Tucson Foodie's Best of 2023

Tucson Foodie’s 10 Most Popular News Articles of 2023

January 2, 2024
By Tucson Foodie

Every day, Tucson Foodie gets tons of readers and by the end of the year, we’ve run out of fingers to keep track. Luckily, we’ve got online tools to help us in that department.

2023 was a big year for local restaurants, bars, and businesses. We saw a lot of grand openings, said goodbye to some local businesses, and hosted food-themed events and fancy dinners. Keep scrolling to revisit the most-read news articles of 2023.

Street Taco & Beer Co. Opens its Tanque Verde Rd. Location

Published May 22, 2023
(Photo courtesy of Street Taco & Beer Co.)

If you’ve been to any of the other three locations, you can expect the same menu of tacos, burritos, and beverages. Plus, as mentioned earlier, they’re opening on Tuesday/Taco Tuesday so maybe that’ll make your decision-making much easier. The new location is destined to be the perfect pit stop, too, if you’re heading up to Mount Lemmon for the day or taking a hike in the area. Read more…

Everything You Need to Know About the New Tucson Foodie

Published May 25, 2023
Obon Sushi + Bar + Ramen (Photo by Isaac Stockton)

Every member of the Tucson Foodie team — including me — started as a fan/follower/subscriber of Tucson Foodie. The team has one thing in common: we’re all believers in the power of community. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’re turning Tucson Foodie into something much bigger than a news and media organization. We’re now a community — and you’re invited to join us! Read more…

Bashful Bandit Barbecue Brings Backyard Barbecue to Midtown Tucson

Published on December 23, 2023
a group of people standing in a kitchen preparing food
Bashful Bandit Barbecue (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

After 40 years in business, the iconic local biker bar The Bashful Bandit closed its doors on June 18, 2021. After a year and a half of compiling rumors and growing curiosity about what will happen to the building, out came Tucson native, Toby Kyte, with an exciting announcement about his plans to turn the well-known dive into a barbecue joint. Read more…

Trident Grill III Permanently Closes its Doors on Craycroft Road

Published September 5, 2023
Oysters at Trident Grill (Photo credit: Addie Ibara)

On Friday, September 8, Trident Grill III permanently closed its doors at 250 S. Craycroft Rd. No specific reason was given for the closure. The sports bar first opened its doors in 2017, which was a former Tilted Kilt, next to Tucson Coffee Roasters and Miss Saigon. Read more…

The Dutch Permanently Closes on Broadway Boulevard

Published October 2, 2023
The Dutch (Photo by Taylor Noel Photography)

On Monday, October 2, the team behind The Dutch at 5340 E. Broadway Blvd. announced that the restaurant has permanently closed. There wasn’t a specific reason for the closure other than there being some “unforeseen circumstances.” A little more than a year ago, Marcus and Nicole van Winden relocated the restaurant to Broadway Boulevard after spending a few years on Main Gate Square. Our fingers are crossed that we haven’t seen the last of the van Winden’s cuisine. Read more…

Food, Pickleball & More! CORBETT’S Hosts its Grand Opening

Published August 17, 2023
a building next to a fence
Pickleball at CORBETT’S (Photo by SWOON Media)

“Our vision was community — to create a place where people can gather, eat, drink, play, and be entertained all in one space,” said Scott Stiteler, founding partner at Loveblock Partners. “After all these years of running businesses Downtown, we know and love the area well and believe this is the perfect location for this concept. CORBETT’S is a unique combination of old and new and it is a place for families, college students, professionals, and more to create fun and memorable one-of-a-kind experiences together.” Read more…

Phoenix-Based ‘Angie’s Lobster’ to Open 2 Tucson Locations

Published October 6, 2023
a plate of food on a table
(Photo courtesy of Angie’s Lobster)

Angie’s Lobster was created by Tony and Roushan Christofellis, the same couple who created the Salad and Go drive-thru concept we’re now seeing here in Tucson. They’ve since sold the Salad and Go chain and are now putting their focus on Angie’s Lobster. The concept currently has more than five locations in and around Phoenix, and has become pretty popular for its sandwiches, salads, and wraps — some starting at around just $6 each. Read more…

Brushfire BBQ Permanently Closes After 15+ Years in Business

Published December 29, 2023
BrushFire BBQ Co. (Photo by Jackie Tran)

The doors have been permanently closed at both of the Brushfire BBQ Co. locations, 2745 N. Campbell and 7080 E. 22nd St. We were unable to reach anyone to ask about the reason for closure but signs on the doors state that they won’t be reopening. Read more…

Chick-in Waffle Opens its First Arizona Location in Tucson

Published May 17, 2023
Asian Chili (Photo courtesy of Chick-in Waffle)

The Kansas City, Missouri-based restaurant chain Chick-in Waffle flew the coop and landed near the corner of Grant and Craycroft Road. However, back in October, the restaurant permanently closed. Read more…

All Aboard! Platform 18, an Underground Cocktail Bar/Train Car is Coming to Tucson

Published April 28, 2023
(Photo courtesy of Platform 18 on Facebook)

The bar will be located in the basement of the building and will have a passenger train car seating area equipped with TV screens as windows, making it appear that you’re traveling along the tracks. The disclaimer on the site warns folks of “audio and lighting changes, low visibility, motion graphics, and occasional haze.” Read more…

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