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“A Gem in Wine Country”
Review of The Cafe

The Cafe
Ranked #1 of 13 Restaurants in Sonoita
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Barbecue, Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Cafe is CLOSED FOR SUMMER BREAK from 19 JUNE - 2 JULY 2017. We will see you on July 3 for Lunch! Our offerings include something interesting for everyone. The A.P.E Burger is Adam's signature dish. No two are alike. Trust him to create something special, just for you! We select our wines and beer to complement our food. Our house wines focus on local wineries. We offer US and imported wines. Our beers are flavorful and interesting, sourced locally to Arizona, the US, and imported. We also feature special beer and wines to share amazing finds with our guests. Adam Puckle is a bona fide local. He was born at Fort Huachuca in 1987. He went to school at Elgin Elementary, and graduated from Patagonia Union High School in 2005. He attended NAU with a focus in HRM, then decided to further focus on food and attended Pima College's Culinary program. He started A.P.E. Dining to do dinner events in 2009, and added The Cafe operations in 2010. Chef Adam's natural sense for food provides guests with approachable, comfortable, appetizing offerings designed to provide a tasty and price-valued dining experience. He selects his staff to have an innate gift for supporting an enjoyable guest experience.
Wautoma, Wisconsin
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“A Gem in Wine Country”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

While driving to Tucson from Tombstone, we were starving & just happened to stop for lunch at The Café in Sonoita. We had not done any research on this particular area as we took a different route than planned from Tombstone. Nor had we gotten any recommendations from anyone as we were just passing thru. We didn't even realize that we were in Wine Country! The outside of the place doesn't look like much, so we were truly surprised to find this caliber of dining in "the middle of nowhere". I had their green chili cheeseburger & potato salad and my husband had their chicken club sandwich with fries. Excellent food. Their beer & wine selection is also great. Service was very good. I'd recommend it and plan to research this area a bit more & make sure to allow more time here the next time we're in Arizona.

  • Visited February 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Great happy hour”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Limited in selection, Sonoita would appear to have little to offer. However, that is not the case: The Cafe makes any trip through worth the time. We took advantage of a nice selection of happy hour items with all priced very nicely. Fried zucchini, SW quesadilla, and $2 drafts hit the spot!

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Chicago, IL USA
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“very good - recommended by locals”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

we stopped by a few vineyards and got the same recommendation for "the cafe" at every one of them. The service was attentive and food served promptly. Very good sandwich and burger restaurant.

  • Visited April 2014
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Tucson
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“Very popular - for good reason”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

After a disappointing dinner the night before we were definitely up for following the recommendation of a local for The Cafe. Sunday, very busy. Lots of cars and trucks means good things and the lot was full. We were only two and got seated immediately. The service was very prompt and the food was brought out quickly, despite a large crowd. I ordered a catfish sandwich which was excellent. My wife had a salad as she was not too hungry. Very good also. We will definitely eat here again next time we get to Sonoita. This place would stand well anywhere.

  • Visited April 2014
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Dinner on Friday”
Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

This is one of the best restaurants in Sonoita. I only wish they were open more nights for dinner. Everything we had was excellent with friendly and efficient service. We will be back!

Visited March 2014
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