NOW OPEN: 20+ Restaurants that have opened their doors in 2022

A half-year recap

We’re halfway through the year and Tucson’s food scene continues to expand throughout the city. Read on for a round-up of the restaurants that have contributed to that truth by setting up shop around town this year.

Now, this isn’t everything that’s sprung to life in the last year, but it’s a nice handful of newness. How many places have you visited recently?

Angry Crab Shack

5205 E. Broadway Blvd.

Angry Crab Shack

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Franchise owners Matthew Price and Josh Arnold first dove into the world of Angry Crab Shack as servers back in 2015. Fast forward seven years and we’re celebrating the opening of their second Tucson location, nestled in the old East Broadway home of On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina.

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BoSa Donuts

2130 N. Kolb Rd.

BoSa Donuts

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Chandler-based BoSa Donuts added to the 20+ locations they have serving Southern Arizona when they cracked into the Tucson donut scene this year.

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Bubbe’s Fine Bagels

1865 E. River Rd.

Bubbe's Fine Bagels

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Inspired by the way bagels are made on the east coast and finely blended with new-age techniques, it was only a brief matter of time before Bubbe’s Fine Bagels expanded beyond their Wilmot location. Add in designated outdoor seating and a few new menu items, and they just keep leveling up the Tucson bagel game.

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Bun Dock Vietnamese Noodle

3225 N. Swan Rd. #111

Bun Dock Vietnamese Noodle

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With a menu featuring Fresh Spring Rolls, Banh Mi, and Boba beverages to keep you feeling fresh, there’s more than just noodle bowls at Bun Dock Vietnamese Noodle. We suggest ordering up some fried bananas while you’re there, too.

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By the Bucket

2130 N. Kolb Rd.

By the Bucket Tucson

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For all of those who have had dreams of slurping spaghetti noodles and chompin’ down on some meatballs out of a bucket, the wait is finally over.

By The Bucket, a spaghetti takeout restaurant that got its start in Payson, Arizona, opened its first Tucson location at 2130 N. Kolb Rd. on Sunday, June 19, and people have been lined up for a go at this fair food-vibing experience ever since.

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The Century Room

311 E. Congress St.

Small bites menu at The Century Room

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Until recently, Tucson’s music scene seemed to be lacking on the jazz front. Then came The Century Room, a state-of-the-art club formed in collaboration with the Rio Nuevo Board and conveniently located inside Hotel Congress.

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Choice Greens

1825 E. River Rd., Suite 119

Choice Greens

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The folks at Joesler Village are really mixing up the variety being offered at the Northwest corner of River Rd. and Campbell Ave. with the addition of Choice Greens‘ second location. With endless build-your-own salad options plus a menu of curated salads, paninis, soups, grain bowls, and more, it’s no wonder this place has been in business for over 15 years and expanding.

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The Delta

135 S. Sixth Ave.

The Delta

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The team behind The Parish, Steve Dunn, Bryce Zeagler, and Chef Travis Peters, spent months renovating the old stomping grounds of Chef Janos Wilder, and opened the doors to their latest project, The Delta, in January.

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Exo Roast Co.

196 W. Simpson St.

 

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The second Exo Roast Co. location, nestled inside a historic 1885 adobe home, shares many highlights of their popular Sixth Ave. location — delicious roasts, friendly staff, a sense of local, and baked bites that make you feel warm inside – but a good amount of new is apparent, too.

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Ezbachi Japanese Grill 

63 E. Congress St.

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Phoenix-based Ezbachi Japanese Grill opened its doors in the former Senae Thai Bistro spot in April, bringing Japanese Teppanyaki to Downtown Tucson. Featuring an Izakaya-style, full-service concept in the spirit of Japanese gastropubs, they’re serving up “tapas-style” offerings and carving a place for themselves in the local food scene.

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Guiseppe’s Ristorante Italiano

9431 E. 22nd St. #157

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Mamma mia, Guiseppe’s Ristorante Italiano has expanded to East Tucson. Equipped with a brand new pizza oven and serving up favorites from the menu of their original location over on Oracle, the Italian game in town has officially grown stronger.

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Hillhouse Coffee

8991 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Hillhouse Coffee

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In Tucson, there’s a good deal of local options if you’re in the market for grabbing a coffee, and now there’s a new concept in town, ripe with the intention of shortening wait times. Hillhouse Coffee opened its drive-thru windows in early February, just near The Gardens at Bear Canyon, and customer reviews vouch for his mission – it’s a speedy experience.

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La Yaquesita Tacos

500 N. Fourth Ave.

La Yaquesita Tacos

La Yaquesita Tacos (Photo by Adam Lehrman)

Imagine getting a mighty whiff of delicious quesabirria or perhaps being greeted by the heavely aromatics of Sonoran tacos while cruising down Fourth Avenue. Well, thanks to La Yaquesita Tacos‘ decision to open a brick-and-mortar, that’s now an option for a reality.

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Locale Café

60 N. Alvernon Way

The doors to Locale Café opened in February under owners Deb Tenino and Nick Kreutz, making the original plans for the Locale Neighborhood Italian property complete. From fresh-baked pastries and desserts to breakfast sandwiches and coffee concoctions, it’s quickly become a neighborhood gem.

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The Monica

40 E. Congress St.

The Monica

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Flores Concepts has done it again with The Monica, adding to their impressive list of Tucson-based culinary establishments. Chef Carlotta Flores calls the new concept a “collection of family recipes from around our table and the tables in our community curated and co-developed by our amazing team of chefs and food-loving professionals.”

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Ni Hao Tea

2800 N. Campbell Ave.

Ni Hao Tea

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Tucson has a new local boba shop thanks to Ni Hao Tea. Freshly-brewed using premium tea leaves, their menu includes black, green, and Thai tea options as well as a variety of milk tea, iced tea, iced fruit tea, slushes, and cream cheese milk cap teas. Curious? Go give them a try!

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Noodies

1730 E. Speedway Blvd. 

Gelato at Noodies

Gelato at Noodies (Photo by Melissa Stihl)

It was sad to see Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea announce their permanent closing; however, when one door closes, another makes its way open. In this case, that door welcomed Noodies to Tucson. The menu includes home-made pasta that reverberates the quality of sister restaurant, Ceres, as well as fresh sandwiches and salad options, pasta fries, and rotating flavors of gelato.

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Peace, Love & Pops

845 E. University Blvd.

Peace, Love & Pops

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With plenty of “far out flavors” and a focus on locally-sourced ingredients, Peace, Love & Pops is putting a fresh spin on the paleta game here in Tucson.

“There will be a ‘core menu’ of juice-based (strawberry, lime, etc.), cream-based pops (chocolate, cookies and cream, mocha, etc.). and we plan to rotate a number of seasonal, special event, and one-off flavors throughout the year.”

– Scott Harrison, Co-owner

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The Pit

7889 E. 22nd St.

The Pit Tucson

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Amber Donahue has brought life and opportunity to the previously empty corner of 22nd and Pantano via her vision for The Pit. With space for up to ten food trucks, weekend markets, and a gathering area called “the backyard”, which is filled with picnic tables, umbrellas, and plenty of space to chat with others in the community – The Pit introduces a flavor all its own to the Tucson food scene.

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Roadrunner Coffee Co.

5151 E. Broadway Blvd.

Roadrunner Coffee Co.

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Tucson’s full of wonderful and unique coffee shops, and Roadrunner Coffee Co., who opened the doors to their third location this year, is one of them. Stop by for your daily caffeine fix as well as locally-baked pastries, smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, lunch wraps, and more.

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Texas Burrito Company

1570 E. Tucson Marketplace Blvd., Suite 100

Texas Burrito Company is a new concept by owner-operator barbecue pitmaster Jason Scott, who’s bringing nearly 10 years of experience to the kitchen. His main vision was to create and deliver “Texican” food to Tucson by throwing in his family recipes.

“I am beyond excited to celebrate the grand opening of Texas Burrito Company in my hometown of Tucson,” said Scott. “Like my mom, my sister and I were born here in Arizona and now I get to bring the Texican recipes from my dad’s side of the family to all my friends and neighbors. I really think they’re going to love it.”

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KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THESE RESTAURANTS LATER THIS YEAR:

Two Hands Corn Dogs

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Sam Jump lives a life fueled by empowering others and bringing visions to life. She’s also a sucker for coffee shops, wordplay, and high fives.

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