The romantic spots that advanced in the Candlelight Madness bracket this week have a combined history in Tucson that spans centuries.
Heavy hitters Cafe Poca Cosa, 110 E. Pennington St., and The Grill at Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road, advanced easily. The pair were No. 1 seeds based on the number of nominations they received from readers.
Feast, 3719 E. Speedway, had a harder time taking out (relative) newcomer 47 Scott, winning by only four votes.
Romantic spaghetti house Caruso’s, 434 N. Fourth Ave. — serving Italian food in Tucson for 76 years — beat out Ventana Canyon’s fancy Flying V Bar & Grill in another close matchup.
Caruso’s is also, arguably, the owner of the best sign in this contest, though Kingfisher, 2564 E. Grant Road, could have a stake in that title.
Kingfisher’s margin of victory was the largest — the midtown landmark beat The Canyon’s Crown by 85 votes.
Janos Wilder’s Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, 135 S. Sixth Ave., took out retro steakhouse El Corral by a margin of 47 votes.
Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., defeated Sullivan’s Steakhouse.