The experienced baristas at Ike’s Coffee & Tea, one of Tucson’s oldest coffee shops, brew a daily selection of four varieties of coffee while also offering a selection of espresso drinks and tasty comestibles. In addition to its flavorful, three-bean, custom-brewed house blend, the shop's quartet of java offerings includes Mexican organic and Italian varietals as well as a decaf variant ($1.95 for medium). Skillful baristas craft espresso drinks, such as lattes ($2.65 for small) and mochas ($3.15 for small), using old-fashioned, manually operated machines to create beverages reflecting the sort of care and precision missing in the work of today's shiftless robots. Customers can also sip teas, such as chai ($3.55 for medium) or gulp milkshakes in one of six single or blended flavors ($3.50–$4.60). Meanwhile, pastries ($2.15), bagels ($1.25 or $2.10 with cream cheese), and grilled cheese sandwiches ($5) stand by to sate solid-food cravings.
Within sight of the beautiful mosaic-tiled dome of the Pima County Courthouse resides another Tucson treasure: Roasted Tea & Coffee Shop, where passionate coffee aficionados brew earthy, aromatic cups of joe from small batches of locally roasted beans. The coffee curators' insistence on organic and fair-trade products ensures top-shelf quality for each satisfying sip of espresso and each sweet, creamy latte. Cold-brewed iced coffee, spicy cold chai, and frosty chocolate-milk mochas cool down overheated taste buds while delivering all the rich, complex flavors of the house's carefully selected coffee beans.
Remaining true to its name, Eclectic Cafe introduces taste buds to an array of fresh offerings from both contemporary American and Mexican cuisines. Chefs sizzle up double havarti cheeseburgers and albacore melts alongside international dishes such as sonoran black-bean torta and the carne asada tostada. They offer gluten-free options, as well as catering services to accommodate those hosting special events or congressional summits in their home or office.
City Blends’ baristas create 1 of 25 smoothies on the spot for each client, filling blenders with ingredients ranging from blueberries to oreos. Many drinks are designed to help slim bodies from the inside out, and help sippers reach their goals of burning extra calories, building muscle mass, or sweating pure apple juice. A selection of additives includes infusions of creatine, vitamins, or wellness boosters.
The roasters at Coffee X Change ignite peaceful morning rituals with fresh-roasted regional beans procured from the fair-trade market. With a day's notice, customers can order one pound of house, Peaberry, or globetrotting beans from such coffee-rich regions as Costa Rica, Kenya, or New Guinea, and the expert java-whisperers roast the beans overnight. To satisfy the percolating preferences of all patrons, brew maestros can grind the batch of freshly cooked crop or leave the beans whole for personal grinding practice or delicious slingshot ammunition. Though the market price of each bean type varies, batches range from approximately $12.45–$14.45 per pound.
Cuisine Type: Innovative, fresh, fun regional cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Offering: Creative burgers, mac 'n' cheese, tacos
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Baja Cafe's menu is designed to satisfy those who may want a more traditional American breakfast or lunch, as well as those who would enjoy Baja-style southwestern cuisine. Our chef is super creative and loves to try new things, as well as continue to make guest favorites. Baja Cafe offers red velvet, snickerdoodle, [and] salted caramel pancakes. We offer dishes with nopalitos, fresh Hatch green chiles, [and] regular and jalapeño bacon. We offer some of the most amazing and creative eggs benedicts around. Our build your own mac 'n' cheese is out of this world, as are our fish and pulled-pork tacos. Our burgers are grilled and made specifically to order for each guest. We offer vegetarian options as well. [It's] seriously fun food.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Baja Cafe is a new restaurant on the east side of Tucson. It is a hidden gem waiting to be found in the Gas Light Theatre parking area on Broadway and Kolb. Our chef takes great pride in the food he prepares and wants to brighten everyone's day who comes into Baja Cafe. We try to deliver the best food and service around. Our food choices will be pleasing to those who want eggs, bacon, and toast or a yummy burger [and] those who want chipotle mac 'n' cheese or flavorful fish tacos. We offer yummy sweet-potato and black-bean burgers. We offer huge and filling salads with homemade dressings. We make the cinnamon bread for the french toast homemade onsite. We love making people smile and love feedback and ideas. If we have the ingredients, we will make it.