Tucson during gem show
We're getting ready for our annual trek to Tucson for the gem show. Obviously, any restaurant even remotely near the shows is mobbed. That means many of the places regularly recommended on this board, natch. We're staying near the AF Base, a new location for us -- any advice on where we might eat? We prefer not to spend a lot of money, don't mind very casual eateries. All cuisines are good for us. We will have a car, and could drive somewhere. Oh, and my husband asks for favorite locations for raspadas.
I don't like to spend money either. So here's a few more suggestions for good moderate to low price eats.
Bread and Butter Cafe, E. 22nd, B & L only. Always a crowd so get there early or prepare to wait for a table/booth. Located in a strip mall. Great Breakfasts and reasonable lunches. Friendly wait staff.
Further E on 22nd, Gus Balon's is a favorite of friends, but I haven't tried. B & L.
Roma Cafe. A few tables in the back of an Italian deli. In an indusrial area. Call for directions. Lunch spot. Popular with U of AZ students. 'Nuff said.
Bob's Cafe, No. Campbell. Great sandwiches, a Mom and Pop operation. Definitely not upscale.
Mama Louisa's, Italian, out by DMAFB, Haven't tried it, but in your lodging area. Good reputation with friends.
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Damissus likes Seri Malakaa, Across the street from Park Place Mall for Malaysian. L & D.
Oh, yes, second the Blue Willow rec, but a bit more pricey, and wonderful coffee.
Enjoy the Show.
Thanks for all these recommendations -- the only restaurant we've been to of all those listed is the Blue Willow, where we had a very nice breakfast, but it was very crowded. I've tended to avoid the Poca Cosas because they're so well known, but may take the plunge this year -- too many years drooling over reports!
The show is a trip, for sure! You'd think with all the nationalities and ethnicities represented there would be a better selection of interesting show food, but mostly, not. One exception -- the Afgan father/son? team at the Pacifica show...
Thanks again --
Can there still be any undiscovered places in Tucson? For casual, try Cup Cafe (downtown in the Hotel Congress), Blue Willow Cafe on Campbell, & Feast on E. Speedway. For breakfast, try Cafe Jasper on Skyline near Campbell, & Ghini on Prince near Campbell. I don't know how crowded they'll be, though, since we always avoid going to Tucson during the gem show.