AJ’s Fine Foods is “an upscale gourmet market experience” that is based in Arizona.
There are 12 markets throughout the state – 11 in the metro Phoenix area and 1 in Tucson.
Located in the lovely La Encantada Shopping Mall, AJ’s Fine Foods offers a luxury grocery shopping experience. You’ll find a fresh and colorful produce section, a stand-out wine selection, a tempting bakery, a sushi bar, and a bistro with patio for in-store dining.
AJ’s Fine Foods prides itself on creating an atmosphere specific to each store’s clientele. As such, each store carries unique and eclectic items from all over the world. If you see something you like, be sure to snatch it up quick as it may not be there for long and/or it may be sold in limited quantities.
Be sure to look for the “Taste of Arizona” badge in the store aisles to indicate products that are made locally in Arizona.
Where is AJ’s Fine Foods located?
At La Encantada (NW corner of Skyline & Campbell).
The address is: 2805 E. Skyline Drive, Tucson.
What are the hours?
Open 6:00am-9:00pm daily. Closed on Christmas Day.
What is the parking situation AJ’s?
Parking is free and plentiful.
Why would I visit AJ’s?
- To shop for groceries
- To select a wine for a special occasion
- To enjoy a meal at the bistro
- To go to Sushi Happy Hour (daily; 2:30pm to 4:30pm)
- To indulge in a pastry or decadent dessert from the bakery
- To purchase hard-to-find imported olives from Greece, Italy, and France at the olive and antipasto bar
- To buy flowers for a loved one
- To pick up a gift for a birthday or anniversary
Does AJ’s offer grocery delivery?
Not at this time.
FOOD & WINE
What makes the Wine Department at AJ’s unique?
All of the customer service representatives in the wine department are knowledgeable about wine and are eager to provide recommendations to complement your menu plans. Feel free to stop in and ask what pairs well with grilled salmon or butternut squash risotto or pumpkin cheesecake.
Be sure to ask the Cellar Master about the Wine Travel Card. It’s accepted at 60 destinations, including 27 wineries throughout the Sonoita, Northern Arizona, and the Willcox Wine Regions. With this card, you’ll enjoy discounts from award-winning wineries such as Arizona Stronghold, Alcantara Vineyards, Carlson Creek Vineyards, Javelina Leap Vineyard, Keeling-Schaefer Vineyard, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, Pillsbury Wine Company, Sonoita Vineyards, & more.
AJ’s holds a wine tasting in the Wine Cellar area of the store every Saturday at 2:00pm.
Tell me about the meat quality + selection.
AJ’s Butcher’s Corner offers “the most incredible meat selection in the state of Arizona.” In addition to prime rib and choice cuts of beef, AJ’S offers other hard-to-find meats – lamb, venison, duck, ostrich, and bison.
AJ’s also offers only “all-natural chicken,” raised specifically to meet AJ’s highest standards and to ensure the plumpest juiciest chicken is always available. The chicken has:
-No added hormones or steroids
-Truly fresh, never frozen
-No artificial ingredients
-No added solutions like water and sea salt
-Tested clear of any antibiotics
-Rested meat for greater tenderness
The butchers also have a variety of prepared items ready for your oven or grill, including Italian stuffed pork roast, stuffed flank steak, and marinated shish kebabs.
What about seafood?
All seafood is hand-selected from industry-leading purveyors who satisfy AJ’s stringent standards. To ensure optimal quality, AJ’s seafood is flown in and delivered fresh daily.
AJ’s Seafood Grotto features a wide assortment of options, including Sashimi-grade Tuna, Red Mountain Trout, Chilean Sea Bass, Hawaiian Opah, and Mahi Mahi, to name a few.
What dining venues are available on-site?
Visit AJ’s Bistros from 11am-2pm for lunch or 4pm-8pm to take home dinner. The AJ’s Bistro also features a salad bar ($7.99/lb) that includes a different made-from-scratch soup selection daily. In addition, from 6am to 9pm you can select from the 15 savory sandwiches on the menu or have one created to suit your special tastes. Average cost per sandwich is $7.49-$9.99.
Indoor and outdoor seating is available on the patio.
How can I find deals, coupons, sales, and “insider tips” for saving money at AJ’s?
- Follow AJ’s Facebook page.
- Visit AJ’s website and click on “Current Specials.”
- Sign up to receive AJ’s newsletter, filled with news about upcoming events and current offers.
- Get to know the store director and members who work in the store.
- AJ’s has a Sandwich & Wrap Club stamp card available in the Bistro Department.You receive a stamp for every made-to-order sandwich or wrap you purchase from AJ’s Bistro. Your 12th Sandwich or Wrap is free, up to a $9.99 value.
- Every month, AJ’s Boulangerie features a signature cake for $19.99 as a special “Cake of the Month” (a savings of $5/cake).
- AJ’s holds a Floral Happy Hour every Friday, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. During this time, select single-stem flowers are half-price. Check with the florist to see which ones are half-off.
BABIES & KIDS
Is there a Kid’s Club?
On the first Saturday of the month, from 9:00am to 10:00am, AJ’s holds a Little Chef Club event for children who are 4 -10 years old. Younger siblings are welcome, but they will require more help from a parent or grandparent.
There is a sign-up sheet at the store for every event and each event is limited to the first 25 children who are registered.
Look for the sign-up table next to the giant chef statue by the Boulangerie entrance.
At each event, children have at least 3-4 different activities to participate in. There is always one arts and crafts activity and one food activity (like decorating cupcakes).
Do children receive a discount on food or drinks?
Purchase a 12 oz Little Chefs Club cup for $6.99. Refills are only 50 cents for any fountain drink or iced tea.
AJ’s stores also give a free cookie anytime (not just on birthdays) to children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult who gives permission.
Will AJ’s cater my wedding, office party, baby shower, or dinner party?
Absolutely. There are a variety of menus and services that can be tailored to events of any size or budget.
Is AJ’s Fine Foods on Facebook and Twitter?
What else do I need to know before I go to AJ’s Fine Foods?
That just about covers it. Have a great time! Feel free to leave any additional questions in the comments and we’ll respond ASAP.