Proper Tucson
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Chalk It Up to the Local "Foodshed"
While "eating local" has established itself as a trend across the U.S., many are surprised to find farm-to-table restaurants in Arizona—it's a desert, after all! Well, even in the desert southwest, there are ranches, orchards, farms, and even vineyards enough to provide a taste of place when you travel. When in Tucson, check out "Proper," which is quickly making a name for itself as downtown gets used to its new streetcar route. Innovative cocktails and the Arizona microbrews on tap are drawing in crowds, and the food is well thought-out. For a sampling of elemental flavors, try the Brunch Board: duck rilletes, Spanish-style sausage, soft-boiled egg, artisan cheese (the blue is amazing), tomato jam, apricots and figs poached in brandy and star anise, house pickles, and black pepper-parmesan-lavash. Want to know where your food comes from? Look up on the chalked-wall and you'll see a map of the foodshed providing your meal. (Proper is associated with Flagstaff's renowned Brix and Criollo Kitchen.)
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