Unless you work at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or live in the area, the Coyote Pause Cafe isn't exactly a "swing by for a quick lunch" kind of place.
The eatery, owned by the husband-and-wife team of Spencer and Kerstin Block, is well beyond the hustle and bustle of inner-city Tucson. A locale where the miles you drive are only matched by the bugs splattered up against your windshield when you get there.
That's not to say the cafe isn't worth a visit.
If you have the time and the gas, we highly recommend this gem west of town.
Situated within Cat Mountain Station, a quirky little artisan and gift center, Coyote Pause percolates with Bohemian charm.
Inside, the walls are splashed in yellows and reds and diners eat at tables with multicolored and multipatterned tablecloths.
We chose to eat in the cafe's spacious covered patio area, with elaborately designed metal work along the edges and blue and orange, umbrella-covered tables. (Umbrellas in a covered patio? Those crazy artists!)
The clientele seemed to be of the retired variety, at least at lunch, and the waitresses who ran the joint knew just about all of them by name.
Patrons had plenty of seating to choose from and the food came fast and furious from the kitchen, even if our drinks took a little longer than expected.
The Coyote Pause is a breakfast and lunch establishment with plenty of omelets, frittatas and scrambles if you are a morning person.
Our lunchtime visit saw a wide selection of burgers and sandwiches.
First up was the Javelina Whole Hog Burger ($7.25), a thick mound of beef, charbroiled with grilled onion, lettuce and tomato. The burger was a little overdone but still juicy. Our only major gripe was with the bun — made at the Small Planet Bakery, according to the menu — which was kind of hard and therefore hard to chew without making a mess. The beer-battered fries that came with the burger were delectable.
Next up came Chef Adrian's FAMOUS Steak Sandwich ($7.95) which we assumed to be true. Why else would "famous" be in capital letters?
The sandwich was, by far, our favorite of the bunch. The steak was full of flavor and covered in onions, Jack cheese, honey-mayo, tomato and lettuce served on a mini-baguette. Yummy.
Our final meal was the chicken pesto salad sandwich ($7.25), the special of the day and not especially appetizing.
Too much pesto, not enough chicken, says our jury.
The old-fashioned milkshake ($3.95) made everything better. It was thick and creamy and even came with a side of more shake, the leftovers, served in a silver metal cup.
• Where: 2740 S. Kinney Road
• Parking: Plenty of parking spaces located around Cat Mountain Station.
• Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.
• Phone: 883-7297.
Chef Adrian's FAMOUS Steak Sandwich: $7.95.
Javelina Whole Hog Burger: $7.25.
Chicken Pesto Salad Sandwich: $7.25.
One soda: $1.75.
Total, before tax and tip: $28.15.