A marriage between two cuisines is preferable to a marriage between two clones of Sylvester Stallone, a process that eventually results in a baby reared on raw eggs and meat punching bags. Savor a simpler fusion with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of upscale French-Southwestern fusion fare at Janos.
The recipient of an AAA Four Diamond Award for 18 years running, Janos fuses French techniques with Southwestern traditions and local ingredients to forge a constantly evoloving menu that garnered numerous accolades. James-Beard-award-winning chef Janos Wilder fetches fresh produce directly from local organic gardeners and seafood straight from the Sea of Cortez to conjure creative reinventions of Southwestern favorites, much like dressing Wile E. Coyote in a tuxedo. Almonds and dried apricots reinvigorate the classic chili chassis of the pibil pork relleno ($14), served alongside local greens and mesquite honey-glazed pork-belly lardons, and seared divers scallops ($32) swim in a creamy risotto sea before sunning themselves on a shore of asparagus. Chipotle creamed corn, summer tomatoes, and cippolini onions nestle alongside the succulent New York strip loin ($36), draped with a red-wine reduction. Nearly 900 local and international wines line the restaurant's ample cellars with almost 150 available for $50 or less per bottle.
True to the menu's Seine and sagebrush synthesis, Janos surrounds classic, elegant seating with exposed-wood beams and rustic stucco walls. As newly seated diners savor a complimentary amuse bouche, a small dish featuring the freshest fare of the moment, ample windows lend an exhilarating glimpse of Tucson Valley.