What's Outside Your Window?

Real Estate Agent with Las Cruces Homes and Land

I like to brag a lot about the amazing downtown office I'm in. Aside from the fact that this is the only residential and commercial real estate office in downtown Tucson, it's just a really cool place to work and play.

Downtown Tucson Arizona

I've posted this picture before - the view out my office window. Those are the Catalina Mountains in the distance.  Downtown Tucson is alive and well and growing by leaps and bounds daily. New businesses are moving in as is the University of Arizona. The Drachman Institute - The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture is across the street from our office in the historic Pioneer Building.

The thing I love about working down here is that there is SO MUCH TO DO! There are some amazing restaurants within easy walking distance - down Congress Street and on 4th Avenue.  Some of my favorites:

Downtown Tucson Arizona restaurantsI love the name of this place! It's at 135 E Congress - just around the corner. Hungry? Check out their yummy menu.  The place is beautifully decorated, the service is ALWAYS spot on and the food is amazing. They have an open kitchen and you can see your meal being prepared. I've always liked watching the chef in action.


Downtown Tucson Arizona restaurants


Oh HUB. How I love your delicious burgers and your out of this world ice cream. HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery opened earlier this year to much fan fare. I've been a few times and haven't had a bad meal there. Great burgers, my kind of fries, great decor and ice cream. Yes. Let's talk ice cream.

If you're expecting run of the mill chocolate, vanilla and strawberry - sorry. Instead you're going to find flavors like Chile Lime Sorbet, White Chocolate Passionfruit, and I believe there was a Bacon kind of concoction at one point.  It's fun, it's hip, it's where us business types eat lunch and where the cool kids hang in the evenings.



Downtown Tucson Arizona restaurants Over on 4th Avenue are the funky places like Bumstead's. Don't expect white table cloths here. Expect humongous sandwiches like the Dragon's Breath, and hamburgers like the Mullet and the Ape Drape (this one has peanut butter, a fried egg and the burger). Then there's the meatloaf...oh my goodness the meatloaf - most appropriately named after songs by, yes, Meatloaf.

Downtown Tucson Arizona restaurantsBrooklyn Pizza and Skybar and next door to each other and are fantastic partners. The pizza is great - grab a slice, some garlic knots and then head next door to Skybar for a nice, cool beverage.

Sky Bar hosts nightly special gatherings like karoke, bands and DJ's and, what I think is a great event, Family Night every Tuesday with an Educational Astronomy night. There are telescopes on the patio, slide shows inside and usually experts from the University of Arizona will be by as well.

The coolest thing about these two businesses is the fact that they are SOLAR POWERED. Yes. Solar Powered pizza ovens, lighting and so on. This past year, they installed solar panels on the roof and in the parking lot, creating shaded parking which is so nice to have during the hot Tucson summers!  Look at this graphic that I pulled from the Brooklyn Pizza website about 15 minutes ago:

Downtown Tucson Arizona restaurants

I could sit here all day and talk about other great places to eat -  Monkeyburger, Magpie's Pizza, The Chocolate Lizard, Lindy's...but, quite honestly, it's lunchtime now and I've worked myself into a hunger frenzy!

What's happening in your downtown area? Have you been there or has it been a while? You might be missing out on some of the best places in your city!

Comments (5)

Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI EMMARY!  You snagged me at the Chocolate Lizard!  Which placed fixed your hunger frenzy??!

Sep 01, 2011 10:33 AM
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Great Localism post Emmary!    And a clever way to post about the Downtown area!!

Sep 01, 2011 11:07 AM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

We face the butt side of a Goodwill store. Last week I watched a worker drink a beer on his break.

Sep 01, 2011 11:15 AM
Emmary Simpson
Las Cruces Homes and Land - Las Cruces, NM
Serving Las Cruces, NM

Gab - Had to opt for a soda and some crackers because we were showing this afternoon. I plan on hitting Brooklyn Pizza tomorrow perhaps!

Deborah - Thank you!

Doug - Well, I guess the silver lining is that its free entertainment? :)

Sep 01, 2011 04:00 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Steak?   I like steak!

Please stop I have not had supper yet and I am so hungry.

Sep 06, 2011 01:37 PM