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.
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.
410 N. Wilmot Rd.
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.
13160 E. Colossal Cave Rd. Ste. 100, Vail, AZ 85641
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.
7230 E. 22nd St.
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.
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.
238 N. Fourth Ave.
Fourth Avenue shipping container development The Boxyard opened its bar at 238 N. Fourth Ave. on Friday, January 18.
Keep up with The Boxyard on Facebook.
Cafe Santa Rosa
2615 S. Sixth Ave.
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.
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.
7109 N. Oracle Rd.
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.
3725 W. Ina Rd. Ste. 120
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.
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.
1021 N. Wilmot Rd.
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
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.
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.
1525 N. Wilmot Rd.
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.
This food truck features cuisine from Ensenada, a fellow UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Their al pastor is one of their standout specialties.
Foxy Roxy’s Chicken n Cone
2125 S. Craycroft Rd.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10420 N. La Cañada Dr.
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 Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
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.
267 S. Avenida del Convento, Ste. 11
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.
Maru Japanese Noodle Shop
1370 N. Silverbell Rd.
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.
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This new coffee shop features freshly roasted coffee. Stay tuned for an article.
For more information, visit missioncoffeeimports.com.
1800 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
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.
Hotel Congress, 311 Congress St.
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.
1058 N. Campbell Ave.
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.
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.
16461 S. Houghton Rd.
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), Sandwiches, Kids Meals, Family 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.
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
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.
Coming soon to Tucson
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- Turkish restaurant, Istanbul
- Trident Grill IV
- The Coronet sister bar, The Libertine
- Prep & Pastry’s sandwich concept, August Rhodes Market
- Prep & Pastry – new location
- Country bar & restaurant, Whiskey Roads
- Eastside taco shop, Toro Loco
- San Diego-based doughnut and drinks spot, Donut Bar
- Second Tumerico location
- Serial Grillers – new location
- Toronto-based board game cafe Snakes & Lattes
- The Coronet – new location on Cushing Street
- Boulevard BBQ and Fixins — Serial Grillers and Red Desert BBQ collab.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.