Kingfisher Bar and Grill holds its gift certificate special through Christmas Eve.

David Sanders / Arizona Daily Star 2010

Kingfisher rolls back menu, prices to 1993

Kingfisher Bar and Grill is celebrating its 20th anniversary, which in this economy is no less than a monumental accomplishment.

But rather than pat itself on the back and shower itself with accolades and atta boys, the longtime East Grant Road restaurant is rolling back the clock on its menu and prices and helping a good cause.

Now through Sept. 20, the restaurant is dusting off a trio of items from its original menu along with the original prices — that’s 1993 prices, including paying just $12.25 for a mixed grill pasta with grilled shrimp, scallops, mussels and linguica sausage, or $4 for a warm chocolate chip bread pudding with a dollop of coffee cream.

Every few days they will change the trio of retro menu offerings. They also will donate 20 percent of their net sales through Sept. 20 to the Community Food Bank.

Kingfisher is at 2564 E. Grant Road. For reservations, call 323-7739. Details:

Tailgating to go: Eateries offer deals

Will it be hot dogs and burgers on the hibachi or fresh-made tamales or smoked chicken with all the fixins’?

Tailgating at UA football games just got a lot tastier courtesy of a few Tucson restaurants that are dishing up tailgate-to-go packages.

“It’s such an easy way to grill,” said Sherry Martin, who with her husband, Todd, owns the 5-year-old Tucson Tamale Co.

Here are a few we’ve heard of just in time for the University of Arizona Wildcats’ matchup Saturday night against the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners. Do yourself a favor and order one or two days ahead of time.

• Tucson Tamale Co., 2545 E. Broadway, — Tamale Tailgate Special is $40 and includes six Arizona or JoJo tamales, six Tucson or green corn (vegetarian or vegan blue tamales can be substituted), or black beans, Spanish rice and choice of salsa. Feeds six. Order via email: or by phone, 305-4760.

• Blanco Tacos & Tequila, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, — The Blanco Bundle includes chicken and beef tacos, Mexican chopped salad, chips and salsa and rice and beans. It’s $120 for up to 10 people, $180 to feed 15 and $240 to feed 20. Order by phone at 232-1007.

• BrushFire BBQ, 2745 N. Campbell Ave., — The Family Feast can feed four to six people and comes in chicken, pork, brisket or ribs with two sides, two loaves of garlic bread and cookies. $37.99 to $44.99. Order at 624-3223 or stop in.

Sipping and dining

for a pet cause

A Tucson wine shop and a restaurant are hosting fundraisers for our four-legged friends this week.

CataVinos Wine Shoppe & Tasting Room is hosting a wine tasting fundraiser Sunday for HOPE Animal Shelter.

From 4 to 6 p.m., CataVinos, 3063 N. Alvernon Way, will host Shelter Night Wine Tasting. For $20, you get six pours; half the proceeds go to HOPE, Tucson’s only no-kill animal shelter.

A raffle also is part of the festivities. To learn more, visit

From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feast at 3719 E. Speedway will host Greyt Bites Greyhound Fundraiser.

Throughout the day, Feast will kick back 20 percent of your ticket to Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, which will support veterinary expenses for former racing greyhounds that are transitioning to “forever” homes.

For more information, call Feast at 955-7421.

McDonald’s now open at Tucson Marketplace

Be among the first 100 customers through the door Saturday at McDonald’s newest location at the south-side Tucson Marketplace and you could be swimming in Big Macs.

But you have to be either out late or up early, depending on how you look at it: doors open at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, and the first 100 customers in receive a voucher that gets them one free Big Mac every week for the next year.

During the grand opening Saturday, a buck buys you a Big Mac or Egg McMuffin, and in the early afternoon, you can catch the Pueblo High School Mariachi Aztlán perform and watch the Ronald McDonald Show.

The restaurant is at 1059 E. Tucson Marketplace Blvd., off South Park Avenue and Interstate 10, in the shopping corridor that includes Walmart and Costco.

Epazote marks 1 year with $30 tasting menu

Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador resort is celebrating its first anniversary with a special $30 tasting menu.

The Chef’s Tasting Menu & Cocktail Flight highlights Arizona flavors in Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Kupper’s inventive dishes including the Grand Canyon Ale braised lamb shank and a savory roasted squash with quinoa, pepitas and Crow’s Daily herbed goat cheese.

The menu also includes an expansive menu of 30-plus premium tequilas, according to a news release.

The tasting menu is available at Epazote, 10000 N. Oracle Road, through Sept. 30. For reservations and more information, call 544-1705 or online at .

Janos Meets Café 54

at guest chef dinner

If you’re going to host a series of guest chef fundraising dinners, what better way to inaugurate it than by inviting one of the city’s most celebrated chefs?

That’s what Café 54 did when it invited Janos Wilder, Tucson’s lone James Beard Award winner, to head the kitchen for its Oct. 6 event.

The dinner will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Café 54 Bistro & Catering, 54 E. Pennington St. The cost is $60 per person and proceeds will be used to support Café 54’s program of reintegrating individuals with mental illnesses into the workforce. Seating is limited and tickets are on sale now ( For more information, visit or call 622-1907.

Cathalena E. Burch

Former Buddha’s

gets new life as deli

A longtime member of Tucson’s food service industry is now serving deli sandwiches on North Fourth Avenue.

Austin Counts launched the 4th Avenue Delicatessen five weeks ago in the old home of Buddha’s Dog House at 425 N. Fourth Ave.

Counts served as kitchen manager for eight years at his father Jim Counts’ original Nimbus Brewery at 3850 E. 44th St. He spent another year in the same position at The B Line.

When he saw a “for rent” sign in front of Buddha’s a few months back, he felt he could fill a void.

“I didn’t see many traditional deli options on Fourth Avenue that stayed open late and offered a sandwich, chips and a drink for under $10,” he said.

Counts sells hot and cold sandwiches using Boar’s Head meats and cheeses.

Many of the selections have Tucson-themed names.

The South Sixth comes with ham, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, spicy mayonnaise and bacon.

The Congress is a sandwich dressed in turkey, pesto, tomatoes and provolone.

Counts said the most popular dish so far is the Dillinger, which includes roast beef, cheddar cheese, green leaf lettuce, tomato, red onions, peppers and a horseradish mayo.

The deli is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.

Call 624-3354 or visit for more information.

Gerald M. Gay

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.