Offering the carnivorous Southwest an authentic taste of midwestern meat markets, Dickman’s provides hordes of hungry Arizonans with a vast array of beef, steak, poultry, and seafood. Try the crowd-favored ugly steak, a 6–8-ounce slab of sirloin perfect for steak sandwiching ($8.99/lb.), paired with a side serving of Dickman’s twice-baked potato ($3.99/lb.) to instantly earn membership meat-and-potatoes club, which comes with a lifetime supply of mustaches, or scour the cases of Kobe beef and USDA Prime and Choice meats to discover the cuts of the day. Those in the mood for a hearty, between-bread meal can try a three-napkin sandwich ($4.99 for a 6 in.) along with one of many homemade salads ($3.99/lb.).
Experienced chefs prepare separate Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai menus, which can be paired with more than 20 thirst-quenching smoothies and bubble teas. A light, crispy pancake enfolds expertly cooked shrimp and leafy vegetables in the Vietnamese crêpe appetizer, which adds a touch of French elegance to meals without serving soup in a beret. Fried shrimp pâté on sticks of sugar cane imparts a flavorful fiesta, combining satisfying crunchiness with sweet-tooth mollification. Curries, clay pots, and noodle soups dominate the Thai dinner menu, which features beef fondue, a hot pot of thinly sliced beef luxuriating in a vinegar sauce with noodles or steamed rice. Six bubble teas and more than 20 smoothies stand ready to battle tongue-ravaging heat from eating Chinese kung pao shrimp ($8.99) or from failing the final exam at fire-eating school.
Distinguished by Tucson Weekly readers as the best Middle Eastern/African restaurant in the city in 2011, Zemam's transports tasters with an exotic menu of authentic Ethiopian cuisine. Sourdough flatbreads supplant utensils and stain-resistant foam fingers to help diners corral bite-size portions of spicy fusions, such as the vegetable-and-potato medley of yetakelt wat. Mine through a platter of shiro and scoop up puréed chickpeas soaked in berbere and spices, or investigate the gomen alicha to unmask a trove of carrots, cabbage, and potatoes congregated in mild sauce. Channeling American or Ethiopian traditions, beverage baristas prep coffee and tea to order, and a bevy of carbonated drinks volunteer to tickle lips like an excessively friendly mustache. Additionally, Zemam's serves guests in several small dining rooms that Tucson Weekly lauds for being "immaculate, whitewashed and simple."
Chefs at Jimmy's American Bistro hatch a menu of meaty entrées and crunchy fried starters slathered in homemade sauces. Dining duos kick-start patriotic feasts with the star-spangled all-American appetizer sampler, which includes sauce-slathered buffalo wings, crunchy fried green tomatoes, juicy chicken tenders, and fried provolone—half-moons of mild cheese festooned with italian breading and accompanied by dunk tanks of ranch dressing and zesty marinara sauce. Then, pairs can corral two dinner entrées in their table pen. Savor a pot roast’s melt-in-your-mouth meat morsels, who don a flowing frock of creamy gravy before making a celebrity cameo on the plate. Alternatively, herbivores can craft a personalized veggie platter by melding any five meatless sides.
Opened in 1985, Yokohama Asian Express offers a menu of Chinese, Japanese, and Asian cuisine. Made entirely without MSG, entrees include bowls that pair steamed white or brown rice with chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables, aided by sips of green tea. The restaurant also offers catering for large groups, with party platters or individual meals.