Café á la C'Art, that fiesty little eatery tucked into the Tucson Museum of Art, is in fine company on Food and Wine's list of the best museum restaurants in the country. The list was released earlier this week.
It's one of those bragging-rights-only lists; it's not like it will lead to a James Beard Award or some prestigious medal of culinary achievement. But when you are a little restaurant so far removed from the museum-world centers of the universe like Chicago, LA and New York and you make a list alongside The Source by Wolfgang Puck at D.C.'s Newseum or Kevin Taylor's Palettes at the Denver Art Museum, that's kind of a big deal.
Food and Wine's reasons for adding Café á la C'Art? "... Café ownership and operation is a true family affair in the hands of Tucson native Judith Michelet, her son, chef Mark Jorbin, and his wife, Shirley. The menu includes hearty fare such as ancho chile–braised lamb shank and a citrusy achiote pork sandwich topped with avocado and pepper Jack cheese."
We are especially fond of their desserts.
Café á la C'Art, 140 N. Main Ave., is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.