Category Archives: Tucson Dining

Spending Locally – Wilko

Spending Locally is a great thing to do.  Not only for the environment, but also for your neighborhood and city.  By spending locally you help limit the fossil fuels needed to transport items across the country, while keeping money local and stimulating the local economy (in the process maybe even increasing the value of your Tucson Real Estate).

If you find yourself near the University this weekend, you might want to stop in at Wilko.  Located at the main gate, Wilko is a great place to take a break from a hectic day. This place has a little of everything.  You can have a beer while watching a game on one of the two TVs.  Listen to their eclectic music while enjoying a wide selection of wine.  Or, just chat with friends over some spicy mac -n- cheese and herb fries.  Yum!

According to their website:

Wilko is a modern gastropub featuring inventive classic American comfort food in the Main Gate district at Park and University. Everything on our menu is prepared on site and whenever possible we use local and organic ingredients. We have over 30 wines by the glass, six craft brews on tap,  and an extensive tasting menu featuring the best artisan cheeses and salume available from small local and regional producers.  Many of our house made condiments, dressings, and sauces are available for purchase along with our artisan cheese and salume offerings in our small market and espresso bar.

We are currently open 10am – 10pm Monday through Saturday; 11am – 9pm on Sunday. Breakfast coming soon!

Check out their webite at wilkotucson.com to see the full menu.

So when you need a break from your search for the perfect Tucson Real Estate, spend locally at Wilko.

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Exploring Tucson – Fourth Avenue

The weekend is upon us and it is time to decide what to do with your precious time off work.  This weekend why not spend some time on Fourth Avenue.  The stretch of Fourth Avenue from Ninth Street to University is a great area for shopping, eating, or just people watching.

The shops along Fourth Avenue are a variety of gift shops, tattoo/piercing parlors, thrift/vintage shops, new age/earthy shops, book stores, and more.  If you are looking for that hard to find herb, there are the Food Conspiracy Co-op and the Tucson Herb Store.  If you are looking for the perfect new or used book, there are Antigone Books and the Book Stop.  If you are looking for the perfect gift to send back to the relatives in the East that just screams TUCSON!, there are Pop-Cycle and Creative Ventures.

The restaurants and bars along Fourth Avenue are mostly independently owned and offer a great variety.  If you are craving Italian, there are Caruso’s and Brooklyn Pizza Company.  If you want sweets there are the Chocolate Iguana and Dairy Queen.  If you want coffee there are Epic Cafe and Revolutionary Grounds. There is even a great Greek restaurant called Athens. If what you really need is a alcoholic beverage there are The Hut and Sky Bar or any number of other bars.

If people watching is your thing, you won’t find a more eclectic group anywhere else in Tucson.

So this weekend, while taking a break from the search for your perfect Tucson Real Estate, check out Fourth Avenue.

Spending Locally – Oregano’s

Spending Locally is a great thing to do.  Not only for the environment, but also for your neighborhood and city.  By spending locally you help limit the fossil fuels needed to transport items across the country, while keeping money local and stimulating the local economy (in the process maybe even increasing the value of your Tucson Real Estate).

Looking for a great place to eat but can’t decide where?  Then you’ll want to head over to Oregano’s in central(ish) Tucson.  They offer take out and dine in seating (with your choice of inside, bar, outside patio, or inside patio.)  Even though it’s based out of Scottsdale, AZ., Oregano’s is still an Arizona company.  They opened their doors in 1993 and the food is some of the tastiest you’ll find this side of Chicago.  Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, appetizers.  You’ll have no problem finding a favorite, or two.

Sorry, you’ll have to live in Old Town Scottsdale or Gilbert if you want Oregano’s to cater a party for you but I’m sure the friendly staff at the Tucson location will place an order for twenty pizzas if you let them know in advance.

The only Tucson location is at 4900 E. Speedway Blvd., open every day from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Visit http://www.oreganos.com to drool over the menu.

So when you need a break from your search for the perfect Tucson Real Estate, chow down at Oregano’s.

Exploring Tucson – Trail Dust Town

The weekend is upon us and it is time to decide what to do with your precious time off work.  Have family in town?  Why not take some time to enjoy Trail Dust Town located at 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.  Trail Dust Town was originally built in the 1950’s as a Glenn Ford movie set.  (Don’t feel bad. I had to Wiki him, too.) Later on the mock western town was taken over for commercial purposes and turned into a local family destination.  The small collection of shops ranges from photography studios, a jewelry store, gift shops, western wear, salon and day spa, Pinnacle Peak restaurant, and others.

Take the kids on the miniature CP Huntington Railroad, visit the Museum of the Horse Soldier, or enjoy the Wild West stunt show.

Go to www.traildusttown.com to learn more.

So this weekend, while taking a break from the search for your perfect Tucson Real Estate, check out Trail Dust Town.

Tucson Crossroads – Fourth Avenue & Sixth Street

There’s more to learning about a new city than just identifying the major attractions. No matter how many times I’ve been to a certain part of town there’s always one question that throws me for a loop. “Where should we eat?” This is when my brain turns off and I’m left to respond with the only immediately visible dining choice, which is usually something like Wienerschnitzel. Frustrated, I often respond with a vacuous “Uh…” So, I’m making it a point to become familiar with dining choices in Tucson, for now, arranged by intersection(give or take 100 yards).

The intersection of Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street is a unique area of Tucson.  To the north and south along Fourth Avenue are numerous establishments to satisfy your food and drink requirements.  This stretch of Fourth Avenue has some of the most unique shops and restaurants in town.  If you happen to find yourself looking at Tucson Real Estate near the intersection of North Euclid Avenue and East University Boulevard, there are many choices when some one asks the question, “Where should we eat?”

NorthEast (between 6th St & 5th St): The Chocolate Iguana, Athens on 4th, World Wide Wrappers, Bumstead’sBrooklyn Pizza Company, Sky Bar

NorthWest (between 6th St & 5th St):  Dairy Queen, Delectables

North (between 5th St & University):  Pancho Villa’s, Magpie’s Gourmet Pizza, The B Line, Revolutionary Grounds, IBT’s, La Indita, Epic Cafe

SouthEast (between 6th St & 7th St):  Caruso’s, Surly Wench PubFood Conspiracy Co-Op

SouthWest (between 6th St & 7th St):  Plush, Lindy’s Diner, Cafe Passe

South (between 7th St & 9th St):  Che’s Lounge, Cafe Zope, Bison Witches, The Hut, O’Malleys on Fourth, The Shanty

These are some of the choices available to you if you find yourself ready for a break from the search for your perfect Tucson Real Estate near Fourth Avenue & Sixth Street.  Enjoy!

Spending Locally – Time Market

Spending Locally is a great thing to do.  Not only for the environment, but also for your neighborhood and city.  By spending locally you help limit the fossil fuels needed to transport items across the country, while keeping money local and stimulating the local economy (in the process maybe even increasing the value of your Tucson Real Estate).

Time Market will be nothing new to those who live in the West University Neighborhood since it has been around for decades.  This corner market is much more than just a corner market.  Yes, you can get your groceries, household items, and even a great selection of beer and wine here, but you can also sit down and have one of Time Markets amazing wood fired pizzas or something else to eat.  A friend who went to the University of Arizona quite a while ago said that she did all of her shopping at time market (since she lived nearby).  Another friend (who does not live nearby) told me that he loves coming into central Tucson to have a meal at Time Market.  This is the all-around store/restaurant for the neighborhood and more.

Time Market is located at 444 East University Boulevard (on the southwest corner of University and Third Avenue).  For more information regarding Time Market, you may call them at (520) 622-0761.

When considering your options in Tucson Real Estate, also consider spending locally at Time Market.

Spending Locally – Revolutionary Grounds

Spending Locally is a great thing to do.  Not only for the environment, but also for your neighborhood and city.  By spending locally you help limit the fossil fuels needed to transport items across the country, while keeping money local and stimulating the local economy (in the process maybe even increasing the value of your Tucson Real Estate).

Okay, so increasing the value of your Tucson Real Estate may not be a common topic at Revolutionary Grounds.  This great little coffee house/bookstore is a wonderful place to relax while perusing the best in Marxist literature.   The reading material, artwork, and items for sale mostly cater to the FAR left but even if you are a right-leaning person, you can find something to enjoy about this place.  Revolutionary Grounds offers not only literature and artwork but also drinks and food.

Revolutionary Grounds has a great patio on the side and in back for relaxing in Tucson’s amazing weather nine months out of the year.  And when it is too hot (or too cold), the cozy atmosphere in this little shop is very inviting.  Either way, the wonderfully friendly staff will help guide you through your liquid refreshment decision-making after which you can imbibe both the drink and the literature.

Revolutionary Grounds is located at 606 North Fourth Avenue (on the east side of Fourth Avenue between Fourth Street and Fifth Street).  This shop is closed on Mondays, is open 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, is open 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and is open noon until 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

When considering your options in Tucson Real Estate, also consider spending locally at Revolutionary Grounds.

(Their website is not up and running as I write this, but here it is in case you want to try:  http://www.revolutionarygroundsonline.com/)