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pamela18 Oct 4, 2007 08:00 PM

My girlfriend and I are traveling to Tucson. Looking for some dining options. Hip, off-the-beaten path. Cost not a factor.

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    Claudette Oct 8, 2007 01:37 PM

    Cup Cafe, Blue Willow, Cafe Jasper, Poca Cosa, Feast, Primo (StarrPass Marriott), Janos are my favorites, in ascending order of $.

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      ButcherBloc Oct 6, 2007 09:23 PM

      I second Cafe Poca Cosa and Grill at Hacienda del Sol. I have always had a fantastic experience at Anthony's in the Catalina's, though it's been a few years. Also, the Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress is a great spot, though the atmosphere is better than the food.

      1. lawyerbriefs Oct 5, 2007 12:57 PM

        North is hip. Tavolino is not well-known and the food is excellent. Everybody loves Cafe Poca Cosa, and you won't find its brand of Mexican food in many other places. I also would not overlook Vivace or The Grill at Hacienda del Sol. Neither is off the beaten path, but there's a reason why lots of people love them: they're both really, really good. Finally, north of Tucson is a new restaurant, McClintock's, in a very exclusive new development called Saguaro Ranch. I haven't been, but hear good things about it. Having been to a private party in Saguaro Ranch I can tell you the views and topography are breathtaking.

        Have fun!

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          barry Oct 5, 2007 12:37 PM

          Janos at the Westin La Paloma. Janos Wilder is a James Beard Award winning chef (I think the only one in Tucson). He uses a lot of local ingredients, including some Native American items for an interesting southwestern cuisine. We had a great dinner there. Very nice wine list, as well.

          Barry

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            ziggylu Oct 5, 2007 04:10 PM

            We enjoy JBar as well....Janos' less expensive place right next store. The patio is so nice and the food, while being more simple, is still great. I really loved the turkey mole the couple times we were down there this summer.

            We also like Maya Quetzal on 4th ave...it's a small hole in the wall Guatamalen place. Nothing fancy at all but great food. Open for lunch as well.

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