Finding your new go-to spot can take time when you relocate. Not to worry, we have you covered with the hottest new restaurants to check out now!
811 E. Wetmore Road
After four years serving Tucson as a truck, this ramen operation is going brick and mortar. Fat Noodle’s new space on First and Wetmore was designed by restaurant consultant John Foster, and features an industrial look with lush wooden counters and tables. In addition to the ramen selections, Fat Noodle goes hard on the fusion with ramen burgers, sashimi sandwiches and even poke bowls.
7053 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704
Teaspoon, located on Tucson’s north side, features kitchen classics with just enough of a changes to keep things interesting. And while it would be easy to categorize the restaurant as a breakfast spot, its menu extends well beyond the morning meal. Don’t miss the cast-iron Dutch Baby pancake or the Hong Kong street food-inspired bubble waffle.
4706 E Sunrise Dr
Tucson, AZ 85718
Italy-trained pizzaiolo Scott Volpe started out with a mobile pizza oven at local farmers markets before growing roots on Sunrise. But whether he’s on wheels or stationary, Volpe — who’s well known for recently winning the 2017 World Pizza Championship for his pizza acrobatics skills — makes some of the best Neapolitan pizza in town, with a charred crust and traditional ingredients. Plus, the restaurant happens to serve the only fried calzone in Tucson, a Wednesday-only special.
American Eat Co.
1439 S. Fourth Ave.
Opened April 3, is already expanding the culinary horizons of South Fourth Avenue, a stretch of South Tucson ruled by its popular Mexican food offerings. The new concept, which opened in what had long been the American Meat Company, sports six restaurants with cuisine ranging from ribs to poke and sliders.There’s a beer and wine bar with the latest craft selections, a coffee shop and even a butcher. Sit at a communal table or cozy up in one of the booths available in the dining area.
Island Plate Lunch
5575 E River Rd #141
Tucson, AZ 85750
Looking for Hawaiian cuisine without the trip to the islands? Find hearty portions of classic plate lunches, like loco moco and kalua pork, alongside standards with a twist, such as poke bowls with crab salad and ahi-topped bruschetta. A variety of imported Hawaii snacks and drinks are also on hand. Ma-halo!
The Dutch Eatery & Refuge
943 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719
The Dutch’s new location could absolutely qualify as one of the most picturesque buildings in Tucson for its prime University Boulevard location, excellent people watching, and massive footprint. Wood floors and thick wooden tables provide a solid anchor to the Dutch’s ultra-high ceilings, and the bright, well-lit restaurant is an Instagram food photographer’s dream. Chef and co-owner Marcus van Winden builds beautifully upon that foundation with a well-thought-out menu that zig-zags between American and traditional Dutch cuisine.
The Drunken Chicken
429 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705
This Fourth Avenue restaurant with a self-descriptive name, the Drunken Chicken features a wide range of craft beer alongside chicken and waffles. Although the menu is short, it’s creative with dishes like fried deviled eggs and the “Beast,” a chicken strip wrapped in bacon and dipped in waffle batter. The long, narrow space features ambient yet bright lighting with a down to earth vibe for anyone who wants to sit down for a meal or just swing by for a beer.