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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 10:07 am, Wed Mar 27, 2013.

Best happy hour

First Place

Noble Hops

1335 W. Lambert Ln., Oro Valley

797-4677

www.noblehopspub.com

2nd place

Applebees

Multiple locations

www.applebees.com

3rd place

RA Sushi

2905 E. Skyline Dr., #289, Tucson

615-3970

www.rasushi.com


Best cocktail

First Place

Noble Hops

1335 W. Lambert Ln., Oro Valley

797-4677

www.noblehopspub.com

2nd place

Flemings

6360 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

529-5017

www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Union

4340 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

329-8575

www.uniontucson.com

3rd place

The Parish

6453 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

797-1233

www.theparishtucson.com


Best Mexican Food

First Place

El Charro Café

7725 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

229-1922

www.elcharrocafe.com

Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson is The Nation’s Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Featuring traditional Northern Mexico-Sonoran style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican Food, El Charro Café is truly as Gourmet Magazine wrote: “A Taste Explosion”.

2nd place

El Molinito

3675 W. Ina Road, Tucson

744-1188

www.elmolinitos.com

3rd place

Carlota’s

7725 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

229-1922


Best pizza

First Place

Mama’s Pizza

7965 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

291-3993

www.mamasfamous.com

“Mama’s”, is about a reminder of home, where visitors can dine in a relaxing atmosphere conducive to a good appetite, and enjoy foods which contain the finest ingredients available.

High quality meats, imported Italian cheeses, fresh vegetables, all prepared while on site - no synthetic products. Good health is important to Mama’s.

2nd place

Oregano’s

100 W. Orange Grove Road, Tucson

229-9999

www.oreganos.com

Papa Murphy’s

17250 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson

797-4242

www.papamurphys.com

3rd place

Marco’s

7725 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

229-1922

www.marcos.com

Honarable mention

Sauce

7117 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

297-8575

www.foxrc.com


Best italian

First Place

Michelangelo

420 W. Magee Road, Tucson

297-5775

www.michelangelotucson.com

Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano has been in Tucson more than 20 years.

The locally-owned restaurant with roots deep in Tucson, serves a variety of Italian foods.

2nd place

Olive Garden

Multiple locations

www.olivegarden.com

3rd place

Carrabba’s

7635 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley

742-7442

www.carrabbas.com best Mexican


Best Coffe house

First Place

Starbucks

Multiple locations

www.starbucks.com

With a location seemingly on every corner, Starbucks continues to be one of the most popular coffee houses in the U.S. and internationally.

2nd place

Roadrunner Coffee Co.

9665 N. Thornydale Road, Tucson

579-7011

Rock n’ Java

7555 W. Twin Peaks Road, Tucson

572-5238

www.rocknjava.tv

3rd place

Tully’s Coffee

10450 N. La Cañada Dr., Tucson

877-9207


Best family-friendly dining

Dream Dinners

3682 W. Orange Grove Road, Tucson

742-0837

www.dreamdinners.com

The goal for Dream Dinners is simple; to allow families to have a healthy home-cooked meal, and give them the time to sit around a table and enjoy each other’s company.

Dream Dinners, 3682 W. Orange Grove Road, #132, is co-owned and co-run by Oro Valley residents Gert Magnuson and Sue Dew. The two took over the store, which has been open nine years, about a year ago when the owners were looking to sell it and move toward retirement. They, including the founders of Dream Dinners, all share the same view and stress the importance of time spent around the table.

2nd place

Grumpy’s Grill

2960 W. Ina Road, Tucson

297-5452

www.grumpysgrill.com

Oregano’s

100 W. Orange Grove Rd, Tucson

229-9999

www.oreganos.com

3rd place

Sunnyside Up Café

15800 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

818-1083


Best Greek food

First Place

It’s Greek to Me

15920 N. Oracle Road, Catalina

825-4199

www.itsgreektomen.com

Hidden away in Catalina, It’s Greek to Me has become a surprising treasure for area residents. The popular greek restaurant has quickly increased in popularity, and only looks to remain strong in the coming year. 

2nd place

Pappoule’s

7475 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson

544-5551

www.pappoules.com

3rd place

Opa

2990 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

327-2841

www.opatime.com

best asian food

Harvest Moon

12125 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley

825-5351

www.harvestmoontucson.com

Opening a Chinese restaurant has always been a goal and dream of owner and chef Wanda Zhang, but she has gone above and beyond serving multitudes of chinese dishes from differing provinces. 

Harvest Moon continues to expand and adapt to new demands now offering many dishes with a gluten-free option. Wanda has also been consulting with Dr. Steve Liu, an expert on health and wellness, to create a healthy option menu along with a Vegan menu.

2nd place

Dragon Village

12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley

229-0388

www.dragonvillagerestaurant.com

3rd place

Golden Dragon

6433 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

297-1862

www.goldendragontucson.com


Best Waiter/Waitress

First Place

Veronica Hunt at Riley’s Tavern

5150 N. La Cholla Blvd.,  Tucson

408-0507

2nd place

Michelle Pecora

No information provided.

 3rd place

Krystal Noaker at Fleming’s

6360 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

529-5017

www.flemingssteakhouse.com


Best bakery

First Place

Village Bakehouse

7882 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

531-0977

www.villagebakehouse.com

Village Bakehouse offers a variety of artisan breads baked fresh daily. Village Bakehouse specializes in one-of-a-kind wedding cakes and made-to-order cookies and cakes for all occasions. In addition to a large assortment of made-from-scratch pastries, muffins, pies and specialty treats, a friendly staff can suggest alternatives, including healthy, transfat free, vegan, low sugar, flourless or even eggless selections.

2nd place

Beyond Bread

421 W. Ina Road, Tucson

461-1111

www.beyondbread.com

3rd place

Paradise Bakery

4362 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

888-0940

www.paradisebakery.com

 


Best Indian food

Saffron

7607 N. Oracle Road, Suite 101, Oro Valley

825-5351

www.tucsonindianrestaurant.com

What’s popular at Saffron? For starters, the daily buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mintu reports the chicken tikka masala, England’s national dish, sells very well, as does the tandoori seared lamb chops, particularly when he has a special $5 off price. “People love it,” he said.

Saffron has a wide vegetarian menu, and “a lot of vegan people are coming lately.” The restaurant can serve a fine meal without dairy or animal products.

2nd place

Flavor of India

12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley

742-9100

www.flavorofindia-az.com

3rd place

Taste of India

No information available

Honorable mention

Gandhi’s

150 W. Fort Lowell Road, Tucson

292-1738

www.gandhicuisineofindia.com

Honorable mention

Indian Oven

2727 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

326-8635

 

 


Best deli/sandwich

First Place

Beyond Bread

421 W. Ina Road, Tucson

461-1111

www.beyondbread.com

Locally owned and operated since 1998, we offer a variety of hand-crafted breads, delicious sandwiches, house-made soups, fresh salads and decadent pastries all in a comfortable and friendly environment. What sets Beyond Bread apart from its competition is our commitment to make just about everything from scratch, using only the finest ingredients.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s never been easier to experience Beyond Bread. Eat-in, carry-out, or treat your friends and family from our extensive catering menu. 

2nd place

Baggins

1800 E. Fort Lowell Road, Tucson

327-1611

www.bagginsgourmet.com

3rd place

Subway

Multiple locations

www.subway.com

Honorable Mention

Jason’s Deli

4545 N. Oracle Road,  Suite 121 Tucson

407-1100

www.jasonsdeli.com


Best BBQ

First Place

Famous Dave’s

4565 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

888-1512

www.famousdaves.com

Famous Dave’s has won more than 650 awards for its food and company. We’ve worked hard to earn titles ranging from “Best BBQ Ribs” over 50 times to the famous Silver Plate Award given to “foodservice operators who epitomize the best of class.” 

2nd place

Bubb’s Grub

16010 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

825-6510

www.bubbsgrub.com

3rd place

Mr. K’s

4911 N. Stone Ave. Tucson

408-7427

www.mrksbbq.com

Honorable Mention

Brush Fire 

2745 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

624-3223

www.brushfirebbq.com 


 

Best burger

First Place

In-n-Out Burger

11545 N. Oracle Road Oro Valley

786-1000

www.in-n-out.com

The first In-n-Out Burger opened by Harry Snyder, who introduced California’s first drive-thru hamburger stand in a space barely 10 square feet at Francisquito and Garvey in Baldwin Park. Every day before dawn, Harry visited the meat and produce markets to pick out fresh ingredients, which he prepared by hand. Meanwhile, his wife Esther diligently took care of all the accounting for the new restaurant at their home right around the corner.

Over the years, In-n-Out has grown nationwide, becoming one of the most popular hamburger joints around.

2nd place

Five Guys

4362 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

887-3101

www.fiveguys.com

3rd place

Zinburger

1865 E. River Road, #101, Tucson

299-7799

www.foxrc.com

Honorable Mention

Freddy’s

3725 W. Orange Grove Road, Marana

989-0314

www.freddysusa.com

Honorable Mention

Grumpy’s Grill

2960 W. Ina Road, Tucson

297-5452

www.grumpysgrill.com


Best Steakhouse

First Place

The Keg

12005 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley

219-9500

www.kegsteakhouse.com

Quality, comfort and value are three key ingredients that make The Keg Steakhouse & Bar experience like no other. The menu features tender, juicy steaks, slow-roasted prime rib, succulent shellfish, the freshest of salads, irresistible desserts and an outstanding wine list.

When it comes to steak, The Keg serves only the finest cuts. They are aged for tenderness. Then, a very special blend of seasonings is added to lend unique flavor. 

2nd place

Texas Roadhouse

8450 N. Cracker Barrel Road, Tucson

579-3855

www.texasroadhouse.com

3rd place

Fleming’s

6360 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

529-5017

www.flemingssteakhouse.com 


Best Breakfast

First Place

Jerry Bob’s

Multiple Locations

www.jerrybobs.com

When it comes to a relaxing environment, convenient place to have breakfast, Jerry Bob’s is like no other.

The family-friendly atomsphere has allowed them to become a favorite of the northwest. 

2nd place

Sunny Side Up Café

15800 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

818-1083 

3rd place

The Good Egg

5055 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

293-6139

www.thegoodegg.com

Honorable Mention

Grumpy’s Grill

2960 W. Ina Road, Tucson

297-5452

www.grumpysgrill.com


Best seafood

First Place

Bluefin

7053 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

531-8500

www.bluefintucson.com

It’s tough to come by good seafood in Southern Arizona, but Bluefin has certainly leaped onto the scene, providing an extensive menu and wine selection. 

2nd place

Red Lobster

Multiple locations

www.redlobster.com

3rd place

Kingfisher

2564 E. Grant Road, Tucson

323-7739

www.kingfishertucson.com

 

 

 

 

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