I'm not sure what to make of the obviously new brightly colored buildings in downtown Tucson. Some city planner's idea of urban renewal. It doesn't really work. Downtown Tucson is a dead zone. People come downtown to work--brightly colored buildings are not going to coax people to stick around after work or to live in this area. In my mind, a wasted effort.
Pack an empty bag so you can fill it up with what you buy there! Take a jacket, the evenings were cool when I was there, in February. Sunscreen in the summer is a MUST!!! Take a lot of photographs! There is plenty to see! Drink a lot of water!
Why do we look at the sky...
We do not ask for what purpose the birds do sing, for their song is pleasure since they were created for singing. Similarly, we ought not ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the heavens. The diversity of the phenomena of Nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.
-- Johannes Kepler
For a Great Casual Meal Dine Here!
The food here is absolutely delicious! And the portions are huge!
We dined here a couple of times and liked it the best out of all the casual restaurants in Tucson.
They have a few different locations, but we mostly ate at the Oracle Road location.
This place has lots of wide screens so it's a great place to watch sports events.
Watch out for their Risky Tea - Gin, triple sec, vodka, Captain Morgan, sweet & sour topped with cola. It goes down smooth and before you know it you can't stand straight. They have great pizza, sanwiches, burgers, salads, steaks, seafood and pasta. A few of our favorites were:
Marinated Chicken Skewers- charbroiled chicken tenders, served on a bed of cabbage, bean sprouts, snow peas and scallions, in a soy and spiced maple glaze.
Angry Calamari - Make sure you have enough water with this one! Over 1/2 lb. of deep fried calamari tossed with sprouts, peppers and onions in an asian chili sauce, with a hint of honey.
Taco Salad - This is monstrous! house greens served on a corn tortilla shell, with cheese, onions, peppers, black beans, black olives, tomatoes and fried corn tortilla strips topped with grilled chicken and sliced avocado served with salsa and ranch dressing
Tenderloin Kabobs - two 5 oz. beef kabobs laced with onions, peppers and mushrooms, marinated and charbroiled, served on a bed of rice
The charming Bistro at Las Candelas
A beautiful room, warm service and an interesting "conversational" menu of sandwiches, small dishes and entrees make this under-patronized, out-of-the-way bistro a great place to drink wine, nosh and talk. Save room for a huge, inventive dessert.
Open Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Wild generosity is the hallmark of the Bistro at Las Candelas. Consider yourself warned.