Sunday, June 10, 2007
Best of Tucson Querido
Andrew and I cast our vote for Best of Tucson and we wanted to make our love public, especially for places that probably won’t win. They should know they have a special place in our heart anyway.
Best Tourist Attraction: Mount Lemmon
Best Annual Festival: Tucson Eat
Best Park: Reid. Let's face it. They have a duck/turtle pond, dog parks, concerts, an aquatic center, a zoo, marathons, celebrations, a golf course, etc. etc. etc.
Best Public Servant: Janet Napolitano. She rocks!
Best Local TV Newscast: KGUN. We haven’t actually watched any other, but we watch KGUN news every night because we love to make fun of them. We laugh a lot at their technical errors, ridiculous editorial comments and tactless transitions. (For example, Guy on the morning news: "Maybe someday I'll get up that early!") We also have nicks for the newscasters, like Guy Crotchly and Jennifer Waddle.
Best Radio Station for News: KUAZ. Duh.
Best Local Website: TUCSON QUERIDO!!!
Best Bowling Alley: Lucky Strike. Specifically during Cosmic Bowl. The characters there include that guy wearing the "Of course I love you - my dick is hard ain't it?" tee shirt and the pregnant blond wearing pink short shorts, smoking a cigarette.
Best Yoga Studio: Yoga Oasis
Best Auto Repair: Jimmy’s Broadway. Andrew trusts them and says they are good guys.
Best Art Museum: The Center for Creative Photography.
Best Public Art: The Glownut. See photo above.
Best Local Performing Artist: Devotchka
Best Movie Theater: The Loft and Century Park 16. (When you want mainstream, Century Park 16 spells awesome because of the early eighties decor. (We saw Grindhouse there - it was perfect.) Also, it's the only theater I know that got grandfathered in, escaping the no outside food or drink policy.
Best Sports Bar: No Anchovies
Best Gay/Lesbian Bar: I actually don't know and wanted help on this. Are there any Gay/Lesbian bars in Tucson to dance at? If not, could someone address the business need already??
Best Lowbrow Bar Ambiance: The Buffet
Best Cocktail Menu: Kon Tiki
Best Beer Selection on Tap: The Grill
Best Magarita: El Charro, but you have to order it with Patron.
Best Signature Cocktail: The Scorpion from Kon Tiki
Best Liquor Store: Plaza Liquors
Best Delicatessen: The Sausage Deli
Best Burger: The Sueño Burger from Cushing Street
Best sandwich: Anything from The Asian Sandwich Deli
Best Pizza: Andrew says Rocco’s. I say it's the Magpie from Magpie's.
Best Ice Cream: Frost
Best Burrito: El Checo (usually parked near Country Club and Valencia)
Best Sonoron Hot Dogs: El Perro Loco (the one at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet)
Best Diner: The Grill. Let's face it: it's the most convenient way to get a bite after a show, they have live music, they have a great beer selection, it's the most supremely grunge/trendy ambiance you could possibly muster, and celebs walk in when you least expect it. (We saw Bill Irwin there when he was in town to do Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Kathleen Turner.)
Best Indian: Sher-E-Punjab
Best Italian: Giacomo’s
Best Middle Eastern: Sinbad’s
Best Steakhouse: Flemming’s
Best Sushi: Sushi King
Best Outdoor Seating: Cushing Street
Best Late-Night Eats: The Grill
Best Vietnamese: Miss Saigon
Best Mexican Fast Food: The Taco Shop
Best Veggie Burger: Bentley’s. Get it with everything.
Best Café Hangout: Espresso Art.
Best Used Bookstore: Bookman’s. And I’m not just saying that because they publish me on their new website. They allow dogs.
Best Video Store: Casa Video. Owned by Iowans who moved to Tucson to make their video store dreams come true. Authentically indie.
Best Women’s Fashions: Toque de Pasión. It carries Latin American folk chic while honoring fair trade and it's the only store in the US that carries my favorite Paraguayan designer, Pombero. (Thanks to moi!)
Best Resale Clothing: Buffalo Exchange
Best Artesian Jewelry: Toque de Pasión
Best Bike Shop: Fairwheel Bikes. They are nice to me.