Kingfisher, An American Grill

2564 E. Grant Road, near North Tucson Boulevard; 323-7739


11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mondays-Fridays, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Vegetarian choices:

A veritable smorgasbord of salads and seafoods.

Family call:

Kids will love the special children's menu, but this is also a date-night hot spot.

Noise level:

The buzz intensifies as the night wears on, but it's never to the point of distraction.


Tucson casual



There's a county in Oklahoma called Kingfisher - population 14,072, by last year's estimate.

There's also a toothpaste called Kingfisher. It promises to be organic and never tested on animals.

In the dictionary, "kingfisher" is defined as any one of numerous species of birds that eat fish. They dive into the water and seize the fish with their beaks. Offshoots of the species have a diet of only reptiles and insects.

There are about 150 known species found in nearly all parts of the world, but you can find them in abundance in the East Indies.

In Tucson, we know of one Kingfisher: a tiny restaurant on East Grant Road that serves up wondrous seafood and non-seafood dishes. No diving for your dinner in this friendly joint, where strangers feel like family.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642.