Bacon, Burgers and Vodka
If you're into classed-up American fare and creative cocktails made with flavor-infused vodka, you'll want to take note of Elliott's on Congress, coming soon to 135 E. Congress St. The preliminary menu shows an ample use of bacon, including a sandwich topped with jalapeño bacon, and strips of bacon covered in chocolate, as well as inventive salads, big burgers and other items. Owners Billy and Valaree Elliott will also be selling cocktails made from vodkas infused with flavors such as jalapeño, cucumber and mint. The space—which formerly held A Steak in the Neighborhood—has been given a slightly more spacious feel, and numerous big-screen televisions have been added. It should be open sometime this spring.
New: Bing's Boba Tea
A new place specializing in boba tea—that awesome beverage with little spheres of gelatinous sweetness bobbling around near the bottom—has opened at 2040 W. Orange Grove Road, Suite 104. Bing's Boba Tea serves milk tea, slushes and shave ice in more flavors than we can list here, and there's a lengthy number of items ranging from tapioca pearls to extra shots of espresso to add in. There are several places in town that serve these magnificent beverages, but nobody to our knowledge has taken it to the level this store has. Visit www.bingsbobatea.com for more information.
Tucson Taco Festival
The first Tucson Taco Festival goes down Saturday, April 28, at Rillito Downs, 4502 N. First Ave. Officials tell us 25 taco teams will compete for $5,000 in cash, and that there will be high-end tequilas, lucha libre wrestling, a margarita competition and a hot-pepper-eating contest as well. If you're considering bringing little ones, there will be bouncing castles and face-painting, too. General admission is $10, and tacos are $2 each. A VIP package is available for $100. Kids younger than 12 get in for free. Head to www.tucsontacofestival.com for tickets or more information.
Maynards Market and Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave., now offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Chef Addam Buzzalini is pulling out all the stops, with items such as red-velvet pancakes served with homemade bacon or sausage, and smoked pork-shank confit with grits and eggs. Truffled popcorn, prosciutto-wrapped melon and a nice selection of sparkling drinks to which various fruit juices can be added are also available; 545-0577; www.maynardsmarkettucson.com.