Donna DiFiore's metaphorical journey into the restaurant business began with an actual journey. When her friend Elissa told her she was going on a road trip across the country from her hometown in chilly Massachusetts, Donna agreed to join—unaware that she was about discover her life's calling and a new home.
When the women stopped in Tucson, Donna didn't want to leave. As she explained to reporters from Tucson Weekly, "I arrived here—it was Halloween Eve in '76—and everybody was wearing shorts, and it was just gorgeous." Donna took a job at a local eatery, working the floor, serving customers, and eventually rising to the head of the restaurant.
Thirty-eight years later, Donna continues to captain Delectables, which has become a bit of an iconic gathering spot for old and young alike. Returning visitors linger over glasses of wine at the rustic wooden bar, reminiscing over the crème brûlée and live jazz they enjoyed from that very same spot years ago. University students bask beneath the lush foliage of the outdoor patio, awaiting meals of Mexican enchiladas, Italian pastas, and French bistro specialties. Chefs bustle about the kitchen seven days a week, beginning each day by whipping up hearty egg breakfasts before moving onto internationally inspired lunches and dinners. Late in the night on Friday and Saturday, they simmer up an after-dark menu of eclectic nibbles and entrees.
The restaurant is housed in a historical, renovated Harley-Davidson showroom and abounds with unusual knickknacks and antiques, from a cash register from an old hotel in Santa Cruz to a walk-in refrigerator from 1898. Many of the wares and coffee mugs were created by local artists, and the mesquite planks that serve as plates were carved by local craftsmen. The airy space plays hosts to special events throughout the week, including live music from local artists, poetry slams with local poets, and boxing matches between local librarians.
With a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Tucson - Reid Park in Tucson, you'll be close to Hi Corbett Field and University of Arizona. This hotel is within close proximity of El Con Mall and Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Make yourself at home in one of the 287 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-panel televisions. Relax and take in city and pool views from the privacy of your room. 42-inch high-definition televisions are provided, with cable programming available. Private bathrooms have handheld showerheads and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Tucson? This hotel has 22,000 square feet (2044 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge at scheduled times, and free self parking is available onsite.
Cage-free eggs, all-natural chicken, and aged italian parmigiano reggiano cheese stock the kitchen at The B Line, enabling its chefs to concoct dishes that have helped the eatery win Tucson Weekly's Best Casual Dining and Best Desserts categories for eight years. The culinary team rolls eggs, chorizo, and carne asada into breakfast burritos, and organic and fair-trade coffee help guests wash down homemade granola and crepe-thin pancakes. During lunch and dinner, chefs use never-frozen chicken breast and fresh mahi-mahi to stuff quesadillas, tacos, and burritos. Pasty chef Terri La Chance whips together premium ingredients such as real vanilla, belgian chocolate, and butter to hand-bake an array of desserts, from flourless chocolate pecan cookies to the four-berry pie once enjoyed by Rachael Ray before her last lunar mission.
Zivaz takes an inclusive approach to south-of-the-border fare, peppering its menu with pan-Latin influences and fresh, flavorful, local ingredients. Jump start an edible excursion with the Tour de Zivaz ($14.95), an ever-changing sampler platter featuring chef's choice items that highlight the current themes of Zivazian dining, or take control with one of the 15 signature entrees, such as the Milanesa de berenjena (breaded eggplant with queso fresco and tomatillo salsa, $9.95) or pollo en pibil (orange and achiote-juice-marinated chicken with grilled pineapple, $11.95). Traditional Mexican entrees are easy to spot as well, so isolate a chile relleno ($10.95) with your face and obliterate hunger for one more day. No matter which part of the Romance-language southern flavor world your cuisine comes from, all of Zivaz's meals are best washed down with one of its signature margaritas—go classic ($6) or try a special hibiscus margarita ($6.50).
At St. Mary's Animal Clinic, veterinarians Drs. Joshua Fender and Tom Allen join their dedicated support staff in ensuring the health of furry family members. Dr. Allen's specialty in veterinary medicine pairs with Dr. Fender's focus on small-animal surgery, enabling a comprehensive list of treatments for dogs and cats. The duo examines eyes and teeth, vaccinates against disease, spays and neuters, and tracks health issues through blood work at in-house facilities and University of Arizona veterinary-diagnostics laboratories. Grooming services are also available to keep coats healthy and let pets try out new hairdos they read about in Vogue.
Meal maestros at El Minuto Cafe layer tortillas, seasoned meats, green chilies, and cheeses to forge authentic mexican burritos, enchiladas, and combination plates for lunch, dinner, or catered affairs. Spice-infused morsels of carne asada, chorizo, and chile con carne bust the seams of burritos and chimichangas, and vegetarian alternatives showcase hearty mounds of beans, cheese, or guacamole. Tacos and enchiladas accompany sides of rice and beans, and lone-wolf tostadas arrive à la carte. In business since 1939, the downtown eatery’s dining room sports neutral tones accented by colorful paintings and twinkling chandeliers, and an outdoor patio flecked by bright lanterns creates a joyful atmosphere paralleled only by field trips to the laughing-gas factory.