Louisiana is the only state in the union without counties by way of an Act passed in 1807, which changed the name of these governmental subdivisions to the term parishes (Seale). There is however a parish in Pima County. The Parish, a southern fusion gastropub, located at the corner of Oracle and Orange Grove roads in Tucson, Arizona has added more than a little Cajun flavor to the dusty palates of the desert.
If you've always wanted to make a trip to Louisiana to experience their world renowned cuisine, but haven't had the budget for such an excursion, you can plan an afternoon or evening meal at The Parish where two can dine comfortably for around $25 (not including drinks and appetizers). You don't have to go all the way to Louisiana to experience the cosmic cuisine of The Pelican State.
Owners Steve Dunn, Travis Peters and Bryce Zeagler have combined their passion for the execution of extraordinary cookery, their marvelously unique culinary expertise, and their business savvy to deliver a special dining experience to the people of Tucson. The Parish is considered a gastropub, which simply means that it is a bar and a restaurant that serves high-end drinks and elite food.
This little lunch and dinner dynasty is making a big mark in southern Arizona by satisfying their clients with comfort food that embraces the savor and offers the subsistence of the greatest epicurean delights from Louisiana to Texas and all the way to Arizona.
In addition to a simple yet diverse menu, The Parish possesses a remarkable ambiance that can be described as quaint and down home lightly sprinkled with an elite flair. It is the place where you can feel at home and pampered all at the same time all while being able to gain access to distinctive food and drink that you can't get anywhere else.
The Parish is more than Pima County's own little piece of Louisiana, and it is more than a restaurant to go to and grab a bite when you're hungry. The Parish is a place where food and drink are king standing along side a queen known as atmosphere. They have a private area for group gatherings, a clean and comfortable dining room for their guests, and they even have a patio, which is considered a gem to those who adore an outdoor dining experience.
The owners of The Parish understand that when people find a place where they can eat and drink what they want in a common place that there is more than a restaurant serving orders; there is a sense of community coming together in a safe place where people don't just fill their bellies, but where they break bread together.
In order to enhance the Tucson community and boost its entertainment venue The Parish hosts attractive events centered around holidays and various other celebrations. Below is a list of special events scheduled at The Parish which can also be found on their website under "Happenings & Music":
12/31/12 - New Year's Eve
1/04/13 - Stefan George
1/11/13 - Wooden Hearts
1/18/13 - The Determinded Luddites
1/25/13 - Sunny Italy
2/12/13 - Mardi Gras
So much can be said about The Parish, but there are no words that can speak the volumes a personal experience at the restaurant can say. What you order when you go there is up to you; however, you should know about The Parish Burger before you voice your selection to the server.
The Parish Burger is only one superstar on this establishment's menu alongside other celebrity-style dishes such as Crawfish Hushpuppies, their Oyster Po-boy, Goat Cheese Relleno, Blackened Steak Salad, French Quarter Gumbo, Spicy Haitian Shredded Pork and more. Your taste-buds will love you no matter what you select, but if you order The Parish Burger your taste-buds just might marry you.
The Parish Burger is a state-of-the-art burger that crowns The Parish as royalty among other burger makers. The Parish Burger is made with the freshest, tastiest and best seasoned high-quality ground beef, topped with a thick cut of superior bleu cheese, thick-cut smoked bacon cooked to perfection, Dijon mustard and relished with an "out-of-this-world" succulent onion marmalade.
This prime burger and its accompaniments are placed on a melt-in-your-mouth fluffy bun and then served to you with your choice of a side. The side you choose can be The Parish's famous hand-cut fries, their famously flavored hushpuppies, or some other wonderful side on their menu.
If you've never been to The Parish in Tucson, Ariz. you should go. If you've been to The Parish in Tucson, Ariz., you will probably go back. If you've never been to Louisiana, you should go. If you can't go anytime soon, you should go to The Parish in Tucson. Just because you can't make the trip that will make your taste-buds happy, doesn't mean they have to be sad. Happy New Year everyone and happy eating, entertainment and community in 2013 to all who dare to embrace The Parish in Pima County.
Open 11 a.m. - Midnight daily!
6453 N. Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85704