Food & Wine
Best Asian Cuisine and Sushi
Ra Sushi Bar Restaurant
With it’s unbelievable energy and modern décor, Ra has an intoxicatingly fun and exciting atmosphere. Choose from a delicious menu of specialty sushi or stick with the classic sashimi or nigiri. With a killer happy hour including half-off sushi, appetizers and amazing drink specials, this sushi spot reigns supreme. 520.615.3970, www.rasushi.com.
The Good Egg
There is nothing more inviting on a Sunday morning than the Good Egg. The restaurant undoubtedly has whatever you’re craving in the morn on their menu of frittatas, French toast, pancakes and more. 520.512.0208, www.thegoodeggaz.com.
Bistro 44 is serving up a supreme burger made of 100-percent certified Angus beef. This favorite is grilled to order, shimmied onto a fluffy potato roll and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and garlic aioli. But that’s not all; what makes this burger the best of Tucson is the ability to customize it with toppings like mushrooms, blue cheese, avocado or eggs. Yum! 520.298.2233, www.bistro44.com.
Best Date Night and Best Resort Dining
Loews Ventana Canyon
This summer, Loews Ventana Canyon has date night covered. Every Friday, it is presenting a free movie in the cascade lounge, while Flying V Bar and Grill is cooking up a dinner to match with a date night special for only $38. 520.299.2020, www.loewshotels.com/ventanacanyon.
Sundaze Frozen Yogurt
Sundaze Frozen Yogurt is a big favorite with Tucsonans, especially those who are afraid of melting away in the summer months. With non-fat flavors rotating daily and delicious smoothies available, this is the healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. 520.299.5403.
Best Family Restaurant and Best Italian Food
This neighborhood pizza joint has a delicious menu filled with kid-friendly entrees as well as Italian classics. Wondering how to top of the perfect meal? Two words: Pizza cookie. This half-baked cookie smothered in vanilla ice cream is big enough for the whole family to share. 520.327.8955, www.oreganos.com.
Best Greek Food
OPA! Greek Cuisine and Fun
Be transported into Greece with the restaurant’s authentic menu offering all the favorites. Share some starters with your family (we like the hummus and tzatziki), and then make the difficult choice of what to order from their massive menu of gyros, stuffed pitas, vegetarian entrees and Greek burgers with feta. 520.327.2841.
Best Lunch Spot
Paradise Bakery and Café
Fresh sandwiches, crisp salads and every meal is served with an ooey-gooey cookie? That delightful combination is found at Paradise Bakery and Café where casual dining meets a delicious bakery atmosphere. Its bakery features delish croissants, brownies, chippers (mini cookies!) and muffins galore. 520.882.5003, www.paradisebakery.com.
Best Mexican Food
Zivaz Mexican Bistro
With chips and salsa on the house, Zivaz Mexican Bistro is a casual, inviting eatery using only the freshest Mexican ingredients. The menu consists of traditional Mexican cuisine like carne asada plates, pollo tacos and tortilla soup. It also serve up specialty drinks, a favorite being the hibiscus margarita. 520.325.1234, www.zivaz.com.
Best Place to Watch the Game
With a homey atmosphere that’s perfect for game time, Championship Dining is a great locale to gather and cheer with friends. The eatery also feature amazing drink specials during happy hour, which runs from 9 p.m. to midnight. 520.747.5223, www.championshipdining.com.
McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse
Voted best steak for good reason, McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse lets you top your steak off the way you like it with topping options like portobello mushrooms, garlic and aged Romano cheese, or a port wine demi glaze. With 2,600 bottles of wine to choose from, your steak will have the perfect accompaniment. 520.327.2333, www.metrorestaurants.com.
Best Wine Bar
CORE Kitchen and Wine bar, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The always classy Core Kitchen and Wine bar boasts 40 wines by the glass and more than 2,800 bottles of wine. The wine bar features a menu of appetizers including luxury cheeses and seafood with an impressive display of whites, reds and Core cocktails. 520.572.3000, www.ritzcarlton.com.
Most Glamorous Place to Party
Both sassy and classy, Zen Rock is the premiere location in the Tucson nightlife that you need to see to believe. It has an underground feel due to its urban décor and has two floors for dancing. To add to the glamour, Zen Rock offers a selection of VIP tables and services. 520.624.3800.