Charles Kendrick has been cooking since the 1960s, taking his fondness for traditional barbecue flavoring to the kitchen with his latest venture—Mr. K's Barbeque. Mr. K's serves a distinct style of patiently-smoked Tucson barbecue, in a market-style setting, that includes half-pound pork, beef, and chicken sandwiches in a tomato-based sauce and racks of ribs served simply in dry-rubbed tuxedos. The restaurant also offers catering packages that feature one, two, or three meats along with homemade sides.
Red is the color known to stimulate hunger. Though the bowls at C. I. Chu's Mongolian BBQ are a bright shade of crimson, they most likely aren't what stoke customers' appetites. Perhaps it's the crisp vegetables laid out in stainless-steel bins, or the succulent sauces diners can spoon on top, or the grill's hissing as chefs cook diners' chosen ingredients to a satisfying sear. And as if a heaping bowl of stir-fry wasn't enough, these meals are girded by a bowl of soup and steamed rice, making a more satisfying meal than if customers were to simply eat the red bowl itself.
Within Wilbur’s Grill, 16 flat-screen TVs both inside the bar and out on the patio flicker with sports games as guests sink teeth into butter burgers or corned-beef sandwiches. Guests can also savor open-faced quesadillas adorned with steak or chicken and green chilies or surf and turf that features a 10-ounce steak and jumbo garlic shrimp.
R-Place Bar & Grill serves up burgers, seafood, salads, and sweets within family-friendly casual confines. Diners can engage in light levities with homemade soup or salad before initiating carnivorous conversations with half-pound specialty burgers such as the Horsey, topped with melted swiss, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and spicy atomic horseradish ($6.99). A Friday-night all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with hand-battered cod, fries, and slaw ($7.99), satisfies growling stomachs along with the Saturday-night Steak Stampede, allowing meat mavens either a top sirloin ($10.95) or a T-bone ($12.95). A Brownie Blast tops the eponymous chocolate treat with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, chilling belly-dwelling gnomes like a cool zephyr ($4). With breakfast served until noon, R-Place's TVs appease sports fans all day, and more hands-on types can wage friendly battles at the eatery's dartboards and pool tables with coffee creamer chips or pure pride on the line.
Serving the Tucson area for more than a decade, Create Cafe offers a savory menu of inventive sandwiches, burgers, and breakfast goodies served by a dedicated staff. Order from a selection of curry chicken, tuna salad, caprese mozzarella, and more, and turn your palatables into a sandwich ($7.50–$8.50), or a wrap ($6–$8). Beefy burgers come in 1/3 pound ($6.50) and 1/2 pound ($7.50) varieties filling stomachs of various dimensions, and turkey, falafel, and portobello patties promote protein diversity in the mouthplace. For night owls and afternoon Kentucky warblers, breakfast is served all day. A selection of bottled ($3.50–$4) and on-tap ($3.50) beers constitutes the best filler for the cafe's collection of frosted mugs, with Sacagawea coin collections coming in a distant third.