2013-10-24T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:28:36Z Morsels Arizona Daily Star

Overland Trout opening in Sonoita

Chef Greg LaPrad, the creative force behind Phoenix’s celebrated Quiessence, is officially opening his much-anticipated Sonoita restaurant Overland Trout on Saturday.

The restaurant actually quietly opened a week ago. With nothing more than word of mouth, Sonoita residents and even a few LaPrad fans from the Phoenix area have wandered into the building that once housed Karen’s Wine Country Cafe on Arizona 82 to sample LaPrad’s broad seafood-inspired menu.

“Seafood is going to be a big part of the menu, especially oysters,” LaPrad, one of the state’s leading farm-to-table advocates, said earlier this week as he finished cooking during lunchtime.

LaPrad gets his seafood from Guaymas and will include dishes employing grouper, red snapper, white sea bass, shrimp and the namesake trout.

Entrees run $19 to $29 and lunch is $9 to $12, with a daily “hot lunch” entree priced under $20.

Overland Trout, 3266 Highway 82 in Sonoita, is open for lunch from 11:30 to 2 p.m. and for dinner from 5-8:30 p.m. daily except Wednesday, when the restaurant is closed. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Om Hosts four-course Vegan Meal Saturday

Om Modern Asian Kitchen is hosting a four-course vegan dinner Saturday that includes two curry dishes and wine pairings.

The dinner is $35, and the wine pairings are an extra $5 per course. The menu opens with a curry roasted cauliflower appetizer — or you could opt for a turmeric lentil stew — and segues to a compressed mushroom nigiri course. The entree is Malay curry noodles served with a pickled shiitake and roasted kabocha. The dinner closes with sous vide wild mushrooms sided with coconut pandan rice.

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at OM, 1765 E. River Road. For reservations, call 299-7815.

Saturday’s dinner is part of a monthly series. The next dinner, on Nov. 9 , will focus on Japanese cuisine.

Mobile Meals benefits from Fall Fare

For $35, cruise St. Philip’s Plaza, listen to the sweet serenade of a jazz quartet and munch on all-you-can eat cuisine from eight local restaurants.

At the Fall Fare on Sunday, music, food, wine and a silent auction will celebrate and benefit Mobile Meals of Tucson, a non-profit organization that has delivered more than 100,000 meals to homebound adults.

“It’s a casual, fun party on a Sunday afternoon,” said Tim Bentley, the development director of Mobile Meals. “People will come to St. Philip’s Plaza, greeted by the sounds of jazz drifting across the courtyard.”

Restaurants will serve hors d’oeuvres-sized samples — more than cheese on a toothpick, Bentley said. Canyon Ranch will serve a chicken, kale salad; Union Public House will cook beef tamales. Chocolate cups filled with goat cheese, balsamic vinegar and a mint sprig from Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil and Balsamics should be a favorite.

Other restaurants taking part: Café 54, Maynards Market and Kitchen, Renee’s Organic Oven, St. Mary’s Hospital with TouchPoint, and Trucking Good Cupcakes.

The afternoon spans from 3:30 — 6 p.m. Tickets are available at

Rancho Rustico opens second location

Rancho Rustico, shirttail cousins of the Northern Arizona-born Mexican food chain Plaza Bonita, opened its second location at 9165 E. Tanque Verde Road last week.

The restaurant, specializing in Mexican food from a deep trove of family recipes, opened its first Tucson location at 8270 S. Houghton Road last March. The Tanque Verde restaurant was to have opened in July in a former Pizza Hut restaurant that moved down the road.

The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

A fishy Halloween
at RA Sushi’s BaSH

On Halloween night, RA Sushi’s Boo Bash is the place to be for anyone all dressed up with no place to go.

From 7 p.m. to close, RA Sushi, 2905 E. Skyline Drive at La Encantada, will do all things Halloween —food, drink, costumes, music.

The food and drink menus will offer “spooktacular” specials. Vampire Chicken comes as crispy chicken with sautéed onions and peppers, crunchy ramen noodles and a sesame chili sauce ($8). The Spider Roll wraps soft-shell crab and other goodies in rice and soy paper, served with spicy mayo and eel sauce ($10).

For $6, specialty drinks Grape Ghoulade (grape vodka, blue curacao, cranberry and lemon) and Frozen Swampwater (a mix of white wines, Bacardi rum, yuzu, and peach and strawberry purées) add a little flair to the bar.

“With Boo Bash, it might be a more adult crowd that isn’t out trick-or-treating with their kids,” said Laura Voodre, the general manager, though the festivities don’t exclude children.

At 10 p.m., applause will decide the winner of the costume contest. The three best dressed will win $100, $50 and $25 RA Sushi gift certificates.

For more information, call 615-3970.

Noble Hops melts down for Halloween

Some of the cocktails at Noble Hops Craft Beer & Fine Fare might taste a smidge radioactive on Halloween night.

From 4 p.m. until close, the Oro Valley bar and restaurant, 1335 W. Lambert Lane, melts down into CherNoble Hops.

“The only cure for the nuclear fallout is having some of our delicious drinks and food,” said Steven Hastings, a manager.

For the evening, speciality drinks such as Monster Mash Cocktails and Jell-O Slime Shots will join several drafts of pumpkin beers as seasonal thirst busters.

A costume contest, with a $100 Noble Hops gift certificate for the best costume and a $25 gift certificate for worst, will encourage the nuclear theme.

Management is encouraging employees to look the part — doctors, soldiers and of course, zombies.

Good Egg offers Trick or Treat Pancakes

The Good Egg is getting into the Halloween spirit.

Through the month of October, the Good Egg, with five Tucson locations, is dishing up Trick or Treat Pancakes. Check out the bounce-off-the-wall sugar content of these bad boys: Peanut butter chips and nutella caramel inside, whipped cream and candy corns outside. It’s $7 for an order, and apparently it’s a hit with kids and adults who are kids at heart — and taste buds — this time of year.

At lunch, the restaurant has created a Frankenstein chicken sandwich with a grilled chicken patty slathered with guacamole, green chilies and pepper jack cheese served on a Texas sweet roll. It’s $9.50 with a side.

The Good Egg, an Arizona chain, is at 10565 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley, 5055 N. Oracle at West River Road; 4755 E. Grant Road; 7189 E. Speedway; and 5350 E. Broadway.  All are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saint House Rum Bar Adds items

Saint House Rum Bar has barely chased that new-house smell from its downtown digs and it’s already setting about tweaking a few things on the menu.

These aren’t geez-this-doesn’t-work tweaks so much as they are adding bold exclamations, starting with bumping up the taco plates from two tacos to three.

Here are a few other changes:

New jerk seasoning for the chicken that starts with a wet rub.

Introducing — cumin coriander dipping sauce; Dorado Caribbean Salad with a pan-seared Mahi Mahi and an orange-rum vinaigrette; Catfish Po Boy served on a crusty roll with a spicy remoulade; Mojo grilled chicken sandwich seasoned traditionally and served with a Caribbean slaw and topped with banana ketchup; and a “Catch of the Day” fish special.

Saint House, 256 E. Congress St., is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. 

Acacia revamps menu

Albert Hall has gone through the menu of his Acacia Real Food & Cocktails and made changes across the board including baking up his first-ever Acacia pizzas.

You can now get a grilled Romaine salad in the lounge from 2 p.m. to closing, or kick back with small plates including Scotch eggs seasoned with a housemade mustard and pickles. New entrees include a quartet of pastas anchored by a decadent lobster mac and cheese, “sammiches” including petit filet mignon sliders, a double chop of wood-roasted pork served with a savory blackberry sage cobbler, bacon wrapped Delmonico steak, Shoyu cured crispy duckling and steamed rainbow trout. Nothing is priced above $16.

Acacia, 3001 E. Skyline Drive, is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For reservations or details, visit or call 232-0101.

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

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