Who is Behind the Blue Door? Tucson Top Chef Mark Jorbin

By Felipe Garcia

Hidden behind a rustic blue door, a colorful experience awaits. Cafe a la C’art is a cozy cafe located in downtown Tucson, adjacent to the Tucson Museum of Art.

As mentioned before, Cafe a la C’art is best described as colorful. Whether it be the tucked-away rooms of the historic 1865 Stevens House or the Monet-inspired garden patio. But the color doesn’t stop there, their New American cuisine also brings colors to your plate and your palate.

The owner of the restaurant (and executive chef) is Mark Jorbin, who trained at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and worked in several iconic Tucson restaurants such as Cafe Terra Cotta and Anthony’s in the Catalinas.

A fun fact, former Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild as well as his father, frequented the cafe during his time in office. His ‘lunchtime legacy’ can be seen in the form of a menu item aptly named The Rothschild, a braised short-rib sandwich, with melted pepper jack, chipotle aioli and roasted red peppers in a challah roll.

From buttermilk pancakes to a southwestern avocado toast, breakfast at Cafe a la C’art will make you and your companion happy. For lunch, our favorites include The Rothschild Sandwich (described above) as well as the grilled flank steak salad, and their burger.

Make sure you also leave some room for the amazing creations of pastry chef Lora Querella’s signature creation, the Chocolate Bomb. It is one of the best chocolate cakes we have tried and the perfect ending to your meal.

Cafe a la C’art – https://www.cafealacarttucson.com/

Address – 150 N. Main Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

Hours: Wed-Fri 10am-3pm

Sat-Sun 8am-3pm

(Visit their website for changes on hours or operation, special events and catering)