Reporting from Tucson — Ask 10 people to identify the best restaurants in Tucson, and you'll get 10 different answers, nine of which will be a Mexican eatery. Indeed, the Old Pueblo has its spin on Sonoran-style down pat, but it does other things well too.
Opened last fall, May's Counter is getting traction with its spin on American regional faves. With chicken and waffles, grouper sandwiches, okra, greens, and shrimp and grits, that region shouts "Gone With the Wind." Then you note the chilaquiles, jalapeño jack and chile-sauce ketchup on the burger and an array of the West-rules-in-brews craft beers. 2945 E. Speedway Blvd.; (520) 327-2421, http://www.mayscounter.com. Open daily, at 8:30 on the weekends, 10:30 during the week. The all-day menu covers three squares; chicken and waffles, burgers from $9.
It may be a lucky consequence — thanks, Mom and Dad — or a reaction to having written three Las Vegas guidebooks, but I do not understand buffets. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort's Blues, Brews & Barbeque Sunday Brunch reminds me that it's all in the translation. As a starting point, hopheads can satiate themselves with local microbrews, such as the delectable porter I quaffed when I was here in January. There's real horseradish at the carvery, three Hawaiian Islands' worth of fruit, banana-leaf snapper, a raw bar with oysters and green lips, savory baby backs, sushi, handmade tortillas and guac and chile verde. If you're an egg, spuds and Jimmy Dean kind of guy, they have that stuff too. 7000 N. Resort Drive; (520) 299-2020, http://www.loewshotels.com. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, $32 for adults, $15.95 for ages 12 and younger.