3770 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson
HOURS: Mon.–Thurs. 5:30–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5:30–9:30 p.m.
COST: Most entrées more than $20
The James Beard Award–winning chef and author Janos Wilder mixes French culinary ideals with traditional Southwestern and Latin American ingredients at this popular high-end eatery on the grounds of the Westin La Paloma Resort. The result is usually something heretofore unconsidered, such as grilled beef tenderloin with churrasco-style wild licensed Mexican shrimp, duck-confit papas rellenos, and chiles rajas.
Janos is all about sustainable, local ingredients, and he works with regional farmers and the folks at Native Seeds/SEARCH to find the freshest, most sustainable, and most interesting regional ingredients he can. The menu changes pretty regularly—it’s printed in-house, allowing for maximum flexibility in responding to seasonal variations. Dining here is an adventure, and usually an expensive one, but well worth it.
Next door to the main restaurant is the more casual and less expensive, but still relatively experimental, J Bar (Mon.–Sat. 5 –9:30 p.m., happy hour Mon.–Sat. 5–6:30 p.m.), with excellent creative cocktails, Latin American–inspired bar foods, and great views of the city down below. Reservations are strongly recommended for the main restaurant.
© Tim Hull from Moon Tucson, 1st Edition