dining in Tucson...
Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:15 AM
Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:02 AM
McMahon's has had health department issues recently in the news.
The claim jumper always has great food, but you need to program 3 hours for the meal- they will not move faster, even if you draw attention to the 4 year old child you brought who is great fot about an hour, tops, and tell them time is of the essence. I think they're trying to sell drinks. And I'm just deeply frustrated with them. If they could get the lead out, it would be a favorite place.
ToxMan, I hate to say it, but I've found deeply mediocre Mexican food in several places- and especially the biggest name one-El Charro. There's one within easy walking distance of my front door and we never go there after three visits at the urging of others with cold food, screwed up orders where my dinner didn't show up at all and I was being offered stiff drinks in preparation for driving my 8 months pragmatic wife, and just plain lousy food to top it off. So, I feel any place we suggest to guests from out of town has to be recently vetted. Your deep background may cause your eye to regard as "Obvious" places to go or not which aren't obvious at all to a visitor, so please be specific with good spots you know.
And go to the other thread to get your CN badge!
Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:13 AM
...And go to the other thread to get your CN badge!
I'm watching this thread, too...
Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:20 PM
Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:19 PM
I'm thinking if we have ~15 people, OPG is an option.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:39 PM
Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:56 PM
I expect moving E-W on 22nd will still be pretty easy. Broadway would be difficult, but then again, it always is.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:00 PM
Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:03 AM
My wife is a local chef and the scoop is that McMahons got rid of the chef that caused the bad inspection. She worked elsewhere with the new chef and the new chef is very meticulous. They can accommodate large group with some pre-planning. I used them for our class reunion for homecoming. We had about 24 in our group.
Speaking of which, all the hotels and restaurants will be gearing up for homecoming weekend...the same dates!
El Charro is mediocre because they use too much cheese and they fry too many items. Zivaz tries to go for a more healthy fare. El Saquarito used to be real good. But, I don't know where Albert relocated recently.
On the way out toward TAAA dark sites on Houghton Road about a mile north of I-10 is Hot Rods. Classic cars, burgers, fries...like a 50's diner in a automotive restoration shop!
Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:25 AM
That definitely sounds better on McMahon's. Otherwise it's a "What the heck?" moment.
The main university area is what's going to be most affected by UoA goings on. Is Old Pueblo Grill far enough out to be safe? We could do something really wild and do the Gas Light Theater...though that doesn't really give folks a chance just to talk.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 03:50 PM
Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse in Trail Dust Town on Tanque Verde Road can accommodate a large group, too. As always, wear your worst tie, guys. A server will gladly clip it from your chest.
Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:35 AM
We'll need to see how many names we have.
Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:44 PM
Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:43 PM
I remember PP fondly.
Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:47 PM
Posted 27 October 2012 - 10:07 AM
"Touristy" isn't necessarily bad. Depends on how many out of state ASAE attendees are joining us. Could be fun. I remember PP fondly.
It could be funny if we can arrange to have matching ties the world would be better off without.
Aw man... I really didn't want to wear no stinkin' tie! But if we decide on PP, I guess it is sort of mandatory. It's been many years since I've been there, so not sure what they might do if you're not wearing one! Just jokin'. I've got a bunch of old Tobasco ties that could be candidates. Before I retired, I used to wear them to work. Became sort of a Skip trademark. I could bring several along.
Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:33 AM
Another place that is pretty good although nowhere near the TCC is Union Public House at River and Campbell...
Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:54 AM
Posted 28 October 2012 - 11:37 AM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:59 AM
Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:28 AM
That's a great list, but let me add three slightly more upscale, reasonably priced favorites:
1) Cafe Poca Cosa downtown. "Different" and delicious Mexican in an interesting atmosphere. Not too far from the convention center. Order the chef's choice and you won't be disappointed. A+ food.
2) North (at La Encantada.) More upscale "American fair" at the north end of Campbell Avenue (probably a 20 minute drive from downtown if you don't get snagged in homecoming traffic around the stadium.
3) Sushi Garden at Broadway and Country Club. Reasonably priced and "happening"...I've always had a good experience there. It's not far from downtown; though it could be super crowded with homecoming.
Finally, there are a lot of Mexican places around S. Tucson and the convention center and although most are mediocre at best, I still enjoy them. If you want authentic, S. Tucson, boarder style Mexican food and atmosphere, one of my favorites is Crossroads on S. 4th Ave.
(My current address says Oregon, but I still live in Tucson!)
Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:35 PM
And, for the best Sonoran style hot dogs, BK's, either on South 12th Avenue or on North 1st Avenue. They are the bomb! Bacon wrapped dog, in bun filled with beans, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo, and either red chili sauce or green tomatillo sauce. They have good Mexican food. But, the dogs are by far their big seller.
El Güero Canelo gets my vote. I'm a hot dog junkie and tried both places last year. BK was good, but El Güero on 12th Ave. was my favorite.
Then for desert, empanadas from La Estrella Bakery just up the street. My mouth's watering just thinking about them.