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Café Botánica is located in the heart of the Tucson Botanical Garden.  It is a collaboration that brings together the best of gardening and cooking. The Gardens was looking for a committed chef to run the café at the gardens, and I have been looking for a small garden setting to run a café based on seasons, location and creativity.   After two decades of catering, watching the local farming scene blossom,  tapping into it peripherally as budget and client would allow, we are diving in with commitment to sustainable, local, frugal and most importantly pleasurable dining.  We will glean a bit from the Botanical Garden, support local farmers, focus on ethical sustainable farming methods, and bring a sense of fun and art to our food.

 

Everything on the menu was made by us, by hand.  We get native corn from Hayden Mills and Ramona Farms for our incredible corn tortitas.  Eggs, grapefruit and herbs are often from the Gardens.  Some local farmers and gardeners bring us their bounty.  It is every-changing and always fresh.  We turn everything we receive into some creative culinary treat.  We compost, re-use and re-create so that nothing is wasted.  If we have a few little this-n-thats left over, we will turn them into a new dish.  

 

We are inspired by the culinary traditions of the Sonoran desert and the high-desert of Northern New Mexico, the abundant food that is indigenous to the surrounding area, and the tenacity of the many farmers who are trying to make a difference in the community and the quality of our local food.  We add a touch of rebelliousness, a few stray ideas, and come up with what we hope will be a great meal.

 

Café Botánica

2150 N. Alvernon Way

Tucson, Arizona 85712

In the Heart of the Tucson Botanical Gardens

 

Call us at 520-326-9686 ext . 41

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When we are open…

(Please note that there is an admission fee to enter the Gardens if you are not a member.)

Who we are and what we’re up to...

Fall through Spring (September 1-May 31)   Seven days a week 9am-3pm

 

Summer (June 1-August 31)   Seven days a week 8am-2pm

 

Special Summer Hours:

Desert Rat Mornings

Saturday and Sunday  6:30am (admission to the Gardens is free before 7:30am) Walk through the gardens in the morning cool. Stop by for an awesome breakfast at the Cafe

 

For those who like the sultry desert evenings …Thursday nights 5pm-8pm

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CAFÉ BOTÁNICA Menu

Breakfast at Café Botánica

Botánica Quiche                                                                  

Creamy quiche with a changing array of seasonal vegetables, on a Hayden Mills corn masa crust served with seasonal salsa and a side salad

Beverages

Herbal Iced Teas from the Desert

A rotating selection of chamomile, mint, and other herbal concoctions

(Served daily from 9am-3pm)

$11

$11

$9

$2.50

$2.50

Botánica Benedict                                                              

Our take on an old favorite. Herbed biscuit, mesquite smoked pork tenderloin, two garden eggs, ripe tomato and drizzled with lime hollandaise

Famous Gallery Granola                                                      

Served with seasonal fresh fruits and our house-made vanilla yogurt

House-made Currant and Cardamom Scones                      

Served with unsalted butter and Arizona honey

Savory Herb Biscuit (has house-rendered                          

Walking J Farm lard). Served with unsalted butter

Prickly Pear Iced Black Tea

Our old Sonoran Stand-by from Cherie’s Desert Harvest

Locally Roasted Fair-Trade

Organic Coffee and Decaf

$2.50

$2.50

$2.50

Numi Hot Teas

$2.50

House-made Ades

A rotating selection of citrus-herb blends,

and other creative fruit juices

$3.50

Sparkling Water

$2.50

Arizona Desert Flavored Sparkling Water, Prickly Pear, Pomegranate or Arizona Citrus

$3.50

Lunch

Lunch (Served daily from 9am-3pm)

Soup & Salads from Arizona Gardens

Seasonal Greens

Greens from the season, dried fruits, nuts and local goat cheese tossed with our house vinegrette

Composed Salad

An ever changing composition of vegetables, nuts, grains and greens served with a house made creamy herb goddess dressing

Seasonal Greens

Greens from the season, dried fruits, nuts and local goat cheese tossed with our house vinegrette

Add our Chicken or Beef to any salad

Soup...Ever Evolving

Based on the seasons and whims served with our house-made crackers

Add a cup of soup or a side salad to any dish

Slow-Roasted Double Check Ranch Beef

With market vegetables, house-made salsa

Josh’s Shredded Willcox Chicken

With market vegetables, house-made salsa

Farmer’s Market Vegetarian

Seasonal grilled vegetables, goat cheese, house-made salsa

Slow-Roasted Double Check Ranch Beef

With chipotle mayonnaise, and grilled market vegetables

Tacos or Tortitas

(Two of our delicious hand-made flour tortillas or masa pancakes)

Botánica Tortas

(A tasty sandwich with our house made bolillo buns)

Josh’s Shredded Willcox Chicken

With sage mayonnaise & grilled market vegetables

Farmer’s Market Vegetarian

Seasonal grilled vegetables, goat cheese, & herb pesto

Botánica Paletas (hand-made artisan popsicles)

Sweets

Desserts from our Bakery

$9

$10

$12

$4.50

$6

$4

$11

$11

$10

$10

$10

$9

$2-$5

$3.50

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