Tucson, mid-afternoon, interesting ?
I'm going to be in Tucson next week, &, because of some weird scheduling, will be looking for some kind of meal about 3:00 in the afternoon. Is there anything interesting & chow-worthy that's open at that hour? I'm not big into Italian or Mexican. And closer to downtown is better, but I can make either north or east work, if necessary.
It's been a while but I used to enjoy hitting the bar at Metro Grill (Oracle and McGee) or Wildflower (Oracle and Ina) for just his type of meal. Bar staff was frinedly and food (& wine) usually hit the spot.
7892 N Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704
7037 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704
Metro and Wildflower have gone downhill over the last few years, if you ask me, but I don't think you'd have a bad meal at either. If you're downtown, Grill (Congress & Scott) is one of the more interesting places in the state - the clientele is eclectic, and it's the only place I've ever been where one can order grilled swordfish or a bowl of Cap'n Crunch. They're open 24/7, so if you can grab dinner or late night here, I'd recommend it. Cup Cafe is inside the Hotel Congress (Congress and 5th Avenue), which is more or less the most famous building in Tucson, and again interesting people aplenty. Beyond Bread (Campbell & Ft. Lowell) is ridiculously good. Bison Witches on 4th Avenue is also fairly well-known for great sandwiches and soups - very relaxed, hippie (for lack of a better term) atmosphere, so if that's not your thing, don't go there. If you can coax yourself into experimenting with Mexican varieties, Cafe Poca Cosa and Mi Nidito, both downtown, are remarkable little restaurants. Not Mexican in the Garcia's way, truly fantastic food. I miss living in Tucson every day - it is a great place, I hope you get a chance to enjoy it.
I'll second the recommendation for Grill, it's a fun place with good food.
I'll also offer:
Delectables - Another Tucson tradition on 4th Ave. Noted for lighter food. This has been a personal favorite since my early childhood. (delectables.com)
Feast - My favorite restaurant in Tucson. Doug Levy has a menu that changes all the time, but always has terrific food. Check him out at www.eatatfeast.com
4122 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712
Delectables Restaurant & Catering
533 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705