Restaurant briefs

2014-04-03T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:21:41Z Restaurant briefs Arizona Daily Star
Caffeine jolt 24/7 at both Coffee X Changes

Coffee X Change off East Tanque Verde Road is now open 24/7, joining its sister coffee shop on North Campbell Avenue, which has been pouring the java around the clock for the past seven years or so.

Coffee X Change is at 6841 N. Camino Principal, and at 2443 N. Campbell Ave., on the corner of Campbell and East Grant Road

Harvest Moon celebrates the season
with special feas

It’s springtime and the culinary team at Harvest Moon restaurant in Oro Valley is slicing, dicing and sautéing up a six-course Chinese feast with wine pairings.

Chef-owner Wanda Zhang’s Man Han Emperor Feast on Sunday includes bang bang chicken paired with Carletto Pinot Grigio; wok-seared live lobster with Cartlidge and Brown Chardonnay; Kendall Jackson Chardonnay paired with scallop rice wedges; Layer Cake’s pinot noir to go with Peking duck roll; a splash of Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon to go with wok-seared beef filet; and a Blanco Spice Martini paired with deep-fried soy ice cream.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m., and the cost is $50. Reservations — call 825-5351 — are limited. Harvest Moon is at 12125 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley.

Denim and Diamonds pizzeria opening Friday

Denim & Diamonds’ Double DD’s Pizza is set to open Friday inside the club at 5470 E. Broadway.

In addition to getting pizza by the pie, you also can get it by the slice mounted to a Popsicle-style stick, according to their Facebook page. Double DD’s Pizza will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Tucson food truckS “Food Court Wars”

The owners of a Tucson food truck are slated to appear on an upcoming episode of “Food Court Wars” on The Food Network.

Ray and Kristine Key Duke, the husband-and-wife team that runs Kadooks Costa Rican, filmed scenes for the competition series at the Sierra Vista Mall March 10-14.

The show pits two different restaurant concepts within a city or region against each other in a food-court setting.

The winner receives a space at the mall where they competed, rent-free for a year.

Ray Duke said recruiters were in Tucson last October looking for potential contestants.

The Kadooks team ended up facing off against owners of J’s Kitchen, an Asian-cuisine food truck based in Sierra Vista.

Ray couldn’t share if they won or lost, but he said that they did enjoy their time in the spotlight.

“The entire experience was outstanding,” he said. “There was not a single negative experience out of the entire week of filming.”

The show will tentatively air on May 21. Follow Kadooks at for updates.

Nox Kitchen + Cocktails adds brunch

The new brunch menu at Nox Kitchen + Cocktails adds breakfast comfort foods to the restaurant’s Asian-Latin fusion menu.

The restaurant, 6370 N. Campbell Ave., opened in February. On Saturday, it dished up brunch options for the first time. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, diners can order from the regular lunch menu or opt for brunch.

Beyond traditional breakfast fare, menu highlights include blueberry ginger pancakes served with blueberry butter and maple syrup or granola-crusted French toast accompanied by raspberry and mango compote, mascarpone and maple syrup. For those who prefer the savory side of dining, Nox has an omelet garnished with farm-fresh foods and chicken or chorizo chilaquiles with cheeses, avocado and salsa, said bar manager James Diedrich.

Drink specials such as the house bloody mary and several cocktails are named for the owners. The menu also features bottomless mimosas for $16 with the purchase of food.

Livin’ La ViDa Local! Now let’s eat and drink

More than 50 local restaurants, breweries and wineries are taking part in Sunday’s Viva La Local Food Festival at Rillito Downs, 4502 N. First Ave.

Beginning at 11 a.m., you can sample tasty morsels from Dante’s Fire, Pastiche, Prep and Pastry, Boca Tacos y Tequila, Zona78, Twisted Tandoor and a dozen other restaurants, and sip the craft wines and beer from Borderlands, Charron Vineyards, Dragoon Brewing Co., Pillsbury Wine Co., Sentinel Peak Brewing Co., Sierra Bonita Vineyards, Ten-Fifty Five Brewing and Wilhelm Family Vineyards.

Admission is free, but it will cost you $5 per food and beverage sample. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and includes an heirloom farmers market and performances by Vox Urbana, Naim Amor, Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta, Carlos Arzate and The Pork Torta.

Cathalena E. Burch, Gerald M. Gay and Johanna Willett

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