Giant copper kettles overlook the dining room at Sono Brewhouse Restaurant, glinting in the light that shines over ornate railings, exposed brick walls, and a colorful collection of flags. Shipped to the United States from a brewery in Germany, these kettles infuse the restaurant with a sense of history and spark visitors’ curiosity about the world’s many beer-brewing nations. Bartenders fan these flames of intrigue by serving drafts of Paulaner Hefe-Weizen from Germany and bottles of Rochefort Trappist ale from Belgium and Innis & Gunn oak-aged ale from Scotland.
To complement these globe-trekking brews, chefs forge hearty New England-style and international entrees, such as lobster pot pie, Argentine gaucho steak with chimichurri, and wiener schnitzel accompanied by potato pancakes. They explore even more of the world’s finest during Sunday brunch, which teems with Italian chicken picatta, Chinese dim sum, and Viennese treats crafted by pastry chef Fran Schuelke. For private events, guests can choose from a variety of buffets, meat-carving stations, and raw bars brimming with freshly shucked oysters and clams.
Consuming between 9 and 13 servings of vegetables and fruits each day can seem like a daunting task. But Robeks turns what could be a chore into a delicious pastime with blended smoothies that incorporate bananas, blueberries, strawberries, mangos, and other fresh fruits. Elsewhere on the menu, fresh salads, tasty muffins and cookies, and gourmet sandwiches help customers adhere to a healthy lifestyle without hiring an apple tree as a personal trainer.
Chefs slather linguine noodles with house-made pesto sauce, toss salmon filets atop the grill, and simmer veal scaloppini in a white wine and lemon sauce in the kitchen at Da Giuseppe Ristorante & Bar. Out in the dining room, exposed red rafters and tangerine walls surround linen-topped tables populated with towering plates of pasta and traditional Italian desserts built from scratch.
Blue Cactus Grill's fleet of efficient chefs zest, sear, and sizzle bold southwestern cuisine in the restaurant's cozy, unassuming interior. Chomp down or break in bibs with one of Blue Cactus' juicy philly cheesesteaks, such as the Tucson Monster, an authentic meaty morsel heaped with chili, bacon, charred jalapeno, and melted cheese ($8.95). A panoply of robust wraps zing taste buds, including the West Texas Cajun wrap,—which bear-hugs its peppy fan base of grilled chicken, seasoned rice, and black beans ($7.95). Blue Cactus tops off its menu with customizable salads ($6.95+) and fresh burgers, such as the Five Napkin Burger, anchored with a savory mound of chipotle barbecue sauce, melted cheddar, and crisp onion rings ($7.95).
Catering to herbivores and herbivoyeurs alike, the culinary captains at Quechua carry a number of vegetarian dishes for $10 each, like saltado de vegetales, a plate of mixed veggies sautéed in olive oil and soy sauce and served with white rice. Side dishes are numerous, including traditional favorites like Peruvian choclo corn and sweet fried plantains. Since variety is the spice of life, their chefs will cook food to order for anyone wanting slightly less heat with any dish.