Kinfisher is an old-school seafood joint that does justice to the classics. 

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Culver’s coming
to south side; opening set for late August

South-side residents won’t have to travel far to get a taste of the Midwest classic frozen custard.

In late August, Kyle Kolsrud will open his second location of Culver’s, the Wisconsin burger and custard chain that made inroads into Tucson in 2011. This one will be at 3070 S. Campbell Ave, off South Kino Parkway across from Costco.

Kolsrud owns the Culver’s at 6905 N. Thornydale Road in Marana. There are two other Culver’s — 4810 N. First Ave. and 40 S. Broadway Place —  owned by franchisee Kevin Hart.

Ramen on wheels coming to a street corner near you

The Tucson family that brought us decadent desserts on the go is rolling out scratch-made ramen noodles made from locally sourced wheat.

But that’s not the exciting news about Tucson Fat Noodle food truck.

Ramon Gonzales and his mother, Linda, will feature pork belly in several of their dishes, including the signature Tomkotsu Ramen: handcrafted noodles cooked in a rich, creamy pork-bone broth, topped with fresh locally sourced vegetables and a hunk of braised, quick-seared pork belly. The whole, decadent concoction is topped with a six-minute egg, its yolk spilling out and adding another layer of richness.

“This is fall apart in your mouth, wonderful pork belly,” gushed Fat Noodle chef Tucker Hartford, who has spent time cooking at Cup Cafe and Union Public House.

Hartford and Gonzales have been working on Tucson Fat Noodle for a year, testing recipes and studying the art of ramen. The idea, Tucker said, is to create dishes that fuse Mexican and Japanese cuisines, including ceviche spring rolls and pork belly lettuce wraps, to create comfort food “so simple kids of all ages will smile, at the same time so complex it boggles the mind of the most scrupulous gourmet,” according to the truck’s Facebook page (

Fat Noodle is the second food truck for the Gonzaleses, who rolled out Street Delights, a dessert truck that includes deconstructed fruit pies and handheld cakes, in summer 2011.

Gonzales said the truck is almost ready for the road.

Summer dining deals
  • Kingfisher Bar and Grill took a couple weeks off for some much needed summertime R&R this month, but it’s back and heading down South.

Actually it’s a trip that requires no travel. The restaurant at 2564 E. Grant Road continues its annual summertime culinary road trip with chef Jeff Azersky’s interpretations of classic Southern fare. The menu includes Creole barbecue shrimp and grits or grilled Manchester Farms quail with an apricot glaze as starters; fried catfish, blackened Gulf finfish or shrimp jambalaya as entrees; and coconut buttermilk pie or Cubano bread pudding brulée for desserts.

The Southern-infused drink menu includes the Macon Manhattan, made with peach-infused moonshine; the Balloon Cocktail that uses High West double rye whiskey; and the Leblon James, mixed with Leblon Cachaca, distilled from sugarcane juice.

The menu is a la carte, with appetizers starting at $8, entrees running $13 to $26, cocktails around $10 and desserts at $7.50. For reservations, call 323-7739  or visit

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.