Bars in Oro Valley

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Led by prolific and award-winning chef Janos Wilder, J BAR's culinary team blends together the tasty traditions of Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean to fill their menu with innovative food preparations. Diners can safely remove protective finger helmets when sharing salvers of crispy calamari served with roasted sweet potatoes and a ginger barbecue sauce ($8). Teeth taste the tenderness of the bistro's grilled filet of beef, which awakens palates to the flavors of mushroom chilaquiles, calabacitas con queso, basil chimichurri, and grilled onions ($18). Cranberry habanero chutney cascades over helpings of jerked pork ($15.50), while toasted buns ensconce 9 ounces of ground sirloin with foie gras, chilies, and cured bacon before emerging from kitchens alongside a heap of garlic fries perfect for cross-stitching into a bib ($13). When possible, J BAR crafts meals using fresh ingredients from local gardeners.

3770 E Sunrise Dr
Tucson,
AZ
US

Café Jasper was reviewed by Tuscon Weekly. While some customers are mixed on service, reviewers praise the café's brunch and say the food is fresh. TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes and eight Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average.

6370 N Campbell Ave
Tucson,
AZ
US

Passionate about food ever since he was a youngster, Stephen Hurd began his culinary career in his teens, working his way up the ladder with jobs at various restaurants. So began a 25-year career at country clubs and restaurants such as Washington D.C.?s Watergate Hotel, where Richard Nixon famously declared, ?I am not a crook!? while stuffing his pockets with another table?s dinner rolls.

These days, Stephen showcases his culinary talents at his own eatery, Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar, where he crafts a global menu from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. Said global flavors range from blackened mahi served over sweet cornbread pudding to Mediterranean pasta chock-full of grilled chicken, artichokes, and cilantro pesto. Open for lunch five days a week, he assembles made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and dressing made from scratch.

To complement the fare, bartenders pour local and familiar wines by the glass, fill pints with regional beers, and mix classic cocktails. Sports games stream on the dining room?s four large flat-screen TVs, and stunning views of the Catalina Mountains await on a spacious outdoor patio.

4660 E Camp Lowell Dr.
Tucson,
AZ
US

The chefs at Aussie Cantina serve up authentic Australian eats and American favorites with Southwestern flavors in a friendly pub setting. Specialties from the land Down Under include traditional sausage rolls and meat pies, Australian lamb, and dingo dogs, in addition to build-your-own burgers that may be adorned with such toppings as cheese, egg, beet root, or Hatch green chili. Kangaroo tacos are available seasonally, and cantina cocktails, a wine list, and 24 beers on tap, including Coopers, quench thirsts from lengthy walkabouts. Aussie Cantina, which was built using repurposed materials such as bait barge timber and rusted tin, is located just south of the University of Arizona.

1118 E 6th St
Tucson,
AZ
US

Dancing flames erupt from teppan grills, illuminating the captivated faces of diners seated around the tabletop grill. The roaring fires are tamed by Sakura's highly skilled chefs, who playfully flip spatulas in the air before sizzling up plump morsels of teppanyaki steak, chicken, and seafood. Behind the sushi bar, chefs fold fresh fish into both raw and cooked specialty rolls, which reporters from Tucson Weekly lauded as "some of the most delicious seaweed, sweet vinegar rice and raw fish concoctions imaginable."

Kimono-clad waitresses glide through the lively dining rooms, bearing plates of sushi, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and colorful specialty cocktails. In the sports bar, the walls grasp massive flat screens and hundreds of pictures of the owner posing with local celebrities—from weather girls to the neighborhood grocery’s bag boy of the month. Towering chrome heaters warm the tabletops of the expansive outdoor patio, where colorful lights and hanging flags set the stage for live music performances each night.

6534 E Tanque Verde Rd
Tucson,
AZ
US

Rhino Pub welcomes ravenous revelers with a spacious, sports-centric atmosphere and an appetite-appeasing menu stocked with mouth-watering grub and energizing coffee drinks. Twenty-four beers on tap paired with the luminous glow of 12 TVs attract suds-loving sports fans, and Tuesday's karaoke and Thursday's live music lure a mix of singers, dancers, and the occasional lonely tambourinist. Customers can take an entertainment break and quell carnivorous yens with a bacon cheeseburger, served with a choice of fries or tots ($7.95), or replenish dance tanks with a 16 oz. cappuccino ($3.25). Rhino Pub's inviting atmosphere sports neon lounge lights, long black high-top tables, and free WiFi, making it the ideal place to flirt with a like-minded super-fan or exchange romantic emails with the cute laptop across the bar.

1118 E 6th St
Tucson,
AZ
US