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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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  1. 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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    1. re: barry

      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.

    2. 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!

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