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Tucson Fancy Lady Lunch with Great View?

Hi, we will be in Tucson in early March for my mom's 75 birthday. Looking for a birthday lunch spot with a great view or beautiful surroundings and tasty chow. There will be six of us and I want to make it memorable. Thanks for your ideas!

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  1. Could you be a bit more specific? There are a lot of places in Tucson with good food and a view.

    What cuisines are you looking for? Where will you be staying? How far are you willing to drive? Any dietary restrictions? How much are you willing to spend?

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    1. re: missvenuz

      Thanks for your reply missvenuz. We are staying at La Paloma, others attending the lunch live in the Skyline CC area. I don't want anyone to have to drive more than 20 minutes or so, but could arrange for transportation for everyone for a special place. We are going to Tubac earlier in the week so we can cross that off the list. Would prefer something with a Sonoran twist. Cost is not an issue, I want to make this special. Wish the Grill at Hacienda del Sol was open for lunch. Thanks for your help!

      1. re: kimmieokc

        Okay. Two places in particular come to mind.

        North Fattoria - Housemade pastas, great wine list, good views of the city. La Encantada.

        Blanco - "Mexican" (tacos, burritos, enchiladas, margaritas, etc.), same views as North, large tequila list. Also at La Encantada.

        If it were me, I would not bother with Blanco. I don't feel as though they do great Sonoran Mexican in a city filled with excellent (and frankly, cheaper) Mexican. However, if you're just looking for something with a Sonoran bent that's decent but not extraordinary, Blanco might just fit the bill.

        Both places are about $12-20 for mains.

        1. re: missvenuz

          Thanks very much. Those look very nice. I'm sure at one point well be at La Encantada and might give one of those a try but I think I'm looking for a non-mall atmosphere.

    2. Well, as you know, a great view and tasty chow are not often found together.

      Being a chow person I'd skip the view part and take her to Penca downtown - http://www.pencarestaurante.com/

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      1. re: DriverPhil

        That sounds wonderful, and I think I will go for my birthday next month.
        But OP wants lunch, which is not served

      2. I would suggest Gold, at the Westward Look resort. It's elegant, open for lunch, and has stunning views.

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        1. re: bitchincook

          Also hacienda del Sol has a great view and is up in the hills where you are.

          Chowhounds...how is the food lately at Westward look?

          1. re: sherry3

            Hacienda del Sol was the first thing I thought of, but it is not open for lunch. The food at Westward Look is good, or I wouldn't have suggested it.

            1. re: sherry3

              Our meal at the Gold Room was nothing more that average and expensive 'hotel food'.

          2. Have you been to five palms? The inside is very rich and ornate, food is good, and there are nice views upstairs. The only problems is they don't open until 3 at nino's bar and 4 for the rest...

            1. Thank you all very much for the great suggestions. We actually ended up eating at the Westin La Paloma on the patio. The view was great and the food was actually pretty darn good. We had a birthday cake from Nadine's, what a great bakery.

              We had dinner at Hacienda del Sol (great), Cafe Poca Casa (just ok, too much!) and The Abbey which was my favorite. Tried to get into North and they were booked for a private event two nights in a row. Lunch at Tooleys one day was great too. Dessert one night at Arizona Inn was the best "meal" of the trip. I will dream of their honey rosemary ice cream!

              Thank you all again for your helpful suggestions. Tucson is wonderful, you that live there are very lucky. -Kim