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Restaurants Convenient to Loew's Ventana Canyon (Tucson)

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I've been reading this board to develop my list of Tucson restaurants, but I don't have a sense of location so I'd appreciate some help. We'll be staying at Lowe's for four nights. What restaurants do you recommend that would be a short or easy drive to get to?

I find driving in Tucson at night harder than I'm used to because there are relatively few street lights. I understand and appreciate the reasons for this, but I'm not comfortable driving long distances or complicated routes for dinners as a result.

I don't have any price limits and I'm open to all cuisines. Friends will be taking us to dinner at Cafe Poca Cosa one night, but since I can't get good Tex-Mex at home, I would be happy with another meal of Tex-Mex/Southwest cuisine.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Not Mexican or particularly southwestern, but The Abbey is a good spot to consider. http://www.theabbeytucson.com/home.html

    1. El Charro Cafe Ventana is very near there, located at the intersection of Sunrise and Kolb. It's relatively new, and my husband and I have been there a couple of times and were satisfied with the food, service and overall ambiance.

      1. As far as I know, there's no Tex-Mex in Tucson. Loew's has the Flying V, which I've never liked, but my daughter did, so you might want to try it (I haven't been there in over 4 yrs, so perhaps it's better now). bitchincook's suggestion of El Charro might be your best bet.

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        1. re: Claudette

          Thanks for these suggestions. Any Italian or Modern American (besides Abbey) in the vicinity?

          1. re: Indy 67

            Blanco is a modern American take on Mexican. They have one of the best patios in the city and a stellar happy hour. It's close to Loews. Somewhat.

        2. Check website menus for Acacia, Jonathan's Cork, and Tanque Verde Ranch - you'll find something interesting, I'm sure.

          1. Piazza Gavi is nearby, at Kolb and Sunrise, 5415 North Kolb Road. Good food there.