Lunch in the Foothills
If enjoying a midday meal in one of the swankiest restaurants in town is your idea of a good time, there's a new lunch deal you'll want to check out. Anthony's in the Catalinas, 6440 N. Campbell Ave., is offering lunch service for the first time in 15 years. Expect sandwiches filled with chicken-and-pesto and other delicious things, all done up with various additions that elevate each item beyond the run-of-the-mill lunch special. Looking for something a tad more substantial? There's chicken Milanese, salmon, shrimp and scallops, too. Prices range from $6 to $15. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. More info is at anthonyscatalinas.com.
Opening Soon: Pie Zanno's Pizzaria
A new pizza joint called Pie Zanno's Pizzaria is setting up shop at 2921 E. Fort Lowell Road, where Vito's Pizza Kitchen used to be. There is a small chain of pizza joints on the East Coast called Pie Zanno's, but we're not sure if it has anything to do with the Tucson location.
Taco Giro No. 2 Coming
There's a sign outside El Sabroso Oakwood Grille, 610 N. Grande Ave., that says a Taco Giro is opening there. That stretch of Grande Avenue is the stuff of legend when it comes to authentic Mexican fare, and the addition of Taco Giro will make it that much better. Taco Giro has another location at 5754 E. 22nd St.
A Plaza Bonita for Old Pueblo
A new restaurant called Plaza Bonita Mexican Restaurant is coming to the Madera Village Shopping Center, 9165 E. Tanque Verde Road. The chain opened in Flagstaff more than a decade ago and now has spots in Sedona, Cottonwood, Prescott, Lake Havasu City, Kingman and Carefree. The Tucson location is expected to open early next year.
Buffet's Miss Peggy Retires
Will the Buffet Bar and Crockpot, 538 E. Ninth St., ever be the same now that daytime bartender Miss Peggy Barclay is retiring? She's been working at the rugged little bar for more than 30 years, keeping daytime drinkers in check with her mix of seasoned sensibility and motherly sweetness. A retirement party is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11. Thanks for the memories and for the drinks all these years, Peggy. Here's wishing you health and happiness in whatever life brings next.