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.
August Rhodes Market
3073 N. Campbell Ave.
Cousin restaurant to Prep & Pastry, August Rhodes Market features a wide variety of scratch-made soups, salads, sandwiches, gorditas, and more.
Fresh loaves of bread are also available to purchase to-go.
Keep up with August Rhodes Market on Instagram.
943 E. University Blvd.
The 2,800-square-foot space at 943 E. University Blvd. previously housed Red’s Smokehouse & Tap Room, which quietly closed in 2018.
The menu features pizza, calzones, salads, sandwiches, and pasta in a trendy spot. We have yet to visit and try the beckoning scoops of gelato — stay tuned for an article.
Keep up with Bacio Italiano on Facebook.
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 in March.
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.
The Blind Pig Bar & Grill
943 E. University Blvd.
The former mac & cheese spot now features barbecue, tacos, and Southern-inspired dishes.
Check out our September 2019 article “The Blind Pig” Bar & Grill now open at former “The Fix” space at Main Gate Square.
For more information, visit blindpigtucson.com.
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.
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.
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.
Carnitas Los Gordos
4545 E. 22nd St.
The new food truck is serving up carnitas and other meat options in taco, burrito, and quesadilla form. Breakfast is also available.
Keep up with Carnitas Estilo Michoacán Los Gordos on Instagram.
12125 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 105
A cousin restaurant to Harvest Restaurant, Charred Pie focuses on wood-fired pizza. House-made pastas, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and other dishes are also available.
The Neapolitan-inspired crust is charred beautifully, the ingredients are clearly good quality, and the staff is attentive and friendly. Their Italian cocktail menu is unique — don’t miss the delightful house-made limoncello — and should be enjoyed against the backdrop of the Pusch Ridge mountains.
For more information, call (520) 395-2232 or visit charredpie.com.
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.
Churrasco de Brasil
150 W. Wetmore Rd.
Churrasco de Brasil features over 12 cuts of meat; chefs walk around with different cuts to slice at the table.
Additionally, a market table features 30 to 35 salads, cured meats, cheeses, feijoada, and more.
198 W. Cushing St.
The location features over 5,000-square-feet of space, almost tripling the current 1,700-square-feet housing The Coronet’s former location at 402 E. Ninth St.
For more information on the transition, read our May 2019 article Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant to Reopen as the Coronet and our August 2019 article Photo Feature: The Coronet to open on Cushing Street, August 29.
3725 W. Ina Rd. Ste. 120
Crema Coffee opened in Northwest Tucson in April. The slim drink menu is designed to highlight the quality of the beans they feature. In addition to coffee, tea (from local company Maya Tea) and Sweetster’s Bakery pastries are available.
Read our July 2019 article Meet Crema Coffee, Marana’s new craft coffee shop for the full story.
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.
Read our June 2019 article Eastside Enchanted Cafe bewitches with boba, sandwiches & more.
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.
2601 E. Speedway Blvd.
For more information, read our September 2019 article Handmade dumplings & whole grilled fish star at “Fish Wok”.
Keep up with Fish Wok on Instagram.
Fonda La Hermanita
198 W. Cushing St.
The Coronet’s sister restaurant Fonda La Hermanita on the same property. The menu features a small selection of fresh, wholesome Mexican dishes along with a few daily changing baked goods.
Fonda La Hermanita also offers a variety of espresso drinks, coffee, aguas frescas, iced tea, beer, wine, micheladas, mimosas, and bloody Marys.
For more information, visit lahermanita.com.
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.
HeeMee Coffee + Bakery
20 E. Congress St., Ste. 110
HeeMee Coffee + Bakery quietly opened its doors in June. The family-run cafe on East Congress Street serves coffee and scratch-made baked goods with a French, Japanese, and Korean influence. Menu items include assorted cakes, daily specials, doughnuts, tarts, buns, and Chicken Katsu Brioche Sandwiches.
Keep up with HeeMee Coffee + Bakery on Instagram.
267 S. Avenida del Convento
While Hermosa Coffee a few feet away serves coffee, Hermosa Cafe serves artisanal sandwiches and toast made with Barrio Bread.
For more information, visit hermosacoffee.com.
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.
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.
Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine & Bar
2945 E. Speedway Blvd.
Istanbul’s menu features doner (and derivatives such as gyros), kebabs, Turkmen rice, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and other Turkish and Mediterranean options.
For more information, visit istanbultucson.com.
2643 N. Campbell Ave.
All bowls of ramen cost $11.70; standard tonkotsu, shoyu, and miso broths are available along with spicy versions. Sesame ramen, tomato ramen, and tan tan men are also available.
Curry plates range from tofu curry ($9) to decadent combination curries such as shrimp, clam & fried squid curry ($17.70). Customers choose a spice level ranging from zero to 10. Naan, garlic naan, and naan with cheese are also available.
For more information, visit thejaramen.com.
Jewel’s Noodle Kitchen
5683 E. Speedway Blvd.
The newly opened restaurant features dishes with a Northern Chinese influence. Although “noodle” appears in the name, go for the “pies” — known as xianbing — to get the best bang for your buck. Fillings include pork with scallion, Chinese cabbage, and beef with scallion, to name a few.
For more information, call (520) 770-8202.
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.
5224 E. Pima St.
Longtime Sonoran hot dog and carne asada stand Karamelo King quietly opened a brick-and-mortar location at 5224 E. Pima St. in March.
While the menu is mostly the same with tried-and-true classics, the new location also features an array of Mexican snacks and sweets.
Keep up with Karamelo King on Instagram.
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.
402 E. Ninth St.
The original space for The Coronet has transformed into a cocktail lounge known as The Libertine.
Guests can indulge in a handful of snacks, cocktails, and other drinks on one of the best patios in town.
For more information, visit libertinetucson.com.
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.
1219 S. Sixth Ave.
Mendez Bakery opened in the former Le Cave’s space on South Sixth Avenue in June. The bakery features a variety of goodies, from homemade cheese pastries and Danishes to pumpkin empanadas and cinnamon rolls.
Read our September 2019 article Former Le Cave’s space finds new life as Mendez Bakery.
4695 N. Oracle Rd.
Mian Sichuan has no relation to MiAn Sushi & Modern Asian Cuisine, which closed in June; mian in this context is the Chinese word for noodles.
The Volcano Noodle Soup features spicy broth, sesame paste, chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced beef, braised beef slices, scallion, greens, and a slice of American cheese.
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.
American Eat Co., 1439 S. Fourth Ave.
The southern end of American Eat Co. gained Pinches, a Mexican eatery. Check them out for cabeza sopes, TacoDillers, Enchidillers, jalapeño poppers, Texas-Style Quesito, breakfast tacos, and more. They also have a food truck that travels around, but is most often at Borderlands Brewing Company.
Keep up with Pinches 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.
3620 N. First Ave., Ste. 154
Potwhale features hot pot where the pot boils at the table and you cook your ingredients.
Make sure to check off the self-serve sauce ($1.50 per person) option on the menu. It’s essentially the Chinese version of a salsa bar. And you don’t choose just one sauce — pick a few from the self-serve bar (and if you’re feeling adventurous, mix your own concoctions).
Keep up with Pot Whale on Instagram.
Prep & Pastry
2660 N. Campbell Ave.
Prep & Pastry moved from its original 2,700-square-foot space at 3073 N. Campbell Ave. into the new 4,000-square-foot space at 2660 N. Campbell Ave.
For more information, visit prepandpastry.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.
Selena’s Salvadorian Food
2513 N. Campbell Ave.
Go for the pupusa (stuffed corn flatbread) and try other Salvadoran eats such as tamales, caldo de res, yuca con chicharrón, panes rellenos, platanano fritos, and pastelitos.
Keep up with Selena’s Salvadorian Restaurant on Facebook.
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.
The Corona de Tucson 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. Sunday brunch is now available.
Keep up with Tay’s BBQ on Facebook or call (520) 762-3439.
Toro Loco Tacos y Burros
7940 E. Broadway Blvd.
“The design aesthetic for [Toro Loco] was a laid back SoCal vibe, pops of greens and blues to draw your attention.” said Travis Miller, founder and owner of Serial Grillers. “The inspiration for the concept were California french fry-stuffed burritos and I wanted a casual atmosphere to match.”
For more information, visit torolocotacos.com.
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.
Trident Grill IV
2912 W. Ina Rd.
Trident Grill IV features the same menu and sports bar vibe as the other Trident Grill locations.
For more information, visit tridentgrill.com.
402 E. Fourth St.
In June, Tumerico quietly opened a second location at 402 E. Fourth St. However, it isn’t a carbon copy; the location features a smaller menu and only 12 seats inside.
Additionally, the new location serves as more of a community space with free yoga every Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m.
For more information, visit tumerico.com.
2265 W. Ina Rd.
The main draw to Whiskey Roads is the live music and dancing, but they’re also a restaurant.
Menu options include appetizers such as wings and sliders along with steaks, chicken, salmon, and build-your-own salads.
For more information, visit whiskeyroadstucson.com.
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.
For more information, visit wingsonfire.business.site.
Coming soon to Tucson
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- San Diego-based doughnut and drinks spot, Donut Bar
- Toronto-based board game cafe, Snakes & Lattes
- Boulevard BBQ and Fixins — Serial Grillers and Red Desert BBQ collab.
- Daniel Scordato’s gourmet Italian takeout restaurant, Postosano
- Sonoran Brunch Company in former Poco & Mom’s
- Tucson location for Postino WineCafé
- Japan-based entertainment chain ‘Round 1’ to open at Park Place Mall October 19
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.