New: Buddha's Dog House
What did the Buddhist say when putting in an order with a hot-dog vendor? "Make me one with everything." I never thought I'd use that awful joke in this column, but I never thought we'd have a local hot-dog restaurant called Buddha's Dog House, which opened recently at 425 N. Fourth Ave. The menu is brief—dogs with chili or sauerkraut; nachos; drinks; and chips—and the interior of the narrow space is all high-top tables and stools. Prices range from 50 cents for the bags of chips to $2 for "the Buddha," a dog topped with chili, onions and mustard.
Closed: La Salsa and Cereal Boxx
Main Gate Square, the shopping and dining area just outside of the University of Arizona, has lost a couple of restaurants in the last week or so. La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill has vacated its spot at 825 E. University Blvd., Suite 181, according to a representative for the chain eatery. He said the other three La Salsas in Tucson aren't going anywhere.
The Cereal Boxx, at 943 E. University Blvd., which kept the university area supplied with breakfast cereal and other morning offerings for more than five years, has also closed. We called to see what led to the closure, but the phone was disconnected.
The new brunch menu at Union Public House, 4340 N. Campbell Ave., in St. Philip's Plaza, is worth a look. All the breakfast mainstays are there, from biscuits-and-gravy to omelets, and there's also a hefty selection of burgers, wings, mimosas and cocktails from which to choose. The kids' menu has enough variety to please most children, and those options are priced right at $6 a plate. Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday; 329-8575; www.uniontucson.com.
Jalopy's Grillville, 4230 N. Oracle Road, has also started serving what it's calling a brunch, but it's more of an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet. It's served from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; 888-0111.
As we were wrapping up this column, food- truck Isabella's Ice Cream was preparing to open at a semi-permanent location by the Bookmans Entertainment Exchange at 1930 E. Grant Road. The truck, which brings together green technology, gourmet ice cream and vintage automobiles, will be open from 5 to 10 p.m., daily.