New: Joe Mama's Grill
A new eatery called Joe Mama's Grill is holding its grand opening on Friday, May 28, at 4230 N. Oracle Road, Suite 100. The menu is full of burgers, breakfasts, salads and sandwiches—and many entrées are treated with just a little more love than what's typical at many eateries. The Southwestern eggs Benedict comes with pesto hollandaise; fresh-fruit kabobs accompany many meals; and other touches are added here and there. Owners Sean and Krista Kanter say they use grass-fed beef, hormone-free chicken and coffee roasted by Firecreek Coffee Company in Cave Creek. Prices: downright affordable. Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., daily; 887-6262.
Bubby's Chicago Style
The owner of Bubby's Chicago Style, at 9190 N. Coachline Blvd., Suite 140, says a life's worth of dreams are wrapped up in the eatery. Mike Joseph says it all started during his childhood near Chicago, where he developed a passion for the sausages sold at neighborhood stands. He never forgot those dogs, and despite getting sidetracked by a career as a civil engineer, he returned with gusto to his childhood calling when he opened the restaurant about a month ago. Expect hamburgers, Chicago-style hotdogs, Polish sausages and hand-cut fries. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday; 572-0050; www.bubbyschicagostyle.com.
Sausage Shop Meat Market
When the Sausage Shop Meat Market opened in 1984, it sold 12 different sausages at its tucked-away location in a shopping center at 1015 W. Prince Road. Today, the family-owned shop sells 100 different sausages and 53 sandwiches, and has developed an army of fans that swear by the place. Owner Kent Koecheler says his sausages are low-salt and do not contain sugar or MSG. He also dry-cures beef, makes three types of bacon, custom cuts steaks and is damn proud of his brat that contains everything that comes with a hotdog at a Chicago Cubs game, including the beer; 888-1701.
Fun With Food Fridays
The Tucson Children's Museum hosts a series of food-related classes for kids this summer, with the first taking place on Friday, June 4. The events cover a range of topics and feature chefs from several Tucson Originals restaurants. Events are included with museum admission, but registration is required. Call 792-9985, ext. 114, to register; www.tucsonchildrensmuseum.org.