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Feb 10, 2007 07:32 PM

Recommendations for Tucson?

We will be in Tucson (Oro Valley specifically) next week and are looking for an upscale restaurant with great food and atmosphere. We've been to Hacienda del Sol and loved it but want to try something different. Open to "creative American" or Southwestern cuisine but not Asian, Mexican, etc. We're considering Dish, Janos, Bistro Zin or Ventana Room, but are open to other suggestions.

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  1. Wildflower is wonderful....on Oracle.

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    1. re: wyf4lyf

      Wildflower isn't as upscale as some of the others you mention, but yes, I agree that it is wonderful.

    2. There is a very recent thread that covers both Janos and Ventana Room, From personal experience, I can attest that both are great.


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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Thanks for the advice. When I click on the link it says it can't be found. Can you tell me where to find this thread?

        1. re: lacatlin

          Actually, it was about 5 articles earlier in the SW Board. It's titled, "Tucson, want to make my father-in-law cry... " I'll check the URL again, but all I did was just a Ctrl-c/Ctrl-v. I will have to say that some aspects of the "new" Chowhound site has some real problems, especially in the Search aspect. I had to do a Google for an article, that I did back in Nov, '06. It would not come up via CH Search, no matter what I tried. Google actually got every reply as a hit. Go figure.

          Here's the URL again, just in case I missed a character, or two:


          PS, I'll leave this thread, re-enter and click the link, just to see if it works for me.

          1. re: Bill Hunt


            It worked for me, upon re-entry. Hope it does for you, as well. Also, the link (took me a Google to get it) for my earlier Ventana Room post, worked too.

            In my estimation, one will not likely go wrong with either Janos (La Paloma), or The Ventana Room. Have not done Anthony's At the Catalina, but a real foodie/wino friend, just came back and raved. That rec. elevated them to a "must do," for me.


            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Thank you, Bill, for your help! We have decided on Janos. I am sure we will enjoy it.

              1. re: lacatlin

                Could not agree more. Of the two, that I mentioned, it would be a real toss-up, if I could only do one. As stated, in our next golf trip to Tucson, we'll do both, plus throw in Anthony's, primarily because I have never dined there, and the other couple raved about it - she's a chef/cookbook author and he's a golfing-wino.

                Enjoy and remember to report back. Get the "wine room," if you can.


      2. Just got back from Tucson. Bistro Zin was really great this year, especially an unusual take on fried calamari (with orange), a delicious truffled artichoke appetizer, and my duck breast entree (the others of our group were equally happy with their entrees -- to much so that I didn't even get a bite of my husband's). We had some of the best and most knowledgable service (re both the food and wine) I've ever experienced at any restaurant. Only the cheese plate was less than stellar -- good but too similar cheeses and boring chutney/brioche presentation.

        1. Would anyone comment on Arizona Inn vs. Starr pass Signature Grill for a graduation celebration dinner. Or another suggestion as I want a formal / great food / $$$ price . Thanks for any suggestions as I am under the gun to get reservations ASAp -- forgot to do this!!!

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          1. re: kazer4

            At Starr Pass you would want Primo, not the Signature Grill, if you're looking for upscale. Since you said you want formal, great food and expensive, I'd go for the Ventana Room. Fabulous.