Mad Girl Eats Pionic in Tucson!

wpid-photogrid_1435883597038_wm.jpgPionic Pizza and Pasta, 2643 N Campbell Ave #105, Tucson, AZ.

Pionic is a new, unique place for artisian pizza. It is like Chipotle for pizza lovers, also offering pasta and salads. Walk up to the long counter, choose your crust (gluten-free available), and unlimited toppings of meats, veggies, cheeses, and herbs. It then gets thrown into a mega oven and is finished in 90 seconds. It is crispy, light, and oh-so-delicious!

Great tasting pizza, any or all the toppings you wish, and walla, you have a pizza engineered to your specifications! All ingredients are fresh, and you can taste it in the final product. Nice prices, cordial staff, and cool atmosphere. Don’t miss Happy Hour,  Monday – Friday from 2pm – 5pm, pizza, beer and wine deals! Excellent!

Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm.

5 out of 5 Perfect pizza points for the price!

Mad Girl Eats The Abbey, Tucson


The Abbey, 6960 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ.   UPDATE:  Sadly, I must report that this restaurant has closed permanently.   😦

The Abbey, at the Catalina Foothills, is a hip spot for foodies looking for American cuisine with a twist. Very cool interior, with patio seating pointed to the mountains. Great place for sunset dining and don’t worry , even though the sun goes down and the desert air turns cool, their patio heaters work fabulously.

Perusing the menu, you definitely see a trendy take on American classics. Not wanting anything too heavy, the table ordered The Board. A mix of charcuterie, cheeses, crisps, salmon, nuts, dried fruit, olives, breads and spreads. Absolutely triumphant in serving a well-rounded, generous amount of superb tidbits. The Watermelon Margarita was a ridiculously good pairing also. Luscious!

Once the server mentioned the soup, my ears perked up and I was hooked on a feeling. Tomato basil soup with grilled cheese sandwich croutons. It came in a huge mug and was, incredible. I would have loved a few more “croutons”, but it was fantastic nonetheless.

A bit pricey, but fab food and atmosphere were worth it. Closed Mondays. Happy Hour in the bar, which is tiny if you’re planning on going, but great prices Tues-Sat 4-6pm + 8pm-close, Sunday HH all day 10:30am-close.

4.5 out of 5 savory smackaroos.

Mad Girl Eats El Charro Cafe in Tucson


El Charro Café, 6910 E. Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ. More locations.

With a beautiful patio facing the mountains, Happy Hour at El Charro Café in Tucson is the perfect place for food and drink. The interior dining area is gorgeous, but eating al fresco at sunset was just the ticket to ride at this east Catalina Foothills location.

A fair selection of appetizers, we ordered two for 3 people who just wanted to nosh. The Cheesecrisps were recommended by a friend, so that was a given to try. The Mini Chimichangas sounded interesting, and a perfect pairing with our Margaritas!

I was astonished at how huge the size of Cheesecrisps were, and a generous amounts of cheese. A scrumptious blend of Oaxaca, Menonita, Casero, and Cotija cheeses.  Oh boy, this is more than we all bargained for! The Mimi Chimi’s were a perfect 4 bites and a nice array of flavors offered. Shredded beef, bean, chicken, and pork. All accompanied by fresh Pico de Charro, sour cream, and chips and salsa. Hint: Their salsa on top of the Cheesecrisps made a tasty kicker.

The regular dinner menu is decently priced. Happy Hour menu is half off appetizers (awesome) and half off House Margaritas, House Wine, and Draft Beer….everyday  from 3pm-6pm. I say, hurrah!

Exquisite ambience, fantastic service, nice prices, and fab quality food. What more do you want besides being known as The Nation’s Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family?! Their creed says it all, “We are not the best because we are the oldest, We are the oldest because WE ARE THE BEST!”. And there you have it.

4.75 out of 5

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