Magazine article Sunset

Tucson: Antidote for Desert Dining Dilemmas

Magazine article Sunset

Tucson: Antidote for Desert Dining Dilemmas

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Like a mockingbird's song, the exuberant music of South American panpipes filled the summer night with infectious high spirits. Cool drinks in hand and plates of mesquite-broiled delectables before us, we quickly shook off our August lethargy.

It was last summer that the sounds of the music group Khenany drew us to the lush patio courtyard of downtown Tucson's Old Town Artisans and we discovered the antidote to summer desert dining dilemmas. No more swampy swamp coolers or arctic air conditioners--the key to summer dining is a breezy patio, good food, and great music.

Old Town Artisans is a marketplace in a rambling historic adobe at 186 N. Meyer Avenue, and its tree- and flower-graced courtyard is one of Tucson's best summer dining oases. The Courthouse Grill serves up mesquite-grilled lunch dishes with a Southwestern flavor. Expect to spend about $25 for two for a great meal with drinks. Several weekends this August, Khenany will play traditional South American and Mexican folk music. Call (602) 622-0351 for times, dates, and reservations (book early for these popular evenings).

Another great spot to cool off while catching some sizzling saxophone and guitar is Cushing Street Grill & Bar, also in historic downtown Tucson, at 343 S. …

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