Burgers, beers, and fries are pub staples, but the versions that emerge from the kitchen at Social House Kitchen & Pub are anything but the norm. Fit for foodies and casual diners alike, the menu puts a gastropub spin on its eats. Crispy pork belly and mushroom gravy coat the “loaded” fries, and the American classic burger comes with a crown of candied bacon. Other entrees that shake up familiar dishes include beef short ribs with egg, fish ‘n’ chips with apple slaw, and a dip sandwich finished off with rosemary aioli. Behind the gleaming bar top, bartenders pour out 32 craft brews, which patrons enjoy inside a modern space that features a mixture of rustic wood furnishings and bright white upholstery.
For more than 20 years, the chefs at Ali Baba Restaurant have churned out healthy and flavorful Mediterranean and Lebanese meals. They pile plates with traditional Mediterranean specialties, including seasoned gyros and beef shish kebabs, and Persian delicacies such as lamb filet steak and joujeh kebabs, each served with basmati rice and spiced onion. Turkish coffee and Persian iced tea lend every dish an authentic edge. With a private event area capable of seating 90, a resident hookah lounge open every day, and weekend belly-dancing shows, the spacious eatery possesses more entertainment value than an ice-skating rink populated by overcaffeinated cats.
The cuisine at Sinbad’s centers around Lebanese influences, as well as staple Mediterranean ingredients such as healthy grains, vibrant vegetables, olive oil, and fresh meat. During lunch, diners can enjoy the outdoor patio’s open atmosphere by using it to start a bowling tournament with deep-fried balls of falafel. The selection of dinner entrees is diverse, ranging from grilled lamb shish kebabs, served with tahini and basmati rice, to veggie aarayes—a vegetarian pita pocket filled with tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, garlic, oregano. Friday evenings summon guests to the eatery with live music and belly dancing.
The Bowl Asian Kitchen treats visitors to a smorgasbord of colorful, savory rice bowls made with hand-trimmed meats, fresh veggies, and made-from-scratch sauces. To create a custom meal, diners pick a bed of brown or white steamed rice or stir-fried noodles, then pick and choose from a healthy roster of add-ons including cabbage, zucchini, and morsels of barbecue pork, curry chicken, and teriyaki beef. And because The Bowl strives to make it easy for customers to adhere to a healthy lifestyle, it makes the nutritional content of its dishes readily available on its website.
Restaurant industry veteran Billy Elliott's career has evolved from manning the bar at several establishments to owning his own restaurant, which, as he told a Tuscon Weekly reporter, fulfilled a lifelong dream. At Elliott's on Congress, he strives to cast an inventive spin on comfort food, serving up such surprising dishes as chocolate-covered bacon and a pulled-duck sandwich with chipotle barbecue sauce and jicama slaw. Behind the bar—Elliott's area of expertise—he's infused vodkas with a variety of rotating flavors, including peppercorn, mint, and ginger. These house-infused vodkas aren't just featured in the eatery's specialty cocktails—the basil-infused vodka is the headlining ingredient in Elliott's vodka sauce.
Sweep your grandmother’s closets, clear a hunting lodge, and loot a mad scientist’s lab, and you’ll amass something close to Betty Blue’s selection of eclectic relics. Within the store’s ample confines, antique medical instruments and coffin cases sit steps away from cut-glass serving trays and Falstaff beer steins. These singular curios are the bounty of owner Kim Kysar’s prowls through antique stores and estate sales across the region, each object searching for a new permanent home. Though the inventory is diverse, Kim has a vision for her store: part kitschy, part antique, and part retro. The items span a century, but customers can expect well-preserved, functional finds—Kim repairs, cleans, and gives a pep talk to all wares before adding them to her eclectic storefront displays.