Culinary Awards 2013

Culinary Awards 2013

Several months ago, we asked you, our readers, to send us your opinions about the best restaurants in Tucson. You voted for your favorites in categories ranging from American to Thai, as well as specialty dining running the gamut from best view to best wine list. Some of the selections will come as a surprise; others rank among Tucson’s longtime favorites.

Photography by Thomas Veneklasen
Photo Assistant Takara Tatum

clientuploads/Tucson_Lifestyle/Feature_Stories/2013/April/Wildflower.jpgWildflower American Cuisine
Lodge on the Desert
The Parish
Zona 78

Top 5 Restaurants

Wildflower American Cuisine
Lodge on the Desert

The Parish
Zona 78

Global Cuisine

Best American
Gold     The Parish
Silver     Wildflower American Cuisine
Bronze    Pastiche Modern Eatery

Best Chinese   
Gold     Lotus Garden 
Silver     P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Bronze    Golden Dragon

Best Continental   
Gold     Anthony’s in the Catalinas
Silver     Arizona Inn
Bronze    The Grill at Hacienda del Sol

Best French   
Gold     Ghini’s French Caffé 
Silver     Le Rendez-Vous
Bronze    La Baguette Parisienne and Agustín Brasserie (tie)

Best Greek   
Gold     OPA!
Silver     Athens on 4th Ave.
Bronze    My Big Fat Greek Restaurant

Best Indian   
Gold     New Delhi Palace and Saffron (tie)
Silver     Gandhi Cuisine of India
Bronze    Flavor of India 

Best Italian   
Gold     Tavolino Ristorante Italiano and Vivace (tie)
Silver     Zona 78
Bronze    Mama Louisa’s

Best Japanese    
Gold     Sakura and Shogun (tie)
Silver     Sushi on Oracle
Bronze    Yamato

Best Mexican    
Gold     Rosa’s Mexican Food
Silver     El Charro Café
Bronze    Guadalajara Grill  

Best Middle Eastern    
Gold     Sinbad’s  
Silver     Zayna
Bronze    Alibaba Restaurant  

Best Southwestern    
Gold     Old Pueblo Grille
Silver     Tanque Verde Ranch
Bronze    Flying V Bar & Grill

Best Thai    
Gold     Mina’s  Thai
Silver     Char’s Thai and Villa Thai (tie)
Bronze    Bangkok Café

Best Vietnamese    
Gold     Miss Saigon  
Silver     Pho 88
Bronze    Ha Long Bay and iLuv Pho (tie)

Specialty Dining

Best Brew Pub

Gold     Barrio Brewing Co.
Silver     Nimbus Brewing Company and The Parish (tie)
Bronze    Noble Hops  

Best Brunch   
Gold     The Grill at Hacienda del Sol
Silver     Ghini’s French Caffé
Bronze    Loews Ventana Canyon 

Best Burger   
Gold     Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar
Silver     The Parish
Bronze    Monkey Burger

Best Café   
Gold     Ghini’s French Caffé 
Silver     The Cup Café
Bronze    Eclectic Café

Best Desserts   
Gold     Union Public House 
Silver     Ghini’s French Caffé
Bronze    The Grill at Hacienda del Sol

Best Family Dining   
Gold     Mama Louisa’s
Silver     Zona 78
Bronze    BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Best Grill   
Gold     The Grill at Hacienda del Sol
Silver     Brushfire BBQ Co. 
Bronze    Jonathan’s Cork

Best Pizza   
Gold     Rocco’s Little Chicago and Zona 78  (tie)
Silver     Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heroes
Bronze    Vero Amore

Best Romantic Dining
Gold     Pastiche Modern Eatery
Silver     The Grill at Hacienda del Sol
Bronze    Anthony’s in the Catalinas and The Melting Pot (tie)

Best Salads   

Gold     Choice Greens 
Silver     Ghini’s French Caffé
Bronze    Sweet Tomatoes

Best Sandwiches   
Gold     Beyond Bread
Silver     The Parish
Bronze    Bison Witches 

Best Seafood   
Gold     Kingfisher
Silver     Bluefin Seafood Bistro
Bronze    Mariscos Chihuahua

Best Steak   
Gold     McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse
Silver     Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Bronze    Chad’s  Steakhouse & Saloon

Best Sushi   
Gold     Sushi on Oracle
Silver     Shogun and Sushi Garden (tie)
Bronze    Ginza and RA Sushi (tie)

Best Vegetarian   
Gold     Lovin’ Spoonfuls
Silver     Govinda’s
Bronze    Guilin

Best Wine List   
Gold     The Grill at Hacienda del Sol
Silver     McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse and PY Steakhouse (tie)
Bronze    Anthony’s in the Catalinas


Best Alfresco

Gold     Old Pueblo Grille
Silver     Ghini’s French Caffé
Bronze    Lodge on the Desert and The Grill at Hacienda del Sol (tie)

Best Breakfast   
Gold     Ghini’s French Caffé
Silver     Blue Willow
Bronze    The Cup Café

Best Dining With a View
Gold     Acacia and The Grill at Hacienda del Sol (tie)
Silver     Anthony’s in the Catalinas and Blanco Tacos + Tequila (tie)
Bronze    North  Fattoria Italiana

Best Longtime Favorite
Gold     El Charro Café and Vivace (tie)
Silver     Feast 
Bronze    Blue Willow

Best New Restaurant
Gold     PY Steakhouse
Silver     Sir Veza’s Taco Garage
Bronze    Amelia Grey’s Café

Best Place for Out of Town Guests
Gold     The Parish 
Silver     Café Poca Cosa
Bronze    The Grill at Hacienda del Sol  TL