Late Nite Eats: Episode 10 - Tucson

Welcome to Tucson

The Marriott in the hills outside of the city is the best hotel to stay at. The Hi-Fi is the frattiest club/bar, with a good scene for football. Party between 4th Ave and 6th Ave, as well as University Ave. Amy's Donuts, ZineBurger, and No Anchovies are all great places to visit.

Where I Ate

Dante's Fire: Fun spot! The owners are really nice and manage to make the food taste great. The pasta was to die for, especially when made by chef Ken Foy. The fact that the restaurant has been here for 7 years makes me feel like they really are intune with the community.

Food sampled:

  • Pappardelle Diablo: House Made Pasta, Lump Crab, Chorizo, Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper, Cajun Cream Sauce
  • Adult S'More: Chocolate Cake Crisp, Graham Cracker Ice Cream, Coffee Reduction Whipped Vodka Meringue, Rum Flambe

Pasco's Kitchen and Lounge: Located on a very busy street, this collegetown restaurant strays away from the undergrads and adds some class to an otherwise party heavy strip. Without a doubt, Ramiro Scavo is one of the best chef personality interviews we've done! I went out and hung with the crew, who were absolutely great. Food was solid, and the drinks were even better. I'll go back here the next time I'm back in Tucson!

Food sampled:

  • Pasco Nachos: Local Tortilla Chips and Our Platinum Cheese Sauce, Pico de Gallo, and Choice of Chicken, Beef, Pork, or Spicy Vegetable (GF Option)
  • Street Tacos: Anita Street Tortilla with Choice of Chicken, Beef, Pork, or Spicy Vegetables, with Beans, Cheese, Lime Marinated Cabbage, Chopped Onion, and Cilantro (GF)

The Parish Gastropub: A creole and cajun restaurant that is rated the best in Tucson, rightfully so. Chef Travis Peters is self-taught and does food right. I’m not a master of Cajun cuisine, but the food seemed authentic and done really well. The people here were super grateful and helpful and it shone in the restaurant experience. I'd definitely recommend.

Food and drink sampled:

  • Gumbo: Chicken, Andouille Sausage with a Crescent of Hushpuppies
  • Bacon-Wrapped Frog Legs: Black Pepper and Horseradish Rubbed Frog Legs Wrapped in Bacon, Creole Remoulade (GF)
  • Ahumado: Fresh Lime Juice, Mesquite Smoked Honey, Housemade Tamarind Syrup, and Sotol Anejo

My Tucson Tip

Go hiking! If you go during the monsoon season, there will be a lot of bugs that bite. It's a university town, so definitely go during the school year for a great time.

My Tucson Anthem

Dr. Dre. feat. Snoop Dogg - Ain't Nothing but a G-Thang

Miss The Episode? Don't sweat it - here are the upcoming airings of Late Nite Eats Tucson:

  • Friday, December 1 at 2am ET
  • Sunday, December 3 at 2pm ET
  • Thursday, December 14 at 10:30pm ET
  • Friday, December 15 at 2:30am ET
  • Sunday, December 17 at 2:30pm ET
  • Saturday, January 20 at 9:30pm ET
  • Sunday, January 21 at 1:30am ET

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Channel

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