Pizza

410 N. Wilmot Rd.
Assorted food at Barro's Pizza (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Assorted food at Barro’s Pizza (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Phoenix-based pizza chain Barro’s Pizza opened their second location at 410 N. Wilmot Rd. Ste. 150.

Prices are surprisingly affordable, plus pizzas can be split into up to four separate topping combinations. This means pineapple lovers can enjoy their slices alongside pineapple haters from the same pizza.

For more information, visit barrospizza.com.

Bowld

13160 E. Colossal Cave Rd. Ste. 100, Vail, AZ 85641
Owner-chef Eston Stogner at Bowld (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Owner-chef Eston Stogner at Bowld (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Bowld restaurant and meal prep opened in Vail on Tuesday, March 5.

The counter-service restaurant features a menu focused on a variety of bowls and “rowls,” which are items rolled in ham, breaded and fried or griddled.

Keep up with Bowld on Facebook.

BBQ Shack

7230 E. 22nd St.
Baby back ribs at BBQ Shack (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Baby back ribs at BBQ Shack (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Local catering company R & R Family Kitchen announced plans to expand their brick-and-mortar space with a restaurant called BBQ Shack.

The 2,600-square-foot restaurant at 7230 E. 22nd St. will host a soft opening on Friday, April 26.

For more information, call (520) 258-9994 or visit rrbbqtucson.com.

BZ’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen

7856 E. Wrightstown Rd.
Linguine and Clams at BZ's Pizza and Italian Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Linguine and Clams at BZ’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

East Tucson restaurant BZ’s Pizza Company recently reopened in a new location as BZ’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen after a nearly two-year hiatus.

The vibe is also the same: a friendly neighborhood joint where you can grab a pint, pizza, or other Italian dishes comfortably.

Don’t miss out on the poppers.

For more information, visit bzsitaliankitchen.com.

The Boxyard

238 N. Fourth Ave.
The Boxyard Food Options (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

The Boxyard Food Options (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Fourth Avenue shipping container development The Boxyard opened its bar at 238 N. Fourth Ave. on Friday, January 18.

Three restaurant options are now available there: Percheron Mexican GrillBXQ (Bronx BBQ), and Nhu Lan Vietnamese Food.

Keep up with The Boxyard on Facebook.

Cafe Santa Rosa

2615 S. Sixth Ave.
Popovers at Cafe Santa Rosa (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Popovers at Cafe Santa Rosa (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

After celebrating their sixth anniversary, Cafe Santa Rosa moved from their location at 3303 S. 12th Ave. to 2615 S. Sixth Ave., which previously held Los Portales Cocina Mexicana.

Keep up with Cafe Santa Rosa on Facebook.

Charro del Rey

178 E. Broadway Blvd.
Lobster Tamalada at Charro del Rey (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Lobster Tamalada at Charro del Rey (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The family behind El Charro Cafe and Charro Steak opened a new downtown concept that focuses on seafood and prime rib.

We’ve already eaten most of the menu; here are some of the favorites.

For more information, visit charrodelrey.com.

Charro Vida

7109 N. Oracle Rd.

Carrots de la Casa at Charro Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Months after Charro del Rey opened, the Charro family also opened Charro Vida. The branzino was one of the best fish dishes we’ve had in recent memory.

For more information, visit charrovida.com.

Chef Wang Chinese Restaurant

356 E. Grant Rd.

The massive 165-dish menu features an extensive list of regional dishes from areas such as Sichuan, Dongbei, and Xinjiang.

For more information, call (520) 367-5375 or keep up with Chef Wang on Facebook.

Crema Coffee

3725 W. Ina Rd. Ste. 120

Aaron Wilson making a latte at Crema Coffee (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Crema Coffee opened in the northwest side on Thursday, April 4.

Stay tuned for an article.

Keep up with Crema Coffee on Facebook.

Desert Dream Ice Creamery

210 N. Fourth Ave.
Ice cream cones at Desert Dream Ice Creamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ice cream cones at Desert Dream Ice Creamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This new ice creamery shines with simple flavors done well. Make sure to try the banana and gingersnap flavors when available.

Keep up with Desert Dream Ice Creamery on Instagram.

Divine Bovine

1021 N. Wilmot Rd.
Burger at Divine Bovine (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Burger at Divine Bovine (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Divine Bovine features unique, hearty burgers with a proprietary patty combining chuck, brisket, and short rib.

For more information, visit divinebovineburgers.com.

Dutch Bros. Coffee

9330 E. Golf Links Rd. • 10105 E. Old Vail Rd. • 18800 S. Nogales Hwy. Green Valley, AZ 85629
Dutch Bros Coffee Tucson grand opening (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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

Oregon-based drive-thru coffee chain Dutch Bros Coffee opened its second Tucson location in March.

Keep up with Dutch Bros Arizona on Facebook.

El Antojo Poblano

1114 W. St. Mary’s Rd.
Chalupas and Cemita at El Antojo Poblano (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chalupas and Cemita at El Antojo Poblano (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While Tucson is chock-full with Sonoran mesquite-grilled beef and flour tortillas, El Antojo Poblano features the distinctive cuisine of Puebla, Mexico.

The cemita is one of Tucson’s best Mexican sandwiches and a must-try.

Keep up with El Antojo Poblano on Facebook.

Enchanted Cafe

1525 N. Wilmot Rd.
Coffee at Enchanted Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Coffee at Enchanted Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Enchanted Cafe opened in January and offers a variety of sandwiches, organic pastries, boba, and coffee drinks. The interior features paintings of dragons, fairies, and other “enchanting” beings.

Stay tuned for a full article.

Keep up with Enchanted Cafe on Instagram.

Ensenada Street Food

1602 S. Park Ave.
Taco Al Pastor at Ensenada Street Food (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Taco Al Pastor at Ensenada Street Food (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This food truck features cuisine from Ensenada, a fellow UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Their al pastor is one of their standout specialties.

Keep up with Ensenadastreetfood on Facebook or follow them on Instagram.

Foxy Roxy’s Chicken n Cone

2125 S. Craycroft Rd.
Chicken n Cone, Chili Chamoy Wings, Shrimp Bowl, and Buffalo Wings at Foxy Roxy's Chicken n Cone (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chicken n Cone, Chili Chamoy Wings, Shrimp Bowl, and Buffalo Wings at Foxy Roxy’s Chicken n Cone (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This food business started at events in October 2018, but launched their food truck in April 2019. Go for the wings, shrimp, and fun sauces.

Keep up with Foxy Roxy’s Chicken n Cone on Instagram.

Fried Rice Hut

1655 S. Alvernon Way

Chicken wing fried rice combo, dumplings, and egg roll at Fried Rice Hut (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Fried Rice Hut specializes in affordable fried rice meals. They also offer handmade dumplings, fried apple pies, and other hearty snacks.

HeeMee Coffee + Bakery

20 E. Congress St., Ste. 110

Strawberry Fresh Cream Cake at HeeMee Coffee + Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

HeeMee Coffee + Bakery quietly opened its doors for a soft opening on Friday, June 7. The soft opening will extend to Saturday, June 8 with hours from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.; the cafe will then close until its grand opening on Monday, June 17.

Keep up with HeeMee Coffee + Bakery on Instagram.

Holy Smokin’ Butts BBQ

6940 E. Broadway Blvd.
Facade at Holy Smokin' Butts BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Facade at Holy Smokin’ Butts BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Former food truck Holy Smokin’ Butts BBQ moved from their 2,000-square-foot brick-and-mortar space at 1104 S. Wilmot Rd. to a 7,000-square-foot space at 6940 E. Broadway Blvd.

For more information, visit holysmokinbutts.com.

Hop Street Lounge

7215 E. 22nd St.

Interior at Hop Street Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

East Tucson beer and wine taproom Hop Street Lounge opened on Saturday, March 16 in the Palo Verde Plaza.

The 3,800-square-foot space features cozy tufted black couches, booths, and chairs. Cushioned bar stools also offer back support.

Keep up with Hop Street Lounge on Facebook.

Island Plate Lunch

3699 N. Campbell Ave.

Malasadas at Island Plate Lunch (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Island Plate Lunch closed their River location and moved into the larger new space with an expanded bakery.

Keep up with Island Plate Lunch on Facebook.

Irene’s Donuts (previously Irene’s Holy Donuts)

340 N. Fourth Ave.
Doughnuts from Holy Donuts on Fourth Avenue (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Doughnuts from Holy Donuts on Fourth Avenue (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Hawaii-based doughnut shop Irene’s Donuts officially opened its Tucson location on Friday, March 29.

They also offer malasadas and other Hawaiian foods.

Keep up with Irene’s Holy Donuts Tucson on Instagram.

Just Kabab

10420 N. La Cañada Dr.
Kababs at Just Kabab (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Kebabs at Just Kabab (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This new Oro Valley Middle Eastern restaurant is more than kebabs. Their Persian stews and Afrique skewers are worth daydreaming about.

For more information, visit justkababusa.com.

JW Market

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
Goods from JW Market (Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa)

Goods from JW Market (Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa)

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa opened JW Market, which features local specialty snacks and products along with regionally-inspired flatbreads, artisan sandwiches, soups, and salads.

For more information, call 520-792-3500 or visit jwstarrpass.com.

Kukai

267 S. Avenida del Convento, Ste. 11
Assorted food at Kukai (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Assorted food at Kukai (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Japanese restaurant Kukai officially opened at the MSA Annex on Thursday, February 28.

While they were one of the first in Tucson to showcase onigiri, their Hakata Ramen is one of the top-sellers.

Keep up with Kukai on Instagram. For more information, visit eatkukai.com.

Maru Japanese Noodle Shop

1370 N. Silverbell Rd.
Assorted food at Maru Japanese Noodle Shop (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Assorted food at Maru Japanese Noodle Shop (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Maru allows customers to choose ready-to-eat appetizers from heat lamps, then order from the menu with the cashier and sit down.

Udon noodles star on the menu with eight different varieties available. Additionally, Maru offers a selection of ramen, donburi, onigiri, tempura, and other Japanese appetizers.

For more information, call (520) 838-0717 or visit marunoodle.com.

Mission Coffee Imports

606 N. Fourth Ave.

This new coffee shop features freshly roasted coffee. Stay tuned for an article.

For more information, visit missioncoffeeimports.com.

Original Cuisine

1800 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Original Singapore Style Peppery Chicken at Original Cuisine (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Original Singapore Style Peppery Chicken at Original Cuisine (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mesa Sichuan restaurant Original Cuisine opened a Tucson location.

Although the menu features most dishes labeled as “Singapore-style,” the restaurant is, in all honesty, a Sichuan restaurant.

For more information, call (520) 338-2777. Keep up with Original Cuisine on Instagram.

Plaza Eats

Hotel Congress, 311 Congress St.
Street Corn and HOCO Hot Wings at Plaza Eats (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Street Corn and HOCO Hot Wings at Plaza Eats (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Hotel Congress launched the food trailer Plaza Eats on Friday, February 22.

Swing on by a taste of some Cup Cafe classics along with new dishes off the street food-focused menu.

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.

Rush Bowls

1058 N. Campbell Ave.
(Photo courtesy of Rush Bowls on Facebook)

(Photo courtesy of Rush Bowls on Facebook)

Fast-casual meal-in-a-bowl restaurant chain Rush Bowls opened its first Tucson location on Monday, March 4.

From fruit and vegetable-based smoothies to signature bowls, you can customize to your heart’s desire — vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free options available.

For more information, visit rushbowls.com.

Sentinel Peak East

9155 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

The midtown brewery expanded east into the former location of Stillhouse Grill and Bar. Visit for approachable beers and from-scratch pub fare.

For more information, visit sentinelpeakbrewing.com.

Sweetscape Desserts at Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
Doughnut at Sweetscape Desserts (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Doughnut at Sweetscape Desserts (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Casino Del Sol’s newest concept Sweetscape Desserts launched early January.

Visit for house-made doughnuts, gelato, and other treats. Custom orders are also available.

For more information about Sweetscape and other dining options at Casino Del Sol, visit casinodelsol.com.

Tay’s BBQ

16461 S. Houghton Rd.
Menu spread at Tay's BBQ (Credit: Kate Severino)

Menu spread at Tay’s BBQ (Credit: Kate Severino)

Vail/Corona de Tucson area coffee shop Tay’s Brew House expanded with barbecue.

The menu features Meat Plates (choice of one to three meats and two sides), SandwichesKids MealsFamily Ranch Packs, or individual meat servings — brisket, pulled pork, and pulled chicken.

The space features outdoor cornhole and bowling with an outdoor bar as well.

Keep up with Tay’s BBQ on Facebook or call (520) 762-3439.

Tortillas by Che West

2105 S. Sixth Ave.
Tortillas by Che West owner-chef Jose Zavala (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tortillas by Che West owner-chef Jose Zavala (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tucson tortillero Jose Zavala expanded his flavor-infused tortilla-making business with a retail storefront on South Sixth Ave.

You can also find him at farmers markets and order tortillas online. The tortilleria may also sell tacos and host pop-up dinners down the line; stay tuned for a full article.

Keep up with Che West on Instagram.

Wings on Fire

9040 E. Valencia Rd., Ste 100
Regular Wings with Buffalo and Ranch at Wings on Fire (Credit: Kate Severino)

Regular Wings with Buffalo and Ranch at Wings on Fire (Credit: Kate Severino)

Wings on Fire opened in February 2019 serving made-to-order dishes with fresh ingredients.

The menu features regular wings with classic wing flavors such as lemon pepper, teriyaki, honey mustard, BBQ, and original Buffalo.

Stand-out item Buffalo Shrimp is available as either panko-fried or coconut with a sauce of your choice.

For more information, visit wingsonfire.business.site or keep up with Wings on Fire on Facebook.

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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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