4 December, 2022, 12:01

Here are the best things the Tucson Foodie team tasted in August 2022

The month of August was full of monsoon storms and a lot of restaurants were creating some thunder as well with brand new dishes and old classics.

From corn ribs to dim sum and some gooey Culichi Camarones Mixto, there were a lot of tasty moments for the Tucson Foodie team. Not only are these reminders of the dishes we ate, they can also be a guide for your own decisions on what to eat here in Tucson.

Addie Ibarra

Vino Stache Winery

I had the opportunity to finally check out Vino Stache Winery in Elgin and immediately proceeded to sign up for their wine club. Though they operate on a reservation-only basis, they’re absolutely worth checking out. Their GSM (bottled that morning) was a crowd favorite.

Vino Stache Winery (Photo by Addie Ibarra)

Vino Stache Winery (Photo by Addie Ibarra)

Hannah Hernandez

Cal’s Bakeshop

The Pan Dulce Conchas at Cal’s Bakeshop are now vegan-friendly. The creamy chocolate-dipped was my favorite.

Cal's Bakeshop

Cal’s Bakeshop (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Go Dim Sum

Go Dim Sum’s crispy Salt and Pepper Fried Tofu and squishy Sesame Balls were amazing. The tofu was perfect with or without chili oil and sweet and spicy sauce poured all over.

Go Dim Sum

Go Dim Sum (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Jackie Tran

Mariscos Culichi

This might have been the tastiest food I’ve had in the last two months. The Shrimp Ceviche Tostada was my ideal balance of umami and acidity. The fish taco had a warm crunchy griddles tortilla with crunchier juicy fried fish and a chopped coleslaw. The Culichi Camarones Mixto had a pair of two lush, creamy, spicy sauces with gooey cheese on top.

Mariscos Culichi (Photos by Jackie Tran)

Mariscos Culichi (Photos by Jackie Tran)

Kim Johnston

Divine Bovine Burgers

The Corn Ribs dish from Divine Bovine Burgers is one of those foods that parents tell their kids is “spicy” so they don’t have to share.

Corn Ribs at Divine Bovine Burgers (Photo by Kim Johnston)

Corn Ribs at Divine Bovine Burgers (Photo by Kim Johnston)

The Monica

The Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice at The Monica.

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice at The Monica (Kim Johnston)

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice at The Monica (Kim Johnston)

Noble Hops

If I had a dollar for every time I ordered the Crispy Cauliflower at Noble Hops, I’d have just enough money to order another one.

Noble Hops

Crispy Cauliflower at Noble Hops (Photo by Kim Johnston)

Mark Whittaker

Taqueria La Esquina

All of the food at this south Sixth taqueria is extraordinary but when I bit into their churro I had to take a moment and reflect. After said reflection, my next necessary move was announcing to chef and co-owner Alejandro Bohon and to my followers on social media that this was the best churro I have eaten in Tucson. Easily. It’s that perfect balance of light, crispy, chewy, sweet, and delicate yet hefty. It had me grab the table and say some well-intended expletives under my breath as I ate. I am so hooked on these things now. Yeah, thanks a lot Taqueria La Esquina.

Churroz at Taqueria La Esquina (Photo by Mark Whittaker)

Churroz at Taqueria La Esquina (Photo by Mark Whittaker)

Lovin’ Spoonfuls

As a food writer that mainly covers trucks, bars, and diners, I tend to eat a lot of plant-based dishes when I am not working. Thanks to Foodie vegan correspondent Hannah, she informed me that the Wildcat Burger at Lovin’ Spoonfuls was one of her favorites. So, one day I just had to give it a go. Yep, it was freakin’ awesome. I’m not into vegan “burgers” that have a list of ingredients as long as a Tolstoy novel, and Spoonfuls does this correct with a simple, well-seasoned soy patty. Topped with caramelized onions, tempeh bacon, vegan blue cheese, and Sriracha mayo, I immediately texted Hannah and thanked her after I ate it. So good.

Wildcat Burger – Lovin’ Spoonfuls (Photo by Mark Whittaker)

Wildcat Burger – Lovin’ Spoonfuls (Photo by Mark Whittaker)

India Oven

I’ve been a fan of India Oven for over a decade and when they reinstated their lunch buffet after nearly two years of not doing so I couldn’t have been happier. The food is always fresh, flavorful, spicy, and delicious. I love sitting and watching the Bollywood musical numbers projected on the wall. Sometimes I don’t have time to eat there so I get the buffet to go. Owner Raksha Bhatti doesn’t even ask what I want, she just starts filling boxes with her food and piles on samosas and naan. I absolutely love that and have never been led astray by her choices for me. Plus, she doesn’t mind that I fill up at least four or five ramekins of her mint sauce before leaving. You could put that stuff on an old flip-flop left behind at Coachella and I’d still eat it.

Buffet at India Oven (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Buffet at India Oven (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Matt Sterner

Tooley’s Cafe

The Huevos Rancheros at Tooley’s sure hit the spot on an early Saturday morning. The dish was simple and reminded me of my days living in New Mexico.

Huevos Rancheros at Tooley's Cafe (Photo by Matt Sterner)

Huevos Rancheros at Tooley’s Cafe (Photo by Matt Sterner)

Sam Jump

The Barnyard Crafthouse & Eatery

The Ahi BLT (hold the bacon) at The Barnyard Crafthouse & Eatery was an adventure of both flavor and texture. Served open face and featuring perfectly seared Ahi, house-made pickles, avocado, and both Sriracha and wasabi aioli, it would’ve been easy and enjoyable to eat in a deconstructed manner. I’m glad I went for it as a sandwich (though it was definitely necessary to cut it in half). I look forward to going back for other offerings, too. Everything looked great as it rolled out from the kitchen, and the outdoor setup alone is worth the drive to take in.

The Barnyard Crafthouse & Eatery (Photo by Sam Jump)

The Barnyard Crafthouse & Eatery (Photo by Sam Jump)

Shane Reiser

La Estrella Bakery

Behold, the plain glazed doughnut from La Estrella Bakery. I eat six every day to help keep me strong.

Glazed Doughnuts at La Estrella Bakery

Glazed Doughnuts at La Estrella Bakery (Photo by Shane Reiser)

Taylor Noel

Sausage Deli

The Omar at Sausage Deli is ridonculously good. I have a lifelong addiction.

The Omar at Sausage Deli (Photo by Mark Whittaker)

The Omar at Sausage Deli (Photo by Mark Whittaker)

Xochitl Gracia

Charro Vida

The Prickly Pear BBQ Sandwich from Charro Vida is delicious and a new addition to their menu.

Charro Vida (Photo by Xochitl Gracia)

Charro Vida (Photo by Xochitl Gracia)

Penca Restaurante

Penca’s Chile Relleno is delicious and traditional, yet elegant.

Chile Relleno at Penca (Photo by Xochitl Gracia)

Chile Relleno at Penca (Photo by Xochitl Gracia)

For more suggestions, here are a few things we devoured in July 2022

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