Specializing in good, simple comfort food, the folks at Jerry Bob's Family Restaurant offer breakfast all day and a host of lunch specials. Customize your omelet with pretty much any combination of meat, veggies, and sides you'd like. Or, go for a "square meal"—a big plate of ham, hash browns, toast, and square eggs. Afternoons, stop in for a chicken salad sandwich or one of Jerry Bob's specials, such as better-than-mom's meatloaf.
Matt’s Organics eliminates shopping-cart rage by delivering boxes of freshly harvested organic produce directly to customers' doors. Receive the $36 produce box of farmed bounty designed to fulfill nutrition needs for a single person, a small family, or a coterie of prairie dogs. The box bestows equal attention on fruits, vegetables, and salad fixings, giving each the deed to one-third of its square footage. Though undiscriminating grazers will relish the surprise of discovering previously unknown provisions, particular eaters can use the preference form to indicate five foods denied admission to the mouth and five foods on the preferred guest list.
For more than 30 years, Casa Sanchez has served diners a down-to-earth take on authentic, from-scratch Mexican fare, known to the Sanchez family as “Mom's" Mexican. While awaiting your first round of cheese-plumped tortillas, munch from a never-ending conveyer belt of chips and salsa. A half quesadilla hides tempting deposits of beef, making way for two giant cheese-and-chicken burritos sided with rice and beans and washed down by two soft drinks. Beside a guarantee of 100% vegetable oil and no MSG, the Sanchez family protects hearts by preventing their burritos from dancing the lambada.
From its unexpected flavor partnerships to its offbeat naming conventions, Bumsted's youthful approach to classic bar fare places a whimsical twist on every plate that graces its menu of apps, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Meat-and-bread mavens can pair the I Scream, You Scream BLT ($7.95) or Charlie sandwich (house-made tuna salad, $7.95) with an order of tuber-tastic french wedgies ($2.95) from the Cheep Thrills side menu. For those who enjoy their meals pounded and grounded, Bumsted's also serves up mischievously named meaty and meat-free burgers such as the El Camino Mullet (half-pound angus burger with bacon and American cheese, $7.95) or Michael Bolton Mullet (marinated portobello mushroom, blue cheese, bacon, avocado, and tomato, $8.95). An entire portion of the menu is devoted to a Wagnerian celebration of meatloaf, alongside a dazzling array of hot subs. Otherwise, keep it perennially perky with the Soccer Mom ($9.95)—a melding of turkey and bacon with avocado, honey mustard, and cheddar—or descend through the Disco Inferno's ($9.95) nine hunger-punishing circles of fried chicken, atomic wing sauce, and blue cheese.
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.