Matt’s Organics eliminates shopping-cart rage by delivering boxes of freshly harvested organic produce directly to customers' doors. Receive the $36 produce box of farmed bounty designed to fulfill nutrition needs for a single person, a small family, or a coterie of prairie dogs. The box bestows equal attention on fruits, vegetables, and salad fixings, giving each the deed to one-third of its square footage. Though undiscriminating grazers will relish the surprise of discovering previously unknown provisions, particular eaters can use the preference form to indicate five foods denied admission to the mouth and five foods on the preferred guest list.
Burgers, beers, and fries are pub staples, but the versions that emerge from the kitchen at Social House Kitchen & Pub are anything but the norm. Fit for foodies and casual diners alike, the menu puts a gastropub spin on its eats. Crispy pork belly and mushroom gravy coat the “loaded” fries, and the American classic burger comes with a crown of candied bacon. Other entrees that shake up familiar dishes include beef short ribs with egg, fish ‘n’ chips with apple slaw, and a dip sandwich finished off with rosemary aioli. Behind the gleaming bar top, bartenders pour out 32 craft brews, which patrons enjoy inside a modern space that features a mixture of rustic wood furnishings and bright white upholstery.
For more than 20 years, the chefs at Ali Baba Restaurant have churned out healthy and flavorful Mediterranean and Lebanese meals. They pile plates with traditional Mediterranean specialties, including seasoned gyros and beef shish kebabs, and Persian delicacies such as lamb filet steak and joujeh kebabs, each served with basmati rice and spiced onion. Turkish coffee and Persian iced tea lend every dish an authentic edge. With a private event area capable of seating 90, a resident hookah lounge open every day, and weekend belly-dancing shows, the spacious eatery possesses more entertainment value than an ice-skating rink populated by overcaffeinated cats.
The cuisine at Sinbad’s centers around Lebanese influences, as well as staple Mediterranean ingredients such as healthy grains, vibrant vegetables, olive oil, and fresh meat. During lunch, diners can enjoy the outdoor patio’s open atmosphere by using it to start a bowling tournament with deep-fried balls of falafel. The selection of dinner entrees is diverse, ranging from grilled lamb shish kebabs, served with tahini and basmati rice, to veggie aarayes—a vegetarian pita pocket filled with tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, garlic, oregano. Friday evenings summon guests to the eatery with live music and belly dancing.
As co-owner Chris Yap told Tucson Weekly in 2006, "We want to establish Malaysian cuisine as world-class, affordable cuisine." To introduce diners to the gustatory mélange of Malaysian culture, which includes influences from southeastern Asia, India, and China, the chefs rely on generations-old family recipes. Coconut cream, turmeric, cumin, ginger, and spicy shrimp paste lend these recipes their distinctly pan-regional flavors, appearing in fiery curries as well as savory orders of lemak. Brimming with meats such as beef, scallops, or salmon, the generously portioned dishes are served family style, which allows them to better feed small groups of diners or wind-up chattering teeth. The atmosphere in which diners enjoy this globally inspired fare features mellifluous background music and dim lighting, an aesthetic unity that makes the ambiance elegant and comfortable.
Restaurant industry veteran Billy Elliott's career has evolved from manning the bar at several establishments to owning his own restaurant, which, as he told a Tuscon Weekly reporter, fulfilled a lifelong dream. At Elliott's on Congress, he strives to cast an inventive spin on comfort food, serving up such surprising dishes as chocolate-covered bacon and a pulled-duck sandwich with chipotle barbecue sauce and jicama slaw. Behind the bar—Elliott's area of expertise—he's infused vodkas with a variety of rotating flavors, including peppercorn, mint, and ginger. These house-infused vodkas aren't just featured in the eatery's specialty cocktails—the basil-infused vodka is the headlining ingredient in Elliott's vodka sauce.