New: Amelia Grey's Café and Catering
Amelia Grey's Café and Catering has set up shop at 3073 N. Campbell Ave., where the Just Add Water Café was once expected to open. The restaurant is the new incarnation of Amelia Grey's Tea Garden, which pulled up stakes earlier this year at 5055 E. Speedway Blvd. Expect a large selection of sandwiches and soups; a dessert case full of baked goods; and hot and cold beverages galore. Amelia Grey's holds regular "High Teas," where patrons get a pot of tea and a sizable selection of finger foods, scones and desserts for $17. The High Teas happen once or twice a month and require a reservation. Call 326-2663, or visit ameliagreyscafe.com.
The Tucson Mall will soon be home to a chain restaurant called Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill. If you're into country music, this place could be the adult playground you've always dreamed of. A description at www.tobykeithsbar.com describes the atmosphere as "over-the-top country—in a good way. There are cowgirl servers and country-music videos playing on every television screen." What, no cowboy servers? As for the food, take Applebee's menu; add a few dishes loosely associated with Southern cooking; name them after Toby Keith songs ... and there you have it. It's expected to open this fall.
Macaroni and Cheese, Please
Where has this restaurant been all my life? The Fix is a new eatery at 943 E. University Blvd. that will be unleashing various versions of macaroni and cheese on the university area in August. The menu has Alfredo, jalapeño-popper, bacon, bratwurst and veggie versions of the American classic, and a selection of sandwiches, appetizers and salads. There will also be family-size to-go pans of, you guessed it, mac and cheese. Amanda Rickel is the woman behind the new restaurant, which is going in the spot formerly occupied by Sultan Palace. She expects to hold the grand opening on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Pick a Flavor
Have you seen the crazy list of vodka flavors at Elliott's on Congress? The chalkboard on the wall listed 14 different flavor infusions on a recent afternoon, including versions made with ginger, rosemary, coffee and blueberries. The restaurant, at 135 E. Congress St., likes to mix those up, too, which results in all sorts of good things to drink.