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Come Home to Claire’s Café and Art Gallery

Dec 01, 2019 05:56PM
Owned and operated by Claire and Steve Johnson for 34 years, Claire’s Café and Art Gallery is a favorite go-to Tucson spot renowned for its welcoming vibe, fabulous breakfasts and unique art and jewelry available for purchase. The café is a gallery of nationally known artists, mainly Native American and cowboy art from the reservation, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry and purses.
   
All food is chemical and pesticide free, with free range chicken, grass-fed meat and Guatemalan coffee, which is roasted low acid. Claire’s offers both new and traditional American cuisine, breakfast, burgers, Mexican, seafood, vegan and vegetarian food. They also have a back room which comfortably seats 30 for meetings—including a Spanish club.
   
Claire Johnson, an Illinois native born into a family of creative cooks, began her culinary career as a producer and buyer and founded an organic food co-op on Chicago’s north side. She relocated to Arizona in 1980 and became the head chef at the Blue Willow in Tucson, followed by cooking stints at the Oro Valley Country Club, Loew’s Ventana Canyon and CB Rye.
   
In 1986, Claire bought Dyna Café and transformed it into the present day Claire’s Café & Art Gallery. Since she originally trained as a silversmith, her appreciation of fine art is reflected in the restaurant’s food preparation and the art adorning the gallery walls.

Location: 16140 N. Oracle, Tucson. For more information, call 520-825-2525 or visit ClairesCafe.net. See ad, page 17.

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