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Fresh bagels with cream cheese and café drinks are just a few specialties available in the mornings at Cafe Sol. Later in the day, cooks prepare roast beef sandwiches with provolone cheese and au jus, BLTs with avocado, and other satisfying handhelds.

1601 N Oracle Rd
Tucson,
AZ
US

By hosting haunted houses and spooky events, The Slaughterhouse has raised more than $40,000 for organizations such as the American Diabetes Association. Visitors interested in befriending the venue?s mischievous specters can embark on ghost tours, which explore the premise?s haunted depths. Alternatively, on-the-go partiers can select from a rental fleet of trailers packed with haunted-house-style frights or sound-system-equipped hearses, ideal for proving coolness to judgmental teenage vampires.

1102 W Grant Rd.
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. On Sunday, Stephen even puts his own spin on brunch favorites such as French toast stuffed with cream cheese, sliced strawberries, and candied pecans. Open for lunch six days a week, he assembles made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and dressing made from scratch.

To complement Stephen?s feast, 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 East Camp Lowell Drive
Tucson,
AZ
US

Dante's Fire takes its name from the tale of a fiery inferno, but for Tucson foodies, a trip to the restaurant could be downright heavenly. "This is a small plate lover's paradise," wrote one 10Best contributor of the spot's mostly tapas-style menu. Creative flavor pairings shine in dishes such as chilled corn bisque with preserved tomatoes, crab salad, and basil oil, and the charcuterie plate, which features drunken apricots and house-made bread alongside artisanal meats and cheeses. Chef Ken Foy rounds out the menu with heartier entrees such as brie-topped burgers and truffled chicken marsala.

The cocktail list here is similarly creative. Drink options range from the Tamarind Tiger, made with jalape?o tequila, tamarind syrup, and Averna, to a refreshing martini topped with cucumber foam. For a memorable dessert, try the Foie Pops Deux?an unusual treat made with chocolate streusel, Fireball-vanilla mangoes, coffee reduction, and local honey from the most avant garde beehive in town.

2526 E Grant Rd.
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

Heat's stylists have no scissors. Its shelves have no hair dye. Instead of creating permanent hair transformations, the staff members at Heat ? A Blow Dry Lounge refresh existing looks with simple washes and stylish blowouts. In each uncomplicated service, stylists use hair dryers and styling tools to morph hair's natural curvature into playful waves, bouncy curls, or strands that make a straight beeline down backs like a jail-breaking top hat. Feather extensions, tinsel, and braids can doll up the session, and makeup applications and invigorating fragrances round off the menu of services to ready centerfolds for a glamorous night on the town.

1865 E River Rd
Tucson,
AZ
US