If you’re hungry just after a tour to Kitt Peak National Astronomical Observatory, you might want to try Fred’s Arena Bar and Steakhouse. It’s south of AZ Route 86 about half way between Kitt Peak and Tucson and fifty miles from the Mexican border.
Turn off the dirt road into the parking lot, and you’ll enter under a gateway guarded by ten foot tall cowboy and Indian carvings with a huge horse statue off to the side. The restaurant sits in a sheet metal building large enough to house a bar, a large mesquite pit grill, and a stage coach. It also has a half dozen booths and roughly twenty tables. Picnic tables surround the building
Behind the sheet metal building is a rodeo arena, complete with animal barns. They haven’t held rodeos there in years, although it looks like a convenient spot to stage animals for the annual Tucson Rodeo. There are spaces for RVs off to the left side.
We arrived at mid-afternoon, so the place was nearly empty. The menu consisted of bar food; burgers, steaks, chicken, and steak fried sausage. I tried the latter, which came with a souvenir glass – us it for my daily beer. My wife had a great burger.
We were lucky to be greeted by Fred and his wife as we left. Unexpected fun!