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Bisbee Breakfast Club Expanding in Tucson

Bisbee Breakfast Club started in the small town of Bisbee, AZ, just north of the Mexican border. The little breakfast spot proved so successful that it was sold in 2011, soon after which the new owners opened a second spot in Tucson, followed in 2014 by a third location outside of Phoenix, in Mesa. The concept must be working because the Bisbee is opening two more restaurants, both in Tucson. The spot at 4811 East Sunrise Drive, which will have a walk-up coffee window that will remain open after the restaurant’s 2 p.m. closing, should be up and running very shortly, while the restaurant at 2936 East Broadway Boulevard will be serving breakfast by August or September.

Salsas Like You’ve Never Tasted in Tucson

Maria Mazon, the restless and inventive mind behind Tucson’s BOCA Tacos y Tequila, was born locally but grew up in Sonora, Mexico. You won’t find crisp taco shells beneath or sour cream atop any of the two dozen wide-ranging, Sonoran-styled tacos available daily in her restaurant. You WILL find an ever-changing roster of salsas with which to garnish your tacos. Perhaps you’ll fall in love with a fresh garlic and chai tea salsa, or a pickled jalapeño and honey salsa. Don’t grow too attached to any particular salsa, however, because Ms. Mazon will likely swap it out for some other fevered inspiration. Read more about Maria and her Tucson taqueria in this Tucson Foodie story.

The Story of the Sonoran Hot Dog

What makes the Sonoran hot dog? Is it enough to wrap a dog with bacon before cooking it? Does it have to be inserted into a bolillo? Or does it only become a Sonoran dog when the strangely compatible array of toppings — beans, tomatoes, onions, mustard, crema and/or mayo — lands atop the package? Dalina Castellanos writes about the Sonoran dogs’ origins in Hermosillo, Mexico, how it took hold in Tucson, Arizona, and Los Angeles’ eventual bastardization of the concept. Check it out.

Commoner & Co. Coming in June from Prep & Pastry Team in Tucson

Prep & Pastry of Tucson has been as hot as they come since opening a year-and-a-half ago. The team behind the breakfast-and-lunch favorite will be opening a new restaurant called Commoner & Co. this June, at 6960 East Sunrise Drive, a space formerly occupied by The Abbey. The menu will focus on New American comfort food with a long list of craft cocktails, 10 beers on tap, and burgers made from beef ground in-house. They are also developing a “sangria program.” Commoner & Co. will be open for lunch and dinner. Read more in this Tucson Foodie story.

Q&A with Todd Martin, Tucson Tamale Owner

Todd Martin started a catering company for film sets in 1983, then ran a restaurant and nightclub. Next, he joined the corporate world in Tucson while his future wife attended college. It wasn’t until 2008 that he and his wife, Sherry, opened Tucson Tamale Company, which has become one of the most highly regarded tamale producers in the country. Read more about Todd Martin and Tucson Tamale in this Arizona Daily Star story.

Alton Loves Tucson Tamale

Alton Brown’s been crisscrossing the country with his live show recently and last night found him in the eminently edible city of Tucson, Arizona. It’s become a tradition for Alton to visit the culinary points of interest in town and tweet about them in the hours leading up to the show. What grabbed him in Tucson? The Tucson Tamale Company, where he says he enjoyed the best bite of the day, and perhaps the week. He wishes he ordered more food from TTC. See Alton Brown’s Tucson tweets here.

A Taste of Tucson’s El Charro in Las Vegas

The Flores family has run Tucson’s legendary (since 1922) Sonoran restaurant El Charro since 1992. If you’ve ever enjoyed a chimichanga you can thank El Charro for inventing the dish (or so they say). The Flores family opened a restaurant in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the tail end of 2013. It’s called Hecho en Vegas and, while it is not a branch of El Charro, it features many of the Flores’ recipes, and certainly the Flores family’s way around the kitchen can’t help but inform their MGM Grand project. See more in the KVOA piece below:
KVOA | | Tucson, Arizona

LAF in the A.M. March 7th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day


A Visit to Crown Candy Kitchen

Making Salsa at Boca Tacos Y Tequila of Tucson

The Frito Pie Queen Has Passed Away

A Tale of a Huddy Burger Love Affair

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LAF in the A.M. January 12th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day


U of Cincy Students Pick Skyline, Graeter’s

Ann Arbor’s Blimpy Burger: Love and Pain

The Tucson Tamale Company Story

The Man Behind Bob’s Clam Hut of Kittery, Maine

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LAF in the A.M. December 24th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

El Charro New Concessionaire for Tucson’s Rillito Park Track

Greenwich, CT’s Méli-Mélo Looking to Expand

Chicago Writer Approves of Chicago Shake Shack

Graeter’s Coming to Chicago Region

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LAF in the A.M. December 19th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Top 40 Food Cities in U.S.

Tulsa Lobster

How to Spend Only a Few Hours in Chicago

An Interview with Tony Luke Jr.

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LAF in the A.M. December 15th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Jacques Torres on How to Deal with the Cocoa Bean Shortage

Fate of Lerua’s and El Torero of Tucson in Question

An Ode to Lowcountry Cuisine

Best Tamale in Tucson

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Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix AZ


Many have claimed that Pizzeria Bianco serves the best pizza in the land. As it’s also been one of the most difficult restaurants in which to secure a table, for years we’d been unable to see for ourselves what all the commotion is about. Things have changed. Hours have been expanded to cover midday, and Chris Bianco opened a second restaurant in Phoenix, and a third in Tucson, so that it is now possible to join in the fun without enduring an hours-long wait in the Arizona desert sun. Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. November 14th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Viva La Local in Tucson This Sunday

Viva La Local is returning this Sunday to Rillito Raceway Park in Tucson, Arizona. The food festival debuted in spring 2014 and was such a big hit that organizers hope to make it a twice-yearly event. There will be over 80 farmers market vendors in attendance, 25 local restaurants, and several area wineries and breweries, along with music by Tucson bands. They are offering bike valet service and will store your farmers market purchases in a refrigerated truck (be sure to tell them not to refrigerate your tomatoes)  while you enjoy the festival! Proceeds go to help support the Heirloom Farmers Market. Continue reading

Mariscos Chihuahua for Fish Tacos in Tucson

Mariscos Chihuahua in Tucson, AZ is, of course, a seafood restaurant. If you know the restaurant, you know it’s for their ways with shrimp that most of the acclaim has come. But not only shrimp, by any means. Tucson Weekly‘s Best of Tucson 2014 has named Mariscos Chihuahua as the best place in the city to get fish tacos. You can get them made the usual way, with fried chunks of fish, or filled with grilled marlin, which sounds wonderful to us. They’ll also set you up with a shrimp taco if you’d prefer. Either way, at three bucks a pop you can’t go wrong. Continue reading

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