Most modern cuisine is a continuation of classic dishes, just as a computer is a slightly modified typewriter and a washing machine is a river in a box. Revel in palatable progress with today's Groupon for international and American cuisine and drinks at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails. Choose between the following options:
• For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch.
• For $15, you get $30 worth of dinner.
Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, named Best New Restaurant 2011 by Tucson Guide magazine under the direction of chef and owner Janos Wilder, fills its menu with American classics and international influences. Lunchtime sandwiches mesmerize tongues with such inventive flavor combinations as Dr. Pepper–marinated pork shoulder on a griddled torta bun ($10) and coffee-barbecue brisket served open-face on griddled focaccia with chow chow and grilled tomatoes ($10.50), each served with fries or Peruvian purple potato chips. Dinner parties can split small-plate starters such as black mussels served with spanish chorizo ($10 small plate, $18 large) before muscling on to hearty entrees. Chipotle-date chutney brings sweet, smoky spice to trout with oysters, creamed corn, and crispy fried potatoes ($20). Sautéed greens and mushrooms tag team with a bevy of hot, garlicky fries to back up the grilled rib eye Florentine ($28). Diners at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails double as drinkers with wine, draft brews, bottled beers, and crafty creations such as the South 6th—Hendricks gin, cucumber, basil, cardamom simple syrup, and house-made ginger beer ($9).
Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails maintains its Tucson ties by relying on a network of local producers to grow delectable vegetables and harmonize during locavore quartets. The restaurant keeps a garden at the Children's Museum Tucson to tutor tykes about how food is born and impart an appreciation for fresh vegetables; a portion of that food is turned into a daily special that helps to support the museum.
DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails
Lauded as "Tucson's most celebrated chef" by the New York Times, and the Best Chef in the Southwest by the James Beard Foundation, Chef Janos Wilder has been perfecting his craft for more than 40 years, as evidenced by the simple, elegant cuisine at his latest venture, DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails. After cooking his way through high school and college, Wilder's travels whisked him to the mountains of Colorado, where a three-year residency as a chef at a historic inn propelled him into a lifelong appreciation of locally sourced ingredients. Sojourning to Bordeaux, France in the early ’80s, Janos worked among Michelin Guide Award–winning chefs, where he learned firsthand about French cuisine and techniques.
DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails worldly influences celebrates Tucson's designation as the only United States city to receive the United Nations designation of World City of Gastronomy. Beginning May 24th, DOWNTOWN'S Around the Globe series will feature other winners from Parma, Italy, Phuket, Thailand, Ensenada, Mexico, and Rasht, Iran, who will offer their own unique menus in addition to the restaurant's complete summer menu.
135 S 6th Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85701